Monday, 29 October 2012

My country treasures

Almost at the end of my long holiday and I've been sorting out my treasures, those purchased and those gifted. My motel rooms looks like ... hmmm, it actually looks a bit like some of the junk shops I've been haunting. My photos are taken on my iPad and are of a quality that makes me long for the next (or even the one about to come out) iPad. I thought I'd have an iPad3 by now but Apple shops are very thin on the ground in country Qld and NSW. So, apologies for the bad pics.



This is a heap of loot from various antique, second hand and junk shops around the country. Copper, brass, rusty steel, EPNS - all treasures to me. Lucky we're not all the same, huh!



A plastic sewing case, still with original instructions for getting it open. It will hold all my waxed linen thread reels for book binding and other thready pursuits.



My collection of electrical insulators grows. I've been reduced to keeping them in the garden because there's only so many insulators one small house can hold. Here there are three brown, two blue (much prettier blue than in this photo), one large white. And alongside are some railway ties, a large bolt and a thing for tightening bolts. Heavy and very rusty.



Leone gave me this large wasps' nest that blew down in her garden. There are 12 layers of nest, very beautiful. Uninhabited of course. Thanks Leone.



B at RustSmith gave me a bag of metal off-cuts, a meditation word "Grace", a bicycle cog and one of his fabulous leaves. Thanks B & F. Great to see you again.



And - just stunning, is this RustSmith cascade of coloured metal leaves. I've seen them on B's website and thought they were wonderful but to actually see them in reality! I had to buy one; only problem was choosing. I also bought a pair of earrings with tiny versions of these leaves. I left Maleny Qld a very happy shopper.

Here I'm sitting by a creek, ducks and magpies close by. Behind me is a small flock of sheep keeping company with a group of cattle egrets (birds). The sheep are greyish white, the egrets are pure white and they all look wonderful against the green of the pasture.

Following the advice of a couple of friends I have added the ability to subscribe to my blog by email. This is right at the top on the right above my profile. I've found I have a much better chance of keeping up with favourite blogs if I can get an email reminder. What do you think?

Location:Gunning NSW

22 comments:

  1. Interesting thing about those email reminders. First you're supposed to click where it says "submit." "Submit" makes me nervous. And at least in the case of my blog, my reminders show up a good 14 hours after I put in my posts. I have never figured out why that is.

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  2. Murr, I was willing to submit to get your posts but I do seem to get them quite a while after you post. Yeah, I'm a bit wary of anything that tells me to submit and the Internet does it constantly.

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  3. Which is why I use a reader(Google Reader)and get things as they are published.

    Carol, please come and visit us - we have far too much crap and I'm sure you'd like some more!

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    1. Di, I have Google Reader but have hundreds of blogs on it and can't cope. Now I'm getting emails of the main ones and I'm actually managing better.
      Hoping Estorbo and family will be okay today in the storm.

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  4. if your photos were any better, I'd be more envious -smile-. looks like you got some great finds.

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    1. Sandra, lovely to see you here. Thanks for the kind words about the photos. I visit you to take in your truly beautiful piece of America.

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  5. your latest finds are fab! love those leaves

    hey have you seen notices about the soon to be released i-pad mini ? maybe it might be perfect for picture taking? (i have a fist gen i-pad with no camera so I use the phone.... and I've always thought it must be awkward to use a big i-pad to take a piccie?)

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  6. Ronnie, yes, a new mini iPad! You're right, taking photos on the big one is clunky and the quality isn't nearly as good as the iPhone. I'm tossing up the options right now. Never been very good at that so will probably make a sudden decision and hope for the best.

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  7. Your creek with the ducks, the magpies, the sheep and the egret sounds blissful.
    My father often called me a magpie because (then) bright and shiny things always took my eye. Far too many things still do, but they no longer have to be bright. Your wasp nest is a triumph of architecture.

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    1. EC, isn't that wasp nest wonderful! I think I'll send the photo to my Australian Museum guru to get an ID. I agree about the shiny and bright, and certainly rust has a great appeal to me these days.

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  8. oohhh lovely treasures Carol! Old Man Crow has been taking some very good photos on the iPhone 4S that he got last xmas and a good girlfriend who has an aging digital Nikon SLR is finding the quick pics taken with her iPhone are getting better results!
    re blog alerts I like the value of surprise with looking at things round the net so I don't subscribe to anything and just wander around with my intuition as a divining rod to see where it takes me each day!

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    1. Mo, I find I rarely get out my lovely Canon DSLR now. the weight puts me off and I love the iPhone. Getting older seems to equate with getting lazier, I'm afraid.

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  9. I sooo appreciate these treasures...especially the wasp nests...wow..very cool!!Just wanted to stop by and say that I received your Art is You art card and its soooo beautiful!! Thank you so much!!Warmest Regards,Cat

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    1. Cat, lovely to see you here. I'm glad you like my "treasures". And I'm so pleased you liked my Art is You card. I'm looking forward to getting my selection.

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  10. Hi Carol - what a GREAT stash and a great reminder of your trips and travelling. I love that you hung the leaf cascade outside!

    It was lovely to see you again - so sorry we were under the weather and it was hot. Go well and enjoy life

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    1. The cascade is just so beautiful, Fiona. Love it. So good to see you both, and as usual your generosity was amazing. Thank you to you and Barry for constant inspiration.

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  11. Hi = I agree with F -= your trip has produced an amazing collect - hope you have found the earring - let me know if you haven't. You are always welcome to visit. Go well. B

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    1. No earring yet, Barry, but I'll look a bit longer. Thanks for your input into my collection.

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  12. What a fabulous post! I wish I had been traveling along with you and Phil! I love all of the goodies you have purchased....I'd have been right there with you trying to buy the same lovely rusty bits!
    Your description of the place where you sat while you wrote was idyllic. I felt like I was right there with you, the sheep and the cattle egrets.
    I've subscribed to your blog via email....thank you for adding that!

    xxoo

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    1. I'd love to do a trip like that with you Judy. Can you see us vying for rusty stuff. You'd be limited by your luggage allowance. And probably C keeping an eye on you.

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  13. Looks like great treasure to me. xolj

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    1. It is treasure Louise, but finding a way to house it at home is becoming a problem. We have sheds here but they are full. Now I need a shed of my own...

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