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November 18, 2016 / diannegray

Red and Green Week

Everything seemed to be going red and green this week. I had three sets of Red Finches hatch at the RUC. There were four nests but unfortunately I saw a snake in one on Monday night and by the time I pulled it out (yes, you read that right) the finches were gone (I was sad but I guess snakes have to eat too).

But the others all fledged and are now healthy and chirping around the cane fields.


This cute little guy (below) opened his mouth when I was taking my shot. I wonder if he was yelling at me because I couldn’t save his cousins?

Red Finch Mouth Open.JPG

Here are their nests. The first is a ‘before it’s fitted out’ shot.

Nest before.JPG

And the next one is ‘after the birds have flown the coop’ shot.


I bought the nests at a town & country shop close by for under $5 each. They’re pretty cute!

Now for some green

This little guy didn’t jump on me when I took his photo – so I was pretty grateful for that!


The Lichee trees are in full fruit and they’re very red and green!

The night of the election a spider jumped in my salad (I didn’t know if the spider or Trumps win gave me a bigger fright). I didn’t put the picture here because I thought it may freak you out too much – but I did tweet it if you’re brave enough to have a look. What a waste of a delicious salad! I had to have ice cream for dinner instead.

***Have a lovely week no matter what colour yours is!***


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  1. Roy McCarthy / Nov 18 2016 7:15 am

    Well done on the spider ‘spoiler’ Dianne – I need to read your posts from behind the sofa sometimes 🙂 Nice, cuddly Red Finch shots though. Here we survived the short-lived mozzie and flying ant invasion and can breathe easily, critter-free, for months to come.

    When’s your next book due out?


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2016 7:49 am

      Oh Roy – I’ve been very lax in the book writing arena lately. I need a good kick! 😦
      The spider was a beauty and very scary. Mozzies and flying ants can be a nightmare too. I’m allergic to flying ants and run when I see them. Several months ago one flew down my top when I was cooking dinner and I had to strip it off and put ice on my chest. Hubby tunred around from the TV and said “Dinner AND a show?” Haaaa 😀

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  2. Photos With Finesse / Nov 18 2016 7:27 am

    I’m pretty good with spiders, but if that jumped into my salad, I think I’d become a permanent meatatarian! (Yes, I had to go look!) Lovely bird shots.


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2016 7:51 am

      I’m usually okay with them as well, Suzan – but this one scared the life out me. Once it jumped off my plate it ran down hubby’s leg – he wasn’t happy either 😉

      I’m glad you like the bird shots, they’re such little cuties!

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  3. Fenraven / Nov 18 2016 7:34 am

    Okay, I love spiders, but not in my food. I would have opted for ice cream too. 😉


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2016 7:52 am

      Haaaa – I was really looking forward to that salad, but hey – I’m not one to argue against ice-cream for dinner 😉

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      • Fenraven / Nov 20 2016 8:24 am

        That was a LARGE spider! I might be tempted to overlook a small one, but not that sucker!


      • diannegray / Nov 20 2016 8:59 am

        Yes – he was very large! I couldn’t really miss him on my plate. Yikes! 😀


  4. Peter / Nov 18 2016 7:56 am

    I love the little green guy!

    I’m sure some of us are still freaked out by the Trump in our lives but a spider might come as a close second. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 18 2016 10:40 am

      That spider may have been an omen on election night, Peter 😀
      So glad you like the little green guy – he’s great at eating spiders! 😉


  5. JackieP / Nov 18 2016 8:49 am

    You know I had to peek at the spider. Ok, enough said. I’d have ice cream too! 😉 I love the red finches. So very pretty. xxx


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2016 10:41 am

      You can see why I didn’t want to put the picture of the spider in the post now, Jackie (LOL) 😀

      The red finches are awesome xxxx


  6. nrhatch / Nov 18 2016 1:41 pm

    Beautiful birds.
    Loved the nests.
    Cute frog.
    Ugly spider.

    And thanks for not sharing a photo of the snake!


    • diannegray / Nov 18 2016 3:11 pm

      You’re the first one to mention the snake, Nancy. I probably would have got a shot of it if I hadn’t acted so quickly to get the rotten thing out of the nest. It fell into the darkness and slithered away very quickly. I was too late to save them damn it….


