Saturday, December 28, 2013

Decorations of the other half...?


This is where we had dinner last night:

Fish and chips, while we looked across at million $ yachts...

Mandurah, the area where we live, is a mixed sort of place. People live here because property is cheaper to buy and rent than closer to Perth (which is 50 minutes away by train, and some 70-80 kms by road).

People live here because it'a a lovely place to retire to: cooler in summer, warmer in winter, lovely places to walk, boat, bike, paddle, fish...and there are a load of retirement homes, villages, lifestyle villages for 45+, etc etc.

And some people live here because if you have the $$ you can live on a canal with your million dollar boat on your own personal jetty...

And if you are one of the latter, you can decorate your palatial home for Christmas and then people pay to come and see them on canal boat trips--which is what we did last night.

Which is, I will admit, all rather lovely. I particularly appreciated the folk who took a whimsical approach to their decoration. And thanks to all who took the trouble to decorate their homes and were gracious enough to wave as we went past!

Although I must say, parking your boat in front of the decorations did rather spoil the effect occasionally...
Like this one:

Or this one
Or this one

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Shapes on a beach...

Walked to this beach this morning--in an attempt to get some inspiration for a chapter that is giving me some difficulty. Still can't get the chapter right, but the beach was lovely anyway! This place is half an hour's walk from our house.

That's me in there
I'm in there to show the scale...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I wandered lonely as a cloud...

Actually not true. I am rarely lonely, although I do like wandering. It clears the head after being crouched over my computer for hours, trying to write a steady 1,500 (good) words a day in book 2 of The Forsaken Lands.  The title of this one looks like being "The Dagger's Path". And I am incredibly lucky to have truly wonderful places to wander into, especially as we don't have a car. Like these:
Black-winged Stilt striding out...
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of dancing Rottnest Island Daisies;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.
Ok, so it doesn't scan. But they are everywhere...growing wild, because this their home territory.

And then there's the wildlife:
This is a Christmas Spider, so called because it only appears at this time of the year. They weren't there a couple of weeks back, now they are everywhere. Tiny and quite exquisitely shaped and coloured, just like a Christmas Tree ornament.

After Christmas their colours start fading until by April they are pretty much black, after which they disappear.
Hard to photograph these, as the scuttle away across the web when you approach, and the wind was blowing the web all over the place. They are tiny too!

And of course, what is Australia without a kangaroo or two, or half a dozen?
With joey in the pouch
These fellas are right alongside the path and don't budge as I walk by.