Unfortunately, our community event at Stangate House had to be cancelled due to constant rain during the period required to complete the set up for our outdoor activities. It’s always disappointing when a lot of work goes into coordinating an event, and you don’t get the opportunity to see it all come to fruition – but that’s the nature of an outdoor event. As they say, one element you can’t control is the weather.
Even though we didn’t appreciate the falling rain, the gardens certainly did!
Here’s a photo of my new neighbour – a Blue-tongue Lizard. He’s recently moved into the garden area near the rainwater tank outside my front door, a spot where I’ve unfortunately often intruded on his outdoor sunbathing. Today he was out sunning himself on the stone steps and decided to stay put when I arrived, so I grabbed the camera and got a few shots off before he lazily took his leave into the shadows and safety of the garden.
After repairs to my ‘fat’ PS3 (YLOD struck it down) I’m now up and running again, and so am taking a number of cars for a final drive in GT5 before the new GT6 lands later this year. Posted here are a few photos of a variety of models I’ve taken for a spin:
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Alfa Romeo TZ2
Ford Focus RS WRC 07
Mazda Savanna RX-7 GT-X
Ford Mustang Trans-Cammer
I sat on a park bench in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens yesterday morning, and produced a 2B pencil sketch of the wonderfully green and pleasant view. In the foreground is the pond of Nelumbo genus aquatic plants; N. nucifera – the sacred lotus. These lily-like plants produce very attractive pink and yellow flowers (see below) and feature highly distinctive seed pods. The leaves are also superhydrophobic, which means that they have high water repellence due to the architecture of their surface. This is also known as the lotus effect.
My pencil sketch was later scanned into Adobe Photoshop, and coloured using a custom watercolour brush.