Hitting a Purple Patch

This year has been one out of the box..we lost our darling old pup..we are losing the other..we have spent months going from vet office to busting  a gut outside in preparation for our Daughters wedding..throw in a nose operation the septic throwing a fit  things breaking down breaking up or just breaking bad! as we rounded the finish line to the wedding hubby on his way to work at 4.30 hit and killed a joey that came out in front of my new car..poor Joey died instantly Hubby was fine..car ..well it’s been written off..the day after that our daughter called to say her sweet inside kitty Sherriff had gotten out and not come home..thankfully he did after a couple of restless nights.

The few markets i could attend have been pretty dismal..the weather so bad we cancelled several..it has certainly put a dent in my enthusiasm to say the least..investment versus reward..in the negative. I will be seeing how the markets go over the next few months but i think if it is a case of me basically not even covering my costs at the minimum then i am done, i will just keep going long enough to cover the contract of my eft machine as really financially it is costing me.

The time i have spent out taking pictures this year is minimal..i feel like with all that has happened i have lost a year..no canola trips ,mountain trips, nothing i enjoy.

Apart from a brief trip overseas and our daughters wedding the whole year has been pretty horrid.

I will not even go to the sadness that has befallen so many of my dear friends..sadness that weighs heavily in my heart.

So that is a brief explanation for my lack of blogging..even as i type this i have done no Christmas cards..have all manner of paperwork for market that i really am over ,need to get prints replaced and have let Doc out three times for a peemail.

I have the vet AGAIN this afternoon…so i leave you all with these pictures.

But like purple in these images has now all but gone from the landscape..so shall my Purple Patch..

Fields of color

Fields of color

 

Grounds view

Grounds view

The bend

The bend

Purple

Purple

Alone

Alone

Like a dancer

Like a dancer

Tanked

Tanked

 

Tracts of Purple

Tracts of Purple

On the crest

On the crest

Silvery Gum

Silvery Gum

What a view

What a view

Shed

Shed

Hugged by Purple

Hugged by Purple

Extended Summer

Well as you may be aware our weather worldwide seems a tad funky!

Snow in Spring for some folks and here the never ending Summer.

This sounds ideal i suppose but to a parched land it is a bummer.

We have a running argument with the weather girl over her ‘rain forecast’ on a nightly basis it seems..in fact i am ready to get my rain dance gear on..frightening!

I spent Saturday at the BACWS taking photos of the kitties up for adoption this is such a hard thing to do..i could easily take them home..but alas that is how the whole hoarding problem starts.

So i have some work to do on those images and it has been a challenge as so many do not want to say hello..they are scared or hesitant and you cannot blame them ..they have been let down by society and it takes time and patience..so last weekend i did not get a lot of shots as i will not push their limits…i won’t ever force an animal into a situation..i can get shots another day..que sera sera 🙂

So as i head to bed i will leave you with some bright pictures of florals..hoping they cheer your Monday blues 🙂

Hugs Fozziemum

 

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Grape Hyacinth

 

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Rosebuds

 

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Hydrangea

 

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Apricot Dahlia

 

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Fronds hidden in fern

 

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Purple Dahlia

 

 

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Russet Dahlia

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Pink Dahlia

 

 

Take heart

Well folks the weekend is at a close in 6 minutes here..and so Monday begins..

I have a very busy week ahead..very busy..many things on the go…Hubby flies out again in the morning for Sydney this time..i will be glad when all this ends..

Life around here has been crazy…but i can take heart..the universe is working it’s magic i am sure..

Loves Fozziemum

Take a little heart with you this week

Take a little heart with you this week

A Sunday Nightcap

Well guys i will catch up this week i promise..have been very busy and packing all my cards to head off in the mail tomorrow..

As with all new things hiccups happen..and for me that came in the form of a few grams over the weight i needed..not to fear!

Hubby and i headed into town and i grabbed the things i needed to ensure i would make weight (sounds like i am on a diet..which i am ) and back home to finish my wrapping.

The less i can spend on things like postage the better deal i can give when people buy my card sets..

