Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year!

 It's nearly midnight and Blogger just swallowed my first attempt at a post. I've been dragging the chain a bit lately when it comes to blogging (that was an Aussie expression, hopefully not too obtuse) but I'm definitely going to make a better effort next year. As the new year is almost upon me I thought I'd just show you some favourite photos of the past month or so, with a little bit of commentary. First up is Christmas, the 80 year old tree from Vienna and the very modern children with some of their loot.

This is beautiful Luther, an old black cat turning bronze with age. About 16 or so, he is a loving companion, very much enjoying his life in the sun, especially now that the chooks are no longer able to harass him. Considering his age he is amazingly sweet and patient when the children want to carry him around.

I am of course a bit potty about natural history and got very excited about this spider's web that I saw hanging from our roof. It was about 3 ft wide and nearly as high, way up in the air and only visible when the wind blew it the right way. I couldn't resist taking a photo and I'm only sorry the owner wasn't visible, though I know quite a few of my readers will be grateful for that omission.

This wonderful tree is a prickly pear and when I was last out on the road, mainly in Queensland, the prickly pears were in flower. They are a terrible weed in many places but the orange flowers do develop into a fruit that is sweet and juicy and highly valued in many parts of the world. Sometimes to be found in fruit shops but certainly not a common fruit.

At the moment we are experiencing terrible floods in the state of Queensland. Over a third of the state, an area the size of Germany and France combined, is in flood - and the water is expected to be there for weeks if not months. It is heart rending to see streets, houses, farm lands under water. Just three weeks ago I was in some of the towns now flooded, thousands of people evacuated, property ruined. There was a lot of water lying around when I was in Queensland and this next photo shows a puddle we drove through. This same place, the road, the trees, and the paddocks behind, are now several metres deep in muddy water.

I'll end with a sunset taken in Gloucester, New South Wales, on a day of torrential rain. I was at a friend's wedding and as the sun set the sky just lit up with this amazing golden light.

I wish you all a most wonderful 2011, a year of peace, happiness, good health and prosperity. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the past year, I really do appreciate your comments and emails.

Happy New Year!


  1. Forgot about the time difference in Australia.

    Happy New Year!
    Wishing you all the best for 2011.


  2. Thanks Angela, yes we're ahead of a lot of places, though NZ is 2 hours ahead of us here in Eastern Australia, and Western Australia is 4 hours behind us.

    Happy New Year to you too. xx

  3. And over in NYC, we're 15 hours behind Aussie EST!
    Weather! The worst snow storm in years played hell with the airports and roads.
    But let's all hope for better in2011.

  4. Di, so pleased to hear from you. Can't wait to hear the entire story - must be an adventure. Happy New Year!xx

  5. how lovely to have a post from you again carol! happy new year! its shaping up to be a very very warm day here at the creek - something that would be appreciated far more in Q than down here... poor things - in the big wet

    hope 2011 is a really terrific one for you and all the family xxx

  6. That last shot is amazing! I hope you are not under water as well? NSW has had lots of very interesting weather last year. I wish for you a more settled and somewhat predictable one... (Though these freak events also make interesting natural history...)

  7. Happy New Year to you too Dear Carol! I love your photos, but the one of the flooding is mindboggling! I am so concerned about the flooding, and those whose lives and livelihoods are have been and will be affected. Goodness knows the world is in such environmental turmoil right now!
    Give all of your grandbabies hugs from me for the new year, and don't forget to blog every so often, as it is a delight to read about and see what is going on in your world!


  8. I love your christams tree carol! Happy new year,Best wishes from jane x0

  9. Patina and patience - two wonderful qualities that come with age? (Am thinking of your tree and gentle Luther. . . ).
    Happy New Year, Carol. I'm so pleased we 'met' during 2010. Thank you for initiating the 'Paper Wrestling' project and for your fascinating posts. Your blog is always a pleasure to visit. Take care - and best thoughts to the Queenslanders who are having to deal with the difficult challenge of far too much water.

  10. Carol, wishing you a healthy and happy New Year with every opportunity for your creative adventures. Reading reports of extreme weather sends shivers down my back - I hope you stay dry and comfortable.

    All the best for 2011!!

  11. I love your blog! I just wish you would update it more!
    Best of health and happiness in 2011 from an occasional blog visitor!

  12. Hi Carol - just lovely to read another post - a wander thru the year and the many moments. We are dry (note to self mountaintops are good) but the devastation is overwhelming elsewhere. Toughvcountry. Best wishes for a creative and happy 2011 - lots of good things and good times, and wonderful BAO books! Thanks for all your kind and generous comments and thoughts this year.

  13. Greetings dear Carol,

    I would like to wish you and your family all the best for the New Year. May it be filled with creativity, good health and plenty of prosperity.

    It is nice to learn that your feline companion has been with you for 16 or more years, as our Miss KItty has been with us 17 years and since we almost lost her two years ago, I decided to create a blog for her.

    Wishing you all the best,

  14. Happy New Year to you as well, Carol.
    Thanks so much for visiting me and your lovely comment.Wish I had time for a book. I work full time outside of the art world.

    Hope all is well in your area of the country. I know how awful things have been up north.

  15. Happy New Year, Carol! I hope it will be a good one for you.

    The photos are wonderful -- lets me travel to Queensland (at least vicariously).


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