Here we go, a Merry Christmas from the gang down under. I’m a little late today we’ve been busy with all the visitors bringing gifts in their Santa hats. Of course they hang around and sing carols, like: We wish Roo a Merry Christmas – Deck the pouch but not with Holly – God rest ye merry Wallabies. The list goes on, then they bring out the eggnog with brandy, whack each other with their candy canes and fight over the presents. Some tender young Roo sticks mistletoe on her head and the party really begins.
A pond in the Canberra botanical gardens converted into a watercolour.
Roses at Cowra.
An everyday seascape at Ballina turned into a watercolour.
Pelican at Ballina yacht club.
Another pic of the fighting roos from a couple of weeks ago. Or they could be left over from the Christmas visitors.
There are two ways of commenting on the next two pictures, giving birth which is what really happened and a skewed account by yours truly. The wallaby sat in the front yard (yes the grass is long, I’m cutting it tomorrow, right?) for a few minutes licking the fur from the lip of her pouch, to down underneath her tail. The babies are about an inch long and hairless, once out of the womb they crawl up the fur where Mum has licked and into the pouch. Once there they latch onto the nipple and stay attached for a while. I’ve never seen a Wallaby, or Kangaroo mum stick her head down into her pouch until the other day. I believe she’s making sure the baby is okay. Now for my version: left to right and down. Mum – ‘Janet, where are you, are you hiding again?’ Janet – ‘I’m right here beside you Mum.’ Mum sticking head way down in pouch – ‘Where, I can’t see you in here?’ Janet grabbing Mum’s ear – ‘Yoo hoo, I’m here.’
I know they’re cute. Now Janet knows she’ll never be able to get a drink from mum again.
Looking south from the side of the house at a departing storm.
Decorate this! At the botanical gardens in Canberra, not every tree grows straight and tall.
That’s the lot for this week. So no matter what you are celebrating next week I hope you all have a safe and happy time.