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Where to find hidden creatures in my Finches and Flowers painting

Where to find hidden creatures in my Finches and Flowers painting

This post is for those of you who have tried to find the hidden creatures in my Finches and Flowers painting and haven’t been sure where they are. The two Red-browed Finches Neochmia temporalis are easy to see. The other three hidden creatures can be much harder to find. This painting includes a Lycid Beetle and a … Continue reading

Where to find hidden creatures in my Fairy-wrens and Spider Flowers painting

Where to find hidden creatures in my Fairy-wrens and Spider Flowers painting

This post is for those of you who have tried to find the hidden creatures in my Fairy-wrens and Spider Flowers painting and haven’t been sure where they are. There’s an obvious male Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) on the right of this painting and his mate, a female ‘Jenny’ wren, on the left. The other four creatures … Continue reading

Where to find hidden creatures in my Pardalote and Swallowtail painting

Where to find hidden creatures in my Pardalote and Swallowtail painting

My friend Fi mentioned that a friend of hers was struggling to find the second spider in the painting on my Pardalote and Swallowtail greeting card. She suggested I add some information to my website to let people know where to find them. What a great idea! I love hiding small creatures in my paintings but … Continue reading

A rare gecko sighting

A rare gecko sighting

When I was a child there was nothing remarkable about spotting a gecko. They seemed to be fairly common around the farm. Some time ago I remember thinking I hadn’t seen one, not just for years, but in decades and I felt pretty sad to think they weren’t around in our area any more. What … Continue reading

Fairy-wrens and Spider Flowers card out now for Christmas

Fairy-wrens and Spider Flowers card out now for Christmas

My latest all-occasion-but-especially-good-for-Christmas greeting card is out now if you’re looking for a card that’s made in Australia, gives to charity and depicts Australian native flora and fauna. Fairy-wrens and Spider Flowers features a pair of exquisite Superb Fairy-wrens among the twigs of the striking Red Spider Flower grevillea. Hidden among the network of leaves, … Continue reading

Night falls, and the Lemon-scented gum trees start screaming

Night falls, and the Lemon-scented gum trees start screaming

Darkness gathers fast and early on these mid-winter nights and as soon as it’s too dark to see without torchlight the most alarming noises start emanating from the canopies of our Lemon-scented gums. My parents planted two of these beautiful trees about 45 years ago, and now we have a lovely little stand of the parent … Continue reading

Millipede madness

Millipede madness

Unfortunately the introduced Black Portuguese Millipede has reached plague proportions on the farm at the moment. They don’t seem to do any obvious damage but I can’t help thinking any introduced species that has a population explosion of these proportions must be upsetting the balance in the ecosystem at some level.

Possum sadness

Possum sadness

I was concerned to discover this beautiful Ringtail Possum in our driveway one morning recently. In daylight these little nocturnal marsupials should be tucked up in a tree hollow fast asleep. This one seemed quite disoriented and didn’t move away as I approached. I lifted it gently into a box and took it to Glenorie … Continue reading

The Magic of Microbats at Mitchell Park

The Magic of Microbats at Mitchell Park

Dad and I spent a delightful couple of hours last Friday evening in the peaceful dusk at nearby Mitchell Park, part of Cattai National Park, learning about our local microbats. “The Magic of Microbats” was a special event presented by the Greater Sydney Local Land Services in partnership with Hawkesbury City and The Hills Shire … Continue reading

New Pardalote and Swallowtail cards and gift packs now available!

New Pardalote and Swallowtail cards and gift packs now available!

I’m very pleased to introduce my newest card, Pardalote and Swallowtail, which is now available online. It’s an all-occasion card but the wreath shape makes it ideal for Christmas, especially if you’re looking for an Australian-made card featuring Australian flora and fauna. Pardalote and Swallowtail is available as individual greeting cards and also in packs … Continue reading

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