Project 365 2014 – Day 95 – Not Mine

Day 5 - April Photo A Day - Not Mine

Day 5 – April Photo A Day – Not Mine

Thankfully these cockatoos aren’t in my yard because they just destroy tress like crazy. These guys were sitting outside my parents’ hour today and leaving behind a giant mess!

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Project 365 2014 – Day 26 – Fun Stuff!

Day 26 - January Photo A Day - Fun Stuff!

Day 26 – January Photo A Day – Fun Stuff!

I bought this inflatable ladybird for my cousin’s son a few years ago, so when we found out we we having one a child of our own, I was so happy that Ikea was still selling these things. Even if our future daughter doesn’t like it, I love it and think it’s lots of fun. We don’t have anywhere to put it at the moment, so into the cot it goes for now.

Project 365 2013 – Day 16

Bunny Filler

Bunny Filler

First filler of the year. I actually did take a photo of my first attempt at making agedashi tofu, but the photos weren’t very good. Plus I like the bunny who has now returned to his home. It was fun taking care of him while our friends were away, but I love having my living room back and not having to worry about anyone chewing up our cables and books (the husband is well trained not to chew on things =p).

Project 365 2013 – Day 1

Project 365 2013 - Day 1

Dreaming Of Escape

Cloudy is a funny little rabbit that we’re looking after for our friends who have gone away. He loves his freedom. We allow him free reign of our kitchen/living area but he’s always looking to escape. He gets particularly upset when we put him back into his pen for the night because he can’t be trusted to not chew everything to death or get up on the couch or do other things we have deemed naughty. We put the pen up around the TV/cables/heater/bookshelves so that he can’t get to them during the day, but he still finds a way to get to the forbidden things!

Project 365 2012 – Day 349

Hugs

Hugs

We’re taking care of our friends’ bunny for a few weeks while they’re away, so expect lots of rabbit photos for the rest of project 365!

Cloudy has had a very adventurous day. We’ve built up some barriers around the TV, shelves and cables. We also blocked the entrances into the hallway with some obstacles. He tried to make a break for it today by jumping over the barriers. Clearly we underestimated how high he could jump. He’s also been trying to jump onto the couch, which we’ve deemed a no no.

Cloudy is a very difficult bunny to catch. I’m not sure he likes being touched that much, but after chasing him for a while he eventually gives up and submits by lying flat on the ground. Once he’s in your arms though, he seems quite happy to have hugs. He’s almost as hairy as the husband’s arms.

Project 365 2012 – Day 348

Visitor

Temporary Visitor

We are bunny-sitting over Christmas for some lucky friends that have gone on holiday. His name is Cloudy and he is just the cutest thing ever. He was very shy to begin with and it took him a while to adjust to the floorboards, but as he slowly gets used to us, he’s becoming more adventurous.

He’s a very curious bunny and we’ve given him free reign of the living room and kitchen, after the husband rabbit proofed all the cables (“if he eats through this cable we won’t have any internet and I won’t be happy!” he says). We had to chase him down to get him back into his pen overnight. Either he was really scared, or he thought it was a fun game to try and out run us. He’s so cute though, so it’s hard to be annoyed with him.

Project 365 2012 – Day 332 – NZ Day 11

Day 332 - Fat Bumblebee

Day 332 – Fat Bumblebee

Day 11 – Kaikoura to Picton to Wellington

We started the day by driving from Kaikoura up to Picton to catch the ferry across to Wellington. It was a nice drive and it was a little weird that the train line crosses over and under the road a lot. It would make more sense to me to stay on the one side, but I’m sure that there’s a reason for that. We had lunch in town, a delicious bagel topped with salmon and eggs. We then sat in the park waiting for the ferry with lots of ducks, ducklings, and fat bees. They were massive bees and just behaved like our tiny little bees we have in Australia.

The ferry trip was fine and had pretty views. I just had a bit of a sleep and a read of Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) which is funny and a bit random.

Unfortunately we picked the wrong (budget) ferry. It turned out that it was about a 3km walk to the other ferry terminal where we were supposed to pick up our next hire car. Time was against us as well as there would be extra charges if we were late, so dragging our luggage we headed off. It didn’t help that the footpath suddenly ended and we had to cross a highway. Instead of being stupid, we went all the way back (about another 1/2 km) to a pedestrian crossing. So far Wellington wasn’t being very good to us.

