Wednesday, October 17, 2012
So far behind on posting photos, and some have messaged me asking if I'm okay. My health and life in general has been up and down the past few months, so I've fallen behind on uploading my daily photos (that I'm still taking, of course!). Over the next few days I should be able to catch up!
by Danielle Kiemel at 2:39 AM
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
There was a beautiful sunset this evening, I watched the fairy floss pink clouds fade to blue while I fed the animals. My brother's long neck, who I have nicknamed Squishing, seems to be doing better today and enjoyed munching up all the larvae I gave him, wanting more and more and more!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
|streams at the top of somersby falls|
I was up most of the night with my brother's sick baby long-neck turtle, it took me a while to come up with a plan on how to keep him warm enough (but not too warm), and hydrated but without the risk of drowning if in water since his buoyancy is not good right now. While driving past the ocean with my sister I noticed the ships that line the coast were in much closer today, instead of small specks on the horizon, their true size was far more imposing. We went to Somersby Falls so I could catch some larvae for the little turtle, as it's all he wants to eat right now - it's a good sign he's strong enough to enjoy hunting them when I put some in the water with him!
On arriving, an adorable little boy smiled and said hi, 'what are you doing?' His little sister was more shy, and gave me a quick smile while biting her lip. The sound of water flowing over the rocks, frogs and birds singing, one can only feel at peace there. I felt like a child again for a moment, with the excitement of spotting tadpoles (some of which I accidentally caught with the larvae and discovered when we got home). On the way home we took the scenic drive through Matcham, the light turning golden and painting the trees was so beautiful, I could never grow tired of such magic around me.
When we got home, the crisp air filled my lungs, and there was a hint of smoke from someone's fireplace. The setting sun continued to create magic around me, the sky turning pastel pink, broken only by some blue fluffy clouds scattered. I took photos of the sunset reflected on the surface of our cars. Make it or Break it, a favourite show of mine,
Friday, July 13, 2012
|me, vicki, & rose|
Today was spent with two beautiful girls, Rose and Vicki, who I had not seen in too long. Vicki, from all the way in England, has been having the most amazing adventures in Australia this year, and I could not be prouder of her and the way she's spread her wings. Rose picked me up, and then we headed into Terrigal.
Vicki was the first to spot us when we were wandering along the beach front, and came running over to us and hugs were exchanged. We indecisively chose to get hot chips for lunch, because which fish and chip shop you go to, and which size chips you get are such hard decisions! We walked over the hill and found ourselves a bench at The Haven, where we sat completely windswept, talking about everything and anything.
Later, in an attempt to escape the wind, we had tea and treats (well, I had treats - lemon tart) at Aroma's cafe, and filled the hours just talking and talking. When it was time to say goodbye, more hugs and 'see you soons' were exchanged, then Rose dropped me home. Earlier, my sister and I had rushed my brothers baby eastern long-necked turtle to the vet, as he'd suddenly gone downhill and was very sick. The vet gave him an antibiotic injection, and I just hope that he'll be okay.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A day of eating too many of the sugar cookies my sister made, and watching tv with my still unnamed baby long-neck turtle sitting on my knee. Laughing when wild bunny Blackie, raced up to me when I went out to feed my animals, and proceeded to jump for the box of food I was carrying, and climb inside with a guilty 'I know I shouldn't be stealing but yum' expression on his face. Absorbing wonderful details, like the dappled nearing golden hour light dancing across the surface of our paper bark tree, fresh white roses backlit by the setting sun, new budding purple flowers amongst those long dead on one of our bushes, and later the sunset reflected in street puddles and on the surface of our cars out the front. Shared glances with one of the resident kookaburras, and taking silly photos while squishing Scuttles. Playing with my parents' crazy turtle Izzie who has had a growth spurt (much to my mum's dislike), and who races around like she's on drugs.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
|squishing my Scuttles late this afternoon|
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
|ordinary moments: rinsing my flosser|
Woke late, still on edge after Friday's events. I managed to enable Croy, my sister's baby turtle, to escape by climbing a hand towel I accidentally dropped over the tub we had him basking in, which he used to climb! We found him stuck to one of the sticky cockroach traps under the coffee table, even his poor neck was stuck out flat!