Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sunday Selections #342

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.  This week?  It has been a busy week, but the business has been largely centred around home (or places a camera would be inappropriate).  So my photos are from home, and feature my usual obsessions.


I had never heard of a broco-flower, but when I saw this vegetable had to try it.  Steamed with lemon juice it was delicious.




The sky has ranged from eerie to beautiful.




And the garden continues to give me joy.  Spring is very almost here.




The bed of wallflowers is for dinahmow - to show her what they look like when they develop Triffid qualities.  They have taken over that bed almost completely.




The first hyacinth stems are perfuming the kitchen delightfully (the black cat beside them is a teapot which I never use because it dribbles).






The birds also continue to give me joy - despite the fact that a magpie has taken to beheading daffodils and ripping the emerging leaves from tulips.




We had a very little welcome rain, so this King Parrot was damp.



I adore the Eastern Rosellas.  They brighten any day.



Queued up...

161 comments:

  1. How beautiful and wonderful you have made me feel today with this gorgeous selection of photos...WOW!!! Thank you so much!
    I have been adjusting to a new medication for high blood pressure and have been feeling weird...well, more weird than usual :) These photos helped me to lighten my mood and I had a decent BP reading just now! Again...thank you~

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    1. Jan: Thank you so much. I hear you on feeling weirder than usual after changing medication and am glad that your latest reading was good.

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  2. Wow. I love spring flowers as they are the beginning of all the color that is to come. Spring always goes by so quickly, but winter always hangs around too long.

    Those birds, EC, what can I say other than they are magnificent.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Each day there is more colour starting to blaze in the garden. Mostly yellow and white for the moment, but other colours are sneaking in.
      The birds are a constant joy, but I do wish they didn't vandalise the garden.

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  3. Love theses pictures. The Eastern Rosella's body blends into the background, making the bird seem unusually skinny!

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    1. Jamie Ghione: The Eastern Rosellas are slender birds and I am constantly amazed at how well such a colourful bird can blend.

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  4. The close-ups of the King Parrot are phenominal, but I have truly loved all your photographs EC. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. Denise inVA: Thank you. We do love the King Parrots - and at the moment have a small flock of them visiting each day.

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  5. That's what we call a Fractal Cauliflower. Beautiful aren't they? We tried to grow them but they won't keep their shap at all and go mutant on you, so best just buying them really *laughs*.

    Lovely skies and a cracking birdy, the quality of shots as perfect as ever dearie x

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    1. All Consuming: Fractal cauliflower makes sense. And yes, I did think it was beautiful. It was cheap too. If I see them again I will buy another. And another.

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  6. Your photographs are enchanting!!

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  7. Those incredible birds, EC. I fear I would spend all of my time watching them!

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    1. Marie Smith: I am not going to admit just how much time we spend watching the birds. Suffice it to say it is a LOT.

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  8. Always great to see the birds in your garden. Spring is well and truly here. The clouds in the second cloud photo are amazing. I will keep a look out for broco-flower. I don't think I've seen it before.

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    1. Andrew: We are still getting frosts and cool days. Spring isn't quite here - but not far away. And I realised last night that Floriade starts in three weeks or so.

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  9. weird vegetable...love all the color...(I love clouds)

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: It was a delicious vegetable. Like you I love colour - and clouds.

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  10. I've seen broco flower in the market. Now I will try it. Steamed in lemon juice. Oh, the flowers! Ours are exiting, stage right.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Some at least of our anenomes are in bud, and I will post photos for you as they flower. I hope your winter treats you kindly.

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  11. The colors on the Eastern Rosellas are amazing! Love all the birds queuing up. :)

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    1. River Fairchild: The Eastern Rosellas are tiny, but so very vivid. I smiled at the queue for breakfast too.

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  12. Wallflowers! Thank you. Among my (many!) favourites.
    Everything looks lovely and spring-y. Excuse me, but I must go outside and check to see what might be flowering there.Nothing as lovely as this.

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    1. dinahmow: I am confident that if I were to wander through your garden my eyes would be green. Forsythia is the next treat I will give you. A few weeks away I think.

