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Samantha Battersby
I'm a drawing machine and history head!
Interests: the "photo" above is of me in a past life., interests include drawing and designing new prints and originals to put in my etsy shop of course! other interests include going for walks and talking
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Yet more cat help with the French language. Here we can learn how to say: "I bought my new bow tie in the city." "I love my box." "What do you think of my new glasses?" "Paws and whiskers...paws and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Three local kookaburras enjoying the view at sunset. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Part II of the "Let's learn French with the cat" series. It's now possible to say the following in French, thanks to the cat: "Anyone at home?" "What's for dinner?" "Catch of the day." "One, two, three...one, two, three." "Who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Thanks to the cat, we now know how to say the following in French: "What's new?" "What's that?" "Don't talk to me." "Exercise is good for me." "I don't know the answer." "I like reading books." "I am very tired."... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Two water birds I've seen on my travels recently: a cormorant and a pelican. Both birds were part of a pair who were preening themselves by a lake. They were quite big, especially the pelican who was, together with his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Frederick enjoying a little R'n'R in a bamboo grove. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Lionel relaxing in the garden under the cherry blossom tree after watching the march between Argentina and Nigeria. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Armando doing what he does best - dribble a fluffy blue pom pom around the living room floor. Have you been watching the World Cup? I have been for the first time ever and it's been very interesting.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Continuing with the Australian bird theme: a cormorant I saw today doing the classic cormorant thing of drying his wings. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Cuthbert and he's a Sydney Centennial Park Pelican. Meanwhile, Sydney has finally decided to be chilly, which suits me fine! It's walking weather par excellence! And it's been raining quite a bit too, so all the delightful bush... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Above, one of my favourite buildings in Sydney city: The AWA (Amalgamated Wireless Australasia) building. It's a heritage listed, art deco beauty from the late 1930s that was the tallest structure in Sydney until the 1960s. More info from the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is a photo I took last weekend of Woolwich pier as seen through play furniture in the park opposite. It was a steaming hot, humid day, but a very enjoyable excursion nevertheless. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Ella, Pangur and Bam. They are enjoying themselves at a long weekend fancy dress party held by their good friends Daphne and Arthur. I understand that there was pink champagne, tasty vol au vents and a four piece... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Above is a photograph I took the other day of the installation/ artwork in Angel Place called Forgotten Songs. The Sydney City web page on the artwork says it is a visual and sonic piece as the calls of birds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Bertrand and he is being held aloft in the orchard by his friend Albert. Bertrand likes being held aloft in the orchard as he can get a good look at the oranges and enjoy the perfume of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Some photos I've been taking over the past little while with my 4S. Above, a pretty pink and green art nouveau building in York Street in the city. Above: A stylish, new, arched brick building in York Street that perfectly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Daphne and Arthur taking a stroll in the garden before dinner. Daphne is having a seafood soufflé and Arthur is having pilchards and cream. Daphne is also having a lamington for dessert while Arthur has decided against dessert... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is my fan art for Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox (which I watched on Netflix a short while ago). Incidentally, I see Wes Anderson has a new stop motion animation out called Isle of Dogs! Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Valentine's Day + The Chinese New Year (16th of February) all rolled into one! Image from here! Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Rachel and Rudy in New York. You can see the handsome art deco Chrysler building behind them. Rudy is actually a very rare lilac schnauzer. Everywhere Rachel goes with Rudy people stop and admire his fine lilac coat.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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February 16th is the Chinese New Year which will be the year of the dog. In preparation of this event, I have created Fifteen Pups! (see above). Included are a spaniel or two, a poodle, pug dogs, dachshunds, french bull... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Sophia and Simon. Simon is an exotic cross between a spaniel and collie and an Irish Red Setter. He is very proud of his heritage as is Sophia. You can find Sophia and Simon here! Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Isadora and Iggy. Isadora takes her Iggy everywhere which he thoroughly enjoys. Last week they went to a glamorous high society garden party at a large house that overlooked the ocean and on the weekend they drove along... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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January is hot and humid as advertised. Meanwhile, here are some flowers that are quintessentially Aussie and Sydney in particular: pale yellow gum blossoms, red gum blossom flowers, flannel flowers, and an orange grevillea. And below is a photo of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Happy Australia Day! This is a medley of mermaids. I thought the beach/ water theme was vaguely appropriate considering it's Australia Day. Meanwhile, here are three mermaid jokes you can wow your friends with at an Australia Day BBQ or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at matouenpeluche