A family of yellow-tailed black-cockatoos have been a steady presence over the last few weeks. Mum, dad and a baby, it seems. The baby is often whining – in its loud, creaky way – for something. Is it food, is … Read More
Chooks are irrepressible, despite the uncertainty of their lives. They give me inspiration. Here’s a nature journal spread of our backyard flock that I completed last night. In case you’re interested in doing some nature journaling yourself, here are the … Read More
Rain has emphatically returned to Beechmont in the last few days. Overnight we received 167 mm! I don’t like to complain about the lack of rain here, since we still tend to receive far more rain than many drought-ravaged places … Read More
Along a path strewn with brown fire-killed leaves; dried, drought-killed leaves, and scattered with charcoal and ash – I find this: Opulent pink flowers, freshly tumbled, two hundred or more. While above me springs the parent tree. Leafless, its bare … Read More
I’m finding it a bit hard to be cheerful these days. Heat, smoke, prolonged drought and more fires. Frustration at the lack of action on climate change, while its effects are becoming more and more obvious. My beloved Lamington National Park is still closed, so I can’t go and lose myself in its leafy depths. But life continues, in all its beauty. When I take the time to look about, and look closely, I find many reasons to be cheerful.