Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sunday Selections #300

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  Second verse, same as the first.  I am still stuck in the Home and Away theme I was using this time last year.
  And still focussing on my obsessions. 


Starting with home.

And the sky.


And then to the garden.  We have had an unusally wet spring and everything is going gangbusters.  I usually show photos of individual blooms rather than the gardenjungle as a whole.  A friend complained about that on a regular basis.  So today it is jungle shots.  And yes, it is a big garden.  There are more beds too.

Front jungle.





Back jungle.









Needless to say there is a lot to be tracked inside (and I cannot convince the cats to wipe their feet).  So this week I lashed out and bought another two mats.



Back to my avian obsession.  

A female king parrot today.  And just look at the patterns on the underside of her tail.




   
The skinny one has been very busy.  Travelling on a bullet train, touring the Forbidden City and today I understand he is climbing part of the Great Wall of China.

However, his highlight of the week was a trip to Xi'an to see the Terracotta Warriors.








 There are thousands of them.  All hand moulded, all different.
Wow, wow and wow. 

 

169 comments:

  1. EC spring is fantastic in your place. I am jealous of it. Parrots are my favourite birds

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    1. Gosia k: Thank you. Spring is a busy time here. And I am fond of all of our birds. The King Parrots are special though.

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  2. To be envious of another's fortune is to spit on the sand.
    But I am envious.
    Great pics of the Entombed Warriors!

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    1. dinahmow: I am really, really looking forward to seeing his camera (as opposed to his phone) pics of the Warriors.

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  3. You leave me with too much to say! Have you seen the recent Scientific American (?) report on the Greek influence on the Terra Cotta's. Whew!
    Now, I do not consider those jungles at all, though you probably could crowd in a few more blooming crowd pleasers to finish crowding out the last weed or two. In a word, well done!

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    1. Joanne Noragon: The weeds are still finding a way. Lots of them. Sigh.
      And thank you.
      I will try and track down the Scientific American report - for him and for me.

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    2. I read it too, Joanne - extremely interesting!

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  4. I find your place absolutely gorgeous!

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  5. Love that sky. Cool parrot. Love your jungle. Those warriors are indeed awesomely weird and wondrous, huh

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: The warriors would be an incredible sight. I gather their weapons were real too.

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  6. I love the jungle too-so many gorgeous flowers! So nice for that parrot to stop by and pose for you too ;o)

    I had no idea the terracotta warriors were different, I assumed they were all the same! Neat factoid and great pics :o)

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    1. HBF: The work in making those warriors is mind-blowing. And to make them all individual? Even more so.
      The parrot was humouring me, hoping for food. Which she received. Of course.

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  7. They are beautiful EC. I love the avian section, colourful, and the skinny one has come3 up really good of the great wall of China. Thousands of men, getting dolled up army gear, beautiful.

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    1. Bob Bushell: I wish all the men dolled up in army gear were terracotta. All over the world.

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  8. Much as I admire a formal garden, jungle like gardens are much more fun and yours is a ripper. There must be a good bit of summer watering. I remember the huge fuss when the warriors came to Australia in I guess the 1980s.

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    1. Andrew: A formal garden is beyond me. I don't have the discipline. Higgeldy-piggeldy suits me (and my mind) better. And yes, there is a lot of watering - when restrictions are not in place.
      I wish I had seen the Warriors when they were here.

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  9. Hi EC,

    I've been to China and seen the warriors at Xi'an, climbed the Great Wall and seen the Forbidden City. These are amongst the highlights of my travels.

    And I love the first photo.

    :o)

    Cheers

    PM

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    1. Plastic Mancunian: He sent me photos from the Great Wall this morning. Stunning views - but far too many people for me. I think that his Three Gorges boat cruise is up there with the things you mentioned as a highlight.

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  10. WOW! on your "jungle". Beautiful! I never realized how big it is! I can see why you friend wanted you to show this. That Parrot is beautiful! The markings! The skinny one will be even skinner after climbing all the steps! I bet he is loving his trip.

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    1. Teresa Hennes: Thank you. I realised I rarely 'see' the big picture. I am almost always looking at the detail - and what needs to be done. He wimped out on steps and caught a cable car to the top. And yes, he is loving this trip.

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  11. I'll just look at pictures of China. I'd rather be in your garden.

