2013 was, in some ways, a really crap year personally and professionally with change and uncertainty, anxiety and worry featuring heavily for several months. Thankfully, there were many bright moments and things started looking up towards the end of the year. This post is my year in review in pictures, dogs are a constant, along with flowers and our local wildlife, these are the things that really kept me sane and brightened my days.
Bundy and his cone of shame
Pelmeni Russian Dumplings made by our German/Russian guests
Bamboo landed on our roof during Cyclone Oswold
Statue at Mt Tamborine Botanic Garden, photograph taken during a Bluedog Photography course
Fries with grated Feta
Aretha the staffy at AWL
Cavalia under the big top
A March wedding for my Mother in-law
Foster puppies with Bundy
Stingray at Seaworld
April sunrise at the beach with Maxi and Bundy
Finally success at taking a full moon photograph
Two black dogs sharing a bed, this is a rare occasion – Maxi hates sharing her bed
Rainbow over the pond
Nobby’s Lighthouse at sunrise, Newcastle
Paella at our work farewell, saying goodbye to colleagues after a restructure
We get many night time visitors to our yard ranging from cane toads, huntsman spiders and geckoes to tawny frog mouths and brush tail possums, not all of these visitors are welcome especially the cane toads. Recently our night time visitor has been a brush tail possum, sometimes with her baby in tow but often she is alone and her presence riles our dogs more than any gecko or cane toad. The brush tail is one of the more common possums we see and also one of the largest, their grunting can set the dogs off in seconds and should they decide to take up residence in your roof, it will take a professional (more often than not) to capture and release them.
I love seeing these furry native animals so close, last night my husband held the torch so that I could try and get a few photos of the possum, thankfully she stuck around for a while – possibly frozen in fear. Our dogs were extremely interested, Bundy sat in the garden at the base of the fence, watching and Maxi found the perfect spot on the lawn, they stayed outside for some time, watching and waiting. Eventually the dogs tired of being on possum watch and Bundy turned his obsession back to the little creature hiding out in the retaining wall.