      • nrhatch / Nov 18 2016 11:55 pm

        When we lived in Maryland, we glanced at the underside of the wrap-around deck and noticed a big black snake coiled in a bird’s nest having an after breakfast nap. BFF shooed him away. The thought of walking under the deck and having a big black snack drop onto my shoulders shivers my timbers!

        YOU are braver than me. 😀


      • diannegray / Nov 19 2016 7:30 am

        It’s VERY scary! I’ve got a special glove I wear (it’s actually a welders glove) that I put on if there is a snake in the house – but you still have to be quick and I’m certainly not getting any younger 😀

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  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Nov 18 2016 4:38 pm

    Oh look, there’s a spider – somewhere in the world, there must be a spider. I’ll have to eat ice cream for dessert. Oh darn.
    Maybe there will also be a snake somewhere. Then I’ll have to live in the ice cream store. Oh darn.

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  8. Jill Weatherholt / Nov 18 2016 10:46 pm

    Great photos, Dianne! I always love your critter posts. The birds are beautiful! I hope you and the family are well. xo


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2016 7:28 am

      All going very well, Jill. I’ve had a tough couple of months after stepping on one of the bones the dog was chewing and have gone through a series of doctors appointments and scans to see what is in the wound (tiny slivers of bone). Last week I was told I may have to see a foot surgeon if it’s not better within two weeks, but I think it’s actually getting better now! Phew xxxx

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      • Jill Weatherholt / Nov 19 2016 8:33 am

        Ouch! That sounds painful, Dianne. I’m happy to hear it’s getting better. Watch your step! xo

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    • nrhatch / Nov 19 2016 8:24 am

      I’m glad your foot is on the mend, Dianne. That way, if need be, you can run away from snakes, spiders, and scorpions!

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      • diannegray / Nov 19 2016 8:31 am

        Thanks so much, Nancy – I’ts been pretty annoying missing out of the daily dog walk. Nice to be ‘back to normal’ and able to run away from those snakes again 😀


  9. Kate Johnston / Nov 19 2016 12:54 am

    Love the finches and sorry that the snake got there, but you’re right, they must eat too! I like your spider photo on Twitter. Not sure why you opted not to eat your salad–it’s just extra protein in there! 😉


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2016 7:32 am

      Haaaa – my sister said, ‘was it tasty?’ LOL. It actually ran down hubby’s leg after that and I got a pic of it on his foot (he was very good staying still for the shot!) 😀


  10. Carrie Rubin / Nov 19 2016 1:01 am

    I saw your spider tweet last week and retweeted it. Probably lost followers for that. 😉

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    • diannegray / Nov 19 2016 7:33 am

      Haaaa – thank you so much for the retweet, Carrie! I didn’t know you had done that (I’m a bit thick when it comes to Twitter). Great to see you here – I hope all is well with you and the family 😀


  11. Jacqui Murray / Nov 19 2016 3:44 am

    Such holiday colors–love it. I’m making the assumption that you knew that snake was dangerous only to the bird, not you. I’m impressed.


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2016 7:36 am

      It was just a small tree snake – they’re not poisonous to us, but you wouldn’t want one to bite you because they can cause a nasty infection. I’ve got a special glove I wear, but I still have to be quick (my reflexes aren’t what they used to be!) 🙂


  12. the eternal traveller / Nov 19 2016 6:39 am

    What??? You pulled a snake out of the nest. This story needs to be told. At least you saw the spider before you accidentally ate it, although that would also have been a good story.


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2016 7:41 am

      Imagine finding that spider in your mouth! Yikes! I think it was probably too big to miss on the plate, but who knows what would have happened if it was tiny – Ick!
      The snake was a non-poisonous variety, just the type that loves devouring little birds and/or eggs. I would never go near a poisonous snake (I’m a very fast runner when it comes to those ones) 😀

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  13. Susan A Eames / Nov 19 2016 9:39 am

    You pulled a snake out of the nest? Well you must have known it wasn’t one of the many venomous snakes indigenous to Australia!! Love your photos (and wish you’d posted the spider).