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    1. donna baker: I am enjoying my arm-chair visit to China. And need to get back into the jungle today. A little rain overnight will make the weeding easier.

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  12. I've seen a recreation of those warriors - cool he saw the real things!
    I like your jungle. If we had a garden, I'd want it to look like yours.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: It is amazing that they were created, and even more amazing that they lasted. And yes, beyond cool.

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  13. Your property is a reserve not a mere garden. Just gorgeous. As is the bird, so exotic.

    The warriors are incredible. Such natural and man made beauty in this post, EC.

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    1. Marie Smith: We live on a corner block and over the years have whittled away the lawn and planted more and more garden.
      Thank you for your kind comment. I am a beauty addict.

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  14. Wow indeed! The warriors are amazing.
    And you "jungle" is mighty fine too. It is just so colourful and beautiful.

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    1. CountryMum: Thank you. Spring is probably when the garden is at its best. As we move into the sweaty season it will get a bit tired.

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  15. So thrilled you rule the kingdom you deserve! What a bounty!

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    1. Cloudia: I think the kingdom rules me. Some days I KNOW it does. Mostly benevolent dictatorship though.

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  16. The terracotta warriors are something else again! What a find they were!

    Everything is growing well up this way, too. My landlords returned from the UK on Thursday so their garden will be receiving their attention. It was all in good order, though.

    Have yourself a a good week, EC...cuddles to your two furry mates. :)

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    1. Lee: My garden would need a LOT of attention if I was away for as long as your landlords. A busy week ahead, but hopefully good.
      I hope you and the furry despots have a great one too.

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  17. I second all your wows on those warriors! Wow! Love your first shot --- the sky. On a trip to the northwest recently one of the things I loved was that wherever I looked I could see mountains on the horizon, unlike here where it is flat, flat, flat!

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    1. Molly Bon: My city is in a valley, ringed by those hills. And whatever time of year/day I love looking at them.

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  18. Love the garden and the parrots and hope you're doing and enjoying. I saw the terra-cotta warriors in an exhibit at a small museum in California. They were spectacular.

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    1. e: I would love to see the warriors. For the moment his photos will have to suffice. There is lots of doing at the moment, but fortunately also some enjoying. I hope you are on the up and up too.

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  19. Crikey what a wonderful garden - jungles are the BEST kind of garden. It must be exciting to go out to it every morning, especially at this time of the year. The female King parrot is so beautiful - I think I fill have to put her in my favourite birds list :)!
    We have a cat mat too, but I also have to put an old bath mat on top of it, as Madam is not too great at cleaning her feet before she comes inside.

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    1. Alexia: Jazz has taken to jumping over the cats to get inside. Sigh. I am a big fan of the kings. And the more I see them, the more beauty they reveal. There is also quite a lot of navy blue in their plumage.
      The garden is exciting, but can also be daunting and overwhelming. And is calling out for attention now.

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  20. Is that Banksia Rose and Laburnum covering your pergolas? Lucky you to get them to flourish. I tried both over the years and both died a death.
    Will your man will have a hard time adjusting to Canberra life once he gets home?

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    1. Cathy: It is a white banksia rose over the pergola, and a gold one climbing the trees beside the fence. A snowball tree peeks out between the golden sprays. I tried to grow a Laburnum years ago. And failed.
      I think, for a while at least, himself will be glad to get home. His feet will start to itch again though. And who knows where they will take him next.

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  21. I would LOVE to see the terracotta warriors!
    The parrots are beautiful (and I'm sure they know it).
    Your jungle is simply gorgeous! Egads though, the work it must constantly entail. Do the cats appreciate the new mats enough to swipe their paws? Nah... :)

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    1. River Fairchild: Yes, they would be an incredible sight wouldn't they? I have never heard of anyone who has seen them and not been awed.
      Blood, sweat and tears go into the garden on an ongoing basis. It is often worth it though. And of course the cats don't use the mats. As I said to Alexia, Jazz has a new game of jumping over them.

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  22. I visited the terracotta soldiers once years ago. It was so amazing, and I've never forgotten what I saw. It remains a highlight of my travels. Glad to know he's seen them, too. And I simply love your pretty jungles and parrots. :-)

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    1. DJan: Lucky you. I am glad that you saw them, and not surprised you hug the memories. And thank you.

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  23. Such beauty! I have a weakness for the twin trees in the first shot. They look so lovely with those skies.

