I shouldn't have made that ' no snakes in 2 years' comment in the last post.
Today as I stepped out the back door, a snake wriggled between me and the doorstep. ERK
Before you all panic, it was about 12" long , pencil slim and only interested in getting away from me.
I looked it up on the Museum of Victoria site and it seems to be a red-naped snake. [ except that this isn't supposed to be their territory ... more to the northeast] and yes they are venomous but then all aussie snakes are. One site labelled them dangerous, the other said that they rarely pose a problem for adults.
It was actually the second reptilian visitor of the day but the other was much cuter... a very fine boned, incredibly fast member of the Dragon family. He stuck around long enough for me to get the camera too. He's about 12" including tail.
Now getting back to Thursdays post:
Robyn and I decided to have a girlie day before she starts back at Uni, so...
we started with coffee and then a visit to the local library where the
monks from Drati Khangtsen in Tibet were creating a sand mandala. All of that was done with coloured sand poured through long brass cones.The monks were quite amenable to my taking photos but I kept the flash off so's not to disturb the meditation. We both bought bracelets, and then back to the car and off to Kyneton where we mooched up and down Piper street which is where all the antique and craft shops are. Purchases were fairly modest ... a sunhat given I'd come out without one, a black china cat for Nadie, some cards , lunch and some wool to knit a hat for felting. Not that I really needed the wool but the pattern was tossed in free with purchase and I figured that I might as well do something in the recomended wool for once. Huge mistake. The pattern was not worth the paper it was printed on ... Heaven help a beginner who tried to follow it... the wool wasn't particularly soft to knit with and a ginormous amount of dye ran out of the hat when I washed it. It DID felt up ok but the strong teal, jade and navy I chose is now a soft purplish heathery mix. As it happens I quite like it but it wasn't what I was aiming for.
Still, despite the heat, and the whinge about the pattern, a lovely day was had.