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2016 9:46 am

      I thought the spider would have made too many people jump without a warning, Susan 😀 Yes – the snake was a non-venomous variety (I usually run the other way when I see those ones!) xxx


  14. Luanne / Nov 19 2016 11:59 am

    In the midst of the red and green, I am BLUE over the loss of the finches. When I was 15 I got a red finch and a green finch in a cage. I had several finches after that, and they are such charming little birds. So sad. But not for the snake, I guess.


    • diannegray / Nov 19 2016 12:08 pm

      I was very upset over the finches because I could have saved them if I’d walk past the nest about five minutes before. In this sense I’m feeling a little blue as well xxxx

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      • Luanne / Nov 19 2016 12:25 pm

        I’m sorry for bringing it up :(. But nature can be so dang cruel.

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      • diannegray / Nov 20 2016 8:38 am

        Oh, don’t be sorry! 😀 You’re so right xxx

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  15. restlessjo / Nov 19 2016 5:31 pm

    Somewhere in the back of my mind I hear a little chant- ‘Red and green should never be seen!’ My Mam was full of such sayings 🙂 Funny how they stick with you. But your little finches are beautiful and we can hardly ban them from the fields, can we? And I like froggy too. Nuff said!
    Enjoy your wildlife weekend! 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 20 2016 8:40 am

      So true, Jo! I was almost going to call this ‘Red and green should never be seen without a colour in-between’ because that little chant comes into my mind as well 😀

      I’m having a wonderful weekend. I hope yours is going well xxxx

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  16. avwalters / Nov 20 2016 12:06 am

    Good God! Spiders and snakes. You’re a braver soul than I. It makes me happy that today is the first snow of the season. Good-bye bugs and spiders. We’ll see you again in the Spring.


    • diannegray / Nov 20 2016 8:43 am

      Our bugs and spiders are springing into life now, Alta so I’m a bit jealous yours are going to rest for the winter 🙂 Stay warm and enjoy the snow when it starts to fall xxxx


  17. ParentingIsFunny / Nov 20 2016 5:10 am

    I made the mistake of clicking the link to twitter. Wow. Right on your fork, no less! Thank goodness you have such beautiful fruit and birds to make up for the snakes and spiders. I think the snake pulling off the nest story deserves further explanation.


    • diannegray / Nov 20 2016 8:58 am

      The nest is in the window on the first floor. I walked past it and saw the snake hanging from the top of the window with it’s head in the nest so I grabbed my ‘snake glove’, gripped the snake and then flicked it – it fell to the ground below. All the birds were gone 😦 I went downstairs (armed with a machete just in case) and couldn’t find the snake or any baby birds. The snakes that climb up to the nests aren’t venomous, but they can still give a nasty bite so that’s why I have a couple of long leather gloves to deal with them in case of emergency. It’s not the first time this has happened. The sunbirds and finches often build nests in the windows or on the veranda, but often by the time I notice them it’s too late to move them because they have eggs. If I’m lucky enough to see them building before they lay I shoo them away and dismantle the nest (because they attract snakes). Soon we’ll have screens on the windows and I’ll feel a lot better about that. Phew! I hope that makes sense 😀

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      • ParentingIsFunny / Nov 20 2016 2:43 pm

        Ew, not having screens is frightening! Great that you have snake gloves. Also, freaky that you have to have snake gloves! And a machete! Hello, bad ass!!!

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    • diannegray / Nov 20 2016 9:01 am

      Also – I bought the nests to encourage them to stay away from the windows. The ones in the bought nests have more chance of survival 😉

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  18. Janna G. Noelle / Nov 21 2016 4:30 am

    Maybe all the red and green is to help get you ready for Christmas.

    I looked at the spider pic. Did it literally just land on your plate? Where did it come from? I probably would have tossed the whole plate across the room. I don’t mind little spiders, but that one was bigger and hairy than I can take.


    • diannegray / Nov 27 2016 11:20 am

      I left the plate in front of the TV so I could grab my pillow and settle down for a nice dinner and movie and when I came back it was just sitting there – scared the life out of me! 😉

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  19. Sheila / Nov 24 2016 1:38 am

    I can’t believe you pulled a snake out of a nest like that! And it’s a good thing you were paying attention and didn’t eat that spider. Thank you for getting me in the mood for Christmas with your red and green. I hope you and the creatures will have fun celebrating!