    Your garden is just as I like a garden to be - happily flinging itself everywhere. Soon you will not have to mow at all.

    Those warriors are amazing. The bit I found on the internet about them said that 700,000 people were involved in their making. It makes you think, doesn't it? I wonder if those people were slaves or if they enjoyed their work??

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    1. jenny_o: I hope the workers did enjoy it. I really hope it. And it may well have been the difference between gainful employment and starving.
      I did think of you when I posted the twin trees. They adorn (as you know) many of my sky shots.

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  24. Once again, great photos imaginatively displayed

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    1. Martin Kloess: Thank you. Obsessions which are dear to me...

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    1. The Spooky Whisk: Another cool avatar for you. where do you find them? The jungle is a work in progress. Always.

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  26. The wealth and variety of the warriors really boggle the mind! I've only seen replicas, I think, at a museum in Basel, CH. -still impressive, but not as much as what your Mister experienced!

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    1. Bea: It would be amazing to see line after line of them wouldn't it? Awe and wonder.

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  27. Okay. I would go to China to see the terra cotta warriors.

    Your yard! Please post more!

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    1. Birdie: Aren't they incredible? And thank you re the yard.

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  28. Lovely! (A much happier site than mine today!)

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: Your site definitely came under the heading of an ugly truth today.

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  29. Mrs King Parrot is so pretty and so are the new mats for the kitties feet.
    I'm green with envy looking at your jungles, it's similar to what I imagined I could do here in my small patch, but it hasn't worked out. Yet.
    I'm always amazed at the Chinese Warriors, so many and so well made, I can imagine them coming to life almost.

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    1. River: Mrs King is an empress at least. The new mats are getting much more use from me than from the cats. Of course.
      And our jungles are looking better than usual because of all that life-giving rain.
      Aren't the warriors incredible. And learning that they are all different just adds to it.

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  30. Wow is all I can say about your jungle! I am amazed at the parrots, never knew they had such beautiful bellies. The warriors are so unique!

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    1. Kim@stuffcould...: Isn't that patterning on her tail gorgeous? I am so privileged that they come to visit.

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  31. The garden looks pretty with colour.
    We were going to call into Canberra to see the flowers but forecast weather wasn't good.....home now.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Canberra has been much, much wetter than usual. Floriade even got cancelled for a couple of days. I hope it feels wonderful for you to be home again.

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  32. Wow those Terracotta Warriors are amazing!

    And the bird too. What a beauty she is. I love your garden, it looks so wild and free.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: The Terracotta Warriors are that overused word - awesome. I am a tad jealous that he saw them in the flesh.
      And thank you. Wild the garden certainly is.

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  33. Love your garden jungles (front and back) and those beautiful bird. Chinese warriors....amazing. Thanks for sharing such interesting pics.

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  34. Hi EC - love the jungley garden - particularly seeing the Banksia ... they are magnificent ... lovely colour. Glad you've had some good rains ...

    The King Parrot does have magnificent markings - nature is truly amazing.

    Lucky chap ... he's making the most of his trip ... I saw the Terracotta Army exhibit in the British Museum in 2011 ... it was extraordinary ... seeing a few of the warriors .. amazing.

    Wonderful photos ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: We have had beautiful life giving rains. And it shows. In our jungle and on the hillsides...
      He is, as always, having a wonderful trip. Summer Palace yesterday.

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  35. Your garden Jungle is beautiful.
    Follow each other.

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    1. ♥●• İzdihër •●♥: Thank you so much.

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  36. Dear EC
    Wow, wow and wow indeed! Your garden looks amazing and beautiful...and, as you have proved, the slight jungly-ness shows it is great for wildlife.
    The terracotta warriors look so impressive -it is difficult to believe that only a small section of the tomb complex has been excavated. What other treasures lie buried?
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Over the years I suspect they will find many more treasures. I hope they can be preserved too.

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  37. Now I have a bucket list desire...to see those Terracotta Warriors. Unbelievable! My Sunday Selections would be of my daughter and granddaughter who came for a visit:-)

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    1. Grannie Annie: Your Sunday Selections sound lovely. I hope you all had a wonderful visit.

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  38. They brought a few of the Terracotta Warriors to Washington, DC, several years ago - I was lucky enough to see them. Truly amazing!

