Shot Of Thanks #8

I am thankful for the evening sky, a soft end to a good day.

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Shot of Thanks #7

I’m thankful for the trees in my garden which give me shade in summer,
bare branches in winter,
and texture all year round.

I’m also thankful for the lovely rural views I enjoy, I like looking at my neighbours highland cattle with their shaggy coats and long horns.  They are quite friendly (being hand-raised) and if I pick some tree tips they will come up and eat them from my hand.

Cows

Shot of Thanks #5

I am grateful for having to travel 70+minutes and 65kms each way to work every day.

Well, actually I’m not grateful that I have to travel that much as it costs a lot in petrol, but I am thankful that I have a reliable vehicle to do it in, and I am grateful that most of it is country highway driving which gives me time to look at the passing scenery.  I have really enjoyed the last two evenings drive home because they have included the sight of beautiful cloud formations.

Tonight, in fact, there were lots of “Mother Ship” cloud formations.  Don’t know what a Mother Ship cloud looks like?  Imagine a big fat ovoid of solid fluff, red running stripe down the centre of the cloud – that’s it – A Mother Ship Cloud – MSC for short.  There were many, many of all sizes tonight, long slim cigars, fatter sleek sports blimps, small cutters and huge carrier ships.   I’m actually a bit worried that THEY really are here – and hiding behind the fake MSC formations.

Needless to say, I did not get a chance to stop and take a photo before the light was too low to make it worthwhile, but I did visually soak it up, and it was glorious.

To make reparations for the lack of MSC photos, please accept this “edited” version of our sunset from the last day of April.  In reality it was glorious, deep reds across the sky, and I have just “deepened” it a bit in the editing for pure indulgence.

April Sunset - edited(2)

I hope that your life is filled with many moments to be thankful for.

Shot of Thanks #4

I am thankful for baby bottles on the sink – it means my daughter and grandson have been down for the weekend.

I am thankful for cheese – the standard “tasty” that satisfies my tastebuds.  (I probably shouldn’t be thankful that it has diminished 7/8 since I bought it on Saturday! – in my defence some of it was used in cooking, and being eaten by 3 others).

I am thankful for my doona cover, even though it must be at least 15+ years old, I still love it, and it’s a nice heavy weight which is great as we move into the cooler nights of Autumn.

I wish you many things to be thankful for in your life.

 

 

Shot of Thanks #3

I am thankful for my mobility – something I tend to take for granted until I get a wake up call.

I am thankful for rain – it’s been dry for a fair while here, and a brief rain last week gave much needed freshness (and the wonderful smell of water on hot dirt).

I am thankful for my senses: sight, smell, touch and sound – being in the garden indulges them all.  The intricacies of flowers, the aroma of lavender heads as they are picked is intoxicating, the feel of my hands in the dirt, the sound of birds flitting in the trees.

I hope your week is filled with all good things.

January Gallery

January has been a month of outside vs inside

garden and art.

Trying to choose between them can be hard.

Like finding the balance between light and dark.

 

Resin Table

So when I find time for both it is wonderful.

 

 

 

 

A Shot of Thanks #1

Last week I enjoyed reading this post from Kat, and it has prompted me to do something similar, in my own “I don’t follow rules” way.

Things I am thankful for this week

Gladioli

1:  Colour – gorgeous, vibrant, colour from my own garden.

 

Noah in Pool (4)

2:  Spending time with my daughter and grandchild on a beautiful, warm summers day.

 

Pre-varnishing

3:  Leisure time to be creative.

I hope your week has been filled with good things to be thankful for.

 

Happiness is a morning walk with a Platypus

When I walk in the morning I often see the platypus swimming in the creek, about halfway through my walk, whihc makes it a nice place to stop for a minute or so and just contemplate how beautiful Mother Nature can be.  Even though I see them fairly often, they never cease to give me a sense of peace and happiness when I spot them in the water splashing around.

Last week there were 2, parent and offspring I think, and the little one was scratching their back flank, which was causing him to go round and round in circles on his side in the water, it was so funny.

This morning I took my phone and got a short video, but I can’t upload it here as I have a free WP site which doesn’t allow me too.  Instead, I have posted it on my instagram account, you can also find the link at the bottom of my website home page of,  if you would like to watch it.  (I think you might have to be on instagram (which is free) to see it though, so that might not work if instagram isn’t your thing.

If you are not familiar with a platypus, they are 1 of the 2 uniquely Australian monotremes (mammals who lay eggs) – the other being an Echidna (also a favourite of mine, you can read about my Echi adventure here).

Below is a photo I extracted from the video, I’m sure they were looking at me this morning. 🙂

Platypus