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  13. A great collection of 'home photos'. I rarely see brocoflower(s?) to buy, but have a friend who grows them and sometimes gives me one - they are yummy, aren't they. She is an artist and really just grows them for their appearance!
    Beautiful birds, and flowers, as always. We are having almost-spring showers this weekend, which I could well do without. It's been quite a wet winter here.

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    1. Alexia: I love the appearance of the broco-flower and agree, they taste wonderful. Spring showers? I wish. We have had a very, very dry winter. Second driest on record. And winter is when we usually get most of our rain.

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  14. Another lovely start to a new week...and again I wish you a great week ahead, EC....cuddles to the beautiful Jazz! :)

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    1. Lee: Thank you. Jazz is complaining in the background as I type, but I will give him a cuddle for you. I hope that you, Remy and Shama have a great week.

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  15. You have a great lot of birds visiting.
    And daffodils too, very pretty no flowers on mine this year.
    Merle...............

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    1. Merlesworld: So far most of the daffodils in flower at the Kind Alfreds but I am hoping for split coronas and doubles in the next few weeks. Our chilly climate is great for spring bulbs.

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  16. The broco-flower with lemon sounds intriguing.

    It was so nice to see daffodils and your other Spring flowers. Spring and Autumn are my two favourite seasons.
    You have some wonderful coloured birds too.

    Hope the remainder of August goes well for you.
    Take care

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. I like all the seasons except summer. And (mostly) tolerate it because I know others love it.
      The broco-flower was delicious and I will buy it again. And may attempt to grow it.
      Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Dear EC
    Beautiful photos of the skies, plants and birds to enjoy today. The rosellas are so brightly coloured. Enjoy the Spring - it is such a cheerful time of year.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you so much. I do love Spring - but I am also a big fan of Autumn and hope yours blazes with colour.

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  18. Parrots and flowers... what more could I want!!

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    1. Bill: I have been loving your forest photos. So much.

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  19. I do love your bird photos and am envious every single time I see them. I have a small flock of doves living underneath my deck right now. They are not very pretty but coo every time I sit on the porch, and the borderline unattractive wrens sing sweet songs. I am going to start closing my eyes and pretending they look like yours!

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: We need to combine our birds. Many of ours are very pretty, and few of them have a pleasant song. The cockatoos and the corellas are screechers and the wattle birds (who start about 4 in the morning) have an asthmatic cough.

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  20. The brocco-flower looks like something from science fiction, doesn't it? I have never seen one before this.

    Love your brooding sky and your mischievous birds. The lineup for treats made me smile!

    I hope you have a bit of rest time this week to recover from last week. I had a busy week as well and finally hit the wall and had a three hour nap this afternoon.

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    1. jenny_o: I was fascinated by the brocco-flower. Almost mathematical in its precision. Its deliciousness was a definite bonus.
      This week has busy patches but won't be like last week. I am glad you finally got your deserved nap.

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  21. Maybe it was best that our photos were taken at home.It gave us chance to take in the beauty and wonder near us all the time. Thank you

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    1. Martin Kloess: Most of my photos ARE taken at home. There is wonder enough for this beauty addict most days.

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  22. Your spring approaches as our fall takes ginger steps. We have a hurricane off the coast and the high temperatures are gone for the year. Spring and Fall are my seasons. I love the moderate shirt sleeve weather.

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    1. Ann Bennett: I have my fingers crossed that Hurricane Harvey is less vicious than expected. I too am very fond of moderation -in the seasons and elsewhere.

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  23. Beautiful birds and flowers both, I love your signs of spring.

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    1. Jimmy: Thank you. We love them too, but today's weather is a reminder that winter is still here. We have had hail, rain, there are occasional snowflakes and it is chilly. We won't reach double figures today. The garden will benefit from the moisture though.

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  24. Very impressive horticultural effects, EC, and the birds --oh my, the birds!

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    1. Geo.: Coming from a professional that is high praise. Thank you. The birds are hard on the horticulture - but so very welcome.