    Love seeing the jungle - it must be delightful to walk through it. And that gorgeous parrot - a bonus!

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    1. Lynn: The Warriors have come to Australia, but I missed them. If they ever come back I will be there. The King Parrots are definitely a bonus.

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  39. I like wet springs, i must admit. The smell of grass after the rain is great. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: I have lived through drought too often to EVER object to rain. And that rain-washed scent is beautiful.

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  40. ah beautiful spring .big thanks for sharing the photos of your trip
    these statues of worriers are marvelous

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    1. baili: Thank you. The trip (and the photos) are my partner's and I will pass on your compliment.

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  41. I adore your jungle! It is wild and beautiful! As for those terracotta warriors, holy cow! I wonder what the purpose was to make so many?

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    1. mshatch: As I understand it, the warriors were built to protect and serve the Emporer in his afterlife. And he obviously believed he was under threat...

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  42. Your jungle is such a lovely place. I would think sitting in it would make your imagination go wild with wonderful thoughts and stories. I love the sky photo (always one of my favorite elements too). I remember the Terracotta Warriors were in the news recently. That would be fascinating to see in person. Enjoy your jungle my friend and smell a flower or two for me. :)

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. The garden is somewhere where I don't do a lot of thinking. A place to just be. And to work. And, too rarely, to revel. I too often see what needs to be done, rather than the joy which is there.

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  43. What a lovely garden. No wonder it tires you out, caring for it all. But I'm sure in the warm Australian climate, everything flourishes on its own.
    I'd love to see those Terracotta warriors. I saw reproductions of them at Disney World a few years ago. Each one different, representing a member of the army, fascinating.

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    1. Shammickite: Our overly warm summers cause problems of their own in the garden. It isn't an 'easy-care' place, but that is my fault. Sometime (perhaps) I will make some changes.
      The warriors are amazing - and to see them en masse like that would be an incredible experience.

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  44. I love your jungle, it is breath taking, like a secret garden, like a bungalow hidden away in the wilds of your creation. It is spectacular! As for your partners journeys to see wonders of the world, including the terracotta warriors, incredible!

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    1. Strayer: Our wet spring has been a real boon to the garden. And me. Himself is loving his journey, which is drawing to a close. I wonder where he will go next time.

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  45. WOW
    is right))))
    Amazing.
    And that tail...Such detail and beauty! WOW.

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    1. My Inner Chick: Thank you for the wows at home to go with his wow photos from away. Hugs.

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  46. Your yard is seriously just gorgeous! And all those lovely birds to look at. I quite enjoy it here in the desert and think it has a beauty not everyone appreciates, but you're starting to make me miss lush greenery!

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    1. Caitlin Lane: Desert does have an austere beauty. A pared back to the bare bones beauty. The lush greenery we have at the moment is rare. We are MUCH more often in drought.

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  47. We justt came in from what we call a garden. It really was a jungle since we weren't able to care for it for over two months. But we did get a few tomatoes.
    I showed my husband your garden. His jaw dropped. All he could say is "Wow!"

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    1. Myrna R.: I am so glad that you were able to rescue some tomatoes. Of all the home grown produce, they are possible dearest to my heart. Sooooo much more flavour than anything you can buy. I hope the health issues in your family are receding quickly.

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  48. That's one of the most colorful jungles I've ever seen. And those warriors look remarkably realistic.

    Keep good thoughts and be well, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: It is indeed a vivid jungle at the moment. And the warriors? I can well imagine them being absolutely terrifying when they were first made.

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  49. I'm not sure what I love more, the Terracotta Warriors or the Parrot. Awesome!

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    1. Robert Bennett: I am happy to call it a draw.

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  50. I was trying to take a pic of the sunset the other day. Needless to say, I'm no E.C. I thought, you would be so disappointed. LOL
    The first one is my fav!!!!! Go figure.

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    1. Sonya Ann: Digital cameras are wonderful. I delete a LOT more photos than I keep or show.

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  51. A wonderful jungle, IMO. And I love those colorful mats. Very lovely visual post.

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    1. Ann Carbine Best: Thank you. I fell in love with those mats - even if the cats don't like them.

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  52. Oh my. What a wondrous jungle.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. Lots of work involved, but it pays dividends. Mostly.

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  53. Had to stop by for my beautiful picture fix. You didn't disappoint me as usual. My garden always has a tendency toward jungle, so I understand yours 100%.

