Thursday, November 10, 2016


The gorgeous jacaranda trees are out in flower. This one is around the corner, but there are many dotted around the neighbourhood. I just love their mauve colour.

Monday, October 31, 2016

A Winged Visitor

Look who I spotted having a feast on my flowering parsley this morning. We have had moths before of course, but this one was staying still enough that I could take his pic.

The pic was taken with my new little camera and I just love how it has turned out.

Why am i letting my parsley flower? So that it will set seeds and I can have more parsley of course.

This little fellow is doing a great job at pollinating the flowers for me.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Building Decoration Taiwan Style

I thought it time I should keep up with our travel pics, after all it has been a while, and the next trip is well into the planning stages.

This photo is of one of the buildings in the grounds of Marty's Shrine in Taipai, Taiwan. It shows beautiful building and roof decoration. On the ridges of the roof line we can see little creatures guarding the roof, and on the points are other decorations different to those that we saw in Japan. The roof lines may be similar, but the decorations are very different.

On the building itself, there ore other decorations. They are a little fuzzy, but they look like dragons.

Overall, the effect Looks like a mix of Japanese and Chinese architecture.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Friendly Reptile

Look who I spotted this morning! I was out hanging the washing in the sun, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted what I thought was a piece of bark sitting in front of the garage door. As the bulk of the neighbours gum trees have gone, I thought this was a little strange. When I looked closer, I found I had a visitor.

We have had blue tongues before, and i know they are around, I have even had one in the house. I just haven't seen one for a while.

The fluffball feline companion was outside, and was not impressed when I picked her up and shut her inside. As I raced upstairs to get the camera, this little lizard was on the move. By the time I got back downstairs, he had moved the full width of our double garage door.

As I watched, he also kept an eye on me, and carefully climbed the step.

Crawling along the front of the step, he made a b-line for cover under the trailer. In the meantime, I continued to hang out washing, then looked to see where he had gone. He was nowhere in view. Still not safe to let the fluff-ball feline out yet, and hopefully this reptile friend will find my snails.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Stick Insect

Look who I spotted today! This big fellow obviously didn't like being disturbed in amongst my climbing rose. I was de-heading some of the rose blooms that had suffered during the recent heat, and when I looked up I spotted this huge fellow climbing the wall. Don't worry, he is still safe, and was still climbing the brick wall when last seen.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Tree

This tree was in the garden of Marty's Shrine. It is interesting how even in Taipai they are using Japanese influences with the shaping of their trees.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Changing of The Guards

We were at Marty's Shrine for only a little while, but we were lucky enough to see the changing of the guards. Black boots with white laces, gold braids and trims, white uniforms an white metal hats. These marching guards were to replace the guards that we had seen on duty back at the gate.

I believe the changing of the guards is done on the hour by active military personnel. Standing for an hour and not moving would be terribly boring, though I guess they get to look at all us tourists walking past.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Marty's Shrine Gateway

This is the view of the Marty's Shrine Gateway from inside the grounds. Certainly very impressive.

As a stitcher and lace maker, I can see all kinds of inspiration here.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Marty's Shrine - A Closer View

This was about as close as we got to the shrine at the end of the roadway. If we look closely, we can see the guards that were marching down. We were about to witness the changing of the guards at the gateway

Sunday, November 29, 2015


As an embroiderer and stitcher, pattern has always fascinated me. The thing that I found in Japan was that there was so much pattern in the decorating of the structures. These patterns were found at the base of the gateway to Marty's Shrine