Sunday, October 25, 2009

Time Flies

Well I can't believe how quickly a month has flown by since I last wrote here !  We have had the computer down for a couple of weeks ... and still not working to full capacity while we wait for a new part ... but thankfully able to operate in a limited way.  'Not Often Seen Family' came visiting too which was very jolli !  On to teds ... I thought I would show you my latest Nanuk  with an open mouth.   I followed Linda Bensons instructions for open mouth design which was a great article in Australian Bear Creations magazine (volume 14/number 1, 2008).  I played around with a few different head mouth combinations but this last one seemed to work best.  Linda's step by step instructions in the magazine article are clear and well written and I'm looking forward to the next open mouth ted who is all cut out and ready to sew.

It is still a very dry tropic here at the moment ... a little teaser of good tropic rain in the last couple of weeks then swirly drying wind and so back to square one. However the gardenias are flowering like mad and giving the most wonderful perfume ... wafting through the place ... but the ground has that awful crunchy sound underfoot which would'nt be unfamiliar to many in Aus.  I did hear a frog last week when we had a big heavy down pour ... but ofcourse they are not fools and won't start to party unless they are sure the rain will be an on going thing.  I've taken some shots of flowers in my garden at the moment that you may enjoy.









As I type I can hear the Fruit Bats (Flying Foxes) squabbling over the ripe fruit of a native fig growing in our front garden.  I 'm very fond of Flying Foxes ... and have been a carer of injured and orphaned bats for many years.  Of course the mangoes are getting ready to ripen here so there will be a war between the Flying Foxes and the farmers as to who gets what !  The birds left us with 4 mangoes in our tree this year ! generous of them but we reckon those pesky bats will probably clean those up as they did last year and the year before that !

Spectacled Flying Fox mothers and babies in rehab at Batreach

Next time I will have to tell you about our naughty Cockatoos and the passionfruit ! Have a happy week :o)


  1. Lovely bear and gorgeous photos. Its so nice to see and hear about another country.

  2. Hi Robyn, Nanuk looks great, I'm so pleased that my instructions helped you to create such a gogeous bear. Your flower pics are wonderful. I love bats of all kinds, we have some that roost in the wall of the house right near the bed, so we hear them at night. They are tiny little fellows , nothing like friut bats. We used to get fruit bats in our plum tree in NSW which we didn't mind as he fruit was riddled with fruit fly anyway, very unappealing :)except to friut bat :D

  3. Thank you for your good comments Linda ... nanuk is 7 1/2" (19cm) my next bear is smaller so will see if I can work that mouth area into a smaller jaw space ... and I've made the neck longer too. Those little insectivourous bats are very beautiful ... I have cared for a couple of clutches of them as orphaned babies ... they are full of fun and so endearing !

  4. We quite often get them in the house at night going after the insects that have flown in to the light. We hear them flying around above our heads when we're in bed, I like having them about. I always get worried that they won't find their way out again, but they are pretty intelligent, and of course they can! :)

  5. Oh you are SO lucky to have those exotic flowers , birds and bats ! I love to see your photos and hear all about them !
    Many Mini Hugs ,
    Ruth x

  6. Hey Robyn !
    Just popping back again to say I'm passing on a great Fun award / game to you - details on my blog if you'd like to play too .
    More Hugs ,Ruth x

  7. Oh boy Robyn, it looks like you've been tagged twice he he, get cracking girl!

  8. Lovely bear Robyn, your work is always lovely.
    Great shots of the Grivillea's, and bats too.
    Good to see you are keeping yourself busy, or should I say the girls are keeping you busy ... have fun and congrats on the awards.

  9. Your Nanuk bear is beautiful, he has a happy face!
    Love your pics of the grevillia flowers and the little bats.

  10. Nanuk is GORGEOUS!!
    We have those cute little bats here too, they are so tiny and them!


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