Monthly Archives: August 2016

More Norcia

Just another random shot of Norcia in Italy (one of the towns damaged by the recent earthquake). Taken out a museum window on a rainy afternoon in June.

Norcia Italy Sonya Oksana Heaney June 2016

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Nearly Spring.

Flowers late winter Canberra Australia Garden Sonya Oksana Heaney 23rd August 2016

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30/08/2016 · 4:52 pm

Friday Afternoon

Excuse the dirty windscreen! A shot from the car on the way from Queanbeyan to Canberra this afternoon. Nobody knows what to wear; half in t-shirts and half in jackets.

Queanbeyan to Canberra Australia ACT border Sky Clouds Blue Sky Sonya Heaney Winter 26th August 2016

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Adventures with Birds

It’s not spring yet, but we have every native bird imaginable running around with sticks in their beaks, getting ready.

However, we already have two birds who have moved back into the garden for the season.

I’m being followed around by the currawong (first three pictures) in the backyard – the bird was too shy to come near me last year, and now turns up at the back door! I’m even being watched from the tree, just in case I might come outside with something edible.

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And in the front, the magpie (next three), who also comes to the door a few times a day.

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Check out the pose!

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And then I went back into the backyard, and the currawong was watching me, as if to say – so? Where’s my snack?

Currawong Canberra Australia 25th August 2016 Sonya Heaney DSC06740

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Poor Italy

We still don’t know a lot of the details of the earthquake in Italy. They are saying the epicentre is Norcia (below, in June), but it seems the worst damage was done in the surrounding towns. It is one of my favourite parts of Italy, but unfortunately also very earthquake-prone.

UPDATE: apparently there *IS* a lot of damage in Norcia, but it isn’t as obvious in the news images. I’m now seeing stories that the church in these pictures is badly damaged on the inside. I suppose we’ll hear more soon.

When we were staying in Norcia we were discussing how another earthquake wouldn’t be far off.

Sonya Heaney Norcia Italy June 2016

Sonya Heaney Norcia Italy June 2016.

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Independence Day

Happy Ukrainian Independence Day. Sort of an ironic day to commemorate now…

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Here is a picture of us protesting at the Russian embassy in Canberra, Australia just after Russia invaded Crimea.

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Flag Day

Today is Ukraine’s Flag Day. Perhaps a more important day now than ever.

This is a shot from Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv back in 2011, before the revolution and the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian Flags Kyiv Ukraine 15th June 2011 Sonya Oksana Heaney.

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