  20. prior.. / Nov 24 2016 1:51 pm

    Spider in your salad! Well did he eat that much to where you had to have for cream?
    My big eater!
    And enjoyed the red and green as the holiday versions are already upon us!


    • diannegray / Nov 27 2016 11:25 am

      Yes – the red and green is definitely a sign that Christmas in coming xxxx

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      • prior.. / Nov 28 2016 10:21 am

        Hi – quick note – I don’t think my joke came across here – partly the typo – but also hard to express humor at times.
        But I was thinking of the joke where the soul eater says, “Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup.” And the waiter says “He won’t eat much…”
        And so when you said you had to have ice cream for dinner – I inferred the spider 🕷 ate the whole salad (my attempt At humor) instead of not eating cos it was spoiled ….

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      • diannegray / Nov 29 2016 3:31 pm

        Haaa – yes, I got it 😀

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  21. roughwighting / Nov 26 2016 8:53 am

    I read this a few days ago and never had chance to comment, but your photos stayed with me those days. BRILLIANT. I absolutely love those nests – and your little green frog is too cute for words. Yes, cute. What personality he must have! Hopefully his long tongue caught your spider once it crawled out of your salad. :-0


    • diannegray / Nov 27 2016 11:28 am

      Yes – those little frogs are definitely cute and the more spiders they eat, the better 😀

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      • roughwighting / Nov 28 2016 12:04 am

        I just saw the new Harry Potter-ish movie “Fantastic Beasts,” in which a similar looking froggy creature plays a role. Hmm, wonder if he’s related to your little frog? 🙂

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      • diannegray / Nov 29 2016 3:27 pm

        Oh I want to see that movie! 🙂


  22. Britt Skrabanek / Nov 28 2016 7:20 am

    As a testimony to what a city slicker I am, at first I thought the birds “handcrafted” those nests themselves! That makes more sense that you purchased them.

    Such a nice home for those little guys…we try not to do that here, since it’s torture for the cats. Years ago one of our neighbors had a bird feeder on their balcony and our cat leaped off our patio and plummeted four stories. She survived, but definitely lost one (if not two) of her lives! 😉


    • diannegray / Nov 29 2016 3:30 pm

      Oh dear! I’m so glad your cat survived Britt! 🙂 Yes – those little nests are certainly very cute. Apparently a retired gentleman makes them (he must have spent many years studying the way the birds did it) 😀


  23. harulawordsthatserve / Nov 28 2016 6:21 pm

    LOL…gimme ice-cream over salad any day of the week…although right now, only if the heating is on – it’s pretty cold here at the mo! Love the festiveness of the green/red combination…they really are perfect partners aren’t they. Those finches are utterly adorable! Thanks for sharing so much beauty and laughter as always! Love and hugs, Harula xxx


    • diannegray / Nov 29 2016 3:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Harula. I miss the cold and wish it was chilly here at the moment! Stay rugged up xxxx

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  24. agjorgenson / Nov 29 2016 1:03 pm

    Nature is lovely, but nasty too (snakes eating babies…). Politics, on the other hand, is most often nasty but more rarely lovely! But every now and then we have surprises. Let’s hope for some good ones in the future!


    • diannegray / Nov 29 2016 3:35 pm

      At least we understand the reasoning behind nature, Allen – politics is very confusing with little common sense and a lot of skulduggery 😉

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  25. Cynthia Reyes / Dec 2 2016 3:35 am

    The nests – and the creatures, red and green — are definitely cute!


  26. cocoaupnorth / Dec 4 2016 11:26 pm

    Beautiful and vibrant colours in your garden. Love those birds!