So done and dusted..and very happy with how they all look and so excited to mail them to all the people who were drawn from my lens bag 🙂

I have also tonight been super excited to get my first sale!

Hilarious as i had not thought to actually keep a set here ..go figure we learn as we go..so i have ordered more and ordered some different ones that i think will make great Christmas cards..two different winter Roo scenes 6 of each to make a set of 12..

I have organised myself with paypal..must be the last human on earth to do so..such a country bumpkin i am!

My card sets will be $36.00 Aus including postage which i think is pretty good..if i say so myself..and i plan on adding some different items along the way.

Like i said slowly but surely..i must feed and play with the furries here too ..so getting myself organised is a big thing!

The cards are all blank for now..but i will see what is popular and am open to all suggestions..

So for now i must hit the sack..i am beyond pooped..tomorrow i will be catching up with you all as the bits and bobs have been sorted for now.

Have a super Sunday and keep an eye on the mailbox folks as i would love to know how long these take to reach you and what condition they are in!

Hugs and loves Fozziemum

Special Delivery

Special Delivery

 

Wrapped and ready to roll

Wrapped and ready to roll

 

A little Aussie cuteness

A little Aussie cuteness

 

The Christmas set ..what do you think ?

 

A little Friday Therapy

There are times a girl just has to grab her camera and hit the road..and that is exactly what i did yesterday.

I needed to get out and get some therapy and nature is my therapy.

I read and article our friend Brian’s Dad Terry had shared about nature and the health benefits..of course i know this ,but it was a good reminder that maybe now ,when i least felt like it, was a good time to get out and absorb some of that natural therapy.

So i headed to the Canola fields again, the skies were dark and gloomy which was perfect..i really wanted some action in the sky.

Of course as i drove, in total 179 kilometres, the sun came out..but like life itself the skies changed..at times bright blue ..really vivid blue with puffy white clouds,then they would come over grey or almost black.sun peeking through.

It was a perfect reminder that nothing stays static.And that change can bring good things to us also.

So i found several fields,some down badly pot holed roads..well really pot holes with some gravel road attached!

I love the sense of freedom that i can just drive..no real destination often following the skies or distant vistas.

I would pull my car over get out open the boot and out comes the step ladder..and the tripod and of course my dear friend the camera.

There i am 54 years old with a tripod over 6 foot high precariously perched outside a farm fence..a step ladder and up i go..what a sight!

Farmers drive past very rarely but the customary nod or wave and off they go.

The sun was so lovely when it came out..the breeze was warm and scented and almost like a summer evening..and the sights were glorious.

And so i sit or stand atop my ladder taking pictures of the things that make my heart skip a little beat..the things that fill my eyes with joy and my body with energy..these are the gifts we get that cost nothing and give so much..a farmers back breaking work provides me the therapy i need.

Before i leave you to hopefully feel some therapy from these images i want to say thankyou for the wonderful feedback from my little venture i am starting.

Monday i shall be mailing the card sets to the winners..and soon i hope to have the finalised details of what i am planning..

As always please enjoy my day out with me..the bonus is your butt will not get numb from all the driving i did !

