In a matter of 10 hours there was a dramatic change in the sky at Littlehampton yesterday. From an unseasonal hot Autumn dust storm there was a transition to blue sky and and some clouds drifting in,  Apart from the obvious change in colour, it was the improvement in air quality that was the most noticeable.
JX 12/4/2018

A quick dop back into home today and there was a chance siting of a visiting deer and several of the local Euros. They both stayed still long enough to let me grab these pictures.

It was a month of many contrasts was November. From cool days to cold mornings to very warm days. Was a month of many snakes with 3 being seen close to the house & shed. Was a lot of bird activity, especially from Kookaburras. Lots of Kangaroos, Wallaroos & Euros around. Looks like lots of Joeys on the way. There were lots of wildflowers as well but no photos this year.

As car drivers we all have that rare occasion to use our vehicles horn.
Sometimes to say hello  like an acoustic wave, sometimes to alert other drivers, to say watch out for others and sometimes to warn, threaten, shout at?
A Toot is a cheeky hello I can see you and is normally accompanied by a smile and a wave.
A Honk is a caring raised voice, to warn someone - be careful and stay safe.
A Blast is a scream or shout, sometimes in anger, sometimes frustration, almost like I am going to scare you so you tense up before impact or like an announcement to the whole world that you are being attacked by a vehicle or person unknown and the village alarm must be sounded!
4/11/2015 JX

This was a month where I had the chance to vist some of the local wine and beer makers close to Littlehampton & Hahndorf. Prancing Pony micro brewery at Totness (Hahndorf side of Littlehampton) has expanded and sells their full range of craft beers plus has some meals & burgers etc. The flavours are quite unique and the popularity is growing.
The Lane is a place I alway love to visit and when there I always think of the word provenance ie the story behind what you see. More about this in a later post I think.
John April 2015

I heard it mentioned recently that someone had referred to spending a Dog Year in a town. In essence they were saying they did not like it there and that time dragged.
It was this description that made me reflect on how we are all captive at times to our attitudes, how sometimes time seems to fly and at other times it seems to take forever.
So if a dog year is very roughly 7 human years (to use an approximate figure), how is it relevant if at all?
For those in their surrounds unable or unwilling to either escape, accept where they are or put their mind in a different place, time drags. Every second, every minute, every hour feels like an eternity, in effect Dog Years to them  ie time feels like it is taking 7 times as long.
But for some minds, Dog Years do actually fly. So much to see, so much to do. Every sensation, sight, sound, smell, sense, is something to be explored, investigated, experienced. And not enough time to do it!
And so for those people with a natural curiosity, love what they are doing, whose mind is busy on understanding, interacting with & absorbing from those around them & their surrounds – then time is enjoyed & passes very quickly.
With your mindset it can be that time can drag  at the rate of Dog Years or it can fly at the speed of Dog Years.
JX   15/11/2012

Trees for Life sent through an update recently to let people know about a new website with a focus on Native Orchids called OrchidNotes. For those with an interest in Native Vegetation and particularly Native Orchids it really is an exceptional resource!      
Congratulations & Thank you to the people who have put this together, are maintaining it and are helping others learn more about these interesting Orchids through sharing!
JX 1/7/12

Written by Philip Jones & Anna Kenny, I came across this book by chance in a second hand book shop in Strathalbyn.
A companion publication to the 'Australia's Muslim Cameleers' exhibition in the South Australian Museum it is a way for others to discover this much unreported aspect of our countries history.
Based around historical records, artefacts and the memories of decendants it provides a sense of the contribution made by these people and how they maintained their faith and their links to their culture in a remote and strange land for them.
A book to be bought or borrowed, read, then reflected upon.

A small tree that looks like thousands of others becomes amazing when there is a focus on individual leaves at a particular point in time!

I collect the shredded paper from our office and put it around some of the trees as a mulch. I have started to see bits of it being used now in the construction of bird nests and even at the entrance of a spiders 'home'.
I am now starting to wonder what bit of writing the birds or spiders can see on the inside lining of their homes!
Updated to add 2 photos of a birds nest that is using pieces of orange & blue Bale twine in its construction.