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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday Selections # 253



Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have another random selection. I'm still trawling through my old files and these following photos are from 2011 and 2012-3 mostly. I think.

this is currently my favourite screen saver, the pastel rainbow bubbles gently float and bounce around and I've often found myself just watching them instead of getting on with it. 

this footpath is usually a concrete path bordered by a strip of grass, but on the day I took this it was covered in fine pale yellow fluff (for want of a better word),

which had blown down, or just dropped, from the flowers of this tree.

these are the flowers, (minus the stamens)

and so are these. I believe the "fluff" is mostly made up of the white, soft, stamens seen here. 

this one is a flower on the fejoia tree in the front yard here. I've tried the fruits and they're quite nice, the flavour and texture being mild and reminiscent of both banana and pineapple. Creamy and tropical. 
In the years since I first sampled them, the fruits haven't been as nice, I think perhaps the tree doesn't get enough water. I don't water that section of the garden, neighour P does (not the sick one) and she is a sprinkler rather than a waterer. She worries about the cost, since we all pay a share of any water used. 
There is a watering system in place and sprinklers come on at night when the temperature has been high for a while (it's set automatically) and runs for a couple of hours, but not every night and I don't believe that is enough for a tree this size.

a pretty, pale pink Oleander. Notice the curved seed pods under it? when they are ripe and pop open, the tiny wispy brown 'umbrellas' float all over the garden and if it's windy they cover quite a lot of ground. They also stir up the hayfever quite badly.

reflections on my wall caused by sunshine bouncing off the tiny chrome surrounds of the speakers set into my keyboard.

a silky fairy. Catch one of these, hold it in your open palm and make a wish, then blow it away. If it falls to the ground, bad luck. If it floats or flies away, it is carrying your wish to the heavens.

early morning sunbeams on my back porch cupboard. Those doors are purple, although they look blue here. 

spot the sulphur crested cockatoo.

these "tall, tall trees" (that's a country song, by Alan Jackson) are no longer here. They were the last ones to be cut down in the big trim of (whatever year that was)2013?2014? I blogged about it  then.


Tall Tall Trees, by Alan Jackson.












26 comments:

  1. I don't think I have ever seen Silkie Fairies.
    One of our neighbours has a Fejoia. Rarely watered so the fruit is not the best.
    Love the bubbles, and the reflections...

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    1. I'm not sure where silky fairies come from or even what they are called We called them silky fairies when we were kids. They appear every year for a short time and as kids we would whisper our Christmas wishes to them. They're a seed pod of some kind.

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  2. I wasn't familiar with the silky fairy plant so I googled it--nothing there!!

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    1. I'm not sure what plant it comes from, all I know is they appear for only a short time, I don't remember what month or season, and we made our Christmas wishes on them.

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  3. I love Alan Jackson. I'm playing him in the background now. He's a huge favourite of a friend of mine, too, and he has every album Jackson's released.

    I wouldn't mind a few of those silky fairies..floating the wishes back to me (those that come true, that is)!!!!

    I hope the coming week treats you fairly and I hope the silky fairies do, too, River. Cuddles to Angel. :)

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    1. I have only two or three of Alan Jackson's CDs, the rest are just individual songs bought from I-tunes.
      I haven't seen a silky fairy in quite a while, that one there is one I saw and captured when I first moved here. I have no idea what plant they come from.
      Angel shared a cuddle this morning, he lay beside my pillow and wrapped a paw around my wrist.

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    1. They're delicate and pretty and almost never seen anymore. When I was little and lived further north, we saw quite a few each year. I don't know the official name, we called the silky fairies because my mum did.

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  5. We had a fejoia but it never fruited and I don't think I have ever tasted the fruit. The speaker reflections are interesting. It did take a few seconds to spot the cocky. Seems like last year that the trees were cut down.

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  6. Some fejoias may need a pollinator, but I can't be sure on that.
    I wondered if anyone would spot the cocky.
    You might be right about when the trees came down, I've lost track. The date will be on the original photos.

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  7. At the moment I would love what is being blown around to be flower fluff. For the past month the only thing falling here is leaves and bark - it is all over the place.

    While the chooks love to scratch in it, they do not have to sweep and rake it. That job is left to me. I added a lot to their leaf pile last week.. but anytime there is a wind I go out to find more mess.

    I put a pic of their present leaf pile in this weeks post -

    Sunday Selections Week 49

    You can also see in some of the pics where I have not raked and swept. :)

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    1. Leaves and bark make better mulch though, the fluff just gets up my nose. Your chickens look well and I bet they're contented with all those leaves to scratch in.

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  8. Hi River,

    Those are some very interesting looking flowers. I like the effects that you have captured with in your excellent photos. I think I managed to notice the sulphur crested cockatoo. I shall now attempt to catch a silky fairy.

    Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday, River.

    Gary

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    1. Nice to see you here Gary, I hope you're well. Give Penny a scratch behind the ears for me.
      Do you see those silky fairies where you are? They were far more common in the mid-north of my state when I was little, but now I hardly ever see any.
      The cockatoo is hard to spot at first.

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  9. .. I love your selections for today, River...
    I like the flowering trees but they are messy....
    I like Fejoas too...
    Hugs.. Barb xxx

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    1. I would like the Fejoia better if the fruit were more edible, for the past two years it has been a little sour and quite dry textured instead of smooth. I wouldn't mind the flowery mess either if it didn't stir up the hayfever.

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  10. Hello River. These nature pics are gorgeous. I especially love the silky fairy. The fejoia looks great! :-)

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    1. Denise; welcome to drifting and thank you.

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  11. silky fairy? I never knew what people called them... I just call them wish fairies. I like your name better.

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    1. nice to see you here Kelley. I've always called them silk fairies, my mum did too.

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  12. I like the bubble screensaver too.
    Trees and shrubs are a problem with water, some need more and others need less, a bit hard when watered by a watering system in a complex, but plants do seem to survive.
    Oh yes, I remember the fairly..

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    1. The tree is surviving, but the fruits definitely need more water. The birds don't mind, they'll eat them anyway. You don't happen to now where those fairies come from?

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  13. What a great selection you brought to us today and thank you for sharing all of it.
    Loved that pale pink oleander and yes, I did spot the sulphur crested cockatoo.
    Hope you will soon have some cooler days. It has been quite cold in Perth over the past few day but more heat on the way next weekend.

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    1. I spoke to my brother in Fremantle today, he said you've had some rain over there. I hope it comes this way, we've got clouds, but so far it's just muggy.

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  14. I loved this collection! The fluff looks like a pretty carpet and the flowers are so sweet to look at .The pale pink oleander is so delicate.
    I joined in but forgot to post the link :) http://woosangwashere.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/sunday-selections.html

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    1. The fluff is a pretty carpet, but it sticks to the shoes, especially if it has got damp somehow.
      I'll pop over and see...

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