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Well, why not? After all, those vintners have been slaving away in the burning sun, torrential rain, even frost ! It would be churlish not to offer them support.

I found this floating around the interweb, ages ago.If I ever knew who dreamed it up I’ve forgotten, but it’s clever.

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So…things have been a bit quiet on the blog front. I’ve been doing other things.Like sitting on the steps, camera ready, as the sunbirds construct their beautiful nest. They have not nested at our house for a few years, but they’re back now and we’re delighted. The cats have taken up bird-watching. Hopefully, that’s as far as they will take it.

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Mr and Mrs Sunbird begin work on the new house.



Mrs. S flying away for more material-bits of spider web, feathers, grass, leaves…


As of today, the little porch overhang seems to be finished and they’re working on lining.

Yes, I have lost some time to watching them! But I must get on with some work of my own…

I’ve bought a press! Quite compact. In fact, I have bigger hand bags! But it will be ideal for my restricted work-space.IMG_2587.JPG

It is a machine designed for die-cutting;probably geared towards people who like to make their own greeting cards. But a couple of professional printmakers trialled it as a printing press, liked its performance and posted their results on-line. Blimey! They should get commission – I think the local stores have sold out and I know printmakers overseas have been buying the Xpress.

So why do I not have any samples to show? Too busy watching birds and spiders! Also need to clean old plates and cut new ones and mix new shellac. But I will share my results.

Did I say “spiders”? Yes, I did. Having “lost” 3 to bird dinners, I was chuffed to find another good-sized Nephila pilipes . And a young (quite small) one had the temerity to make a web from the front of the Mustang to the house supports! The Man needed to move the car so I had to move the spider. I carried her across to a part of the garden where others have had webs and at last sight she was in the big cycad.


I’ll leave you with one more picture from the garden…IMG_2625.JPG

A small chrysalis. Nope, don’t know whose.If it goes to term I’ll let you know.(I’ll also manually remove that  white mess. Damned scale!)


I wish you all a very Happy Christmas. Not Christian? Never mind, I still wish you health, happiness and a much, much better year than this has been.Wherever you are, whatever you believe, may it not lead to bloodshed.



Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!


  1. A truly lovely post filled with some of my most favourite things.
    After a long and hard day I am going to look on (and dive into) bubbles.
    And heres to a year which is indeed MUCH, MUCH better than this annus horribilis.


  2. Happy Christmas, Dinah!!!
    I am intrigued by the printing press… how do you make the plates for it?? Instructional post please!!!
    Happy Christmas!!!


    • Oh, I’ll post my efforts…when I get around to it. I may do some dry-point at home, but I’m not set up tp mess with acid here so no acid-etch.
      I hope you’ve got a nice chewy for Sid? 🙂


  3. The press thingy is intriguing. Looking forward to a show-and-tell about that.

    Oz is known for its spiders the size of dinner plates! Please be careful!

    Merry Christmas!


    • Someone’s been pulling your leg! We do have some biggies, but nothing that big! And most are harmless.I’m more concerned about the mosquitoes!
      Happy Christmas to you and your girls!


  4. My Sikh and Hindu friends in India all have Christmas trees and wish each other a Happy Christmas, so that’s probably good enough for most of us who like a holiday time. Merry Christmas, Di.


  5. Ooh, I’ve just finished a glass of Sb. Obviously, I will have another with my tea!

    I don’t blame you for the lack of blogging when you’ve got those beautiful sunbirds to watch. I could easily lose days (and weeks) watching them build their nests. And what fascinating nests they are, too!
    That chrysalis is beautiful. It’s lke a Christmas ornament! In fact, if I remember this (unlikely), next mid-winter I shall decorate the tree with spiders and chrysalises.

    I, too, am intrigued by the press – I thought it was some sort of mangle or trouser press until I read on…


    • Trouser press! hahaha! Elfin-sized trousers, perhaps. That reminds me…I think Princess still has the FGES.

      Enjoy your Sb and whatever else you plan to have. Merry Christmas, Mr.D


  6. Merry Christmas, Dinah!

    Love the bird pics — they make me feel all warm inside. The spiders? Glad they are in your neck of the woods!


  7. I love the press. Of course, I do.

    Merry Christmas to you. Thanks for all the fun links and stuff throughout the year. Keep ’em coming.


    • You could easily set up a press like this. Might have to fight your girls for use of it though 🙂

      I’m glad you’re still on the blogging carousel;always entertaining. Cheers! my friend.


  8. Happy Christmas DInah, have a good one.

    What, no Retsina?

    I’ve just finished off a large glass of BL


  9. Merry Christmas…with the emphasis on getting a bit merry. Thanks for all the fun and photographs over the year.
    We shall broach one of the vintage ports which has had a chequered career, being moved from London to France, then to Spain and then – poor thing – carted in my suitcase to Costa Rica wrapped in Primark knickers.
    We reckon it has recovered enough to be worth drinking now…


  10. hahaha! I was pretty sure you’d get the reference! Cheers! 🙂


  11. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Dinahmow.


    And Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your awesome fotos with us. It has been a pleasure seeing the neat things you’ve shown us from your adventures, and it’s been fun seeing you around blogland.

    May the Holidays be warm, peaceful, and wonderful for you and your loved ones. And may the New Year bring you good fortune, good company, and good times! Cheers!


  12. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year mate!


  13. Frohe Weihnachten Dinahmow : All the best for You and Your family !

    Is this the finished house of the Sunbirds, or did they alter it ? I’ve never seen this.


  14. Happy Boxing Day!, Dinahmow!


    • And to you, my friend. By the time I finish my wine and shut down the computer…the day of the Box will be with you.
      We had a lovely black sky and some thhundery rumbles while I was “doing things” with some salmon and salads…but it’s petered out and all we have is wind!


  15. I really do miss the sunbirds, I had several pairs that would regularly build around my house in Townsville… Happy days along with birdwing and dunk island blue butterflies. Salmon and salads were Christmas tea here with a group of friends oh and a huge plate of king prawns… I’m still recovering
    hope your christmas was happy, ours was ruddy hot! 40 degrees C out at my brothers place where we had lunch… It was even too hot for the traditional bash of cricket in the back yard, the young nephew 6yo was most dissappointed…


  16. Belated Winter Festival blessings darling.

    I look forward to pictures of the Sunbird’s babies in due course.

    Lots of love


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