Saturday, May 26, 2012
A very, very rare bird
This afternoon I had the privilege of seeing a very very rare bird: a Takahe. My family went to the Orokonui EcoSanctuary to see the two Takahe. The birds are flightless and were presumed extinct until re-discovered in 1948!!! Now there are about 72 left and the two at the ecosanctuary are both males who have not been successful in expanding the population. I felt very lucky to be able to be so close to such a rare bird. One was much more shy and hesitant and barely visible. The other paced up and down the fenceline as if he was wanting to know what was on the other side. Alas, they could not be released into the sanctuary today as planned, as they were considered too stressed. When they are released, literally the gates to their enclosure will be opened and they will be allowed to just walk out.
Seeing such a rare creature reinforces how much protection is needed for our environment. Without intervention Takahe would become extinct. I am really glad that me and my family are supporting the ecosanctuary.
On the thrifting, op-shopping and vintage front I have had a relatively quiet week. I have made three Trademe purchases recently and felt that I could not justify spending more on clothes. When I passed by the Presbyterian Support Shop my eye was drawn to a 1970s Golden Hands pattern book which I will show you later, and in the 50 cent basket at the counter a gypsy style necklace with a broken (but easily fixed) clasp.
Due to not getting home until dark I have no "outfit photos" except for my Frock on Friday outfit:
However, going outside is a different matter: traditionally on a Friday lunchtime I meet up with my best friend and we go for a "mooch" around the shops. Here I am with a cool whale tale sculpture - I wore a grey cardigan and my crimplene coat when I was out and about which provided the necessary warmth.
Yes, I did make it to the 24 hour book sale. I watched On the Waterfront earlier in the week and now have my first crush on Marlon Brando. I was hoping I might find his biography, or maybe Elizabeth Taylor, or if I was lucky Cary Grant. Alas the biography section was populated by people who had no concept of personal space or decent manners. I could not get a decent look at any of the titles. So I went downstairs to the basement, where the pickings were much richer - and this is where I found the following:
Denim: from cowboys to catwalks. A visual history of the world's most legendary fabric ($4) - lots of fabulous photos showing garment evolution and also the links to culture, rock and roll and movies.
Stars of the Screen: Photographs from the Kobal Collection ($4) - the cover is a shot of Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and I swear there is practically steam coming off the pages. Plenty of costume inspiration here, and also a reminder that I need to watch more classic movies. My daughter got a haul of spooky ghost stories and a copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
At the book sale it is expected that you will see at least a couple of people you know, and to my delight I did and therefore it was a very socialable event. We both wore our new berets which I have finished. Below is hers as a work in progress. Mine is a bluey/green colour. I had to do mine three times to get it right!!!
Anyway, here I am on a Sunday night feeling like I have had a good break from work. There's a mound of washing as high as Everest to be sorted, a dress to be hemmed and more knitting to do. Tomorrow its back to work and I am already wondering what combination of colours I can surprise my colleagues with!!
Hope you all have had a good weekend,
take care xx