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  25. A very rich post. Experiences so very different from my own. Great pictures as usual.

    So your spring is approaching!... I have an excellent idea. I do have bright ideas from time to time. If I go to visit my cousins in Sydney in a couple of weeks, I will enjoy another spring and summer in the same year! And skip fall and winter! How about that?! ))

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    1. Caterina: I would happily travel the world to skip summer. The other three seasons are fine, but our summers (and Sydney's) are toooo hot for me).

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  26. Your broccoflower looks far nicer than any I've seen here which just look like green cauliflowers. The hyacinth stems are gorgeous, I'm tempted to grow some myself even though I know they'll play havoc with my sinuses. Magpies beheading daffodils?? Uh-Oh. I've been blaming people, just quietly in my head, and now I find it may have been maggies. I was outside earlier this morning and noticed my starflowers are now blooming and the freesias have begun.

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    1. River: We didn't know who the culprit was - until we saw him/her at it. I am grateful that while some scents cause me difficulties hyacinths and lilies aren't among them. Wasn't the brocco-flower gorgeous? Much more structured than a cauliflower.
      You are ahead of us of course. Our starflowers and our freesias aren't even in bud yet. Treats to come.

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  27. I do love your daffodils. They are so cheery on this drab, cold day.

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    1. CountryMum: Thank you. Daffodils are definitely sunshine on stalks. We had a weird day weatherwise. It started off bright and clear, albeit chilly. Then we moved to hail, rain, and a little snow.

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  28. Hi Sue - it is incredibly hot here ... so a bank holiday weekend for everyone to fry, unless we're careful. Nature is ahead of itself here ... lots of fruits and veg in profusion.

    Love the Romanesco cauli ... the clouds, the daffs and all their varieties, the scented hyancinth: can almost smell it over here!

    Parrots cheerful as ever ... lovely to see them all - have a good week - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I hope you can find a way to stay cool. And public holiday weekends are always excessive on the weather front aren't they? Too hot or too cold. Or too wet.
      The hyacinths have been perfuming the house for nearly a week now. With more to come in the garden. Bliss.

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  29. I think that King Parrot is the most beautiful bird I've ever seen.

    And that broco-flower looks too pretty to eat. :D

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    1. LL Cool Joe: We love the kings too. And are so grateful to be able to hand feed four or more at the moment. They are pushy, demanding and very welcome.
      The broco-flower was delicious and if I see it again I will buy it.

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  30. We've had psychedelic broccoli/cauliflower here for a long time. I can never bring myself to eat it -- it looks too interesting!

    I never tire of your photos, and your birds bring me joy too, if only vicariously. It's always nice to see what your garden and sky is doing.

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    1. P. Chipmunk: How lovely to see you here. I am glad that I did buy the broco-flower and enjoyed every bite. Himself couldn't bring himself to eat it - which was fine. More for me.
      I am also very glad to share the avian joy.
      Hugs.

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  31. Wow, what amazing and stunning photos! Thank you for brightening my day!

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    1. Nas: I am always happy to brighten anyone's day. Thank you.

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  32. Those were some very bright parrots! Great pics as always!

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    1. Carolyn McBride: They are bright aren't they? And illuminate the greyest days...

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  33. Such beauty. Your photos of the sky are always so intriguing and the flowers and the birds so beautiful.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoy some of my obsessions with me.

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  34. I've never seen that cross before available here, the brocoflower, but it looks delicious. Your birds are so colorful. I love them, even the destructive magpie. Your talk of spring near reminds me fall is near here, although the sunshine continues, as do the wildfires.

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    1. Strayer: It was delicious. And yes, I love our birds too - even when I curse their destructive (and incontinent) ways. I hope your fires can be brought under control soon. They destroy so much. And are a feature of our summer.

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  35. The broco-flower is so beautiful I wouldn't want to eat it!Still amazed by the flowers you have, in winter no less. Out summer is winding down as evidenced by the cooler mornings and nights.

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    1. mshatch: Our spring is approaching rapidly. Very rapidly. I hope that summer isn't hot on her heels.