After checking in to our hotel and being asked if we were here for The Hobbit premiere (didn’t even realise it was opening then) we headed off to the planetarium. It was quite cool, but very hard to walk to up massive hills. I also managed to lose my favourite scarf, which did not make me a very happy person. The husband said that Wellington took my scarf because I insulted it earlier in the day when we couldn’t find the car hire place. I think I’m just really clumsy.

Sculptures

Here are some sculptures and fixtures that were at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show earlier this year.

Tin horse

Tiny windmill

Emu… or ostrich or some kind of big bird

Giant rooster

Giant rooster side profile

Abstract stone statues

Water frame

Birdcage lights

If I lived in a barn I would totally have these lights

Dragonfly

Cool spherical outdoor lights

Owl… not really in my price range though!

Chickens

These little guys were at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show earlier this year. I love chickens (not horrible roosters that crow at 4am in the morning when it’s not even light). We used to have chickens when we were kids and they were so cute and we always had fresh eggs. When I eventually own a house, I’d like to get some pet chickens. They’re so fluffy!

 

 

 

Queensland Roadtripping

Last November we had some free accommodation on the Gold Coast which came about when the in laws had booked a holiday but then had to cancel. We took the opportunity to go on a road trip to visit my brother in law up on the Gold Coast, the husband’s aunt and cousins, and we also stopped by Canberra on the way home to see my brother and his new girlfriend. It was also nice to get away after a sometimes stressful year.

We ended up seeing a lot of the rainforest and doing lots of walks, went to the beach, met up with a few friends and family, went to ALL the theme parks and discovered the awesomeness of sour watermelon slushies. My favourite was finding the best fish and chips and then eating them on the beach like hobos while watching a storm roll in. You couldn’t do that in Melbourne without freezing to death.

We had a great time driving through the  beautiful country and my little Astra did quite well on the trek. We also discovered when driving home from Canberra on the last leg that my car has cruise control. The Mr was not happy with this discovery as I was convinced for 6 years that it did not have such a magical function. Would have been useful to know at the start of the trip!

So many tumbleweeds in NSW. There were so many that got stuck in the car’s front grill

Pit stop in a random park in NSW

Turkey bird (well that’s what we called them) who kept pecking at a cigarette

Moss in Springbrook National Park

Steps in the rainforest at Natural Bridge

Waterfall at Natural Bridge

Waterfall at Natural Bridge

Waterfall at Natural Bridge

One of the many waterfalls you can see from Canyon Lookout. It was a great rainforest walk

Grass

Yellow flower in the sun

View from Canyon Lookout

View from Canyon Lookout

Moss

Trees in the rainforest at Springbrook National Park

Walking behind a waterfall. So pretty but had to protect the camera!

Strangler vines. They make such interesting patterns

More vines

Tall trees at the skywalk at Mt Tambourine

Vines

More vines. I love how different the plant life is in Queensland compared to down south in Victoria.

We accidentally took a wrong turn and drove into a paddock. Hello there cows

More cows

Lovely paddock. Silly GPS taking us down a road that doesn’t exist!

Not sure what this plant is but the red flowers are striking

Red flowers

Native plants look like little pom poms

White flowers. I have these in my backyard

White flowers

White flowers

Driving into the sunset

The lonely road ahead

I love driving though the countryside

Open House Melbourne 2012

I’ve wanted to do Open House Melbourne for a while, but every year I kept forgetting. This year I remembered and dragged along the husband and a couple of friends. Open House Melbourne  “is a not-for-profit association that runs annual events providing the public a free and rare opportunity to discover a hidden wealth of architectural, engineering and historic buildings nestled around the city.”

It was a great opportunity to explore Melbourne and take photos of course. It was a shame that it was so cold and rainy, but it was still a fun day. I’m looking forward to next year’s event because there are so many places that I didn’t know about that I’d love to see. There are amazing photos on Flickr for the photo competition.

I am now much more inspired to head into the city and appreciate all that Melbourne has to offer. I think that often we take the granted the city we live in.

Here’s my selection for the day. Beware there are a heap of photos.

Dulux dog. I want one!

Federation Square pavement

Federation Square

Lamp outside St Paul’s Cathedral

Inside St Paul’s Cathedral

Organ pipes at St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Eagle podium at St Paul’s Cathedral

Candles St Paul’s Cathedral

Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Looks delicious

Block Arcade

Orchids in the Block Arcade

Myer Mural Hall set up for high tea

Old money chutes in Myer

View of construction site of the old Myer

My friend’s awesome shoes. Love the laces

Lyons Office architecture firm. Concept model layout of the office space.

