Southern Cross Creations
An Australian Woman's Journal
Archive for the Month of January 2003
27 January 2003
Australia is a land of fire and flood. More than 350 homes have been lost in recent bushfires in the A.C.T., the nation's capital. Fires continue to burn in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Drought conditions have worsened the fire hazards.
I belong to an online spinners and weavers list for Australia and New Zealand.and the effects of ACT fires were brought home to me by hearing of two Guild members losing their homes, including a Swedish damask loom. We squeeked through our region's fire season with no fires very near, but lots of smoke for days on end. The recent rain is good protection now.
Jerry and I finally got our own craft page up, featuring our handspun, handwoven, handprinted goodies.
20 January 2003
Besides party-time, we ran into unexpected chores. Jerry headed out bright and early to repair the front fence which got knocked down by an old dead tree falling over. The dog loves these interruptions to our routine.
Jerry mastered the good trick of tying two lengths of barbwire together with a knot! Fencing magic!
7 January 2003
Redbird hosted this year's Christmas get-together in Cairns. We took dips in the salt water pool to keep cool yet protected from the sun by the shade of a temporary tarp overhead. Everyone brought plates of food, what a feast: homegrown and roasted turkey and duck, salads galore, cheese balls, eggnog and plum pudding with brandy sauce. The dog found the last half of the unguarded plum pudding as well as the dish of brandy sauce and left only tongue prints on empty bowls.
On a recent evening a new insect came to our light. The new visitor was the size of a big hawk moth and had the same configuration. But his transparent wings are unusual and his fluffy yellow tail quite handsome. Jerry photographed him before capture and release, then closed the doors to discourage a return visit to the light.
After no luck on searching through our reference book on native fauna, Jerry did an internet search and discovered it was a bee hawk, Cephanodes picus, a relative of the hawk moths. Isn't he gorgeous?
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