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June 29, 2015 / diannegray

A spring in my step

After my last post I was thrilled to see a ‘lion eye’ post from Rob (The Photographic Journey of Bulldog). Rob is a brilliant photographer and one of the main reasons I decided to try my hand at photography. We don’t have lions in Australia so Rob added the missing piece for me from his Kalahari trip last year. Check out his blog – you won’t be disappointed with his amazing pictures.

The snake from last weeks post was terrifying a big hit. I didn’t include the back story in the last post but I did mention it in some of my comments. I saw the snake in my bathroom five minutes before I was set to do a Skype job interview. Like a true professional I ran around the house screaming and flailing my arms until the Skype call came through.

The good news is I got the job and the job is not snake wrangler.

The job is content writer for a company who does a lot of work for not-for-profit and Government disability websites. The icing on the cake is the fact that I don’t have to leave my Writer’s Nook to do this (a huge bonus when you live way out in the bush).

Yesterday’s dog walk was interesting because I could clearly see the waxing moon in the early afternoon.

Moon over cane2

Then I saw some wild flowerswild flowers

I heard a noise above and saw a strange tree I’ve never noticed before. It’s a Redgum that has been taken over by some kind of Strangler Fig. It’s beautiful, but looks like something out of a horror movie.strange tree2

Then I saw some blue Quandongs – quite beautiful! …and they’re edible (but I wasn’t hungry) 😉Quandong3

Have a great week!


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  1. Theo Fenraven / Jun 29 2015 6:46 am

    Congrats on the new job. It sounds like fun, and how nice you get to do it from home. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 7:08 am

      It’s fabulous! The writer’s nook is finally getting a workout 😉


  2. avwalters / Jun 29 2015 7:04 am

    Maybe you need to be snake charmed before all of you major life events. Congrats on the job. And, as usual, the photography is breathtaking.


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 7:10 am

      Thanks so much, Alta. I try quite hard with the photography and I think I’m almost getting there. A friend told me the other day I ‘need to get my breathing right’ to take better photos LOL. One day 😉


      • avwalters / Jun 29 2015 11:52 pm

        Get your breathing right? Sure, maybe for underwater photography.

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  3. JackieP / Jun 29 2015 7:17 am

    Congrats on the job! How perfect can it get? Wonderful photos. That tree does make for strange story ideas. 😉


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 7:24 am

      That fig actually looks like a woman hugging the tree from certain angles but I just could get the right light. I was half expecting it to move (LOL – queue horror movie music!)

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  4. davidprosser / Jun 29 2015 7:33 am

    Phab Photos again Dianne.So well done on the professionalism when you saw the snake. I bet I’d have screamed louder and I certainly wouldn’t have got the job. Congratulations on getting it.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 8:10 am

      Haaaa – thanks so much David. I did that big screaming dance and was glad it didn’t slither into the office while I was on Skype! (I thought it was going to) lol


  5. raphaela99 / Jun 29 2015 7:43 am

    Congratulations on the job!


  6. Jill Weatherholt / Jun 29 2015 7:50 am

    Congratulation on your new job, Dianne! I’m happy you can stay in your nook. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 8:12 am

      Thanks so much, Jill. I love my nook 😀 I’m so glad you like the pics 😉


  7. Carrie Rubin / Jun 29 2015 8:08 am

    Oh wow, Dianne, I’m thrilled about the job for you, but I can’t get past the snake in the bathroom thing. I honestly think I would pass out. Not much could get me to faint, but a snake in my home? Um, yeah, that might do it. Shudder with a capital ‘S’!

    But congrats on the job. That’s wonderful!


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 8:14 am

      The snake is still in the ceiling space somewhere, Carrie. I think it’s feeding on any mice that were left over after they ate my chocolates last year on Mother’s Day. They’d be very fat and juicy by now. No wonder the snake refuses to leave 😀


      • Carrie Rubin / Jun 29 2015 8:41 am

        Oh man, there are no words, Dianne. I’d have to move to a hotel until the coast was clear. No doubt about it!


      • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 10:33 am

        I guess it’s just something we live with here. I remember when there was a goanna having babies in my roof (in the old house). That was scary because i thought it was going to fall through the ceiling onto my bed in the middle of the night. The babies were cute, though. The RUC roof is probably a bit too high (and more structurally sound than the old place) for a goanna to climb (phew!!!)

