Polly Five Years On

A Facebook memory reminder today was a photo of Polly from five years ago. We found Polly on the 6th of January 2013 when she was probably about 8 weeks old. It’s been fascinating to see how she’s grown in confidence over five years although she still does not like strangers and hides if anyone comes to the house only making an exception for Naomi who she has decided to be friends with. I started to blog the same year that Polly arrived so her life with me has been well documented. Here is a look back.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favourites

Favourites

I could not possibly choose just one picture to represent 2017. I did take a lot that I liked even though I didn’t travel much this year. I’ve enjoyed taking pictures of flowers both in my garden and in parks.¬† I have been trying to learn to take better pictures of birds and of course my pets are frequently photographed.

I’ve also documented the changes that have been happening in my house during the past year. I have had a lot of work done outside and a lot of painting and decorating inside.

I turned sixty this year and continued to enjoy my doll collecting hobby and my love of steam engines and railways.¬† I was lucky enough to visit the Puffing Billy Railway near Melbourne in June. In the winter we had some snow in Geeveston and also a visit from the film crew of the ABC TV series “Rosehaven”.

Another thing I’ve greatly enjoyed is participating in Cee’s Photo Challenges, it has given me the chance to photograph things that I would not normally pay attention to and to have fun playing with editing software.

 

Life of a Hedge

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The Photinia hedge was planted in October 2014 to enhance the front of the house. This was long before painting, paths or any other work was done. I chose these plants because I see a lot of them growing around here so I knew they would suit the conditions and also because I like the red colour of the new growth. I have tried to take a photo of the hedge each year . It’s been slow but now it is finally looking like a real hedge even though every bush seems to be growing at a different rate. The ones at either end are smaller. I think they get too much carbon monoxide from vehicles stopping at the letter box and in my neighbours driveway. A couple got nibbled by possums or possibly wallabies who visit the garden although I have never seen them. One was taken out completely either by the postie or the neighbour and just died but the rest are going strong.

Snapshot Sunday: Garden Visitors of the Scaly Kind

Now the weather is warming up I’m seeing quite a few lizards in the garden. This one was relaxing by the pergola so I was able to get a few photos.

I have to admit that I am not sure what this is. I think it is too slender to be a Blue Tongued Lizard and is probably some variety of skink.

I found a description of the She-Oak Skink which seems rather similar to this one but as I know very little about reptiles I’d only be guessing. The Parks & Wildlife website where I went to look for descriptions of lizards uses a lot of big words and assumes you know something about reptiles. It did describe the She-Oak Skink as slender and snake-like which this one is. Once they started talking about¬†Frontoparietals and so on I was lost.

The She-Oak skink is native to Tasmania, similar skinks on the Australian mainland are a different species. Here’s a link to the Parks & Wildlife website.

http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.aspX?base=5308

If I made the right guess I was quite lucky to see it as these reptiles are not usually out in the open like that. They are described as having “secretive habits” a sort of cloak and dagger lizard I guess.