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  36. I roasted those broccoli cauliflower thingies last Thanksgiving. They were wonderful. And I too love your sweet birds. :-)

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    1. DJan: Roasted brocco-flower would be good too.

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  37. I'd never heard of a broco-flower either. That thing looks awesome! What does it taste like? Besides lemon, given the steaming process.

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    1. John Wiswell: They are subtler and sweeter than either cauliflower or broccoli. And yummy.

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  38. I am waiting for the local grower's orange cauliflower to ripen and then I buy a good bunch of the crop.
    More flavorful. We have brocoflowers here too but haven't had one.

    Lovely birds and daffodils!

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Orange cauliflower? I have never seen (or heard) of them. Is the taste the same? And does it retain the colour even after cooking?

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  39. This broco-flower doesn't looks like someone will eat it..it's beautiful.
    I love your spring flowers - or I should say winter flowers in your side of the earth. And I always love your colorful birds.
    Greetings from very lazy girl.

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    1. orvokki: Not lazy at all. I was awed at your walk on a recent post. All those steps...

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  40. I love all the pictures. We've seen the first buds of our fruit trees, so spring isn't far away here either. :-)

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    1. Misha Gericke: Some of our spring blossoms are out, and some have their buds tightly furled. And yesterday winter returned for a visit. The colour in the garden (and the trees) is growing though...

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  41. Love the images of the birds and flowers because as your spring comes, our autumn is also coming. It's a season I love almost as much as spring for its colour and coolness. I'm a person who doesn't like the heat that much. . .
    That alien looking veggie, however, wouldn't have enticed me, maybe because also reminds me of the 'hens and chicks' plant.

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    1. D.G. Hudson: I don't like heat at all. During the sweaty season (summer) I do my best to turn into a troll and only come out at night. I hadn't thought of the 'hen and chickens' link but can see it. But enjoyed the brocco-flower anyway.

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  42. These our Treasures! Your flowers your skies your birds! And you're even eating alien vegetables 😋

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    1. Cloudia: HAPPILY eating alien vegies - and revelling in the treasures around me.

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  43. Beautiful Parrots, I love them.

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  44. As always your pics are wondrous. Your backyard is such a beautiful sanctuary.
    I'm very curious. Does the broco-flower taste like broccoli?

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    1. Sandra Cox: It tastes like a combination of broccoli and cauliflower, but sweeter and milder than either of them.

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    2. Yum! I'll be on the lookout so I can try some.

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  45. How nice of all those birds to pose for you! Lovely! And great shots of the sky too.

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    1. Lady Fi: The birds are very generous aren't they?

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  46. I had never seen/heard of the brocoflower either. Thank you for widening my horizons and for lifting my day here (38 deg C) with your flowers, birds and skies. Quite a character that cat teapot, never mind if it dribbles :) Loved it!

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: My father always told me that beauty and function were strongly related. He would have thrown out the dribbling teapot. I am not so strong willed.
      38C? Bleah. I hope you can stay cool.

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  47. I hate it when somebody takes a photograph of what I'm eating. No matter how good it'll look like on their blog. The best thing is when I ask them if they'd like a picture of me on the loo (sarcastically) and they say "would you mind?" 🙄🔫

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    1. Treey: I only take photographs of my meals at home - and that rarely. I cannot understand wanting to take a photo of anyone on the loo though. Bizarre.

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  48. The broco-flower is a new one on me. I wonder if it tastes anything like cauliflower. It’s certainly very pretty. I love your sky shoots and the spring flowers; we’ve got a horrible winter to get through before we see the daffodils again. Having said that it is beautiful in the UK at the moment so I mustn’t’ complain. I’m so looking forward to seeing those beautiful birds when we next visit our family. Have a lovely week

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    1. Barbara Fisher: The broco-flower tastes a little like a combination of brocolli and cauliflower but is more subtle than either. Our winter was too brief. I hope spring hangs around for a while and keeps summer at bay.

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    1. Barbara Fisher: Not a problem. I suffer from finger dyslexia myself.

