A little Madness in the Spring

“A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.” Emily Dickinson

It was with great amusement, that we have been watching some rather unusual behaviour from our neighbours. We observed neighbours exiting and entering their house under large umbrellas on a sunny day, a business man, whirling his suit jacket wildly above his head, people ducking and weaving, a woman holding a clipboard on her head and my father, visiting with magazines atop his head.

It was all very funny, until, the swooping magpie parents, turned their attention to our side of the street. Going out to check the mail box has become a thrill seeking adventure. You cast your eyes about, then swiftly run to the mailbox. To your horror you hear tck tck and feel a brush of wings stir your hair. I now wear a hat to collect the mail.

In order to share my experience with you, I have been fairly brave. I stood photographing the magpies, standing my ground, until the last moment, I ran shrieking inside.

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A magpie in our tree, with me hiding under the safety of our porch.

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Magpie pretends not to be observing me.

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Here she comes, I hold my ground.

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A blurry magpie but I was not going to stand and focus.

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Hidden safely in the shrubbery, the prince or princess awaits their lunch.

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Ah, lunch is approaching…

 

Lemon and lime

Presenting Budgie number 2. This is the colour of the wild Budgerigars in Australia that fly freely in flocks in dry and arid areas (of which we have much of). They like to nest in small cavities and hollow tree trunks, especially in Eucalyptus trees near dried up rivers and billabongs.

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Hello my Pretty 2, from my series of 50.

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Hello my Pretty 2 is available here: Winter Owls Shop

Look who is back in town

A raucous bunch have been hanging around my local park. This is a group I’m always pleased to see though. I knew they had arrived from the overhead screeching that shattered the peaceful afternoon. The Galahs were back in town.

I’ve written about these beautiful funny birds before. You can read more about them here:

https://winterowls.com/2013/08/21/pink-and-grey-a-perfect-colour-combination/

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Hello my handsome

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I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine.

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Flying free

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It’s time to take a bow.

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to all! This year, take a leaf out of the Little Corella’s (Cacatua sanguinea) book; sit up and take notice of your surroundings. Hang around with friends, walk and drink in nature, chat and swap stories or simply enjoy your own space, eat well and give yourself time to dream.

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Sit up and take notice

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Hang around with friends

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Walk and drink in nature and swap stories

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Enjoy your own space, eat well and give yourself time to dream

A festive feel in the garden

In my garden, I don’t have red holly berries and snow in December, but I don’t miss out on a festive feel. Kangaroo paws as tall as me, are a blaze of red above strappy green leaves. The shy Little Wattlebird comes to visit too, dipping his beak into the flowers. As quick as a flash, he flies away.

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Three black ravens and a pink cockatoo

Does it portend anything when three black ravens fly over your head? I sincerely hope not because it happened to me today. Please don’t write in to tell me it’s a sign of bad luck as, I’m going to think of it as an opportunity to enjoy their glossy black feathers. Perhaps I have been thinking about Halloween projects for my classes too much.

My last three posts have featured the colour black, so here is a blast of colour to change things up. I’m hoping to do a series of Australian bird paintings, here is the first one. It features a Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo. It is the only Australian Cockatoo that is salmon pink below and white on top. It also has a sneaky crest that appears to be white but has bands of gold and red when unfurled. It’s larger than one of my other favourites, the Galah but not as big as the Sulphur crested Cockatoo or Cockie as we like to call them in Australia. I hope you noticed that I also snuck one of my other favourite things in, the doily.

A bird of many colours

I have always wanted to grow my fruit and vegetables but I have to say it is a little challenging at times. Why, I hear you ask? Because we have to share with the wildlife in Melbourne. The beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets pictured below can be seen eating my neighbour’s apples. You might wonder why they aren’t eating my apples. Well, that is because they have already been eaten by the possums and fruit bats and not one single apple for us humans! I don’t mind sharing but it would be nice to have some fruit. I do still love these cheeky birds though and their chattering calls to each other. They are entertaining to watch too, practising various acrobatics in the trees.

Thank goodness possums, bats, and various birds appear to not like my lemons and grape fruits. My biggest disaster has been my tomatoes this year. They have been eaten by rats (which I find very creepy, I think it’s the tail)…. We seem to have a large number of rats climbing over the fence to visit, I think they are attracted to the next door neighbours chicken feed. Ruby my dog is very diligent about chasing them away but they visit when she is sleeping. Eeek, eeek, eeek!

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A bird of many colours

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Who is observing who?

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So much delicious food for us!

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Not very well camouflaged apple thieves.

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Just hanging around……….