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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 Dove out for a stroll amongst snow drops. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at matouenpeluche
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First there was the Lady Lady Gouldian Finch and now her husband, the Gentleman Gouldian Finch. Also, he is perched in front of a suitable flower. The flower is the Sturt's Desert Rose which is the Northern Territory State emblem... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at matouenpeluche
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A Handsome Emerald Dove pauses under a canopy of jungle flowers. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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This is a (lady) Crimson Finch perching briefly on a Red Spider Flower as she goes about her daily business. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A Lady Gouldian Finch using a frangipani flower as an umbrella. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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This is Felix making the most of some wintery late afternoon sun before his pre-dinner nap. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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The many and varied banksia aside, I would have thought the Autumn/ Winter Sydney bush flower scene would be relatively quiet as the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop. However, I have been amazed at the amount and variety... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Asleep under a Native Fuchsia pagoda. I could think of nothing nicer really. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A little Diamond Firetail Finch perched amongst the tea tree blossoms. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Three more little Diamond Firetail Finches for the weekend. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Two more lady Lady Gouldian Finches. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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An Australian Diamond Firetail finch. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Behold the lovely Amadina who is a Lady Gouldian Finch, who is actually also a...lady. Female Gouldian finches have a violet/ mauve bib, while the males have a purple bib. The Lady Gouldian Finch was first described by John Gould,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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A few photos of the flora and fauna I've encountered in the bush this month. From the top left hand side and clockwise: fuchsia heath in full bloom, an eastern water dragon sunbathing on a rock, orange bracket fungi and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Autumn in the Sydney bush is full of banksia of one sort or another. One of the most prolific banksia flowering in the bush at the moment is the bright orange heath banksia: Banksia ericifolia, or "Little Eric" which you... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Here are a few photos I've taken on my travels recently: 1) The GPO clock 2) the stylish Art Deco entrance of the State Theatre 3) the decommissioned historic wooden escalator in Wynard train station now preserved and displayed as... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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It was very nice to meet an adolescent powerful owl the other day. He was very intense. About a year and a half ago, possibly his mother/ father was seen in the very same location. The mother/father powerful owl was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Three Black Australian Swans for this Australia Day 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Following on from a pre-Christmas post that detailed the niceness of running into two mother geese and their clutch of goslings, here I have two photos of the little ones getting bigger. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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One of the loveliest fountains in Sydney city is the very art deco Archibald fountain. Designed by the French artist François-Léon Sicard, this pink granite and bronze Sydney icon features figures from Greek and Roman mythology including Apollo, Theseus and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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Dinner Time: Kenneth, James and John enjoying their evening meal together. P.S. I trust everyone will have a splendid time tomorrow night: New Year's Eve 2018. Here's to 2019! Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Here is the third part in a three part 2018 Matou en Peluche drawing universe review. There was silliness (Kitty Kong), and fan art (Fantastic Mr. Fox), Valentine Poodles and Fifteen Pups! There was also a very helpful series called... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Here is the second part in a three part 2018 Matou drawing universe review. Freddy and Lionel were drawn on one or two occasions. There was 1) Zen Freddy, 2) Freddy sits in a bamboo grove, 3) Amando and his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Here is the first part in a three part 2018 Matou drawing universe review. First of all there were gals and their furry friends: There was 1) Daphne and Arthur, 2) Elle, Pangur and Bam 3) Isadora and Iggy and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Here's to everyone having a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at matouenpeluche