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Spring is here

Spring has definitely hit us now – days of gorgeous sunshine, blue skies, blossom and bees. It’s so restful just sitting on the verandah with a cup of tea for a few minutes in the morning and listening to the birds busily flitting around and feeding babies. Only a few minutes unfortunately because this is a time of busy-ness for humans as well! The lawn grows so fast it needs cutting every week and the weeds are just as excited as the rising bulbs are to emerge and reach for the sun. It’s a great grounding experience, sitting and weeding, running my hands through the dirt to get as many of the bits of kikuyu out of the garden bed before planting petunias. I feel truly blessed that I’m able to do that and enjoy getting dirty 🙂

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If there wasn’t such an urgency in the back of my mind I could just do a little bit now and then when I can fit it in….but not only does the Spring weather insist on it being done now, so too does the looming date of my son’s wedding. Now less than a mere 3 weeks from taking place in my garden! I’m so excited and thrilled that they’re getting married here….but my plans of a few months back are starting to get cut back to reality. I’ve decided I like weeds in my lawn, they make it more interesting and more attractive for birds, and mulch can cover anything! My mantra for the past week has been ‘I can do ANYTHING, but I can’t do EVERYTHING’. It will be gorgeous and special regardless and I’m determined to be stress-free about it all and enjoy the whole process. So, as much as I love having visitors to my B&B and cottage, I have blocked out the next few weeks so I can concentrate on other matters!

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Birds

I’m reminded of one of my favourite childhood books….’I sat by the lake and looked at the sky and as I looked a fly went by…’
Except in my case I’m sitting by a dam on my verandah, and I’m watching a bird….

It amazes me the number of birds I have visiting around my home. In just a half hour I watched blue wrens, willy wagtails, honey eaters, goldfinches, parrots, sparrows, starlings, crows, and magpies. That’s not counting the kookaburras that start laughing about 5.30am, and the hawk that I watched get chased away by two very attentive wagtail parents! Others birds come and go seasonally, but often, galahs, cockatoos, leatherheads, bush pigeons, thrushes, and more, and often I see wedge tail eagles catching the thermals above our paddocks.

I think part of the attraction to the birdlife in my yard is the abundance of small bushes for them to nest in and also the ‘natural’ lawn area. Some might say my lawn is just full of weeds, and technically it is because I don’t spray anything and don’t often get around to digging much out. The birds, however, seem to love the variety of seeds the weeds bring, so I’m happy to grow some for them – in balance of course, I do like a nice soft green lawn to walk over. This is a challenge at this time of year where a large part of my evening is spent watering the vegie garden and lawn to provide a green band for the birds, for a firebreak, because it’s cooler, and just because I like it.

This morning I woke to an awesom thunderstorm, I went outside at 5.45am to watch the lightning and rolling grey clouds tumble above the house and out on the mountains. Now it’s actually been raining! Yay! There’s water running into my water tank again and the whole garden is looking refreshed. This reprieve is only supposed to last today so I’m hoping the birds make the most of it.

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