We are settling into the new house and we have spotted a few visitors in the garden. We have lots of birds circling in and out of the many trees. It’s not unusual to see some seagulls floating past out deck. Everytime I do a bit of gardening I seem to chop a tail off a skink.
We have lots of New Holland Honeyeaters and Little Wattlebirds . The latter has a distinctive call and seems to warn me off every time I step out into garden. The plantings in our garden lend themselves to birds feeding on the blooms. We are heading into winter and the banksia is still in bloom providing feed for some of the birds.
Other visitors include a couple of cats who live in adjoin houses they are elusive and difficult to photograph. Even the chickens from next door have stuck their necks though the fence looking for something to peck at.
Our ship docked in Marseille for the day, which we spent wandering around the harbour area. It was a dull and overcast day but at least it didn’t rain. I am not really sure why this is a cruise port other than it allows access to some parts of Provence on day trips. I suppose it allows some passengers the opportunity to say that they have “done Provence”
We found a museum with an ancient Roman Harbour inside. I am continually amazed at how busy the Romans were and how many of their buildings and structures are still!
There is of course the obligatory catholic cathedral. Somewhere different is always good but I wont be hurrying back.
Here is view out my office window taken with an iPhone and posted via an iPhone. Typing is tricky with the virtual keyboard, but manageable. I wrote this about two years ago and only found the draft on my phone today. This must have been originally done on version 1 of the WordPress iPhone App. It had been stored as a draft page for my blog that’s why it never got posted. In a post yesterday I noted how much the App has improved over time so the opening couple of sentences reflect an older clunkier version. I was also just coming to grips with my first iPhone a 3GS.
Yesterday there was a gathering of Japanese cars at Wrigley Reserve in Glenelg. There were both old and new Japanese motor vehicles of all sorts. From the rare and exotic GT 2000 through to old bluebirds and the inevitable collection of four-cylinder turbocharged cars. It was a great turnout on what was a truly lovely sunny Adelaide day. The day certainly flies in the face of what is now the popular perception of young boys or indeed men with fast cars. It was quiet and good-natured day no wheelies or burnouts or impromptu drag races in the surrounding streets. Instead the evidence of lots of money is lavished on these cars. Many of the vehicles had crowds of young men about them all discussing what had been done to the cars will be used for and what the net purchases going to be. And of course the younger wannabes looking at hoping that they too will one day be able to wheel vehicle out on this reserve. Continue reading “All Japan Day Glenelg”
I saw this photo on flickr. It is great I have never seen a pelican up so close; let alone two at such close quarters. I had a close encounter with a largely tame Pelican in Mykonos last year and now wish I had taken some up close and personal pics like this. They remind me of the alien birds in the old Warner Brothers cartoons from the 1950’s. Just great. I guess its just a matter of being in the right place at eh right time. Any way if you click on the photo it will take you to flickr.com and the profile of the photographer.
For hose who don’t know where Mykanos is click here
On a recent trip to New Zealand I had the good fortune to have a sail on Auckland harbour. The place we were staying offered a cruise on the harbour. We were taken out on a 34 foot sailing boat. On our return into the harbour we were confronted with one of the old Americas cup yachts. These yachts are available as cruises on the the harbour. There can be up to 30 people on them , standing room only. You can see the crowds on the deck! However under spinnaker it did make a great sight and a perfect end to my first ever sailing experience.