I awoke to the sound of chains rattling and metal clanging this morning.

When I rolled up the lounge block-out blinds I was greeted by thick fog and an enormous crane at the top of my hill.

Was this the beginning of the end (of my view) and the new apartment building construction was about to commence?  (I’ve asked this question many times in recent weeks since they put up temporary chain-wire fencing across the road).

Will the construction noise scare away all the birds visiting my balcony? (I’ve mentioned these thoughts before).

Only time will tell.

I’d cleaned and put my cameras away last night as I had been very busy (including some re-arranging of my balcony garden pots yesterday.  Not easy, as a couple of the pots were very heavy, so I had to drag them 😀 ).

NOTE: to wanna-be Gardeners with only a small balcony or courtyard.  Most of my larger pots have an upturned smaller pot in them to displace some soil and reduce the weight once the pots are filled and planted.  This still gives some of the deeper rooting plants some room to travel down the depth of the large pot.  It’s actually only when the pots have been recently watered that they start to get a little heavier.  If the soil is fairly dry, these large pots are not as heavy as they look (to move and turn).

By chance I spotted a little female Fairy-Wren when it alighted on my balcony earlier.  I managed a quick shot from my Sony a6000 ‘mirrorless’ which was set on Aperture Priority instead of Shutter Priority. This camera was the quickest to get out of its bag and remove the lens cap, but I didn’t have time to see what setting it was on.

Never mind the ‘soft’ focus, here it is………gosh, I love seeing these tiny wrens even if they do move quickly and fly away after a minute or so.  They’re a nice change to the regular House Sparrow visitors.

…..and here’s a slideshow of the morning’s action for anybody who’s interested.

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NOTE: I’ve been mostly housebound in recent weeks with a flu-type virus and severe sciatic/knee/leg pain which has made walking difficult.

I saw my temporary doctor on Monday to get the CT Scan results to be greeted with the words “Vicki, you really don’t want any more spinal surgery”.  (my long-term doctor retired mid-December and this temporary doctor actually finished up last Monday too), so now I have to find another Doctor who can refer me back to my Neurosurgeon (2008 & 2015 lumbar spine surgeries) for a second opinion.


I’m A.W.O.L. at the moment

It’s that ‘paperwork’ time of year for me and I have to empty & re-pot some of my balcony potted herbs/plants to make way for 3 new tomato and 1 new capsicum plant(s) I bought last Sunday.  I’ve never grown Capsicums before, so we’ll see how they like this hot, west-facing balcony this summer.

…….and clean all the bird poop off the balcony fence and floor surfaces.

So blogging and blog following will be intermittent.

In the meantime……

When I moved to this apartment building a year ago, the young tree in front of my apartment balcony had bare twigs for the top 12-15″.  The other week I caught the culprit stripping the new tiny shoots (again) this year!

New Blog Link

New Blog now available at this address.  Not sure if black is the ideal background, but a few more posts and blog design tweaks will give me the answer I’m sure.

This new blog is only about Sunsets, Cloud formations (and maybe the odd Sunrise) and starts at the first image in my archival folder on those subjects made with a little Canon point & shoot camera in 2010.  It will then follow on with Canon DSLR images from 2011 onwards and Sony ‘mirrorless’ images from early 2015 (eventually).

If you’ve followed my blogs, (old & new), for the last 7 years you may have seen all the images and the new blog holds little interest for you, but if you’re a relatively new follower you may not have seen any of the images at all 🙂

There are no exotic locations, spectacular country or mountain landscapes, merely Light, Colour and/or Cloud Formations.



The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.

Alfred Austin