amberohamber My green grass is back! 'Because everything is better in the summertime'- Michael Franti 4d

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amberohamber I have 6 poincianas in my yard that I've been wanting to take photos of for weeks and weeks now but my grass and yard has been so dry it just looked yucky in photos. Finally my yard is getting some green and the poincianas have dropped most of their flowers! Haha. 4d

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amberohamber Finally my bedroom view is looking green again . Over the past week we have had many days of beautiful rain, nearly 6 inches so far, after not having any for months and months. Thank goodness!! I thought I was going to have to get out the sprinkler and water my grass!! (I am hosting the family Xmas here because I have a pool...with pools come responsibilities hehe) I was feeling quite uncomfortable at the idea of it due to my upbringing and ingrained respect for water and grass being the hardiest living thing on the planet (just ask Sir David Attenborough). My dad has given up nearly 3 years of his life living at blockades, getting arrested, facing court and charges etc fighting for clean water, now a few of my friends in my home town are up doing the same (wish I was there, proud of you all!!) because our beautiful home area faces water poisoning from CSG fracking. CSG fracking poisons the water forever, the greedy mines come in, brainwash the public into believing that they are creating jobs and money and industry for the area, frack for their gas and leave, leave those towns poisoned forever. Leave those farmers animals and crops poisoned to death. Leave the communities poisoned. Leave the children (the future) poisoned. Talk to some families that live in CSG fracked areas, their children are getting sick and slowly dying, imagine watching your child slowly die. CSG mines don't care that your children will slowly die, or you will slowly die or the farms or the food, they have lost their no.1 primal instinct to survive, you WILL NOT SURVIVE without clean water!!! Don't let money and greed cloud your primal instincts, there is obviously something seriously seriously wrong with these peoples brains, they are mentally unstable and suicidal. Don't let these mentally unstable, suicidal people tell you that they care about your family and the future. Water is life (Nahko). I am grateful so grateful for clean water, that I don't even like to waste it by watering my grass with! Especially when one day of rain makes it green again. Watering grass is a little bit crazy but allowing CSG mining is suicidal! 5d

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amberohamber I installed this skamper ramp last week for Jalu. She had no way of getting out of the pool if she ever fell in etc when I wasn't around, that worried me a lot. She learnt how to use it within approx 2mins and can now have swimming fun with us without worries. Merry Xmas Jalu. Diwali had vet bills paid for his Xmas, for yet another Xmas with a UTI. Drink more water in the heat Diwali!!! Haha. 1w

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amberohamber When Nahla died I was worried I would never find another dog as mad and as fun as her for my future children....Jalu certainly isn't as mad but she sure is fun!!! Jalu is gentle and loving, placid and obedient. She chases balls. She rips up coconuts. She swims. She jumps off things into water (only built up the courage 2 weeks ago, Nahla jumped in the bogie hole in Newcastle at 7 weeks old haha no fear dog). When I splash a lot or yell 'help me puppy' she jumps into the pool, swims over to me and tail drags me over to her skamper ramp, only took her 3 times to learn that a few days ago. Her and Nahla are dogs I dreamed of having as a kid. Dogs are so wonderful for children, they teach them a lot of empathy and responsibility and they become their first true friends in life. I am confident Jalu will be all this and more for my future children. 1w

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amberohamber #blackandwhitechallenge photo 5. Nominated by a beautiful girl that I came to be friends with through our work in Perth @lolliejam My one mango tree that is loaded with fruit because it flowered later than my other trees, the other trees flowered amazingly and then we copped 4 inches of rain at the worst possible time for setting fruit and got flower rot, the mango farmers in the region were not happy. So my late bloomer is doing me proud. The taste and smell of summer. 1w

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amberohamber Diwali the cat. You are a special little cat. You don't make a sound from your mouth. You don't like walking through doorways. You don't like change. You notice change instantly even if it is as small as a book missing from a shelf (yes he does this, when I have a cook book out he approaches the bookshelf in haste and curiosity). You only like biscuits and a certain brand wet foods gravy (not the chunks), don't even like fresh caught fish or raw chicken or cheese?? You don't like strangers. You don't like leaf blowers or vacuum cleaners. You have a secret evil streak that comes out the second I fall into a deep sleep, you don't make sound with your mouth but boy oh boy have you devised some noisy ways of annoying people at 3am. You thrive on routine. You love other animals and seem to share beautiful little connections with them. You guard your house with a fierce unsuspecting bravery, I have seen you chase away strange dogs and cats and heard you growl at a few people who are around at strange times, you seem to know when people and animals are invited and uninvited. You have a strong bond with me and will follow me most places, even if I walk up a mountain or into the bush or paddock. You have about 4hrs an evening where you go off and live the secret world of Diwali. You are strangely in tune with empathy, whenever you hear me cry (which has been a lot this year) you run to me, jump up to me and press your face to my face over and over. Despite not being a lap cat, two days before the miscarriage you came and sat on my stomach, you knew. You love to play. You love cardboard boxes and plastic bags. And I love waking up in awkward positions every morning because I sub-consciously cater to your comfort in my sleep every single day. 'Twas a lonely 3 days Diwali and I'm glad to have my special little cat back. 1w
  •   sudeepnandurkar @amberohamber glad to know that he is getting better 1w
  •   lakhanilalit Yay! Diwali the menace is back! @amberohamber 1w
  •   mosaic60 Just checked your gallery as I'd missed your first post about Diwali, very happy that he is back with you 1w
  •   carriewills Your cat sounds just divine Amber, what a lucky little man to have you. There is a really cool show on the SBS as we speak called "the secret life of cats" it's just gorgeous, any cat lover would love it. Lots of love to you 1w
  •   colly_mack Glad you're back together. Loved the story of your special pet 1w
  •   amberohamber @mosaic60 thank you. 1w
  •   amberohamber @carriewills oh damn only just saw this message now, would have loved to have seen that. 1w
  •   amberohamber @colly_mack thank you 1w

