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A sign of the times.

We have a new sign – no excuse to get lost now 🙂

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Lilies of the Field

Lilies of the Field

this is the native Darling/Murray lily -(Crinum Flaccidum)-a wonderful lily which flowers when conditions are right – usually after a decent amount of rain. Clumps of these in greening paddocks look beautiful at any time 🙂

A wedding!

A wedding!

On April 5th , a couple chose Kulcurna as the backdrop for their wonderfully fun wedding. Please CLICK on the photo here, which will take you to some of the professional photos on Flickr. These were taken by the talented Mandi Whitten :  http://www.mandiwhitten.com/

Light & Sound

Light & Sound

CLICK on the photo to watch and hear a snippet of  KULCURNA’s  ANZAC – featuring the LAST POST played live .

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

ANZAC morning at Kulcurna is always a special time . This year the sounds of the Last Post cam from a real instrument , not a recording – and drifted across the water to greet the sun.
Around 80 people shared the service ,and breakfast afterward.
There were babies at their first ANZAC , people who well remembered WW2 and those who had served in Vietnam.

Bushfire beauty

Bushfire beauty

Over this past week, with temperatures hovering around 45 deg C there have been thunderstorms .Bushfires were started in many parts of the country , including the area to our West .
This is a sky view taken on 17 th January ..looking at the smoke cloud from a large fire near Renmark,South Australia.

Paddlin’ down the River…..on a sunny afternoon ….

Paddlin' down the River.....on a sunny afternoon ....

Angelo and Nugget on their way from Wentworth to Renmark. This is a shorter trip for these two , having kayaked down some of the longest waterways in the Murray Darling catchment area over the past few years .

Angelo and Nugget

Angelo and Nugget

Veteran kayakers, the captain & first mate called in to top up their rainwater cask , and let the first mate check out the landscape 🙂

Here’s looking at you

Here's looking at you

When are you coming to look at me?
Visitors with curiosity in the eyes, questions in their minds, and cameras in their hands are most welcome 🙂

A Serendipitous Find

This morning I found a wonderful blog , with much detailed description of a Murray Journey. Kulcurna is also mentioned , and so I am including the URL :

http://echuca-murraymouthkayakjourney.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/day-21-thursday-812-devils-elbow-lock-6.html

Spring at Kulcurna

Spring at Kulcurna

We are lucky this year to have had rain at the best time to allow native plants to get to flowering stage 🙂 It has been just lovely seeing the different colours and types of flowers & fruit – including the delicious quandongs !

Inquisitive

Inquisitive

Early Morning .. a touch of mist ,and the sun mostly being hidden by clouds. I was trying to photograph some wildflowers , when I heard a noise, and saw this little kangaroo hopping straight for me 🙂
Closer and closer she hopped , then stopped to have a long gaze and a sniff – we exchanged a ‘Good morning’ , and off she went again .

It’s good to Gift yourself TIME , occasionally

This morning , whilst chatting to guests on the Homestead verandah , I thought just how fortunate we were.

There, just in front of us , a ‘Nature Documentary’ was playing out , in full colour and sound , with Drama, and laughs, and excitement.

Blue faced honeyeaters were competing with noisy miners , as they were feeding on nectar from Eremophila flowers. The colours were flashing by as  positions changed, and the ‘retreat, rest, return pattern’ repeated itself.

Over in the tall tree near where vehicles are parked , a female grey butcherbird was very vocal ..and the reason soon became clear , as newly mated yellow rosellas , escaping the noise, flew away from their nest hole.

As soon as the parrots had left ..butcherbird approached the hollow in the branch, perched carefully, and poked her head inside, peering around ! No doubt she was hoping for something tasty for breakfast .

A magpie pair seemed to be very busy collecting beetles & grubs from green paddocks to feed newly hatched young. Their rough stick nest swayed in the top of a spindly gum  as they flew backward & forwards.

Local characters, the ravens/crows  were busy cleaning up  some leftovers ..a quick and furtive approach , some side-to-side glances, then a lightning “Grab&Go before someone else comes” procedure!

Corellas were waddling amongst strewn leaves& twigs  heading for the logs on the water’s edge for their morning drink ..and pelicans, feathers much ruffled by strong winds, floated downstream, fishing as they went , heads and necks disappearing underwater for a few seconds as they attempted to grab a fish .

 

All this from the front verandah , on a Sunny Morning. 🙂

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

provides some spectacular colours in the sky . 🙂 Great backdrop for photos !

A warm drink, and a storyteller

This may be a little out dated , but really, the story  goes on …

      click here   –   Bushdrover

It all sounds better when you are in a circle of friends around a crackling fire , warming  your toes , and sharing smiles

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