MtLawleyShire’s Fattee cattee – For Nia

Some of the moods of my darling Fattee Cattee over the last month:

Relaxed, lying on the driveway:

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walking up the driveway:

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waiting for me in her favourite position – underneath the car:

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sitting, waiting for me to finish sunset photos:

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in a dry part of the garden (wanting her lemon grass):

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Looking sulky because there is no lemon grass:

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in the evening:

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Sprawled, sleeping on one of her favourite perches in the house – on a low table:

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and on those 40 degree F days, lying on the kitchen floor because it’s cooler than outside:

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Bees and others in MtLawleyShire

and mostly in MtLawleyShire’s garden, but not entirely.

My lavender is usually filled with bees., but one morning, I had the most awesome visitor – a grasshopper.  He was huge!

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he shifted and I was able to get more detailed photos of him:

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Portraits:

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a more normal visitor: bee 🙂

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this little hoverfly is a very common visitor, but soooo difficult to catch in a photo, so these are very lucky shots:

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On a verge garden just down the road from me, there are all sorts of flowers and many attract bees:

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on this particular day, in the french lavender that flowers there, the bees were busy:

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but then (& apologies for the photo but everything is so tiny & so fast…) – a NATIVE blue-banded bee and a European bee in the same space:

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I followed this native bee – they don’t stop as do the European bees – the hover, flit, pause, zag, flit, zig, pause, dive, flit…you get the idea.  But I got these:

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peekaboo:

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& these of it flitting:

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and back in my garden, shortly before her take off to the ground & cuddles – the prettiest flying thing (well, maybe that’s stretching it a bit) entangled in early morning sunshine:

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Flowers in MtLawleyShire

But we will start in the city with flowers and bees in the small city orchard.  A riot of colour, of beauty.

Borage

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Borage and bees

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more flowering herbs: yarrow and tansy

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& I know this is a herb, but can I think of the name?  No 😀

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A sort of poppy (though it’s probably not)

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and in a brighter orange variety – a bee burrows for the rich nectar & pollen

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Action shot!

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Paper daisies, eternally cheerful

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a solitary blossom in a courtyard

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This should be up with the herbs: valerian flowers:

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and to my delight – a cornflower.  That blue is just lovely.

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one of these is a marigold, and the other – pretty but unknown.

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Kangaroo paw en masse:

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and these were my delight – when I was a child, we had yellow ones in our garden and called them ‘granny’s bonnets’.  They are columbines 🙂

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In MtLawleyShire itself, there are still bottlebrush flowers.  I love the pink variety.  So delicate:

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some flowers seen in a verge garden:

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the stunning architecture of a dandelion seed head:

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the heavily perfumed flowers of the rainforest tree – they are street trees and I walk through perfumed air sometimes

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roses in one of the gardens I walk past:

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and a bee on a clump of roadside lavender

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but here – this is the prettiest flower of them all 🙂

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A MtLawleyShire resident: Charlie and the flowers

In my neighbourhood live many cats, and many I have becomes friends with.  the most special of these is Charlie who lives with his mum in the very spot I love taking autumn, winter & early Spring sunset photos from.

He is a cheeky boy, is young Charlie.  He is a year older than my Fattee Cattee (which make shim about 8) and has his mum wrapped around his little claw.

This evening, he was in a very playful mood.  He often is, but I haven’t ever seen him like this before.  I think he originally saw something in the clump of everlastings – maybe a skink or a gecko.  Whatever it was, it escaped and Charlie continued playing with the flowers.  Some of the photos are blurred because they are ‘action shots’ and he is being a fast, furious kitty 😀

 

What’s in there?

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there’s something in there – I heard it!

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come out! come out!

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I’ll pretend not to be looking…

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Ha!  I’ve got…

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I was sure it was in there

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Has to be in there

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I’ll get you…

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What?  What are you looking at….

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there is something in here.  There is.  There is!

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lovely flowers, pretty flowers….la la la…

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No – he caught not a thing, but the flowers were somewhat depleted so he leapt away, quite pleased with himself.  Him mum laughed and observed she might have to do something about them tomorrow as they were looking rather worse for wear!

MtLawleyShire’s Fattee Cattee

It’s been a while since I was able to take some decent shorts of my Fattee Cattee, though she no longer deserves that name – she is a beautifully svelte girl these days.

Today was calmer, with spots of sun, though still cold.  But warm enough for a furry girl to chase sun spots in the courtyard.

She actually posed for some, and I love her sweet expression:

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Here, not so much 🙂

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A fly buzzing around her feet:

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She moved to another sunspot:

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she was happy to sit

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& this one – I love her pretty face and her mysterious, beautiful eyes:

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Flowers around MtLawleyShire

Despite arthritis, artwork and so much socializing after my PhD results, I have been walking around and taking photos.  This post is filled with some of the flowers I’ve seen over just the last few days.

The wattle is out, golden and fluffy and beautiful:

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And Autumn is making an appearance, mostly in the quality of the late afternoon light which touched on dwarf Bougainvillea, Lantana and the gold of not-quite sun flowers

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The frangipani are still flowering:

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and so are roses!

Reds:

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What I call sunburst roses:

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little pink-white ones:

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Creamy white ones:

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And sumptuous yellow ones:

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a flower on a vine and light tangled in the spiny leaves of a spear of rosemary:

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Camellia in a friend’s garden:

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And native flowers – I don’t know what these are:

 

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But these are Grevillea:

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And these?  I think they are South American, but they are a stunning scarlet:

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and – oh! This?  🙂  She’s the prettiest flower of all the gardens

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I will be back soon with sunsets.

Walking with flowers in MtLawleyShire

A clutch of flowers gathered over a week or so, though this first isn’t a flower.  I’ve been trying for ages to catch the way this crystal hanging in my courtyard catches the light and I’ve almost got it with this.

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More ‘light catching’ – sunlight turning leaves emerald beyond a garden gate

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a bee in sunflower-like flowers (it begins with a ‘d’ but I can’t remember the name of the flower except that they’re not sunflowers)

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roses – my favourite is this one:

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frangipani 🙂

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light tangled in grass seed heads:

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two types of Grevillea – brush and lower ground cover type:

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bottlebrush – that delicate pink and a deeper shade:

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coral blossom:

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the glorious colour of this geranium-type flower:

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Honeysuckle, scented even if a little bedraggled:

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Petunias in the garden, and looking deep into their hearts – as a friend said: a bee’s eye view 🙂

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And no, she’s not a flower, but she is in the garden – amongst the lemon grass 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed these flowers.

Another sunset soon…