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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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A lovely treat to round the corner on a favourite walk and see not one, but two families of geese splish splashing in the drinking fountain. Family number one consisted on seven goslings and mum who exited stage left quite... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at matouenpeluche
The Swan Pond - An elegant Sydney Black Swan relaxing in his favourite pond. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at matouenpeluche
This is an ongoing project and so not finished yet: Birds of Sydney. A small compilation of the delightful birds you can see on your travels in Sydney. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Late November Sydney icons as follows: Flannel Flowers, a swamp wallaby (and suspected joey in pouch), an industrious echidna digging for insects,a Manly Beach pine, Yellow Tea Tree, and Grevillea. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Despite the fact it is now late, late spring here in Sydney, there are still masses of bush flowers to admire. These photos were taken in the past couple of days. The top mauve/ lilac flowers I could not definitively... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Cockle Head Creek, Bobbin Head Rainforest. We have had a lot of rain over the past couple of weeks here in Sydney, so the local rivers and creeks are bursting at the seams. Freshwater Beach as seen from Curl Curl.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at matouenpeluche
The pink and violet boronias, and white, pink and mauve wax flowers/ crowea that dominated the Sydney bush at the start of spring have given way to a different set of fleurs. Here are three that I caught on camera... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at matouenpeluche
I Heart Tuxedo Cats! And you? Do you Heart them too? Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Posted Oct 4, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Australia's oldest hospital: Sydney Hospital in Macquarie Street. Most of the building is in the architectural style called 'Victorian free classical'. The charming late nineteenth century fountain, built in England as a memorial to thespian and theatre entrepreneur Robert Brough,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at matouenpeluche
The Sydney spring bush flower caravan trundles onwards (you can catch up with part 1 and part 2 here)! So, I have found yet another five petalled flower and I have decided it is a mauve coloured small crowea. Meanwhile,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Kitty Kong! Scary stuff! Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Freddy spends the day inside even though it's a lovely spring day outside. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at matouenpeluche
This post follows on from my previous post the other day on Sydney bush flowers which seem to be taking full advantage of the lovely spring weather at the moment. I have found yet another variety of boronia - this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at matouenpeluche
This is Zen Freddy contemplating a well known Zen kōan. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at matouenpeluche
So, for some time now I have been very perplexed about the variations of the abundance of purple/ pink native bush flowers that appear this time every year. Some are light pink with five petals and long thin leaves, some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at matouenpeluche
It is most definitely Spring here in Sydney! The entire city is awash in flora and fauna proclaiming that this is indeed the season. Here are some on the fly snaps I have taken over the past day or two.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Fountain in Martin Place, parrots in The Australian Museum, native somethings in the wildflower gardens, Queen Victoria in Queen's Square Sydney city, ornamental purple and white cabbage - y things in Hyde Park. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Four exquisite Georges Lepape art deco fashion illustrations from La Gazette du Bon Ton via Gallica. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Some interesting things I've seen on my travels recently: my second in situ echidna sighting (see first sighting here)! Purple flowers that are everywhere right now, beautiful flowering mimosa and a flock of seagulls black cockatoos that sailed overhead making... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at matouenpeluche
It's "Let's Learn French with the cat" again (part IV)! This time the cat has some indispensable phrases suitable for any occasion such as: The Day and...the night. "Hello, how are you?" "What's your name?" "See you later, alligator!" "Surprise!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at matouenpeluche
It's the height of winter here in Sydney which means it's also the height of camellia season. Here then is my ode to winter with an additional portrait of an attractive black and white cat. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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
Three local kookaburras enjoying the view at sunset. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at matouenpeluche