leelastarsky: (Harrison the Hippie)
( Nov. 11th, 2011 11:11 am)
11.11AM on 11.11.11!


leelastarsky: (new year birds)
( Jan. 1st, 2011 01:58 am)
Happy New Year! 

Very happy to see the back of 2010.  Here's hoping 2011 is kind!
leelastarsky: (budgie as totem)
( Nov. 12th, 2010 09:27 pm)
Wednesday morning, I was woken at about 5.30am by the Dawn Chorus. I heard the rainbows launch from their nightly roost and fly over our house in one giant, joyous flock. Then, just before they were out of earshot, the flock turned and swung back over the other side of our house.  They do this morning and night, and it fills me with so much happy hearing and seeing this! I can't tell you how lucky I feel. :~) 
noisy rainbows vid + art! )
Buffy knows it's an egg, and that she's supposed to sit on eggs so they turn into babies! But all attempts to get it underneath herself are in vain! 

Pippin loves his 'techno!'    XD
leelastarsky: (Rainshadow)
( Aug. 15th, 2010 07:54 pm)

Had a rather luscious downpour this afternoon, which made Peepers and Zazu VERY happy. They kept running through the overflow from the gutter! Just like kids used to run through sprinklers in the 'old days' (before water restrictions made them a fond memory!)

leelastarsky: (Pippin)
( Aug. 7th, 2010 07:37 pm)
Daughter's hands!

pix! )


ETA: not MY birds; outside birds.  ;~P
leelastarsky: (Emmy)
( Jun. 4th, 2010 10:12 pm)
After shrieking at him for almost a year now, out of the blue, Ember has decided that Ben is no longer a threat. :)
♥ ♥ ♥
Also a little bit of Evie and Lilly the Quakers.

leelastarsky: (burnt flag 2009)
( Mar. 1st, 2010 01:45 pm)
Yesterday, being the last day of Feb and a lovely cool day to boot, I found myself breathing a big sigh of relief for the passing of the fire season. And what happened? A grass fire on the next hill!! (3minute walk?) So my kids ran down to watch, and the main road was closed and there were fire trucks... *flails* It was like a smiting, I swear! Just as I thought, 'yay, fire-danger is over for this season'...BOOM! There it was. O.o

The firies had it under control quickly, but...yeah.

Yay Autumn!
Evie is 1yo now and SO smart.  the scarily intelligent one... )

Budgies and 'tiels, oh my....!

a ridiculous number of photos! )
Yes, it's time for another birdie post!

golden-girl photos )
leelastarsky: (new year birds)
( Jan. 1st, 2010 11:10 am)
Well, an auspicious end to 2009 and start to 2010! 

courtesy of http://spaceweather.com/
BLUE MOON ON NEW YEAR'S EVE: Believe it or not, tonight's full Moon is a "Blue Moon." It's the second full Moon this month and the first Blue Moon to fall on New Year's Eve in nearly 20 years. Sounds like a rare excuse for a party... There's more. In Europe, Africa and Asia, the Blue Moon will dip into Earth's shadow for a partial lunar eclipse. At maximum eclipse, around 19:24 Universal Time, approximately 8% of the Moon will be darkly shadowed: animated preview.

Blue Moons are rare (once every 2.5 years). Blue Moons on New Year's Eve are rarer still (once every 19 years). How rare is a lunar eclipse of a Blue Moon on New Year's Eve?

A search of NASA's Five Millennium Catalogue of Lunar Eclipses provides an approximate answer. In the next 1000 years, Blue Moons on New Year's Eve will be eclipsed only 11 times (once every 91 years). A year of special note is 2848 when there will be two lunar eclipses in December--on Dec. 1st and Dec. 31st. Such a double-Blue Moon-lunar eclipse ending on New Year's Eve appears to be a millennium-level event. That's rare.

Go outside and enjoy the moonlight!

And what a beautiful Blue Moon it was!  Fortunately we got to see it rise, just before it was overwhelmed by dark, dark storm clouds! 

(please excuse crap photo taken with mobile phone.)

After a day of sweltering high 30s, the storm came in about 9pm.  You can see it overhead in the photo.  Then we had delicious torrential rain till 1am!  Mmmm, rain!  :~) 

So here's to a good 2010! May it be as magical as the once-in-a-millennium-Blue-Moon-with-Lunar-Eclipse-at-New-Year that welcomed it in!

(missed seeing the eclipse part myself thanks to storm.  Doh!)

leelastarsky: (sparkle tiel)
( Dec. 31st, 2009 04:12 pm)
Just picked the first crop (10 or so) of apricots from our apricot tree!  They were warm, almost hot (cos it's 36*C out there and the sun was on them,) but boy they tasted GOOD.  All organic and NOM NOM NOM!

...my fanboyhubby gave to me...

...a Rainshadow, cute as can be!

click for more kitten cute! )

leelastarsky: (burnt flag 2009)
( Nov. 10th, 2009 11:05 pm)
A drive-by posting cos we've been cut to dail-up till the 15th. Grrr! Just to let you all know that we're ok. The fires were under control by the time I found out about them. The school didn't send the kids home, so I guessed it couldn't have been too exciting. :~P Kids didn't know anything about it. But when I went to hang out some washing later, the sunlight had that orangey sort of bushfire glow, and I could see a thin layer of smoke over the sun (shafts of sunset-like beams coming from the sun) despite the blue sky. Not sure where that was from. :~( Another hot day forecast for tomorrow, and the rest of the week. Everything is going BROWN fast. *sigh*

*wishes she could move to Tassie.*
Yep.  Fecking Fire season.

My eldest (the one with Downs) just called to let me know they were being moved from Hurstbridge to Lower Plenty cos there's a FIRE at Hurstbridge.


Looked it up on the CFA incident summary page, and it's listed as a grassfire and under control.  Nevertheless... a few days of 35*C and off we go again.  

*HATES Summer*

ETA: ok, a siren just went past so I did a refresh on the incident summary... there's one in the next street!  Right near my kids school!  *wibbles*

*considers packing*

*refreshes page*  Shit, it now says there are 3 firetrucks there.

I'm off to bring the birds in.  :~(

Our new baby loves the shower. She sits on the bottom (in the finer spray) with a look of "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! This is the life!" on her face.
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