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  8. Marylin Warner / Jun 29 2015 8:36 am

    Oh, Dianne, I love your comment about running around like a true professional, screaming until Skype kicked in for your interview. That’s multi-tasking, a characteristic of successful job interviewees! Like Carrie, I’d have trouble with a snake in my bathroom…or ANYWHERE in my house.


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 10:30 am

      I would love to have videoed the entire scenario, Marylin. I’m sure it would have looked like a scene out of Seinfeld LOL 😀


  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jun 29 2015 9:28 am

    You must live on the other side of the moon – quite exotic!


  10. Amy Reese / Jun 29 2015 9:30 am

    That snake has some great timing. Congrats on getting the job! I’m so thrilled for you, Dianne. You see so many exotic things on your walk. I’m amazed.


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 10:36 am

      It’s a bit rainy here at the moment – all the farmers want it, but I’m hoping it goes away before my dog walk this afternoon. I’m feeling selfish now, but I LOVE my walk 😉


  11. Jenny Ackland / Jun 29 2015 9:56 am

    Love the moon pic, and congratulations on the new job! Love that you don’t need to leave your nook. Now going to read the snake post. Must’ve missed it!


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 10:40 am

      Don’t click on the snake if you don’t like snakes because it just about jumps out of the screen at you, Jenny 😉 The moon looked fantastic in ‘real life’ and I’m glad it actually came out in the pic (the moon never really looks the same unless you have a telescopic lens) 😀


  12. bodhisattvaintraining / Jun 29 2015 10:03 am

    so wonderful, all of this 🙂


  13. nrhatch / Jun 29 2015 12:04 pm

    If I had snakes hanging around my bathroom . . . I would WANT to leave the house and go to work.

    Just saying!


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 2:07 pm

      Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Oh dear, Nancy – you always give me a great giggle LOL 😀


  14. EllaDee / Jun 29 2015 2:46 pm

    The secret to conveying extra pep in a job interview… close encounter with a snake.

    Interesting message here about encountering a snake “Transmutation is the key word here. The shedding of old skin and emotions and transforming them into something bigger and better. If Snake winds itself into your life know that change is in the wind and that you are at the center of it all as the catalyst. Make sure that your intentions are clear and that you have clear a clear sense of the direction that you need to strike out in. Snake is letting you know that these changes are safe and that there is no need to fear them.”

    Congratulations 🙂 Does this mean you have more time on your hands, and you handy-woman days are limited?


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 3:02 pm

      Wow – I’m so impressed with your research! I didn’t even think to look into what facing a snake meant. This is fabulous. Thank you so much! You’re a star xxxxx


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 3:08 pm

      I checked out the link. It’s SO interesting 😀 I was taken by your comment so I didn’t even get to respond to your question. I’m still doing the ‘handy-woman’ thing at the moment. I’m currently building a fence to keep the dogs in because one of the rascals loves to jump 😦 I’ll get a photo of it when it’s finished – (and it’s pretty good if I may say so myself) lol 😀

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  15. Daydreams / Jun 29 2015 2:56 pm

    Ah Congrats!! That is wonderful news! As for that snake…
    I would have purchased a samurai sword by now. 😛


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2015 3:04 pm

      I’ve got a very sharp cane knife, but I don’t know if I’m that fast LOL. Thank you so much for the congrats – it’s been a great week 😀

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  16. bulldog / Jun 29 2015 6:40 pm

    Hey thanks for the mention … but your photos are brilliant… Congrats on the job and nice that you get to do it from home.. where the snakes are… all that screaming probably frightened the crap out of the snake, next time try asking it nicely to leave, you never know… otherwise show it a big stick and tell it to go, that normally works…


    • diannegray / Jun 30 2015 7:22 am

      No worries at all, Rob – it was great to see those lion eyes 😉 The snake is still somewhere in the ceiling space and I don’t mind as long as it stays there. I’ll be eating any rats that may have decided to make the RUC thier home 😀


  17. lindahoyland / Jun 29 2015 10:29 pm

    Congratulations on your job! love the photos.


  18. Cynthia Reyes / Jun 30 2015 2:09 am

    Congrats on the job, Diane. Maybe the snake brought good luck.


  19. char / Jun 30 2015 4:06 am

    Yea for the new job! I’m so glad you won’t be snake wrangling on the side. Ick!


