I'm having a self-enforced week's break from writing to catch up on (a) some reading, and (b) everything I should've done in the last few weeks (and didn't). I wish the car would clean itself. :)
On top of that, it's been a strange few days. Mid-week, we said "Farewell" to our year 12 students as they finished lessons now head off for the exam period that starts tomorrow. I always miss them. And, sadder still, we wished a final farewell to one student who sadly lost his life on Tuesday. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, those of his mate, and those of his friends and wider loved ones. A young life lost too early.
Thursday passed without a storm (!!) - still cold, but warming up again. It's trying sooooooooo hard to get into Spring, but just can't quite commit itself just yet. Then again, we could have Hurricane Sandy bearing down on us, and after the large loss of life in the Carribean, I wouldn't want to be in the path of that critter. Taking storm cloud photos - yes!
Bird count: Still low numbers due to the influx of predators. Did see the y/f h/es, babblers, thornies, currawongs, wattlebirds, pardies (yes - SAW "Dead-tree Pardie"). Heard wrens, GWs, fantails, shrikey, spiney, kookas. Summit Road Willie Wagtail still exists - at least until the next car drives down the road. And I DID see a raptor fly over the road with a sizeable catch in its talons! Sorry, no way could I stop and identify it (or its prey) without crashing the car (not a good idea, but then, maybe I should be more committed...)
The spider orchids are just hanging on; looking forward to a few more native lilies opening up (not sure which one yet), ditto the native (white) daisies. The grasses haven't flowered as well as last year, but they're still beautiful.
Back to writing at 8pm tonight (7 days' break) - but I think it can wait until tomorrow. Bought some wonderful maps of the U.K. on Friday to sus out Albert's next journey, find an intruiging landmark and take off on the next story.