wings and things

Two very wet alpacas

on August 8, 2013

Apparently our phone wiring has had the bomb and that is why the home phone crackles and the internet is having so many siestas. I am tempted to let the home phone die and get one of those usb thingys for the internet. I have already replaced my ancient mobile phone with a new one.

It is still very wet so I am practically living in my wellys.


The alpacas are ambivalent when it comes to the rain. They seem to take everything in their stride, although Uluru looks slightly happier than Okami.



The camellias are responding ecstatically to the rain. Now, even though I can’t think of anything worse than gardening, I do love the dozens of camellias Anthony has planted over the years. The one with the ballerina petals is the only one I bought myself. I took the first bloom into Ants the other day.


I’ll take another one in this afternoon. On my way in, I’m hoping to collect a picture I’m having framed for Anthony’s wall. It’s a photo of Ants at around the time I first met him, 35 years ago. Funnily enough, it is not my idea to put this picture on the wall; it’s Anthony’s. I said why not one of our wedding photos, or that one of you on the motorbike with Ming?. But he said no, that he just wanted himself! His self-confidence is certainly still intact; he even got me to blow the photo up to a bigger size!

43 responses to “Two very wet alpacas

  1. The flowers are gorgeous…

    I guess Anthony has those moments (more than we do) of wanting to remember what we were at an earlier/younger time in our lives…Diane

  2. Debbie says:

    Send the rain this way! We need it in NTexas – so dry! The camellias are beautiful. Think I’ll look for some to plant this fall. Hmmmm….I wonder how Anthony will react to his big picture on the wall? Let us know.

  3. It’s nice to see the alpacas again – I was wondering if you still had them. They look so full of character. πŸ™‚ The camellias looks fantastic. I’ve tried to grow them, but without any success.

  4. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Perhaps Anthony wants to remember the way he was (as I used to have a passport photo on my Gravatar that was taken 25 years ago).

    ……and I just went out to photograph our camellias too. I’ve got on 5% of what you’ve got on your trees.

    Yours look spectacular.

  5. Rhonda says:

    The flowers are gorgeous. As for the picture…think of it as the mirror Ants wants to look into yes?

  6. I hope that you dry out eventually, being soggy all the time definitely gets old. πŸ™‚

  7. niasunset says:

    I loved the boots and flowers… so beautiful… Thank you dear Julie, love, nia

  8. It strikes me that perhaps it’s not ego that’s driving Anthony to request the big photo of himself, Julie, but rather a desire to anchor himself in some way. Everything is slipping–maybe he wants something concrete to look at and say, “Yes, that’s me…I remember.” I hope I’m not out of line saying this…it just popped into my head. Love your photos! You may not feel like gardening right now, but your flowers are magnificent…

  9. Smiling at the comment about Ant’s self-confidence. The photos of the flowers are lovely. Especially like the one next to the door and boy I’d sure love to come to a retreat with your alpacas, they look so happy. Take care. Stay dry. Hope you get your phone sorted out. Paulette

  10. Ok Mrs. Downunder! What the heck are wellys?! The rain boots? rubber boots, gum boots?

  11. The rain would drive me bonkers, but it is refreshing to see all the greenery. It’s so dry here in Texas!

  12. tootlepedal says:

    Very nice pictures of the alpacas.

  13. Fab pictures. Husband and I would love to have alpacas. They are so cute. Even when wet.

  14. having some trouble leaving a comment:( just wanted to say that i love the pics and am impressed with your green thumb:) anthony may want to have a pic to confirm he was once young and healthy?

  15. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Love the gum boots! πŸ™‚

    Alpacas are so curious looking – I guess like our emus here in Oz.

    Wonderful photos, Julie.

  16. janeslog says:

    Everything looks ‘drooked’. That’s the Scottish word for very wet. Can also be pronounced ‘drook-ed’.

  17. You should move over here to sunny Tasmania! πŸ™‚

  18. Judith Post says:

    I hope someday I enjoy pictures of myself. Hasn’t happened yet. I love Anthony’s healthy esteem.

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