This time of year I find I pine a bit for the lush green of winter, our open ground is so dry and brown, crunchy brown as our neighbour calls it. But with the bad comes the good, I am happy to see strong growth on our fruit trees, shrubs and vegies. Every day we wander back from the vegie patch with a good load of produce, 2 or 3 cucumbers a day, a handful of tomatoes, a lettuce a week, as many kilos of potatoes as we choose to dig up, and now the start of the sweetcorn harvest! We've had one meal of corn so far and declared it magnificent. Most of the cobs are still a week or so off being ready but we are hunting though looking for the early ripeners, being impatient as we are. :-)
Birds are in abundance. The green 28 parrots are everywhere, and there are small birds twittering all over the place. We are delighted to see not one but two wedgetail eagles in our airspace most of the time. One is much bigger than the other so I guess that would be the male. He was going crazy yesterday flying around calling loudly and repeatedly, obviously looking for his mate. We were worried something may have happened to her but we were pleased to see them both flying around calling to each other this morning. They both fly low over the chook yard, methinks looking longingly at potential breakfast! Lucky we netted the top hey!
The magpies are at our door a couple of times a day looking for a top-up feed of rolled oats. I love how one arrives, sees the food, then launches into magnificent caroling to tell the others to come and get some grub. This is the newest juvenile and my goodness is she a squawky, noisy young lady. Even though she is quite capable of picking up rolled oats herself and eating them, if her mother Peg (only has one foot) is nearby then she'd rather squawk and squawk and Peg being the good mother she is, gathers up a beakful of oats and stuffs them down this one's throat to shut her up!
Emperor Gum Moth.
It was lovely to have you both to stay!