Friday, October 18, 2019

A loveable little fellow

Look at this little fellow I found by the side of the road recently. He was quite friendly and not camera shy at all!

He did recoil into a ball a couple of times early in our encounter, but soon realised I wasn't a threat, continuing on his merry way of foraging for ants with his tough snout and long protruding tongue.

Thankyou little echidna for entertaining me with your charms, before you plodded away, back into the bush.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

The painted rock movement - Find, share, rehide

Have you ever found a painted rock? If you have, chances are it had a facebook group and a postcode on the back.

Here in South Australia, we have a 'SA Rocks' facebook group, where rock drops and finds are  shared through photos and posts, by rock hunters and painters alike.

We are only new to the concept, but the phenomenon has been in existence for a while, and active in other states of the country.

My mum, being the artist she is, has embraced it head on. She has painted at least a hundred rocks and distributed them far and wide, including taking some to drop in Tassie on a recent trip, with our local postcode on them. I haven't seen these shared on the facebook group though.

Kids love finding the coloured rocks, and it gets them active and engaged in an activity out in nature, with rock drops mainly being in playgrounds, parks and public attractions.

Just yesterday, Mum, with my help, ran a rock painting session for the  public library as part of their school holiday activities. The kids loved painting their own rocks and learning about how they can hide and find rocks as part of the painted rock movement. Even the adults sat down to be creative as well. It is quite addictive, and a fabulous way to let off some creative steam!

We use acrylic paint to paint rocks and seal them with clear varnish to protect the paintwork from the elements of the weather. Posca pens are a popular medium for decorating rocks also.

There are many talented rock painters out there and it is such a creative inspiration to see what other artists are doing.

Here are the links to some of the countries facebook rock groups.

VIC rocks
SA Rocks
NSW rocks
QLD rocks
WA rocks

Let the hunting, hiding, posting a pic, or creating begin!

My painting efforts at the library session

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Friday, September 27, 2019

2019 Pines Enduro

The Teagle Excavation Pines Enduro was held over the weekend in Millicent, South Australia. It was the final round of the 2019 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship.

We are lucky enough that my brothers place backs onto the quarry, where part of the race track is(so we get to watch for free), with racers heading out into the surrounding pine forest nearby.

I really enjoy this weekend, spending this year with family and friends with a barbeque and a few drinks. There was no shortage of rain this year, with the track getting quite chewed up and muddy on the Sunday. The kids always have a ball, and it's an action packed event that we look forward to each year.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

A flash of blue

 Spring has sprung, even on the road sides.

Rounding a bend on the way to Pelican Point yesterday brought the sight of a flash of blue beside the roadside. I don't know why I've never noticed it before. A sea of grape hyacinths, bringing some beauty to a normally drab stretch of road. 

There were a few times when I'd driven past a scene along the drive and turned around to get a photo,  before the drizzling rain sent me back to the car.

There is certainly no shortage of water around these parts at the moment.


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Friday, September 6, 2019

Nene Valley SA

With the girls netball season over, our weekends are a little freed up now. No more getting organised and travelling to mid south east netball clubs, early on winter mornings.

We stayed at our shack in Pelican Point, and saw out winter down the beach at Nene Valley. Nene Valley is a small seaside village, between Port MacDonnell and Carpenter Rocks in the South East. We are very close to the Southern most tip of South Australia here.

There's a clear felled pine forest down the end of our road, so we collected pine cones and logs for our beach fire before lunch and headed off early afternoon to the beach, our bellies full of cheese toasted sandwiches.

We had no luck with the fish and as the cold evening air blew in, we drove home for dinner along the beach, with a glorious sunset farewelling winter.

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