Lyons Office architecture firm. Concept models

Lyons Office. Cool way to keep cords neat and organised. Looks like a spine.

Lyons Office. Sample swatches

More swatches. Love the colours and patterns

Lyons Office

Lobby of the Lyons Office building. Wall texture

Market Lane

Lunch break at Ito Cafe.

Spring Street

Steps of Parliament House

Outside Parliament House. Popular wedding photo shoot location

Bourke Street

The Hotel Windsor

Spring Street

Spider brooches in the Windsor Hotel

More spiders

Lighting in the lobby of the Windsor Hotel

Spring Street

Books inside the Old Treasury Building

Gold bars in the Old Treasury Building

Collins Place

Looking up at some random buildings

Colourful building

Stopping for frozen yoghurt at Cacao Green. Yes it was cold, but it was yum

Blueberry waffles at Cacao Green

Cool bookshelf and wood panelling at Cacao Green

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room ceiling

State Library of Victoria stairs

Swanston Street outside the State Library of Victoria

Swanston Street

Garden bed outside Hamer Hall

Flower sculpture outside Hamer Hall

Japan – Osaka

We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. Osaka was probably one of my favourite places, and it had particularly delicious food. Loved the freshly made takoyaki and okonomiyaki there. There was so much of the city to explore and eat through. I only regret not trying some fugu, but we strangely enough didn’t want to die on our honeymoon!

See our other photos here Tokyo Kyoto Nara Kobe Hiroshima Miyajima Fukuoka.

Crane in the Osaka Aquarium

Crowds at the aquarium

Turtle coming to say hello

Spider crab… which we ate later that day. Just to clarify, not that specific crab

Colourful jellyfish at Osaka Aquarium

Clown fish

Ferris wheel. I had to go on it!

Strange entrance to building in Osaka

Dotonb0ri. My dream food area

Oh yes freshly made takoyaki

More places to eat

Electronic district ‘Den Den’ town

Eating in our hotel room. Delicious!

City

City at night

Japan – Nara

We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. Nara was a lovely little city filled with shrines and crazily hungry deer roaming around. See our other photos here Tokyo Kyoto.

Delicious sashimi brunch

Reflections in the lake, complete with raindrops

Deer just relaxing in the stream

Oh hi there curious deer

Found a heap of deer in the park

Stone lanterns and maple leaves

Stone lanterns

Moss

Japan – Kyoto

We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. See our Tokyo photos here. Our next stop in Japan was the beautiful city of Kyoto. We had a lot of fun here walking around and seeing the sights. We definitely got ‘shrined-out’ here. There are beautiful shrines with great architecture and tradition, but they’re absolutely everywhere. We also got to go on our first shinkansen (bullet train), which was amazing efficient, like everything in Japan.

Empty Streets

Streets

My favourite place in Kyoto was probably the Arashiyama region, which was west of Kyoto and had these beautiful bamboo forests. Wish I got better pics, but there are plenty around already. I just really enjoyed walking around this region.

Arashiyama bamboo grove

Like suckers we walked, but there were lots of rickshaws around for the less able. I like how the driver of this one doubled as photographer. So talented.

Rickshaw

Maple Leaves

Bamboo Fence

We also ventured up Mt Arashiyama to the Iwatayama Monkey park.

He’s liking those binoculars

My favourite shrine in Kyoto was the Fushimi Inari shrine. There are so many trails up the mountain that leads to the top with smaller shrines along the way. It’s famous for the torii gates that line the paths and are donated by businesses. We got there late afternoon as the sun was going down and decided to hike all the way up to the top, which was lots of fun, and just a little bit spooky on the way down.  It was particularly scary when we got completely lost, until the husband figured out that the writing on the gates led the way out.

Torii gates

Writing on the gates leading us out!

Kitsune (fox) wishes

Project 365 2012 – Day 161

Owl

My brother’s down for the weekend so I decided to go for a run in anticipation of the over eating that happens every time he’s in town. It was raining, but I still stopped to take a pic of this little owl. One of my friends loves owls and every time I see an owl, I think of her. Too bad I already got her birthday present. Although this little guy was almost $50! Maybe I should start making my own soft toys. Next birthday maybe?