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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Wet and Wild

Wow, it poured down last night, and the wind was trying to blow itself inside out, I think. 72 km per hour, but I think some of the gusts were a lot more. I had to batten the hatches in the studio, as it was directly in the line of fire, siting on top of the bank overlooking the river... I put plastic on the sills to direct the water back out instead of all over my artworks!
It came from a different direction to the last one, so the bamboo got a hammering, and there're leaves all over the lawn, roof, chockka in the gutters (grr - I just cleaned them out!) - and a big cane crashed down, just catching the edge of the verandah where it still lies this morning.

Luckily I hadn't swept the new drive yet:

Far too late for eggs, so not a tragedy as spring storms can be, this nest fell out of the bamboo. I can see where a little bamboo twig has been used to support it. I don't know who made it, possibly a sparrow.
What I did notice, that gave my heart a little lurch, was that incorporated in with the palm fibres and moss, is some fine, grey animal hair. Given that I would always put our little dog Shelly's fluff outside when I groomed her, I expect that's where it came from. Awww. Dust to dust, op-shop to op-shop*, hair to nest.

* What my daughter and I always say when some garment, bought from the op-shop, is finally discarded and returned.



  2. Gosh you did have a blow. I always feel sad when nests get destroyed. To me they are one of the real wonders of the natural birdy world 'cos they do it all (almost) without any hands!

  3. The new drive surface looks magnificent. Those muffin men seem to have done you proud in spite of their dumbness re. the garage door. Oh, and I know there's plenty more bamboo where that fallen cane came from - enough bamboo to feed half the pandas in China!

  4. That's very nice to you John. Thank you! If you were closer, and helped me sweep, I would make you a batch of my famous spiced muffins.

    That's a good point Geeb. 'Look humans, no hands!'

    YP. Yes, I must show off the drive in a post. And, yes, plenty left!