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A visitor

We had an unexpected visitor at the front door of Burnbrae this week.  He moved back into the garden by the time I got my camera.

It is a blue tongued lizard.  I hoped he would show his beautiful blue tongue for the photo but didn't want to antagonise him.  He has obviously been in a fight of some sort because he has lost his tail.

We have one or more of these lizards in our garden but we don't see them out and about very often so it was lovely to find one still there.
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At the library

This week I was killing some time up at Katoomba library.  There is quite a nice view from the desks.  On this day another big build up of clouds.

I was checking the shelves to pick up a few more of the ABC's First Tuesday Bookclub Top 50 Australian Books. (I am currently sitting at 38% read)

A book I have read recently
Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook.  Chosen because it was the only one on the list I found in the library.    It's a dark book set in the 1960s out Broken Hill way, a disturbing adventure of a school teacher who gets drunk, loses all of his money gambling and finds himself befriended by roo shooters.  I'm not sure I would recommend it but it was compulsive reading ... I sat up late to finish it.


We popped over to our bush block on the weekend and it was lovely to see the Blackthorn (Bursaria Spinosa) in flower.  They are quite prickly but I left quite a few stands of them to provide habitat for the little birds.  I also read somewhere recently that they have a synergistic relationship with the eucalyptus trees helping to keep them healthy so another good reason to keep them.

Storm's coming

We have had a few storms lately - thunder, lightning and lots of heavy rain - feels like Queensland.

This is a view of one of them advancing towards us at Rose Orchard Haus.

A poem for today
A Thunderstorm by Emily Dickinson

Consider the lilies

We went to church in Rylstone today, there was a infant baptism on so lots of extra people.  Someone was already sitting in my usual seat so I had to choose a different pew so can show you a different window.

This one is of Jesus during the sermon on the mount, the associated passage of scripture is below.

Luke 12:27-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

Catch me if you can

The blue wren is driving me nuts.  It likes the dining setting out on the deck but the view is obscured by the fly screen. Whenever I move to get a clear photograph of this delightful little bird it takes off ... maybe next week.

Old Stuff 26

These modern chairs from Bunnings have a very retro style, perfect to go with our back-in-time-house at Kandos.  We currently have them placed in the shade of the apple tree.   I have moved the window box begonias their too because they were finding it a bit exhausting in the sun.