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  50. Hooray for broco-flower. Never heard of it but want to eat it...or just look at it.

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    1. Granny Annie: I hadn't heard of it either - and enjoyed looking at it AND eating it. Best of both worlds.

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  51. Beautiful photos. I love the look of broco-flower. It appeals to the geek in me with its shape and is almost too pretty to eat.

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    1. Darla M Sands: Welcome and thank you. The broco-flower was very beautiful. Almost geometric. Which is what first caught my eye.

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  52. You're right those sky pictures are both eerie and beautiful. It's like they are telling us: 'Ware. Something is coming.
    Hope you have a week filled with sparkle, my friend.

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    1. Sandra Cox: A sparkle-filled week sounds lovely. Thank you. And to you, with rainbows.

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  53. That broco-flower is so pretty I'd hate to eat it, but, of course, with a touch of lemon-butter I probably would. And you're showing me spring when we're at the end of our summer here. Thank you. I now have images of daffodils and the scent of hyacinths. That will hold me until April.

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    1. cleemckenzie: I will almost certainly overload you (and everyone else) with images from Spring.

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  54. I will never not love your pictures of the wild birds...but I must know: what is that broco-flower like? It looks almost like a broccoli artichoke. haha

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    1. Robert Bennett: The broco-flower was beautiful. And delicious. I will be buying it again.

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  55. I wonder if I could find a broco-flower around here. It's a beauty.
    Have a lovely week, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: I suspect you could find one - and hope you do. It combined beautiful and delicious better than many vegetables. Hugs.

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  56. I do believe you've bucked the phrase "everything unknown appears magnificent" - not only is the broco-flower a gem to look at it tasted good too. Well I wonder are they only indigenous to Australia?

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    1. Spacer Guy: I hadn't seen them before but bloggers from the UK and the US of A have had them.

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  57. Have never heard of broco-flower. Fascinating geometry in its structure.

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    1. Andrew MacLaren-Scott: It was that geometry (though I hated the subject at school) which first caught my eye.

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  58. Oh you have spring now....love seeing the flowers and skies. I have never eaten broco-flower....I always thought it too pretty to eat.

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    1. Donna@Gardens Eye View: Spring is indeed almost here. And broco-flower wasn't too pretty to eat. It adorned the plate beautifully. And tasted wonderful.

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  59. It works out for me that some of my favorite things are some of your favorite things. :) Love the flowers and birds. I can never look at enough photos of each. The sky really did have an eerie look- and also very pretty.

    I have never heard of a broco-flower. I am so curious about them now. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Isn't it lovely to find people who share our passions?

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  60. I'm so glad you don't have to leave home to share beautiful photos. My new favorite flower is the daffodils. Yours are gorgeous. I'm happy to see your photographs again.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. My favourite flower changes with the seasons, but I am loving the daffodils and jonquils at the moment.

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  61. I've never seen a broco-flower before - amazing. There's a wonderful international farmers' market nearby that I don't go to often enough - I'll see if they have it there next time I go.

    Love your flowers and birds! Such colorful beauty.

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    1. Lynn: I hope you do find a broco-flower. The educated blogging community tells me it is also known as a fractal or a Romanesco cauli. Whatever the name I thought it was intriguing and it tasted excellent.

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  62. Love all of the lovely flowers, the sky and those beautiful birds.

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  63. Hey EC - never in my life have I seen a Broccoflower and my goodness it looks sort of neat. I wouldn't have known it was edible, but wow! Those birds are so wonderful and colorful! Hugs...and Happy Tuesday!

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    1. RO: Wednesday morning (early) here. I hope your Tuesday and your week are great.

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  64. I have a cat teapot like your black one (so fitting) only mine is a calico. I've had it and used it for years:)
    Hope your day sparkles.

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    1. Sandra Cox: The teapot dribbles so I don't use it - but couldn't throw it away either. I hope your day and week and wonderful.

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  65. Daffodils and hyacinth and jonquils are my favourite spring flowers. You have reminded me that I should plant some bulbs before winter comes calling.

