Wednesday, April 13, 2011

betty update...


She spent 3 long days building her eggsac, and another 2 days trying to get back up into her web, having a few scary confrontations with Sue. The poor girl was so tired after her busy week, it looked like she was giving up, so I sent Ben out there and with some assistance Betty (the big girl at the top) is now back in her rightful place in her web. Now she can rest. ♥

Monday, April 11, 2011

betty...

For the past few months I have been watching 2 Golden Orbs spiders (Nephila edulis) choose the spot just in between our back wall and the fence as their homes, build impressive webs and grow to very large sizes. I named them Betty and Sue.

Betty is the big girl on the left and Sue is the little one one the right.


They seemed very happy and thrived in their beautiful webs. Everyday when I opened the curtains on the lounge room windows I would peek out and check on the girls. Some mornings the web would be covered in dew and you could see every tiny little detail, and sometimes the sun would hit the webs just right and they would stand out with their beautiful golden thread.

They endured some sweltering hot days, and some freezing cold mornings and even when I would start getting worried about how strong a storm was getting, how wild the wind was and how hard the rain fell I would look out there and they'd still be there, with their legs held close to their bodies swaying around in the wind. Occasionally the storm was so rough it would knock parts of their webs down, but they'd always build it straight back up.

Well this morning I looked out to find only sue was left in her web, and Betty was no-where in sight. I felt a pang of sadness thinking she must have been gotten by one of the bats or maybe a bird, but then out of the corner of y eye I noticed a rather large yellow egg sack. I thought maybe this could be the work of Betty and sure enough there she was very slowly circling round and round putting the finishing touches on the sack. She looked so tired and was slipping every now and then. I watched her for a little while, and then we had to go into town.


If you look closely you can see Betty (the gray ball) at the top right corner of the sack...


And at the bottom...

When we came back from town I looked out the window to check how she was going and noticed she had finished and was resting and guarding her precious bundle.


Sue, left alone in her web with Betty and her bundle in the background (bottom right).


I'm not sure if I will be seeing much more of my Betty, but I feel so lucky to have watched her grow and thrive and leave me a beautiful ball that will hatch in 42-87 days and bring me more little Golden Orb spiders. And hopefully some of those will choose to build and grow where their mother had before them, in what I now call my spider garden.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

elizabeth mitchell....

What a beautiful voice. Such special songs that really touch your heart. There are just not enough lovely words I could use to express how wonderful this woman is.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

end of an era...



"I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands. For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else. I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things. But I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS. Follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come."

~ Dame Elizabeth Taylor 1932 - 2011.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

holi...

The 20th of March marked the start of the Holi Festival. It is held the day after the full moon in March each year. People spend the day smearing coloured powder all over each other's faces, throwing coloured water at each other, having parties, and dancing under water sprinklers.



It's not all fun and games for everyone though, with rituals being held as well. The emphasis of Holi rituals is on the burning of the demoness Holika. On the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lit to mark occasion and to burn evil spirits.


So in honour of the Holi Festival which unfortunately we were to busy to celebrate during the last couple of days, I have decided that this coming weekend My little family is going to have our own little Holi festival. We will decorate with balloons, build a fire, make fun colorful masks, and have a huge water/food dye fight. I'm very much looking forward to it. It's the perfect reason to have fun and get a bit messy. HAPPY HOLI EVERYONE!!! ♥

the gypsy gem...



For the past few months I've been organizing suppliers, busily creating logos, calculating costs and am finally proud to announce that in a couple of months I will be opening my own online business. :D Thought I'd show you all a bit of a teaser. ♥


Monday, March 21, 2011

mala monday...


Today I made my own set of Mala beads. I used some very old wooden beads which are special to me. It turned out great, and I'm very happy. Although for the life of me I couldn't find any smaller beads to finsh it off with (the White : Nirmanakaya/enlightened body. Red : Sambhogakaya/enlightened speech. Blue : Dharmakaya/enlightened mind.), I think the ones I used look great anyway. The finished product feels very special to me. ♥