Sunday, January 27, 2008

Australia Day Long Weekend

On Australia Day there was a Ute Run and there were lots of ute's like this one proudly showing the Aussie Flag.
Aussie Flag on ute
On Sunday I storm-watched at Stokes Hill Wharf.
Tropical storms clouds Darwin Harbour
The pearling family Paspaley's received Australia Day honours.
"For service to business and commerce through the marketing and promotion of pearls and Australian designed jewellery,and to the community. " This is one of their pearling vessels Paspaley 4, built in Norway.
Paspaley Tender
On the Fort Hill Wharf there was a controversial vessel,the trimaran ACV "Triton". I was curious as to why the ABC Darwin News Crew were filming the vessel behind the tug. It appears that there is an industrial dispute over the crewing of the Customs vessel. Read more!!
Tropical storms clouds Darwin Harbour
A brief stop at Knuckey's Lagoon to check out birdlife. There were quite a few Magpie Geese flying and settling for the night, as well as Magpie Larks and a couple of Egrets
Knuckey's Lagoon
Knuckey's Lagoon
 Magpie Goose Knuckey's Lagoon
 Magpie Geese Knuckey's Lagoon

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Colour on a Saturday morning

Seen in a plastic cube,a very small lizard.
Lizard in cube
I then put it out on the grass.
Lizard on grass

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Frog in jar

Last night there was quite a noisy thunderstorm. When I went out to check the state of affairs, this little guy jumped inside the living room.I coached him into the empty cookie jar and then showed him to the door, well at least the front porch.

Frog in Jar

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Hugh's new wheels

Hugh found driving 120km a day to work at Berry Springs and back was costing $$$'s so a new set of wheels has been acquired, a very tidy Volkswagen Polo.
Hughs new Polo
Hughs new Polo

A quick trip to the car wash
Hugh's new Polo

Hugh's new Polo

Parap market on Saturday morning

Parap Market was as usual a busy colourful place to be on a Darwin Saturday morning.
Parap Market
Parap Market
Busker Parap Market
Parap Market
Parap Market
Parap Market

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hugh has had a busy week at work, helping to clean up the damage from Cyclone Helen and working in two locations, Window on the Wetlands as well as the Territory Wildlife Park.
Hugh in uniform

Saturday, January 12, 2008

My first trip to Fogg Dam for 2008

I took a drive alone out to Fogg Dam this morning. Saw a small number of birds,
Royal Spoonbills at Fogg Dam
a lizard, quite a few dead Cane toads. Plenty of water about so that's perhaps why the birds were hard to find as there are many ponds of water also along the Arnhem Highway.
Cane Toad
Lotus Bud
Water Lilly Fogg Dam

Monday, January 07, 2008

Found in our pool Limnodynastes convexiusculus

Limnodynastes convexiusculus found in swimming pool filter
Sadly it did not survive the experience, it was dead when removed from the leaf trap

Cyclone Helen blows hard in Darwin

Many large trees around Darwin like these African Mahogany were pushed over by Cyclone Helen on Saturday morning.
Tree blown over by Cyclone Helen
Tree blown over by Cyclone Helen
Days of monsoonal rain had allowed the soil to be really wet and 110km winds did the rest.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Lunch with friends..

One of my final visits last week was to friends of Barbara,Graham and Ellen and their daughter Claire.
Chloe and Claire
Chloe and Claire
After lunch there was time for a dip in the pool.
Barbara and Chloe at Ellen and Grahams

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Years at Iron Bank ....

I spent New Years Evening at Wayne and Jo's enough said about Wayne and Stan, Barbara's brothers in law!! They were the life of Wayne's party and also put in appearances next door as well. Not sure of Stan's Brett Whitely look alike appearance in his sister-in-laws sarong,

but then he is a Kiwi I am told...

wayne stan kirsten
Chicken Dance