  27. anotherday2paradise / Dec 5 2016 10:52 am

    Lovely post. Dianne. Red and green is so suitable for Christmas month. Love that cute little froggie. I still have the picture of that spider in my mind’s eye. 😯 Such gorgeous nests you found, but poor little baby finches. *sob* So happy that some survived, though. I’m sure the one in your photo is shouting abuse at the murdering snake. 😦


    • diannegray / Dec 17 2016 9:08 am

      They are highly suitable colours for Christmas, Sylvia! I’ve been too busy with the RUC to post for a while so hopefully I can get back into the swing of things in the new year. I’m loving your holiday snaps 🙂

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      • anotherday2paradise / Dec 17 2016 9:29 am

        Thanks so much, Dianne. I’m also rather busy to blog regularly. We were out with our excellent guide for 9 hours yesterday and again today. I’m glad you’re enjoying our trip. We certainly are. 😘

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  28. Minuscule Moments / Dec 5 2016 9:39 pm

    Dianne I love those birdy pics shame about the snake. I think we have one that eats all the poor ducks on the creek, they never seem to make it and if the foxes don’t get them the snakes do. But oh that eight legged monster! I would have died right there on the spot. Froggy is adorable I wish we had pretty green ones here, mostly little cute brown ones, still cute though.


    • diannegray / Dec 17 2016 9:14 am

      Frogs of any colour are SO cute! They’re one of my favorites. We’ve got lovely brown frogs here that hubby calls Baramundi frogs – I asked him why they were called that and he said they’re used as bait for fishing (I wasn’t happy with that answer) 😉

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      • Minuscule Moments / Dec 18 2016 6:45 pm

        Awe poor froggies I could never use them for bait. So if I hear that term I will understand. We have little brown ones sit on the glass and eat all the bugs after the rain. Love them.


  29. Sheila Morris / Dec 15 2016 12:56 pm

    It’s red and green around here for Christmas, but we’re having a bit of a fright because we still can’t believe we are about to have a reality-tv host for president.
    The Red Man would have been horrified – as are the rest of us at Casa de Canterbury!


    • diannegray / Dec 17 2016 9:18 am

      Believe me – we’re horrified at the results in Aussie Land as well. It’s like watching a really bad movie where you sit there and yell “noooooooooooooo!” 😀

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  30. Sheila Morris / Dec 15 2016 12:57 pm

    It’s red and green around here for Christmas, but we’re having a bit of a fright because we still can’t believe we are about to have a reality-tv host for president.
    The Red Man would have been horrified – as are the rest of us at Casa de Canterbury!
    Do you have any room left in the RUC?? 🙂


  31. reneejohnsonwrites / Dec 20 2016 1:10 pm

    What cute nests! Reminds me is a popular porch ‘pod’ chair.

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    • diannegray / Jan 6 2017 6:25 am

      Oh yes! And all the birds love them because they are so cozy 🙂


  32. prior.. / Jan 23 2017 4:29 pm

    just came by to say hi – no reply needed = but hope your writing is going well
    sending virtual snacks for writing


    • diannegray / Jan 28 2017 6:11 am

      Oh I’ve been so busy trying to get the RUC finished and approved by the local council – just a few more things to do and (fingers crossed) it will be finished. Thanks so much for the virtual snacks! xxxx

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      • prior.. / Jan 28 2017 4:45 pm

        well I said a little prayer for you too – not to sound corny – but I knew you were hard at work.
        doing what writers do….
        hope you have a nice rest of January

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  33. Jacqui Murray / Feb 5 2017 1:53 am

    Hi Dianne–wanted to let you know that I’m reviewing your book, Wolf Pear, on my blog ( next Friday, February 10th.It should already be on Amazon and Goodreads. If you have a moment, please drop in to say hi!


    • diannegray / Feb 5 2017 5:17 am

      Yes I’ve seen the review on Amazon and Goodreads – thank you so much Jacqui! I’ve been out of circulation because my husband has been in hospital. Things are starting to look up now and he should be home in the next few days and I’ll get back into my routine. Thanks so much for the review and for dropping by to say hi. I’ll certainly be coming over to your page to hi as well 🙂 xxx


  34. restlessjo / Feb 12 2017 6:13 pm

    Oh, heck! That’s not good news! I thought you might just be busy on the RUC/a book, but I see your husband’s been ill. Hope all is progressing well? Sending love! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 13 2017 6:42 am

      Thanks so much for dropping by to send your love Jo – he’s out of hospital now thank goodness. I’ll be back to my normal blogging routine very soon xxxx

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