Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bird Week 20 - 26 Oct

White faced heron  visted my backyard this morning.. first time I have seen one at home! I am a little excited and it happens to be bird week where Bird Australia wants You to get involve in bird conservation.  "this year we invite you to take part in our new Aussie Backyard Bird Count. It’s easy and it’s fun, so hit the website to get a free app with a built-in field guide so you can get started."   I just did my count!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gunyah AIR

At Gunyah artist-in-residence in North Cove Arms, near Port Stephens, there is plenty of space for quiet reflection and wildlife inspiration. I have recently returned, and wanted to share this link and great picture looking out from the studio. Hello

Monday, September 15, 2014

IWEG via weebly

The new website  for IWEG looks good and where I found this fab picture of some cuties - baby bandicoots 

next working bee will be 
September 21 – Waratah Mills 
(enter via the Davis St Car Park of Waratah Mills)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

tomorrow's IWEG working bee cancelled

Anredera cordifolia pic from

Next planting day: September 21 – Waratah Mills (enter via the Davis St Car Park)

Another weed often found in inner west gardens and bush care sites

Anredera cordifolia commonly known as the Madeira vine or mignonette vine, is a South American species of ornamental succulent vine of the family Basellaceae. The combination of fleshy leaves and thick aerial tubers makes this a very heavy vine. It smothers trees and other vegetation it grows on and can easily break branches and bring down entire trees on its own.

A. cordifolia is an evergreen climber that grow from fleshy rhizomes. It has bright green, heart-shaped, fleshy shiny leaves 4–13 cm long. Wart-like tubers are produced on aerial stems and are a key to identifying the plant. It produces masses of small fragrant, cream flowers on dependent racemes, which may be up to 30 cm (12 in) in length. The plant spreads via the tubers, which detach very easily

A. cordifolia can reproduce through the proliferation of tubers and also from rhizome fragments that may be broken off. Although this species has both male and female flowers they rarely reproduce sexually and produce seed. This species often spreads through its own vegetative growth, but can easily be transported by human activities. If fragments end up in waterways, they are easily transported to new locations in this manner.

sourced from IWEG Jo Blackman and wikipedia

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Today is Good News for Whales

Above are details from Cat Bailey's hanging nylon bag installation please see and read more here 

Lets hope today's historic ruling by the International Court of Justice ends Japan's murdering of whales (and thanks to the 2010 Rudd government for this campaign).

"Japan had justified the slaughter of more than 10,000 whales in the Southern Ocean in the past 25 years on the grounds that it was done for scientific purposes, even though it sold them on commercially."