    • diannegray / Jun 30 2015 7:18 am

      I don’t think all the money in the world would convince me to wrangle snakes, Char LOL 😀 Thanks so much for the congrats xxx

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  20. Minuscule Moments / Jun 30 2015 7:48 am

    Its funny Dianne how life has its moments, the snake was one of those moments you could do without. You would have already been under stress waiting for that call. So happy you founds some work that you can do from home. Perfect and i wish you well.


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2015 7:12 am

      Thank you so much, Kath.The snake is still around somewhere (I can’t bring myself to kill anything) so I’ll just have to wait until it’s eaten any mice in the ceiling space and decides to move on (hopefully!) 😀

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  21. Jacqui Murray / Jun 30 2015 8:32 am

    You do live in a gorgeous area, Dianne. With that wonderful new job, I believe you are living the writer’s dream. Hearty congratulations.


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2015 7:13 am

      Thank you so much, Jacqui. I was thrilled to get this job – what a fabulous opportunity 😀


  22. pommepal / Jun 30 2015 8:50 am

    Great photos Dianne, loved the waning moon shot, I will definitely pop over to see Rob’s blog, thanks for the link. Congrats on the job and that was a very interesting comment from EllaDee. Now I don’t suppose you will have time to make any Quandong jam as you will be too busy…


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2015 7:14 am

      I didn’t know you could make Quandong jam. Wow – I’ll look for a recipe now (although my mother-in-law is the jam maker so she may have one). EllaDee’s comment was very interesting indeed – I’ll have to keep an eye on these ‘signs’ that come into my life now 😀


      • pommepal / Jul 1 2015 11:09 am

        I’ve heard of it Dianne, but never made or tasted it…


      • diannegray / Jul 2 2015 7:00 am

        If I try it I’ll let you now what it’s like 🙂

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  23. cocoaupnorth / Jul 1 2015 2:50 am

    Congrats on the new job Dianne. How lucky you don’t have to leave your nook, a writer’s dream indeed:)


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2015 7:16 am

      Thank you, Cocoa. I’m beside myself. It’s so hard to get out and about here because we’re so far from places (and I don’t have a car which doesn’t help!) 😉


  24. billyraychitwood1 / Jul 1 2015 4:47 am

    EEK and YUCK on the snake! Congrats on the job! :_)


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2015 7:17 am

      Thanks, Billy Ray. I could imagine you would have seen a few snakes in your neck of the woods during your lifetime as well 😉 They’re pretty scary xxx

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  25. restlessjo / Jul 1 2015 5:22 am

    The job sounds both interesting and worthwhile, Dianne. 🙂 Can I come out yet? Is he still hiding somewhere? 😦


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2015 7:19 am

      The snake is still somewhere in the ceiling. I don’t really mind this because I know if it’s there it’s probably eating mice and rats and they’re my least favorite animal. Please come out – it wont hurt you lol 😀


  26. Sheila / Jul 1 2015 6:59 am

    Congratulations on the job! Maybe the snake helped you in some way, almost like a good luck charm. Or maybe they figured if you could handle that you could handle anything! Thanks for pointing out the photography blog – I love photography blogs for the inspiration.


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2015 7:21 am

      Rob’s blog is fantastic, Sheila. He has a load of animals around (the meerkats are my favourite).

      I’m sure the snake helped me – at least I was very talkative during the interview instead of being half asleep lol 😀

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  27. agjorgenson / Jul 1 2015 12:30 pm

    Congrats! What great news!! But how could you not be hungry with such luscious looking fruit?


    • diannegray / Jul 2 2015 7:02 am

      I think that fruit makes nice jam, Allen. I know the cassowaries absolutely love it, but I’ve yet to see one of those on my walk 😉


  28. jmmcdowell / Jul 2 2015 5:27 am

    Congratulations on the new position! Working from home is something I really enjoy. I can get so much more done in a shorter period without all the interruptions from people chatting all around me. 🙂 I’m not sure, though, that I could’ve done an interview knowing that snake was still in the house!


    • diannegray / Jul 2 2015 7:05 am

      It’s amazing how much more you can get done working from home – and it’s far more relaxing! I’m just glad that snake didn’t decide to pop it’s head out during the interview – they would have thought I was a nut! lol 😀


  29. Kate Johnston / Jul 2 2015 5:37 am

    Congrats on your job. I love working from home, although I wish I could curtail some of the interruptions. Kids, not snakes. Although, a snake interruption would be quite exciting! Love the pic of that tree.