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    1. Shammickite: I am never certain what my favourite flowers are, but have become bulb obsessed. We plant lots each year. And I am hoping that the freesias and anenomies and ranunculas and tritellia start to flower soon.

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  66. I haven't tried broccoflower. I'll have to some time. What gorgeous flowers and birds. Such wonderful photos to gaze at. They relax me. :)

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    1. M Pax: Thank you. They relax us too - when they aren't involving rather a lot of work. Or perhaps I mean despite involving rather a lot of work.

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  67. The first sky photo is my definite favorite this time. Yes, it's an eerie sky (sort of), but very fascinating and atmospheric. I'm a sucker for images like that.
    And I'm still jealous of your birds.

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    1. Carola Bartz: Thank you. I loved that sky too. I saw it early and rushed inside for my camera.

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  68. Looks like paradise with all the birds and flowers! That veggie looks interesting ...

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    1. Sharon Quails: Welcome and thank you. We are so grateful for the birds who visit. Despite their vandalism (and incontinence).

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  69. broco-flower? You mean, Alien? LOL.
    Fabulous.
    And those birds...You know I LOVE THEM)))! xxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: It does look a bit alien doesn't it? But delicious. And we love the birds too.

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  70. Love the birds...when you said spring, I had to stop and remember where you are! The sky shots are gorgeous!

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: Definitely spring. Bright, colourful and beautiful. I hope she stays for a looooong time.

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  71. That vase of daffodils is downright joyful.

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    1. Sandra Cox: It is. And since I took that photo I have replaced the flowers a couple of times - and am still feeling the joy.

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  72. Seeing spring flowers fills me with joy! Again, the corellas are my favorite.

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    1. Susan Kane: I have a soft spot for corellas myself. Perhaps I will devote a post to them soon.

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  73. Beautiful bird photos! So bright and tropical-looking.

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    1. Spare Parts and Pics: Thank you. They are not tropical birds, but rock the colour well.

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  74. The broco-flower looks fabulous, I just love the spirals. I recently bought a cauli where I could actually see little spirals like that. It is so unusual to see it on a cauli because they get a bit banged around.
    I hope your week is going well, we have certainly had some chilly weather

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    1. kylie: I went back to the shop where I found it yesterday in the hopes of getting another one. No joy. And the young woman at the checkout didn't know what I was talking about.
      We have had variable weather here. Chilly in the mornings, but bright beautiful days. Mostly.

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  75. These are wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing them.


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  76. I'm just back to enjoy the colorful birds and flowers to start my day, EC. Happy Friday to you! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: I am always happy to share the colour. Saturday here - I hope your weekend is delightful.

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  77. Your pictures of flowers and birds are always day-brighteners. And hmmm, I'm not sure, but I think I can smell those hyacinths from here...

    I hope you have a nice long drawn-out spring this year. Mother Nature has been in way too big a hurry to jump into summer for the past few years.

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    1. Susan: Summer has become a pushy tart hasn't she? Quick to enter the room (invited or not) and slow to leave.
      The hyacinth scent is so strong I wouldn't be surprised if you COULD smell them.

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  78. Your birds always brighten my day, amazing colors. Never heard of broco but pretty. I love spring, daffodils so I will try not to be envious lol

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    1. Kim Standard: The brocco-flower entered my life and disappeared. If I find it again I will buy it again though.
      I do like Spring, but am a big, big fan of Autumn/fall too.

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  79. Those green broccoli cauliflower things look like the fell from space. No one can convince me otherwise!

    Love the flowers...

    And the birds, but the red one totally looks like he's up to something.

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    1. Sandi: You mean I have eaten (and enjoyed) a visitor from far, far away? Oh dear. And even worse my vegetarian self feels no guilt.

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  80. Wow, great veggies, and charming parrots. Those skies are something, especially the one with the roads leading to what I imagine is a cul-de-sac? It looks like a beautiful place to call home!

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    1. Karen S.: Thank you. We think we live in a very pretty area of a pretty city.

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