Wild on Wednesday

It has been a while since I did a Wild feature..the roos lately have headed to find greener grass and there sure is NO green grass here at the moment.

I miss their visits and I think they are mainly down the back paddocks where the dams on everyones properties ,including ours, provide much needed water that has dried from the grasses and foliage.

So apart from being busy and the roos being elusive I was kind of stumped as to what I could feature from our little property..i did the Stumpies and a lot of people were very amazed at them some people even kind of scared by them,funny the way we react to reptiles even when usually none of us will ever see the things that scare us so much!

Last night I ran out of milk, so Hubby headed off to the shops,it 7.30pm and still light..i got a call on my mobile

‘Hey grab some gloves and come down the driveway’

I could hear our sheep baa’ing but for some stupid reason instantly thought we had a cow loose somewhere! go figure..not a cow close by anywhere..

No what we had was a Tortoise! Hubby has driven down the driveway and seen an odd dirty looking thing and braked in time to stop..there he was..Tutor Turtle..

He bought him up to the house,he was very dry and had come from either the dam over the neighbours or the dam on the other side of our property.

Either way he was headed to bush without water and near the road of our street.

We popped him in the pups pool,added some big concrete blocks so he could get out and in and left him to settle and get some water ,after tea we came out and he was in the bottom of the pool happily swimming around,so off we went and took him to our dam down the back.

Here he will have shelter from reeds, food from the yabbies ,frogs, and leeches..and as much as we have had no rain our dam is much deeper than the one he has wandered from.

I am almost certain I have seen a Tortoise in our dam so he will have company also and there is not a road in sight so if he wanders again he will be safe!

We watched him as we set him just in the water’s edge..the sun was starting to go and when he was ready he stretched his neck out had a peek and off he went to discover his new home.

He left nothing but some bubbles in the surface..i wish you well Tutor..Drizzle Drazzle Drazzle Drone…time for this one to come home.

Tutor : He is an Eastern Snake necked Tortoise..he was most likely a male due to his smaller size.He was about 9inches in diameter and had a flatter body than the fuller females

They get the name snake neck because unlike other tortoises or turtles they do not ‘pop’ their heads in and out they wrap them around and under the shell.

They also have the nickname ‘Stinker’ because they have glands that release a really foul smell when picked up or scared..and yes PEE YEW he was letting them rip!

Please enjoy a very different Wild Wednesday with these pics and the little video.

 

In the pups pool..getting some much needed water

In the pups pool..getting some much needed water

Finally a little foot pokes out

Finally a little foot pokes out

Having  a peek around

Having a peek around

Lovely little critter

Lovely little critter

Putting some water on his little shell

Putting some water on his little shell

Showing Tutor his new digs

Showing Tutor his new digs

That neck right out and off he goes

That neck right out and off he goes

Nothing but some bubbles to know he is there

Nothing but some bubbles to know he is there

The sun setting on another great adventure here at home

The sun setting on another great adventure here at home

Wild on Wednesdays

Today was overcast..windy and very gloomy..in all I saw three roos today..even they have headed to shelter it seems..so I packed the camera and headed to a local Reservoir called Crusoe..

Here are some of the pictures I took today..not all brilliant as the lighting was shocking…and since my eyes were on birds..of course that adds to the complexity of getting a good shot…bad lighting..fast moving erratic creatures..wind…oh and a head ache 😉

Rufous Whistler

Rufous Whistler

Black Pacific Duck..showing me his rear end

Black Pacific Duck..showing me his rear end

Welcome swallows had a nest under this floating pontoon

Welcome swallows had a nest under this floating pontoon

A section of pathway showing egg and bacon plants wattles and gums

A section of pathway showing egg and bacon plants wattles and gums

Yellow Tufted Honeyeater

Yellow Tufted Honeyeater

Grey Currawong

Grey Currawong

Caterpillars eating their weight in gumleaves

Caterpillars eating their weight in gumleaves

Hi ho hi hi it’s off to bed i go

Big  day my friends,i am trying to catch up and getting not much done hahahaa..I have been getting my crochet on which with four cats is no mean feat…all those balls of wool beggin for trouble…

I found a single bed tartan doona cover at a thrift shop for 5 dollars so the plan is to re do the pups bed covers…almost done…well kinda…

I have a big meeting tomorrow and am making little headway in the house cleaning department..

I did manage to make two delicious leek tomato and cheese quiches got my pastry hat on and whipped them up in no time..did my shopping…blegggh..had some road rage…got some pruning and weeding done played with the pooches and now it’s bedtime..

I leave you with a picture to help you relax for the day ..have a good one folks 🙂

What you looking at lady?

What you looking at lady?

Thankyou for all the well wishes for Forrest

Thankyou everyone for your well wishes and prayer and POTP for Forrest he is doing just fine as if nothing has happened at all…my friend Sharon from gentlestitches posted this clip awhile ago when we were talking about snakes..being a fellow Aussie she knows only too well the perils of life Down Under…enjoy this music clip it really is a classic 🙂

Despite all odds

It started as a tiny little seed..it took weeks and weeks to grow into a little seedling….when the timing was right it was transplanted.. well it was an attempt at transplanting as the whole tray of Hollyhocks  I flipped upside down on the verandah.. cursing the whole time.

Then with the remaining seedlings it was popped in the garden…they struggled.. locusts gnawed some…then the cats dug others up…slowly the amount of seedlings dwindled…they sort of did okay..then the dogs jumped on some….more went to the big garden in the sky and more cursing…the ones left picked up a bit….the snails moved in…chewing them to nubs….I really lost all hope at this point…but a few kept on going…I tried the beer traps…the snail came they drank they came back for more…grrrrrr…then the cats dug them again and the dogs…yes jumped on them…then the heat started….well that was the death knell for some more…I was so beside myself..all I wanted was to have some colour…something that contrasted with the green and grey …but a couple still kept going…I talked to them…watered them and yes they got nibbled by snails  but seemed to fight for life…the heat kept up and in  fierce way….our water bill..which arrived yesterday showed the amount of water we have used trying to save our garden and grass.. over 400 dollars…it is a lot …the fact is our plants trees and grass have cost way more to establish and to let it die would be more expensive..water tanks are on the long long list of must gets…thing is we have had no rain anyway..

So it seemed that in one week all of a sudden I had this stunning flower…at six feet tall it is a standout…it has held firm…it even has some friends that seem to be catching up with it…I have been telling it what a stunner it is.. and every day I have been blessed with more buds opening…I hope I really hope it sticks around..i know it’s a cottage garden plant and I know I live in a rural area in Australia ..but my love of English cottage gardens is strong and I so need colour to break up the bush tones all around me..i present to you my Hollyhock….the toughest little flower in rural Victoria that  know of.

Yes Forrest one you missed!

Yes Forrest one you missed!

 

 

Busy Bee

I am off to beddie byes…almost caught up…I have some great pics from the day off we took but until I sort them enjoy this busy bee…he is an Australian Native Bee…and is very erratic..he has a plump shorter body than the introduced Honey Bee he also has electric blue stripes on his abdomen and he is fast!! unlike the relaxed hum and buzz from flower to flower like a Honey Bee he darts around like mad…he prefers blue or purple flowers and I so love them that when we moved I made it my mission to plant blue and purple flowers and low and behold they came to the garden..it took a year but I now have them back..at the moment they are enjoying the flowering catnip…have a great day/night or inbetween ! Pee Ess click to bigify 🙂