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:


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


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:


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:



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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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:


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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& 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 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 😀


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


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

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Action shot!


Paper daisies, eternally cheerful

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a solitary blossom in a courtyard


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:


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


roses in one of the gardens I walk past:

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and a bee on a clump of roadside lavender


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

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A (slightly eventful) walk in MtLawleyShire

I went a-walking to the post-office in the bright warm, early spring sun.  And came across a pink bottlebrush – so soft-looking, more so than the regular scarlet variety:


and in a  daze of looking-around-ness, I failed to see where my feet were and went down, BAM! – on hands and knees, watching in horror as my camera struck the pavement.


I sat, rubbing my knees, looking at my poor camera.  Oh – a chip in the glass!  Noooooo!  Phew.  The filter.  I checked.  All worked, but oh my knees were stinging.  At least I hadn’t ripped my jeans.  My hands were a bit ripped up.  Well, nothing else to do but get up and continue walking and be grateful no-one had seen me.

But I was wrong – I hand been seen:


What was I doing down there, they seemed to be saying (though a friend said no way – they are too stupid.  I’m not so sure).

Relieved my camera was working, I continued walking, defiantly not limping.  Camellia and Grevillea flowers I managed to capture despite the wind that had sprung up:

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Outside the post office, a wonderful sheoak, in flower, tossing in the wind:


Sculpture on Walcott and the flats it is attached to, shadow bringing out the graffiti inexpertly hidden by layers of new paint:

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On Beaufort Street, signs of Spring despite the heavy traffic: flowers on grass plants and pretty little blossoms on young street trees:


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on the walk home, late afternoon sun through the leaves of a hibiscus:


A cape lilac yet to send forth new shoots, and a raven in the branches, causing the local honey eaters much angst.

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a plane tree on Vincent in the late afternoon sun, pale and wintered still:


the flower of a vegetable plant and a tiny, early rose in the shadows of a garden:

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the sun is gone: clouds and storm.  later in the evening, it pelted down!


This morning was sunny and the bees were out in the lavender:

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tiny jasmine sprinkled through the foliage of other trees:

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and the prettiest flower of all, up on the pergola roof:


my aches and pains have subsided and I didn’t rip my jeans but skinned my knee like any 12 year old in the playground.  When will I learn 😀


Spring in MtLawleyShire

It was a very Spring-like day today.  Rain tomorrow and early next week, then Spring will hit with temperatures moving to the high twenties.  Today, though, was pretty and pleasant, warm and quiet and filled with colour.  No hint of the terrible summer to come.

And a touch of magic: a fairy door found close to where I live, at the base of a Moreton Bay fig tree shading a street corner.


the area was filled with bird song and the magic of colour:

jonquils and pelargoniums:

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tiny daisies and the pink variety of buttercup:

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the lupins have bloomed all over the empty block:

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not sure what this is with its perfume filling the area, but here are buds and flowers both:

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flowers of a broad bladed grass plant:

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an ornamental freesia and an early rose:

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the rich hues of an exotic hibiscus squeezing out through a fence:


grass heads catching the last of the light:

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and a cat caught in almost sunset, watching me:




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…


Ha!  I’ve got…


I was sure it was in there

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Has to be in there


I’ll get you…


What?  What are you looking at….


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

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lovely flowers, pretty flowers….la la la…


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 🙂


A fly buzzing around her feet:

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She moved to another sunspot:

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she was happy to sit


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