Loves Fozziemum

I love the different contrasts here

I love the different contrasts here

Crouching down to see what i could see

Crouching down to see what i could see

You know me and lone trees

You know me and lone trees

Neatly lined up

Neatly lined up

Clouds coming in

Clouds coming in

Skies changing moods

Skies changing moods

Taking over the shot

Taking over the shot

Views to sooth the soul

Views to sooth the soul

Again contrasts make views interesting

Again contrasts make views interesting

Heading to where..i was winging it

Heading to where..i was winging it

Rust and gold

Rust and gold

I hardly touched this is processing..amazing colour

I hardly touched this is processing..amazing colour

I know this is technically weird but love this anyway

I know this is technically weird but love this anyway

Expanse

Expanse

Like a painting

Like a painting

Lovely

Lovely

What the field is all about precious Canola

What the field is all about precious Canola

Then white..not Canola but just as glorious

Then white..not Canola but just as glorious

Fields of beauty everywhere

Fields of beauty everywhere

Those skies ever changing

Those skies ever changing

Close up of the white field flowers most likely fodder

Close up of the white field flowers most likely fodder

Farm gates cannot keep the beauty from escaping

Farm gates cannot keep the beauty from escaping

Tracks through the crops

Tracks through the crops

The trees look very ominous against the vivid crops

The trees look very ominous against the vivid crops

Such a lovely sight

Such a lovely sight

I made a Uturn so i could take this shot.i was so happy to see these sweet lambs

I made a Uturn so i could take this shot.i was so happy to see these sweet lambs

Forgotten Spring

Seems Mother Nature has forgotten Spring…as beautiful as Spring is i have found this extended Winter brings it’s own beauty..

A mere 15 minutes away from home and i can find a reason to be thankful ..i can stop on a road and capture the glorious landscape..

I can breathe in the cool fresh air..see the clouds and mist gently envelope the mountainside and feel free..

  • It has been brought to my attention..thankgoodness..by my friend from MELBOURNE Leanne Cole that indeed we have winter until first of September..no idea why i got it in my head it was Spring..i was sure i heard somewhere it was…Holiday ..STAT! 🙂
Forgotten Spring..remembered Freedom

Forgotten Spring..remembered Freedom

Wild on Wednesday

Been awhile since i did a wild on Wednesday and i am excited to be here to share again some of my world here down under..

As you may be aware it is now just turned into Spring..yet we have had -3C temps overnight and some days no higher than 8C so it has been cold!

Now that is not cold to many of you who have serious cold Winters but it has been the coldest weather for 17 years..and the windchill has made it much much colder again..

Snow has fallen in many states and we still need rain..

So it is with great rugging up and many layers of clothes, jackets, beanies, scarves, and  gloves i head out in search of something inspiring.

I went no further than about 25 minutes form home to Cairn Curran Reservoir..you may remember i had some shots of the pups having a grand time swimming there in Autumn..well believe me it was no day for swimming!

I was actually searching for something else which eluded me, but the landscapes were wonderful with looming black clouds and water whipped up by wind ..and as i set about walking forever along the sandbanks with wind throwing stinging sand on my face and making my eyes water like i was peeling onions for Australia i was treated to a display by some Pelicans..they were actually guarding their patch of water from a trio of Whistling Kites..over the hills above the Prickly Pear scattered dunes the Wedge-tail eagles were also being sent on their way by some ravens..

It was next to impossible in these conditions to get a good set of shots of the Eagles..they seem to like the clouds that make my lens have a fit!

And so i share my freezing day trip as i stoke the fire and get ready for a special Birthday  tomorrow..my darling old Forrest is turning 12..

Hugs Fozziemum xxx

A storm approaches

A storm approaches

 

 

Lonely tree awaits the sun

Lonely tree awaits the sun

 

Pelican in a sheltered area

Pelican in a sheltered area

 

Pelican and Whistling Kites aerial acrobatics

Pelican and Whistling Kites aerial acrobatics

 

Taking flight with grace

Taking flight with grace

 

Freedom has wings

Freedom has wings

 

Raspberry Roos

Todays visit very close to the house by the young mob was lovely..i cannot tell you how happy i was to spot them…and guess what folks..

Remember how the 9 acres sold next door and the land had a big part cleared to build a house..well the guy who bought it has sold it..to the neighbour on the other side..Anna the Dr has bought it to keep as is for all the creatures who go between our properties..there will be no building..just land..

In two weeks it will be empty ..again..except for roos and other native animals..you cannot believe how happy i am..

Do you think the roos know this ?

 

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Double rainbow

Despite Oscar the sheeps valiant effort to distract me by photobombing with his big woolly head i did manage to get a half way decent picture of today’s double rainbow.

I had to go to the back paddock and by then the rain had started so quick shots before my camera got wet..off to bed now and leave you with a rainbow for your Monday.

 

Double rainbow viewed from my back paddock overlooking our house.

Double rainbow viewed from my back paddock overlooking our house.