Saturday, September 13, 2014

It Must Be Spring!
















The Scarlet Honeyeaters have returned for a second year! Not only have they increased in number but they are also less timid than last year. The Scarlet Honeyeater is the smallest honeyeater in Australia but any lack in size it sure makes up for with a rather loud, pleasantly piercing call and the highly visible bright scarlet feathers of the males. 

A sunny ranunculus was my happy impulse purchase last week while choosing all our gardening supplies. I attempted growing some a couple of years ago but no flowers resulted. We've watched one beautiful bloom open during this week and there are at least four promising buds.

Another little cactus has produced a flower spike with delicate little yellow flowers.

Master T had his 15th birthday this week, surrounded by his five sisters. Times like this are much fun yet we also miss his big (but now shorter) brother and eldest sister who have both left home for college/uni this year. 








Early this morning we took Miss N to our local airport again. She is on her way to Sydney for a busy  day of cricket training, flying 'home' to our next bigger city this evening. In the meantime there's a matter of some washing and food shopping I need to attend to.....and listening to wonderful bird calls too!



41 comments:

Jeanne said...

That little honey eater is so cute, and what an interesting beak he has. REmembering you! Bet you are enjoying that new sewing machine!

SarahZ said...

I so enjoy your photos...and with the iPad it is so easy to zoom in and out! And just what kind of (Happy Birthday, Master T!) cake is that? It looks wonderful!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Sarah, pleased you enjoy the photos….
It’s a sponge cage made by Miss O, filled with raspberry jam and whipped cream, topped with strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar. Delicious!

Anne said...

What a sweet little bird. So colorful. Great photos.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, it does indeed look like Spring and such wonderful, delightful captures for the day -- any day actually!! I love them all, Karen! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty of your world!! Have a great weekend!

Cloudia said...

Fabulous refreshing post, K

Lisa said...

What a pleasant (and handsome) little visitor to your garden! I would look forward to seeing him each day - not to mention such lovely plants to enjoy. What a warm welcome after winter!

Dirk Rosin said...

de blomster bilder er nydelig !

diane b said...

Lovely shots especially the airport skies and the boy's birthday.

Marlies, NL said...

I always enjoy your photographs. Lovely attentisme to detail and colours. And it's nice to see Spring flowers; heer in the Netherlands Autumn begins.

Kim said...

Such clever and gorgeous photos of the little honey eater. I can't believe Miss O baked that cake....tell me was it as delish as your gorgeous photos leads me to believe.

tinajo said...

Gorgeous photos, love the color in them.

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s.c said...

Beautiful bird and flowershot. Also like the illustrations of your family doings. Keep going.

Tuynvrouwe said...

Wonderful pictures and lovely bird.
Have a nice day, Anne-Marie

Lori Plyler said...

Sounds busy and very, very wonderful! Loving your images as always. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jette Hollesen said...

Dear Karen

Lovely powerful fotos! I love the
red and yellow colours!

Hugs and nice weekend!
JetteMajken

Lisa Gordon said...

That little Honey Eater is so cute, Karen.
How I am loving seeing your spring here. It' not quite fall here yet, but oh my goodness, it sure feels like it today. Cold and rainy. :-(

When I see all of your beautiful flowers, I am reminded of how many, many months it will be before we see them again, but for now, I can come here and dream. :-)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, and a very Happy Birthday to Master T.

Fun60 said...

I think you must have more hours in your day than I have because there's no way I could fit everything into one day as you manage to do.

geanina said...

Beautiful images!Auguri! :)

The Editrix said...

Scarlet Honeyeaters!! Gorgeous.

Seeing Each Day said...

New seasons..... such a beautiful shot in that 4th photo. You inspire your family to make the best birthday cakes - it beats my last minute purchases at Coles every time. You seem calmer than I about this, but I can't believe since we've known each other how much our little people (and perhaps ourselves) have changed.

flowersandhome said...

It is an adjustment isn't it when kids start uni? Next week, not only our oldest will start his second year but also our other son will start his first year at uni. Little sis(well, not so little anymore, I'm the little one at home now....;) )has two more years to go in highschool and then I think I will feel completely lost when all three will have left the nest so to speak, even if I know it's a good thing and inevitable that they spread their wings and find their way in life.

Barb said...

Happy Birthday to your son. I always enjoy seeing what kind of cake your family creates. This one looks yummy!

Preeti said...

What a handsome bird! It's lovely to see the changing of the seasons in your part of the world. That cake looks so very yummy!

Gail Dixon said...

Happy belated birthday to Master T! I love the image you made. Lots of beautiful blooms here, too. :)

Liz said...

Those Scarlet Honeyeater shots are gorgeous, Karen. I haven't seen one before but I've been searching around (so far unsuccessful).
You have some beautiful blooms in your garden too.
Happy birthday to Master T.

eileeninmd said...

The Honeyeater is gorgeous, what a lovely bird.. Happy Birthday to you son! Wonderful post and photos, enjoy your new week!

Arija said...

Lovely shots and that honeyeater is a real honey as is your 15 year old.

ladyfi said...

What lovely spring shots.

Ruby said...

I love your flower and bird shots. They are like paintings. Wonderful!

amanda | wildly simple said...

Happy belated birthday to Master T. Your family always has the most fantastic looking cakes!
As always, I delight in your macros.. and wow, those plane pictures. Not your average transportation for a young person's day of sports training. How exciting for her!
(I just checked out the linked past post of the airport - stunning.)

Christian Weiß said...

Fantastic series, like the bird and you are lucky to have spring.

Valerie said...

A glorious, rich and colourful series of captures here.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

A beautiful series of shots! I like the way the sky looks in the first plane photo.

Karen said...

Terrific shots! Happy Spring. Love the rays of sunshine emerging from the clouds.

Indrani said...

Spectacular shots! You have taken them so well.

Susie of Arabia said...

A lovely series of photos. Impossible to choose a favorite!

Rachaeldaisy said...

You have captured spring so beautifully in your photos.

Ela said...

Such a sweet little bird !
Great photos !

Thomas Lee said...

Love the very sharp macro shots

Marie said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos!!!

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