A young and happy Maxi
Today Maxi, the number one black dog, turns 13 which is roughly 83 years of age in dog years for a dog of her size and weight. Princess, as we like to call her, was our first dog and she was purchased on impulse from a pet store – everything I am now vehemently opposed to. We were living in an apartment near the beach, no dogs allowed and Maxi spent her first few days hiding out in our bathroom and avoiding the so-called wee wee pads that are supposed to help with toilet training. Early of a morning and late in the afternoon we would sneak her outside for a walk and a play in the park, she was frightened of everything and absolutely hated stairs. Thankfully my sister in-law was able to look after Maxi for a few weeks while we went house hunting for a pet friendly rental. They had a border collie pup called Murray and she was a few weeks older so the pair of them played and slept together, Maxi still gets excited when we visit my sister in-law even though Murray passed away long ago.
We made alot of mistakes with Maxi, walking isn’t always fun and she is frightened of so many things yet will take on anything or anyone that dares come to our front gate and as Maxi has gotten older she has become less tolerant of other dogs. With her greying fur, wobbly legs and poor hearing Maxi still retains the most beautiful nature and is loved by all our friends and family. She is great with kids of all shapes and sizes, occasionally bounding across the yard with them until it all gets too exhausting or unless someone offers her a cuddle and a treat.
Maxi loves a walk, her favourite places are the beach and the local park where there is plenty of smell duck poo to roll in. Her happy face is contagious and we always have a good laugh when she hits the ground for a roll on the grass (minus the poo), the look on her face is goofy and yet delightful. For her birthday she will have a yummy chicken dinner and a walk around the duck pond, there will also be lots of cuddles and kisses.
Happy Birthday my beautiful Princess Maxi and thank you for 13 years of unconditional love and loyalty.
This week the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is ‘White‘ and I was struggling to find the white in my recent photos so I’ve gone back in time to rediscover white in my photography.
Jarrah the foster puppy
Snow white owl in the Christmas shop
Snow covered mountains, South Island New Zealand
Fluffy little Polly
Everlasting paper daisies
On a memory card filled with photos of birds I discovered a forgotten image, captured from within the boundaries of our yard. As you can see it is the odd one out.
Baby Lace Monitor – Goanna
Geese keeping a watchful eye on visitors to the lake
Black Swan and duck
I call him Donald
Majestic and friendly Black Swan
A sunset swim for a local flock of geese
Black and white Magpie Geese
This morning I noticed what looked like a furry, brown bottom in the fork of a eucalyptus tree to the left of our front yard, to my great delight it was the cute little bottom of a koala. We’ve been living in our house for over 7 years and have seen few koalas, we’ve seen plenty of possums, wallabies, lizards and birdlife but was only my second sighting of a koala in the bushland next door. As you can imagine, there was much excitement and I quickly ran for my camera as did a friend who had been visiting. We stood at the bottom of that tree for ages, taking photos from every possible angle, I even braved the scrubby surroundings beneath the tree (there could have been snakes or spiders concealed) to get a closer look. With so many photos of this gorgeous creature I couldn’t choose just a couple of shots to share
The little fella slept, scratched and slept some more, moving occasionally to escape the heat of the sun. It was hard going back indoors knowing that we could miss any attempt he or she made at relocating. Being such a hot day with temperatures predicted to reach the high 30s (degrees celsius), I decided to leave a bucket of water at the base of the tree in case the koala was thirsty when he or she eventually moved on.
Now it is late in the afternoon and I have been to check on the koala and our little furry bottomed friend is happily munching on eucalyptus leaves high in the tree. Although it is absolutely wonderful to see one of our native animals in the natural habitat, I hope the koala moves deeper into the bush where it is less likely that he’ll be injured by dogs or hit by a car.
I didn’t think that I would find many yellow photos, how wrong I was! From the yellow blooms in gardens to beer glasses on a roof in Amsterdam, yellow is everywhere and I could easily have tripled my contribution for this week’s challenge
Wildflowers, Queensland hinterland
Birdhouse in Botanic Gardens
Reflections of a sunset, Palmerston North NZ
Under the golden dome, Hotel des Invalides, Paris
Yellow room inside the Grand Trianon, Versaille
Cheese, cheese and more cheese, Lucerne markets
Spongebob Squarepants merchandise in Italy
Fields of yellow, Tuscany
Limoncello for sale
Sorrento’s monster lemons
Vatican Museum ceiling
Chicken and prawns with a champagne sauce
Newcastle’s Nobby beach club house
Decorative sliced lemon served as part of high tea
Gerbera in bloom
Sailing in miniature
Flinders Street Station, Melbourne
The two times that I have been to Melbourne were spent close to the CBD in Bourke Street and I never ventured across the river to the home of Crown Casino and the Southbank precinct. This week I have been in Melbourne for a conference and have had the opportunity to spend time wandering around the Southbank precinct, admiring the sculptures, drooling over extravagant menus and almost getting run over by numerous cyclists who speed along the esplanade.
Wifi in the hotel is ridiculously expensive, almost $10 for one hour or $20 per day and their weekly rate is $99! Thank goodness for the fantastic wireless access at the conference. I’ve been able to keep up with my email and participate freely in the twitter frenzy that always seem to occur during a conference, not to mention facebook and writing the post.
Outside the convention centre is a timber sailing ship, it is quite amazing to look out and see this sort of history and it provides a dramatic contrast to the steel and glass architecture. Near my hotel is a huge glass high-rise building with golden bees perched on its walls, as I walk to and from the conference venue I pass funky, colourful sculptures and paintings similar in style to some of those I posted towards the end of last year. All of this provides a wonderful break from the talk of digital repositories, data management and research support that is the focus of the conference.
The photos I’m sharing today are taking using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone, it is one of my favourite photography apps even though it has been crashing a bit lately when using a particular ‘lens’. The other photos I’ll share another time.
Blue skies and city views, Melbourne
Take a walk along the river
Chinese lantern outside Crown Casino
Funky, colourful sculptures
View of Melbourne city from Southbank esplanade
Melbourne and one of the sculpture bridges
Golden bees at home on a high-rise
Melbourne on the Yarra
Bridge over the Yarra
Locks of love, Melbourne
Southgate shopping and entertainment precinct
Rowing on the Yarra River
Inside the National Gallery of Victoria
Caramelised onion tart served with tomatoes and goats cheese – yum!
Meringue and mousse dessert
My Mum always said that I take photos of anything and everything…she knows me so well.
Puppies helping us clean their kennel
Cute blue heeler puppy
Duck, duck, geese
Pelicans at dusk
Last of the sunlight
Ducks take off at the sight of Bundy
…and then there were two
Before the storm
Golden light of the afternoon
Bird island, home to ibis, egrets, ducks, geese and the occasional spoonbill