Published Monday, November 17, 2008
One of my favourite things are birdies. Native birdies mainly, mostly parrots and honeyeaters, but I also love magpies, as any regular reader of the Portion may know. So it goes almost without saying that this is one of my favourite things from nature. This page describes the call as: “A loud musical flute-like song, often performed as a duet or by groups. An uncommon alternative name for the Australian Magpie is Flute Bird.”
Another favourite is the call of the Butcherbird, although I’m not as happy if hear them around as they like to menace the budgies. But still a lovely sound. As I’m a bird nerd I’m loving this list of birdcalls. Every day is a good day if I’ve heard some magpies (and birds in general) singing outside my window.
Theme this week by Cloth and Fodder, this is hosted by Three Buttons.
Published Saturday, November 1, 2008
"this is" , life in general , meme
I’d never been here before until I met my husband over 10 years ago …and now I’m a Frankytown resident. (HP refused to move to the city.) The place has a bad reputation, as the home of bogans and general scrotes, but like any large town, it has it’s good points and bad.
-Railway station, smells like pee and always has dodgy types asking you for cash. Further to that, the train ride seems to take agggggggggggges
-Young Street, especially near Railway Station crossing
-NQR in Beach Street is always full of deadshits (but I still shop there)
-Obnoxious people at the pubs/nightclubs on the weekends (but that could be anywhere)
-The fact that the lovely Art Deco building that was once the Post Office is now Kittens fanny-dancing club
-The fact that the stip style Nepean Hwy shopping centre has suffered as a result of the big enclosed shopping centre development a few blocks over
-The Peninsula Centre – the biggest eyesore on the landscape
-I live here!
-Proximity to beaches, bays and the goodness of the Mornington Peninsula
-Op-shop joy – I seem to be in the minority in my love for vintage goods and recyclable kitsch
-The new Waterfront development is looking fab
-The view from Oliver’s Hill
-Big Spotlight 3 minutes from my house
-High availablity of snot blocks
-Can always park near your house – none of that parking 4 blocks away like I had to when I lived in St Kilda
-Local library = excellent
-Mornington Main Street shopping 15 minutes away
-I’m here! (oops I already said that.)
When I first moved down this way, it was a bit of a culture shock and I didn’t think I’d get used to it…but it’s okay. 10 years later, don’t ask me for street directions, I still couldn’t tell you, but I like living here. But that doesn’t mean I’ll be here forever…
This is…via Three Buttons. This week’s theme courtesy of Earl and Cookie.
Photo source here. [taken in 1971 folks]
Published Sunday, October 19, 2008
Hooray for Miss Hollie Hokey for suggesting this week’s theme. My favourite film is this one from 1987:
Hopefully these clips will give you a sense of the setting of the film, a small Aussie country town in the 1960’s. I can relate to this film a lot, I love the characters, the teenage angst, the struggle to be an individual in a small town where fitting in and doing what your parents did is the norm, and the sense of isolation and yearning that Danny (Noah Taylor) feels. So much Aussie goodness… And as a bonus, it has Ben Mendelsohn in it, who I adore!
“This is…” brought to you by Three Butttons.
[Credits: Clips are from this wonderful site, and are provided for non-commercial/educational purposes only.]
Published Monday, October 13, 2008
"this is" , Blogtoberfest
I’m very non-committal about reading lately. It’s just hard to find time to knit and read and embroider. (Yes, I know, talking books/books on tape are the answer.) Anyway, apart from all the magazines I buy and don’t get around to reading, these two are on the go, borrowed from my sis:
This week’s theme from My Champagne Dreams, home of “this is” – Three Buttons.