Melbourne Heatwave and our wildlife

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We all need to remember our wildlife on these hotter than hot days during summer.  A handly sprinkler is all they need.  I loved watching this family of Magpies catching the drops of water on that 42 degree celcius boiling Saturday.


Julie Toffolo is an Australian born artist and lives in Melbourne Victoria. Her art is in private collections around Australia.

She has two teenage boys, works part time as an Education Art Assistant at a Secondary Girls School and paints on her days off in her leafy Eltham Studio.

Julie works in illustration in a nostalgic vintage style and loves to paint from the nature around her bushy local environment and wherever she can find any form of nature on her travels. She is captivated by how the light flickers and dances when working from still life or outdoors.

Having studied traditional painting methods under Jenni Mitchell and Mervynn Hannan from Eltham South Fine Art Studios and Gallery has taught Julie many elements of drawing, composition, colour, painting, trying new materials, beautifying the simple things around us.

Julie has been a member of local artist co ops and exhibits throughout the year.

You can follow Julie on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to watch and support her art practise.


  1. Thanks Julie for this post! It has really worried me that a lot of wildlife are literally dropping out of trees with these really hot days. I put the sprinklers on late yesterday just for the birds rather than the plants. They were straight into it. Great to get the rain this evening phew..

    1. Hi Chas,
      Yes it was so great watching the wildlife under the sprinkler and thankfully today is much cooler. J.

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