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Inkwell Amber Stewart
amberohamber Is it strange that the house feels so very silent without my mute cat?! Missing this little ratbag so bad!!! Diwali has been in vet hospital for 3 days now. On Friday night he came to me telling me he had a urinary tract infection (he squatted on the bed next to me like he was weeing, if you're anything like me your initial reaction is something like 'what the hell are you doing Diwali' and swiftly push them off the bed, then I feel immense guilt about 2seconds later and go into nurturer/carer mode) I ran him straight into the vet on Saturday morning and they rushed him straight into emergency care. If your cat is ever blocked completely (can't urinate) you have approx 24-48hrs before they will die from the toxins. It is an extremely common problem in desexed male cats and quite commonly happens from dehydration and their diet. This time it was because Jalu had drank all of his water (I'm a bad mum for not noticing) and he mustn't like to drink from any water sources outside. Last time it was because he ate too much cheap dry biscuits (2 years ago) since then I have had him on grain free biscuits with cranberry (2 years) and a good quality wet food but it simply wasn't enough when his water was emptied by Jalu!! He is an extremely fussy eater and only likes a certain brand wet food and only licks the gravy out and doesn't like the chunks, far out I never thought I would have a fussy child bahahaha but if they're fussy they're fussy I have learnt. Plus he originally got a urinary Tract infection years ago because I just kept feeding him cheap biscuits and was in denial over his fussy ways hahaha this time I feel horrible that Jalu drank his water. Poor little guy. It was so painful for him that my mute was actually meowing. I pick him up this arvo. 1w
  •   karenrickard13 I hope he is okay 1w
  •   littlebitbrit Oh no! Hope he is ok 1w
  •   lakhanilalit Get well soon Diwali!!! 1w
  •   amberohamber @karenrickard13 @littlebitbrit @lakhanilalit he is home and appears to be doing well so far. Poor little thing. 1w
  •   sharodd81 Great photo Amber... Hope he is doing better, poor little guy 1w
  •   amberohamber @sharodd81 xoxo it's an old photo that I did black and white. I'm sitting here doing more of your photos now. I bought a USB stick today for them all and I'll post them tomorrow or Wednesday 1w
  •   mosaic60 Oh I missed this Amber, so happy that Diwali is back with you and on the mend 1w
  •   apartmentf15 Precious!️Glad he is back with you and well! Big hugs and kisses! 5d

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Inkwell Amber Stewart
amberohamber Shot 2 of 5 in the #blackandwhitechallenge nominated by the stunning @lolliejam. This is 5 doors down from me, oh yuuuuuuum! I'll be eating a diet of lychees today. @mosaic60 would you like to join in? 2w
  •   juanita_powell Oh my goodness! Yum 2w
  •   amberohamber @juanita_powell yes yum. Come and visit me anytime. Summer brings out all the tropical fruit here and my house is nestled nicely amongst a plethora of the farms. 2w
  •   mosaic60 Thanks for the tag Amber, I will see how I go, just super busy with work at the mo but will try @amberohamber 2w

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amberohamber Better late than never. Nominated by the gorgeous @lolliejam for the 5 day #blackandwhitechallenge 1 of 5. @lakhanilalit you like b&w would you like to try it out? 2w
  •   amberohamber This is two doors down from my house, yuuuuum! I love pineapples. 2w
  •   juanita_powell Yum 2w
  •   lakhanilalit @amberohamber Hey Amber, I'll start with this challenge on Saturday when I'll be in a big city in India where the internet is ok. I've started my Asia trip with India & in some really isolated places in rural areas now. Feel so pure. :)) will start this challenge on Saturday. 2w
  •   amberohamber @lakhanilalit oh yayyyy! Amazing. Have fun. so happy for you. 2w

