One of the only good things that came out of the dumpster fire called 2020 was that in October I finally started doing ice skating lessons, which is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a child(it only took me thirty-odd years to get around to committing to it ;p ).
Last night I took my fourth test and passed into the Intermediate 1 class. I’ve moved through four levels in the last five months and I’m so excited and proud I thought I’d share it here. The only downside is I’ll be moving to a different time slot for my lessons now, so won’t be skating with any of the friends I made 🙁
On the other hand, I wonder when I’ll get my stats boost for all this leveling up ;p
By now most of you should know I love bush stone-curlews, and today when I got home after picking the kids up from school I was ready to just unbuckle them and head on into the house, but Harley cried out, “Look, ducky!”
So I looked and it wasn’t a duck, but a bush stone-curlew, on my front lawn only a couple of meters away. It was watching me warily, but I snapped a few pics and pushed the kids inside and she’s still out there chilling even now a couple of hours later.
Obviously I’ve locked the cat flap too so they can’t go out and try to tangle with our guest. I might stay up late tonight and see if I can hear her singing 😀
I love the haunting cry and there’s something I find visually appealing about them too.
To get on with the story, our family went to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens on Sunday afternoon for a friend’s farewell party. We’d barely walked through the gates when I spotted these two lovelies.
While we walked around we saw three others too. Being in the CBD they were a little more tolerant of people and didn’t run before I managed to get a few quick snaps with my phone. Well, actually they didn’t run at all, but that’s because I didn’t try to get so close as to disturb them – just close enough for a good shot!
Why is it that I never actually have my good camera on me when I find these guys! (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻
And no, you will never hear the end of me talking about and sharing my photos of bush-stone curlews, not until I stop finding them 🙂
Kirstie Olley is an award-winning speculative fiction author and the full-time wrangler of her children Xander and Harlequin.
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