Archive | February, 2017

New Life

7 Feb

This is an Orchid that my Baby Bear bought for me one Mothers day.  While I have managed to keep it alive, and it has even sent out air roots, it has not yet flowered again.  I thought I was finally going to see some new pretty flowers, but it is sending out a new branch of leaves.

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Sunset Timelapse

6 Feb

The colours tonight were not amazing, and I still managed to get a couple of unfocused frames  but my time-lapse sunset is a work in progress

A day later

5 Feb

It’s interesting just how much difference a day can make.  Same view as yesterday, but a completely different light show.  I did try to grab a time lapse, but in my haste I put the focus point on the sky and the camera didn’t always focus.  Another step on the learning curve.

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In the moment

4 Feb

Tonights sunset had some nice colour, so I headed out for a photo.  I never seem to tire from taking sunset photos.©2017 Cathy Craig

While I was out on the balcony, one of our cats ‘Buttons’ came to investigate.  Of course the moment I started focussing the camera on her, she came towards me.  I feel lucky to have been quick enough to compose this one.

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Why?

3 Feb

Why won’t my lemons ripen?

2015 saw me receive a Lemon tree as a gift from my son.  Yay, I love lemon curd.  My Pop had bought us a Lemon tree when were first married  but we had to leave it in the garden of our first house.

Gardening in the country has a few more challenges than the city.  Mostly from Possums and Wallabies.  The first night my lemon was left on the back deck someone had a nibble on the stem and gorged on the new leaf buds 😦

Then the first, second and I don’t know how many flowers have been lost in the wind.  Westerly winds and I are not friends  😦

Then the fruit would set, get to about the size of my pinky and drop off 😦

Then the fruit would grow bigger and disappear, I suspect the wallabies were picking it off.

Finally, it appears the tree is strong enough, there is plenty of decent sized fruit, there are new flowers, there is new fruit budding……… but nothing is ripening.

I think I can see some hints of yellow, maybe.  How long can a lemon sit on a tree?

My latest lemon tree love is a new fertiliser, instead of a water soluble weekly solution, I’ve scattered a slow release that according to the packet can last up to 6 months, and is only used by the plant when it needs it.

If anyone is a lemon guru and has any advise please leave a comment.

 

Porridge

2 Feb

I took some cute photos of Harry today all snuggled up on the couch sleeping off the residual effects of yesterdays Vet visit.  For whatever reason the idevice failed to save them, along with some progress knitting shots.  😦   Luckily it did save the pic of my first successful recipe conversion using my thermomix.    If you don’t have a thermomix, you can put all the ingredients in a pot on the stove on medium heat and stir until thick, 5-10 minutes.

©2017 Cathy Craig

 

Vet Visit

1 Feb

Our fur baby Harry had a trip to the Doc today.  It appears he spent the day yesterday licking his paw.

While at there we asked for his eye sight to be tested as we have noticed a sharp decline in the last 3 months.

Verdict?

Paw – Sedation and exploration of his paw didn’t find any foreign bodies.  Antibiotics should help it heal and lets check in a week.

Eye Sight – A bit more complicated.  It seems that his problems are possibly the result of a brain injury rather than an eye sight issue.  It may be something called hemi-inattention and while a CT might resolve questions it is unlikely to help find a cure.  What I can mostly find about this is in relation to people after a stroke.  So for now, we have to watch for any seizures and keep an eye on how he reacts in normal daily life.

Yes, our dog could need a cat scan, this potential for humour has not been lost on us.  And it was interesting to watch him as he recovered from the sedation, he was tripping.

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