Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Where Have You Been?....

I've missed you...missed writing the blog....missed keeping in touch. But I'm back from my adventures and ready to share ideas, thoughts and designs with you. My adventures have taken me half way around the world and if you've been following me on Facebook, perhaps some of this will be a little repetitive.
Someone once said "never let children or animals have the last word" (or something similar!) so I'll start with my cute little animal pictures. Most of these were taken at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, animals in the wild don't pose quite so well, as they are usually moving fast or not moving at all!
If you ever get down to Australia, do take time to visit a sanctuary, most often they are rescued animals that are in a breeding programme to improve populations or overall health and often released back into the wild. Check out the Bonorong Sanctuary here: http://bonorong.com.au/
Here's the little Tasmanian Devil, an ugly creature in my opinion and rather snarly. But I guess someone loves them!

I love the little wallabies, they clasp onto your hand with their claws (not sharp) to eat. I had to buy a little toy one with a book for a special little boy at home.

I also saw a beautiful Kookaburra, and got a great picture. He is bigger than I had imagined and a rather strong beak. Do you remember the song about the Kookaburra, we used to sing it in Girl Guides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysaskdFpPz8

Of course the Koala is synonymous with Australia, and although I couldn't hold one, I did get a good picture. They are as cute as I had imagined.....while out driving we did come across a group of people looking up into the trees at one of them, but try as we did, couldn't see it! Koalas have unusual eating habits, most of their time is spent sleeping because it requires a lot of energy to digest their toxic, fibrous, low-nutrition diet and sleeping is the best way to conserve energy. (there's a new diet tip for you!) You can learn more about them here: https://www.savethekoala.com/about-koalas/interesting-facts

I was able to get up close to an Emu and we had a little staring contest. I was surprised at the purple colour on his neck. It shows only slightly in this photo.

 My favourite little animal was quite shy but ever so cute, he is called an Echidna (maybe its a she) and has a lovely little waddle when walking, perhaps I feel a kinship there! Even though the quills look prickly apparently they are stiff rather than sharp. And the cutest long nose.....

So those are my holiday pics! Many thanks to Chris for taking me on the wildlife tour....I'll be posting some classroom/workshops pictures soon so you can see the wonderful fabrics that were created! Stay tuned!


5 comments:

bronwen said...

Such great pictures from your trip! I can't wait to hear more!!

Ioleen said...

Lovely pictures. Sounds like you really enjoyed your trip.

Susan Purney Mark said...

thanks, it was a wonderful time!

Jaynie Himsl said...

I knew Auzzy land had strange animals but have never even heard of the last one and never seen pictures of Tasmanian Devils. very interesting

Terrie's Lakeside Quilting said...

Heard from my friend, Chris in Hobart ...she really enjoyed your workshop.. Tassy is one of my favourite places...so much history and the people are wonderful.