A taste of the deliciousness around us:
Woke to a sun filled room, the first daffodills of the year gracing the windowsill. Took a good look at the rosella parrots outside, as I knew the pups would chase them out of view before long. Studied the crimson heads, yellow breasts, vivid green back and the long blue tailfeathers. Found one close to death in the garden the other day. Suppose he had gone too close to the nests of the magpies, for when I turned him over gently with a stick, saw that he’d been pecked on the head. He was already in shock and I left him in the long grass that night. He was dead by morning and I’m guessing our local fox took care of the rest, since he frequents that area.
Sat outside on a blanket this afternoon to finish the drawings which I’d started 2 days ago, the scent of blossoms heavy in the air, the magpies caroling, high notes of bellbirds and whip-like calls of the whipbird (go figure!) in full surround sound. Once in a while, the sweet smell of warming eucalyptus leaves wafted by on a gentle breeze.
Later on, the dog and I wandered down the drive and across the street, meandering through paddocks(fields) edged with flowers of various hues: white, red with yellow throat, royal purple, lavender, palest of yellow and deep gold. Walking up and over hills, we met horses and wood ducks, a couple of grey and pink gallahs, then turned around to head home before Gus could investigate the little ring tailed possum lying on the shoulder of the road.
As we hiked back up the long drive to the house, butterfly couples danced in circles around us, their yellow-orange wings flitting in the dappled sunlight.
Does it all sounds too perfect and serene? Well, it was..and I loved it!