    The Xi'an Warriors site was a highlight of my China trip. And last I heard, they're still digging.

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    1. cleemckenzie: They are indeed still digging, and I wonder what they will find. It has been the highlight of his trip too. Unsurprising.

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  54. Thank you for showing the whole garden. It is gorgeous!

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    1. Bookie: Thank you. There are more beds too. It is a big garden. And often out of control.

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  55. Love the garden and the parrots and I did see the warriors up close and personal in a California museum in 2010. Spectacular! Hope you have a good week!

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    1. e: It seems lots of people have seen the warriors. If ever they come back to Oz (they were here twenty years or so ago) I will definitely go.
      I hope you have a wonderful week too.

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  56. You must have the best garden in your suburb! It's just glorious

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    1. kylie: Gardens are such an individual thing. I have had people tell me that ours is 'too messy'. I don't do straight lines well, so messy it will remain.

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  57. I don't do straight lines or symmetry at all so I think your gardens are just perfect! The only word I thought of when I looked at all the photos was Lush!
    I saw a traveling Xian exhibit and thought it was simply magnificent. I can't imagine how incredible it must be to see the army as it was created. What was the comment about jealousy and spitting on sand? Going to go find me some to spit on!

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Extra rain this spring has paid huge dividends. Someone once told me that you can keep a garden alive watering it, but for growth you need rain. She had a point.
      And yes, to see the army where it was created, knowing that they are still searching for more wonders... Colour me jealous too.

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  59. Wonderful shots of sky, garden and birds! And yes wow to the terracotta army!

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    1. Lady Fi: I am so in awe of the artistry of those warriors.

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  60. Wonderful photos, it's always nice to see your parrots and flowers. And the Terracotta Warriors are fantastic.
    We are waiting for the arrival of the first snow ...:(
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: Our weather can't make up its mind. Wet/dry, warm/cold.
      I hope you can stay warm and safe.

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  61. Love your jungle..an explosion of color and beauty.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Thank you. This has been a garden friendly spring.

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  62. The pattern on the King Parrot looks like a tattoo. Interesting.
    The public gardens have got nothing on you.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Isn't that pattern delightful?

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  63. I could not tell if that was wild aster or a sort of daisy in the first few photos. Oh my gosh! All hand carved. I bet each of them had a story to tell. Or maybe each represented a special moment in time! Fascinating and has me beyond curious and wanting to know more.

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    1. Ginger Dawn Harman: Cape Daisies. A South African plant which is very happy in Oz.
      The warriors are amazing. Truly amazing.

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    2. Oh I love the name! I wonder if I could grow them in my yard.

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    3. Ginger Dawn Harman: Worth a try. They are incredibly resilient plants.

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  64. Hey, now there's a jungle I wouldn't mind visiting. Beautiful! Much nicer than the one I have growing around my house right now. I keep wondering when my HOA will start breathing fire at me.

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    1. Crystal Collier: Fortunately we don't have a HOA to deal with. I suspect from time to time they would be less than happy with us. Particularly when I am in rip out and prune mode.

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    2. You're going to need a bulldozer, me thinks--but it's so pretty, even overgrown.

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  65. Fabulous photos and I love the parrot. We have been to China but somehow we missed the warriors I will never know why! Have a good week Diane

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    1. Rhodesia ~ Diane: Thank you. China, particularly old China has always intrigued me. I hope you have a wonderful week too.

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  66. The soldiers, standing silent ready to serve their emperor, are beyond adjectives.

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    1. Susan Kane: Yes. Lots of superlatives, all inadequate.

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  67. Your first photograph of a superb. Your gardens are a joy to my heart, they are so pretty and I am not surprised when you say you are tired, that is because you have worked hard in your beautiful garden. I also love the parrots.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Thank you. The gardens do take a lot of work, but my pain/gain equation usually comes out positive where they are concerned. Usually.

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  68. You have the most beautiful garden out of anyone I've ever known, such a credit to your hard work dear. They must be a balm to look at and sit in. Add the birds and you really do live in paradise. Add the pain and exaustion and it's not paradise by a fair stretch, but by the Small Gods its some kind of miracle. Love those Livingston Daisies! X

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    1. All Consuming: The gardens are simultaneously heart balm and a whip for my back. The birds create some work too. And provide heart balm in bucket loads.

