Birds in the garden

Posted on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 by midcenturyjo

Just keeping a list of the native birds we have seen in the garden, in the neighbour’s large trees and flying overhead. Need to keep the list somewhere because I keep losing track. For the past five years we have been trying to make our garden bird friendly with nectar flowers and bird baths. It also helps to be surrounded by towering old gum trees and have a wildlife reserve a block away and I guess our own caged birds attract their freestyling friends into the yard. Of course it would be lovely to have a photos of them all but who is carrying a camera or a phone when the feathered visitors come calling?

The list:

rainbow lorikeet, king parrot, galah, corella, sulphur crested cockatoo, sacred kingfisher, kookaburra, tawny frogmouth, boobook owl, currawong, magpie, crow, peewee, spangled drongo, common koel (stormbird), pheasant coucal, butcher bird, noisy miner, crested pigeon, spotted turtle dove, brush turkey, blue faced honey eater, fig bird, willie wagtail, superb fairy-wren, silver eye, brown honey eater and hear a bellbird and a whipbird every so often but haven’t sighted them.

Favourite things

Posted on Sun, 15 Nov 2015 by midcenturyjo

I love my beni ourain rug. So soft. So thick. Bitch to keep clean. I send it out almost every year to be washed and in between it gets a regular shampoo. The reason why it gets so dirty so quickly? Four legs and a fur coat by the name of Mickey the wonder dog. It’s his favourite spot to curl up. Oh well the price we pay for pretty things.

P.S. Also love my vintage Tanderra chairs. Thick leather seats, chunky timber pole legs and aluminium struts. By Brisbane furniture designer Robert Dunlop in the mid-70s.

Top of the stairs

Posted on Sun, 15 Nov 2015 by midcenturyjo

Grey day. Top of the stairs.

Sunny day. Top of the stairs.

Collections #9

Posted on Sat, 14 Nov 2015 by midcenturyjo

Clam shells. One day I’ll have a big old daddy clam shell and I’ll settle it into the dirt in the garden and fill it with water for the dog. Large ones are difficult to find and mega expensive as the clams are now protected in the wild and anything you’ll come across is vintage or copies made of resin.  In the meantime just a few baby shells. Biggest is 40cm. Bought these over the years at thrift stores for a few dollars. Maybe I’ll stalk the neighbourhood looking for large shells hidden here and there in the gardens of the old houses.

P.S. Looks like I have a thing for large scallop shells as well 🙂

Collections #8

Posted on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 by midcenturyjo


I love anything rusty but I’ll let you in on a secret. I’m impatient. If it ain’t all red and rusty to begin with I’ve been know to whip out the Porter’s Liquid Iron and Instant Rust. The only thing real in this group is the old lantern. The rest started life as wood and metal and glass and ceramic.