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amberohamber I'll be a good mum, right?! I can read body language and facial expressions really well....Diwali looks thrilled to be in his Santa suit again, doesn't he?! Bahaha! Really he is actually thinking 'Fuck I hate this time of year, people go freaking insane at this time!!!!' We did our '1st of December' decorating last night and Diwali got to wear his Santa suit for his 3rd Xmas, I don't have anything for Jalu yet being her first Xmas but don't worry Jalu you won't miss out on the joys of Xmas clothes!! (mwahahahaha evil laugh) 2w
  •   mosaic60 Soooo cute 2w
  •   caitlinchancellor So gorgeous..!! 2w
  •   joyyazz You'll be a GREAT mum! you know just how to embarrass your offspring!! Mwahahahahaha 2w
  •   lisadarce Love it & I inflict the same suffering on my furkids! Ha x 2w
  •   apartmentf15 ️xx 2w

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amberohamber My sister in laws that have grown to feel like sisters to me. ️ these two are engaged to 2 of my step-brothers. I had a conversation with my mum a few days ago about the importance of healthy relationship role modeling and how glad I was that she didn't stay with my dad 'just for the kids sake', there was a rough and sad part of adjusting to life when my parents split (also valuable life lessons in there of knowing that everything passes and you will get through things) but then I see my Mum and step-dad's relationship and I'm so happy for her and what that has shown me. I love my parents and I just want them to be happy, I would never want to be the burden and reason for their misery. The right thing to do is to allow everybody to find their happiness. Through that I have gained so so much, I have gained a wonderful step-dad, 4 step brothers, 1 step sister and this huge ever growing extended family of sister in laws, nephews, aunties etc etc etc I would not want this any other way. My love for my mum and my love for my dad is the same as it has ever been. I feel amazingly blessed. 3w

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amberohamber Oh gosh this doggy makes me giggle 3w
  •   lakhanilalit @amberohamber Speaking of both, you don't mention Diwali the menace often. Why the bias? 3w
  •   amberohamber @lakhanilalit and she would only wander the street we lived on apparently (so my inside sources would tell me hehe) she wouldn't go further than our street. 3w
  •   amberohamber @lakhanilalit haha I wish I could have both my cats too. My other cat I had for 12 (something about my animals and the number 12) years too, I went on a short trip to Western Australia and he got bitten by a snake while I was away. His name was Mr Rumble, Nahla wanted to 'get' him her whole life haha. Mr Rumble was the most cuddly loving cat I have ever known. When I lived in Brisbane he started getting really really fat, I was calling him out my window one day when my neighbour got home haha she said 'is he the big fat ginger one?' I said 'yep' she said 'oh he comes over to my place all the time, I feed him everyday, we call him Fred' bahaha I said 'oh he always wanted a first name' so he was Mr Fred Rumble after that. Haha she called herself grandma after that, everybody loved Mr Rumble. I got Diwali a year after he died, 2 years ago. No bias. I love my cat and dog equally. When I don't have a cat, something is missing, when I don't have a dog, something is missing. Together they create the perfect balance for me. And these two just adore eachother, their friendship is a very beautiful one. Diwali is a real 'mummy's boy' he loves me and follows me everywhere haha, we have a whole queen size bed to ourselves 8 days a fortnight when Ryan isn't here and he still sleeps right at my feet. (Shhhh don't tell anybody but Jalu sleeps beside my bed every night too hehe) they are both my dear friends hahaha. Crazy animal lady. 3w
  •   amberohamber @lakhanilalit just sent you a howling clip directly. Haha. 3w
  •   lakhanilalit @amberohamber So amazing your love for animals. I love animals a lot too but have never had the privilege of having a dog coz of my sisters. 3w
  •   amberohamber @lakhanilalit allergic? 3w
  •   lakhanilalit @amberohamber Yeah they're allergic 3w
  •   apartmentf15 ️xx 2w

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amberohamber 18.5 weeks...nearly half way. And found this seafolly bikini set on mega mega sale at a swimwear shop lastnight for $20, woohoo! I don't care if they're last season (or the season before etc etc) they actually fit!!! And $20!!! 4w

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amberohamber Handmade by us @gypsytreasuresau driftwood doily dream catchers. All driftwood local and hand collected by us ️ $20 each. My sister in law is German and has sent a few of these to Germany so they are able to be posted 4w
  •   caitlinchancellor Just beautiful. ..xx 4w
  •   sharra_jay Would love to buy one for mum as a xmas pressie @amberohamber ... She always loved your mums crafts she would treasure something like this n 4w
  •   sharra_jay Lol pressed the button to soon... can I buy one and post it over to WA ?? :) 4w
  •   amberohamber @sharra yes of course lovely. Message me on Facebook and we will sort it out from there. That's a beautiful Xmas present, I'm sure your mum will love it 4w
  •   mosaic60 Love these Amber, want one, do you ever dye them in different colours? If you do, Purple ? 4w
  •   amberohamber @mosaic60 we have done a few in different colours. I'm pretty sure I have some purple dye still somewhere. I'll try to do one in the next week or 2 and send you a picture 4w
  •   mosaic60 That would be awesome Amber thank you, no rush as it will be just for me @amberohamber 4w

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