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  69. Greetings, EC. Your sky pictures always make me want to sit down and write a dystopian novel. So far, I've resisted:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: Resist no further. Resistance is futile. And I would love my skies to feature in a novel of yours.

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  70. I can absolutely tell you love to garden. Front and back jungles are both lovely. And so is that beautiful parrot! I've read about the Terracotta Warriors before. Amazing.

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  71. I can't find Words For Wednesday. Help! I clicked Carolyn McBride's link but nothing there. Thanks.

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    1. Granny Annie: I gave Carolyn a nudge and the words are up. Life had got in her way. As it does to all of us some days.

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  72. Your obsessions are my obsessions. Your gardens are fabulous, and I'll never grow tired of looking at pictures of your birds.

    And wow! Your husband is having an incredible adventure. Seeing all of those Warriors is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The pictures are great, but I can only imagine what it must be like to be surrounded by that many of them. Just... wow!

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    1. Susan: He is due back late today and I am looking forward to hearing about the adventure. It does sound incredible.

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  73. Late to the party, but I love your jungle and its denizens. I just watched a good history show explaining the Terracotta Army. Unbelievable!

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    1. Jono: Never too late. Time has very little meaning in the jungle. Thank you. And the Terracotta Army is indeed fabulous. And unbelievable.

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  74. Your garden looks like a exciting paradise to get lost in. The nexus of colors are simply amazing. I really cant figure where something starts or ends and that for me is the beauty of exploring mysterious gardens.

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  75. This week, Wednesday words are posted on my blog.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I thought so. The cats have adjusted to them to the point they will walk on them now. Still don't wipe their mucky paws though.

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  77. Your other half is certainly getting to see the world!! Well, I don't know where to start..kindred spirits we are, I do believe. I love the pergola, and the purple flags (as I call them..I am sure that is not the proper name)...love whatever that is growing on top of the pergola...gorgeous! Such a peaceful, wonderful jungle to be surrounded by. Great mats, and good luck getting the cats to wipe their feet...LOLOL!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Terri@Coloring Outside the Lines: Thank you. And no, the cats are not using the mats to wipe their feet. Jewel used one of them to throw up on though. Which is an improvement on the carpet.

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  78. As usual your pictures are amazing. I could get lost in your garden for days.

    The Terra cotta warriors never fail to give me goose bumps, no matter how many times I see pictures of them. It must be truly extraordinary to view them in parson.

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    1. farawayeyes: Thank you. I probably need to get lost in the garden. Again. Himself tells me that the Terracotta Warriors WERE amazing. And one of the highlights of his trip.

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  79. I really enjoyed your garden/jungle! Beautiful. Those warriors are a sight to behold! You keep expecting them to move ...

    Hope you're doing well. We've been hosting my Grandson for the past couple of weeks and have been delighted to get to know his Australian girlfriend from Brisbane. They leave next week and he'll be in Australia for the next year. Small world.

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    1. Wally Jones: Thank you. The warriors are indeed incredible. And I could see an army of thousands of them being terrifying.
      It is indeed a small world. I hope your Grandson has a wonderful time in Oz.

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  80. I love your garden art.
    Have a great weekend.

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  81. I'm in love with your jungle. I love that it is wild, and I am not surprised at all that it attracts all these wonderful birds that you show us so often. They must think you made this specifically for them. Their paradise. The kind parrot is fantastic and I envy you like mad for haveing these beautiful creatures in your garden.
    I have seen the terracotta warriors in exhibitions twice in my life - one in Germany, one in San Francisco. Already it has been fantastic. But seeing these thousands and thousands of them is simply mind blowing. I would love to experience this one day, as, of course, I would love to go to China (the mainland, since I lived in Taiwan). I need to refresh my Chinese before, though. How did the skinny one manage? Just English?

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    1. Carola Bartz: Thank you. Wild/overgrown, and yes, it is a haven for birds.
      Seeing thousands of the warriors was one of the highlights of his trip - which is more than understandable.
      And yes, English was all he had. He managed, though there were no doubt some challenging moments.

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  82. The back and front of my house can be described as jungles during the spring and summer, so I especially loved these pictures. Our yards could be sisters. :) Love all the nature that surrounds you. Gorgeous birds too!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: I love the idea of sister gardens. The jungle nature of ours is most evident in Spring though - summers are generally too hot and dry.

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