Degreening – #Inktober2019 Day 28

Sadly, deforestration is a major environmental issue in Australia as well as in many other countries.

Way back in 1971 Dr Seuss’s book The Lorax was published.ย  It chronicles the plight of the environment. Loraxย is the character who “speaks for the trees” and confronts theย Once-ler, who causes environmental destruction.

The advice of the Lorax is still pertinent…


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Degreening – #Inktober2019 Day 28


Open Studios – #Inktober2019 Day 27

What could be better than spending time with friends in the Perth Hills visiting Mundaring Hills Open Studios?!

This year 49 artists participated over a 2 week period.ย  On Day 27 of Inktober we only got to a handful of studios but still enjoyed colourful, creative mosaics, wonderful sculptures made from found / discarded objects, interesting prints, imaginative paintings of animals and more. My sketch does not do justice to any we saw so take a look here to see the real deal.


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Mundaring Hills Open Studios – #Inktober2019 Day 27


Gidgie Show Day – #Inktober2019 Day 26

The rural town of Gidgiegannup is only 40 kilometres from Perth city in Western Australia so its annual show is a great opportunity for city and country folk to check out rural crafts and skills in the hills environment.

On Day 26 we attended the 73rd Gidgie Show with friends.

We always admire the farriers shoeing Clydesdales for their skill, strength and endurance – and the Clydesdales for their sheer size, looks and patience!


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The Grass Is Greener – #Inktober2019 Day 25

The grass is greener … where you water it.

In our case we water our vegetables, plants and trees and the grass grows although we have no lawn.ย  At least our chickens get to enjoy the grass.

Due to water restrictions in Western Australia limiting the days on which we can use our reticulation, hand watering is now almost a daily task as we move into late Spring.

I like the double meaning of the phrase – it’s an incentive to work with what you already have.


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The Grass Is Greener – #Inktober2019 Day 25

The Flower Blossoms – #Inktober2019 Day 24

The flower blossoms and the bee comes.

An abundance of native flowers, trees and bushes are blooming all around us in the Perth Hills of Western Australia.ย  The blooms are attracting many bees.ย  The air is humming around us and our vegetable patch is thriving as the bees stop by to partake of the nectar to be found there too.

Happy environment, happy bees, happy us!


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The Flower Blooms – #Inktober2019 Day 24

High Conservation – #Inktober2019 Day 23

We’re able to walk out of our back gate into an A class reserve, which here in Western Australia affords the greatest degree of protection to an area of Crown land.ย  Public classification and acts of Parliament are required to initiate changes.ย  This means we get to enjoy a range of native flora and fauna, including Stylidiums which I photographed on Day 23.

Stylidium are trigger plants. When an insect lands on the flower for a feed of nectar, a spring-loaded touch sensitive column hidden under the petals flicks over and deposits or collects pollen.

Apparently it is rare to see Stylidium with 5 petals as 99% of them have just 4.ย  So we are very lucky.

To learn more about Stylidiums go here.


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My Rescue Bowl – #Inktober2019 Day 22

When admiring a beautiful handmade pottery bowl at an Open Studio, I commented to a BFF who is a potter that it would make a lovely, but expensive hand basin for my ‘studio’.

My friend B replied that she’d made a bowl I could have because she intended to purposefully drop it because she was disappointed in it!ย  So, now I have a rustic looking hand basin in gorgeous colours of ancient rocks outside and glazed inside in a luscious deep blue.ย  The gloss glaze all over catches the light in wondrous ways – I love it!ย  I’m happy to have inadvertently saved it from being smashed.

The experience reminds me that one person’s reject is another’s treasure – and I, like others, need to be kinder to ourselves in critiquing our creations.


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My Rescue Bowl – #Inktober2019 Day 22