PATRICK’S BOOK SHOP

An outstanding second-hand bookshop has now relocated to Whanganui from Waverley. Best classic and collectable books I have found. You can find it in Ridgeway Street between Victoria and Trafalgar Streets in the same building as the Ambrosia Cafe. If you want to know more email Patrick on patrickhenrymckenna@gmail.com

 

SIMPLY SPLENDID

We have just returned from Australia today, and so much to do…  However, I couldn’t resist sharing these photos of the wonderful splendid fairywren (Malurus splendens) which is my favourite Australian bird.  The little bright blue bird is a male in breeding plumage.  Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour, and this makes it difficult to be sure which are the females.  I did get one photo of that grey-brown plumage, unfortunately not a good one, but it does show the difference…

This is an extremely darting little bird, rather like our fantails, so I feel lucky to have managed these shots.

STORM WARNING

Woke up this morning and saw this out the window. Rushed out half asleep in the dark with the camera – fiddled with the adjustments without being able to see them, and spent the next half hour trying to find out what I’d done!! The first photo isn’t bad, but the second is the result of brain fade…

…and here it is

CHANGES…

Well the drastic kitchen deed has started, those dreadful high cupboards ripped out, and for a little while, a huge hole in the wall. Our house is definitely open plan right now. And look what we discovered under the plaster-board – tongue and groove boards, they’re in the ceiling as well! Unfortunately they will remain covered for now as I have lost the vote. But at least I know they are there…