Firewheel Tree in flower
The Stenocarpus sinuatus, grows alongside the top part of my rose garden
and a clematis has woven its way through the top of this tree, it doesn't
seem to mind, being a slow grower in our climate. So nice to have a tree
in flower at this time of year - my roses haven't started blooming after
the long hot summer when the rose bushes hibernate.
A pair of lorikeets
There is a special peck order of who eats first in the lorikeet family. Mum & Dad
always head the queue, the others have to wait their turn somewhere in the tree and
woe betide if they try and jump the queue - a noisy riot takes place and the
youngsters are sent on their way. The local sparrows cheekily try and sneak a
seed here and there and annoy mum and dad lorikeet continuously. Always fun to
watch all their daily antics! The only birds who can push mum and dad off the dish
are the sulphur crested cockatoos, especially if there are a pair!
Colourful Zonal Pelargoniums
These red single pelargoniums (geraniums) are making quite a show in
the patch right now. They started from cuttings given to me during one of
our stints in the Clare Valley; the accommodation we always stayed at had
a magnificent garden run by a keen gardener who always took me for a tour
around his garden during our stay. Each year as they come into flower we
think of him... he no longer runs the accommodation and his health is no longer good.
Half way down to the dish. Earlier in the day I had seen 2 sulphur crested
cockatoos at the dish with ideal lighting, so I headed indoors and set up the
long lens in the Canon and headed out, but they'd gone. Instead a family of
lorikeets had arrived so I made use of the long lens and took a few shots, and
here is one of them
Easter Egg Scramble
Actually because it was also "April Fool's Day" Trudy had wrapped Brussels Sprouts and small potatoes in tin foil, as you can see if you look carefully,
the wrappers are all silver here! About an hour later (and after lunch) she spread out the colourful chocolate Easter Eggs
and the children picked up as many as they could then sat in a circle eating quite a
few... and lucky for us we only had to drive home to our little dog, the parents had no other option but to drive their sugar-high children back to their home!
Family Picnic Under the Trees.
Each year we gather together at the local oval and have an Easter
Egg Scramble for the youngest members of the family. Here you
see the adults - we have a good clear image of the entire
oval and can keep a watch over the children from here.