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Blue Wren vs Fly

Ten Blue Wrens: And What a Lot of Wattle! Sitting on the deck with Jai (5.5 years young) in my lap, I wondered if I was going to snap a decent photograph of the blue-wrens about 3 metres away.

“Daddy, can you photograph that fly?”

I turn to photograph it, but as I do – the small blue wren flutters onto the deck, snaps at the same fly, it falls from its roost, and the bird snapped it right out of the air, swallowing it whole.

I couldn’t photograph that moment, it all happened so fast. But I did snap a few shots of the blue wren standing content after a quick feed.

Jai was still in my lap. As I am capturing the posing blue-wren, Jai starts blubbering….

“Oh dear, I am never going to see that fly ever ever ever again! {crying and wailing} I want that fly! Why didn’t you photograph it sooner?!” He is surprisingly articulate.

I shake my head and say “But dude, buddy, I got some great photos of the blue wren!”

“I don’t care about the blue wren! I want a photo of a fly!”

“Dude, There are ten trillion trillion trillion fly’s on the planet. Blue wrens are rare!”

The conversation ended as he went off crying. The blue-wren flew over and sat beside me and cocked his head to one side as if to say “Yeah, kids, they are not easy!”

Check out my shots below:

Blue Wren on Deck

Blue Wren Hunting Lunch

Blue Wren Sits Close

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Scariest Spider Ever

The #Huntsmen #Spider (now about 8cm in diameter) in our dining room has walked, on the ceiling, around to the lounge room.

Jai: “I want to measure him with this… [the Xmas tree long box]”

Me: “No way dude! If it falls to the floor, I will jump on the lounge and squeel like a girl!”

Jai: “You’re funny Daddy.”

Me: “Sigh. I won’t look funny.” [Looking up, I see two spider legs pointing down.] “Okay, it’s time to run…”

Jai: “So funny!”

I am glad to be a funny Daddy. But I hate spiders!

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Star Kids

It was a proud moment when I found Jai playing with an aluminum-cast Millennium Falcon and Tie-Fighter.

I bought them a few years ago, just before the 1-minute-of-Mark-Hammil epic. They were meant to be figurines to display in my geek-shed. When I dismantled the shed, both were ceremoniously dumped in with the kids toys. Well, they are toys.

But Jai hadn’t taken any interest. So I returned them to a shelf beside my bed.

Shaun the Sheep: Series 2
This morning Jai jumped over our bed, slid over the other side, Dukes-of-Hazard style (though he said Shaun the Sheep does it!), and stopped to stare at my book shelf.

Pointing up, “What are they?”

Oh boy, he finally noticed them. “You want to play with them?”

“Yes please!” Okay, I had to remind him to use the magic word.

“Well, you are now known as Jai Solo. Aidan can be … Baby Fett!”

The Complete Saga (Star Wars) It was a fun three minutes of his version of Star Wars. We didn’t do the Kessel run in twelve parsecs, but the universe was destroyed by teddy bears, ‘slobber-glue’ covered the earth, and Baby Fett tried to eat the Millennium Falcon.

Then they were offered sliced apple … and the moment was over.

Though Jai is still calling his little brother ‘Baby Fett’. Gotta love it.

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 Day 1 as SAHD

My first official day as a SAHD – A Stay At Home Dad – whilst my wife and MIL went out and repotted bees from nucs to hives.

Shaun the Sheep: Series 2 What did I and the boys do?

  1. DVD complete series of Shaun the Sheep. Twice.
  2. Lot of tickling, giggling & cuddles from both boys.
  3. Aidan learnt to jump 30cm – from a step-stool to the floor.
  4. My knee is almost worse than before I damaged it.
  5. Bitten once. Aidan was clearly frustrated and missing his mum.

Sigh. But I know I can handle it.

What doesn’t kill me will surely make me stronger. Right? Please tell me it’s true?!