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20 November, 2013

WOYWW No. 233. Cards for a Yellow Robin.

Greetings WOYWW-ers.

I've sadly missed a few weeks of desk hopping, but lots has happened - some glad, some sad and some bad. Firstly a fast and friendly 'hello' to my comrades who visit and follow my blog.  For those who wonder what the desk viewing is about, hop over to the Stamping Ground.

The Glad news is on my desk. I am part of a team setting up a little fund raiser for the local friends group of our lovely Balcombe Estuary. I have designed a Christmas card which accompanies the donations to our Group. It includes the Eastern Yellow Robin which makes its home along the Estuary.

The Eastern Yellow Robin as a Christmas feature.

In case you wondered, Woody has a seated vantage point in a busy corner.

The sad news is that our little Blackbird family nesting above the front porch light has been raided by a Butcher Bird. Three chicks were thrown out of the nest this morning. One of them is still breathing, moving, swallowing but I don't know whether it will survive. It's only a few days old and feeding it is a problem. Mrs Blackbird has disappeared and Mr Blackbird has been flying up and down in great distress.

It's a fine nest, buttressed against the light.

Four days old and three happy little beaks.
In one rampage, the Butcher Bird threw them all out.
One has survived but only just; still breathing, swallowing.

Mr Blackbird has been up and down all day.

Finally, the bad news is that I had some day surgery on my left middle finger. It was really a very effective experience full of efficiency, attention to detail and light-hearted care. So, it's not really that bad, just a bit sore and a great excuse to dodge my duties and soak up some pampering!

A fat finger - the osteophytes caused a problem here. Damn this arthritis.

Must be away. The finger is not up to any more activity.
Miles of Smiles,

02 November, 2013

Friday Smiles: View from my Bathroom

Hello Friday smilers.  Joining in with Annie's Friday Smiles.

This is just a little photo essay to make you smile - I was smiling while I cleaned my teeth so I decided to take some pictures. It's the view from my bathroom window which seemed especially lovely this morning. Here it is in step-by-step zoom.

Looking across the garden to a lovely 'borrowed view' of eucalypts.
Zooming in a little on the California poppies, some yellow, some orange.
Who's the gal holding the floor, stealing the show from anything lavender?
The self-sewn star of the poppy show - the hussy with purple curly hair.

Ain't she gorgeous?  Look at those buds, and wait until you see the seed pods.

I'll post those dangerously ornamental and handsome seed pods when they arrive. Hope you're well and smiling.