    • diannegray / Jul 2 2015 7:06 am

      That tree is awesome. Since I noticed it I can’t walk by that spot anymore and not look up at it 😉 Thank you so much for the congrats. I’m over the moon! 😀

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      • Kate Johnston / Jul 2 2015 7:10 am

        Writing for NPOs is fun — I have a gig like that myself, for a wolf sanctuary. It’s been a rewarding experience, and I can’t wait to pick up more gigs like that. Good luck!


  30. beeblu / Jul 2 2015 7:16 pm

    Congrats on the job, Dianne.😄 That tree is freaky.


    • diannegray / Jul 4 2015 7:04 am

      It certainly is. It looks like it changes shape every day because of the different shadows – yikes! 😀


  31. anotherday2paradise / Jul 2 2015 10:29 pm

    Congratulations on your new job, Dianne. Love the horror movie tree pic. It really appeals to my pareidoliac mind. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 4 2015 7:06 am

      Thanks so much for the congrats, Sylvia 😀
      Now when I go on the dog walk I can’t wait to see that tree because it seems to change shape according to the position of the sun. It’s amazing! 🙂


  32. Dianne – Oh, sounds like a perfect job. The best jobs are when you can be brilliant in your PJs and having your coffee. I always felt the best of the day was lost in the mere preparation of getting ready for the day.
    Your photographs are stunning. I don’t know much about photography but I do know what I like!


    • diannegray / Jul 4 2015 7:11 am

      Thank you so much Sheri – and you’re right about working in PJs, It’s very liberating! 😀

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  33. Sheila Morris / Jul 4 2015 7:03 pm

    Such great news on your writing job!! Sounds like the perfect position for you in the bush…I hope you will really enjoy it!!
    Also, your photography has evolved really remarkably over the past year…it’s addictive, isn’t it??
    I do love your pictures from home…keep that creative fire burning, too!!
    Hugs and kisses,


    • diannegray / Jul 5 2015 7:38 am

      I was just looking at another photography blog and saw that this person isn’t actually a photographer – like me they just started taking pics to fill in the blanks on their blog. I guess blogging is good like that, we learn new skills 😉 Happy 4th to all of you at Casa de Canterbury and thanks so much for the congrats!!! 😀

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  34. Janna G. Noelle / Jul 5 2015 4:33 am

    I don’t know how you were able to focus on the interview knowing that the snake was lurking nearby. I’d have been constantly peering over my shoulder for fear of it slipping itself around my neck. And I like snakes.

    Congrats on the job and being able to work from home. I’m sure it’d have been a helluva commute otherwise. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 5 2015 7:40 am

      It wasn’t easy, Janna 😉 I tried to maintain control and I talked ‘a lot’! Maybe that’s why I got the job. Thank you so much for the congrats 😀


  35. roughwighting / Jul 5 2015 4:40 am

    Writing, from home, and getting paid…? GLORIOUS. Congrats. Maybe that was a good-luck snake.


    • diannegray / Jul 5 2015 7:41 am

      I think it must have been a good luck snake, Pam. Now, if I can just get it to give me the lottery numbers lol 😀

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  36. Britt Skrabanek / Jul 5 2015 8:34 am

    Congrats on the job, Miss Dianne! Sounds perfect for you. Glad you’re not going to be a snake wrangler. 😉


  37. Roy McCarthy / Jul 5 2015 11:26 pm

    Amazing and strange images of your local nature offerings as ever Dianne. I’d imagine the obligation to produce content to a deadline might spin off into your fiction. Certainly I need to arrest the drifting at some stage.


    • diannegray / Jul 6 2015 7:02 am

      This may be just what I need to get me back into my old routine, Roy 😉


  38. the eternal traveller / Jul 12 2015 10:38 am

    Great news about the new job! We saw some huge strangler figs in the Daintree rainforests – horror movie is the perfect description.


    • diannegray / Jul 12 2015 11:48 am

      Thanks so much, Carol. Still kicking myself for missing you xxx

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      • the eternal traveller / Jul 12 2015 2:42 pm

        Oh well, sometimes life just gets in the way. If you’re ever in south east QLD make sure you let me know.


  39. jannatwrites / Sep 9 2015 4:28 pm

    Congrats on the new job! (and no video of the snake discovery reaction? Geez!)


    • diannegray / Sep 13 2015 8:07 am

      I should have turned the camera around – you would have seen two very started eyes! lol 😀


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