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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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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
Three Black Australian Swans for this Australia Day 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at matouenpeluche
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
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
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
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
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
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
Here's to everyone having a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at matouenpeluche
Taboo Image from here. Set in early 19th Century England, this beautifully made thriller captivated me with its complicated plot, fine acting and stand out production design. The plot in a nutshell is as follows: Tom Hardy stars as Delaney,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at matouenpeluche
A handsome pelican enjoying the sound and light show of a summer storm. By the way, there are three collective nouns for pelicans to choose from: a squadron, a pod or a scoop. I think I like "squadron" best! Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at matouenpeluche
First there was the Swan Pond, and now there is the Pelican Pond. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at matouenpeluche
A Sydney, Australian Christmas tree = A Manly Pine + Crimson Rosella parrots. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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 Dec 10, 2018 at matouenpeluche
The Swan Pond - An elegant Sydney Black Swan relaxing in his favourite pond. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 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