Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Sunday Selections #444




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.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.  
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 

 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 

I usually run with a theme.This week I am continuing my fascination/addiction to skyscapes and celebrating Spring.


First the sky.






And then to Spring.  As is usual she is working to her own agenda.  Going by the calendar Spring is not quite here.  Going by the equinoxes there are a couple of weeks to go.  As is usual she ignores our attempts to define and confine her.  Our own blossom trees are not even close to bud-burst, but the same cannot be send for much of the city.



The obligatory roo also enjoying the sun.

In our own garden the daffodils are coming out in droves.  And being beheaded and shredded in droves.




Two of the sulphur crested vandals were having a beak-off outside our window earlier this week.  It ended in a draw, and they both flew off shrieking.



Thank you for all your good wishes for Jazz.  He/we have had a roller coaster week and he is not out of the woods yet, but we can at least (hopefully) see some light through the trees.  He has another vet visit to come and hopefully will get a clean bill of health.  His fur is growing back astonishly quickly too.
Have a great and healthy week. 

160 comments:

  1. Spring makes me feel good even in pictures. I'm glad the Jazz is on the mend. I've got a black cat now. I've always thought they were beautiful. I guess I was a witch in a previous life. lol

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    1. Ann Bennett: Thank you. I like Spring too, though I dread the arrival of her big sister. I have always loved black cats, and have had more black cats than any other variety. Some people would still describe me as a witch.

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  2. Yay for the good news about Jazz!

    Happy spring, EC.

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  3. Spring is coming!! And all will be well...

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    1. Caterina: Spring is just about here. And beautiful.

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  4. I always find it amazing that the climate in your world is totally opposite of mine. I "understand" why that happens, but I just can't wrap my head around it, ya know?! As I'm looking forward to autumn, my favorite time of the year...(but not necessarily to winter!) I'm beginning to go through my cold-weather clothes and hoping they still fit! Acckkk!
    Thank you again for your glorious photos of your world! And I'm hoping for the best news about Jazz

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    1. BECKY: I rely on our opposite seasons. When summer arrives and I am a sad, soggy and grumpy mess I look to your hemisphere for cooling images and relief. Fingers and toes are still crossed for the Jazz man.

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  5. I'm glad to hear Jazz's fur is growing back so fast. I do hope a clean bill of health is forthcoming fast! My girl tried to catch a dragonfly today...through the window, lolol! Silly cat. :)

    The birds, flowers and sky are all gorgeous. I love that the birds were yakking at each other!! That's a good shot to have gotten on film!

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    1. mail4rosey: How frustrating for your girl. The birds were shrieking at each other, and using those beaks on each other too.

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  6. God bless jazz, and you dear friend

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  7. I love seeing the blossoms and those beautiful skies! And good news on Jazz. The nine lives of cats is coming through, it seems. :-)

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    1. DJan: Jazz has at least nine lives, and has chewed through a few of them this week.

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  8. I am so happy for the follow up on jazz. I wasn't aware and I know it's quite a struggle when you deal with animal pancreatitis.

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    1. Granny Annie: I gather that when/if we get over this, he is likely to have further relapses. At least we know what we are looking for.

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  9. You brought some lovely memories to me. My mother had this charming habit of pet naming flowers. Jonkies, daffy-down-dillies, High-dur-Ange and Roadies to name a few. These came to mind with your pictures. I love mackerel skies.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: My mother used similar names. The one I really couldnt understand was 'grey pythons' for grape hyacinth - I think my hearing was the problem there though.

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    2. think greyp-ythons = grape eyethon (thin = cinth)
      said very quickly it could be grape hyacinth.

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    3. River: You are probably right - and it was my hearing, and my mother speaking quickly. It puzzled me for years though because they are emphatically not grey.

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  10. Those skies are pretty dramatic, Sue, and as always I am very happy to see my friends the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. I will look forward to seeing them again next year.

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: Vandals or not, they are beautiful birds full of character. I noted you will be back in Sydney next year in our winter, and expect you will find it warm.

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  11. Things are sounding somewhat more comfortable for dear Jazz, and I hope positive news keeps coming for him...and for you. He has been in my thoughts Our beloved pets are so very precious...so important to us.

    I hope a better week lies ahead for you, EC...and for Jazz. Cuddles to him from me. :)

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    1. Lee: Poor Jazz goes downhill fast when he stops eating and drinking. We now have appetite stimulants for him, and hope we don't need to force them down his reluctant throat.
      Here is to a good week for all of us.

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  12. such beauty in these photos!
    I'm relived to hear jazz is on the mend. sending many more happy healing thoughts:)

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  13. It has cheered me up to read positive news about Jazz - I hope he continues to improve. Spring is busting out everywhere here, too, and it is a beautiful day today. Sadly I can't go out to enjoy it, as I am having some skin treatment on my face, and I'm not allowed to be out in the sun until it's finished and healed. Grrr...
    Lovely skies and blooms as always, EC, and watching your battling birds would beat any television programme!
    Have a good week, and Kia kaha to Jazz.

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    1. Alexia: I hope your poor face heals quickly. The beak off is MUCH more entertaining than television. Always.
      The psycho cat turned another corner this afternoon and attacked me because food wasn't coming quickly enough. I don't recall being so pleased to be attacked every before.
      Kia kaha is a wonderful phrase - and I return it to you.

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    2. Thank you. it is a very useful phrase.

      I am constantly impressed by the number of Te Reo (Maori) words that are used constantly and comfortably by so many New Zealanders.

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    3. Alexia: How I wish more of us even knew common words in one of our many indigenous languages. Languages which are in danger of disappearing permanently.

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  14. Your spring is springing up beautifully, and i hope Jazz feels a spring in his own step soon, too.

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    1. messymimi: Spring is positively dancing, and Jazz is also taking steps/strides in the right direction (see my response to Alexia above).

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  15. I'm so glad to hear that Jazz is doing a little better. I hope the relapses are few and far between. And I hope you finally have some days where the most exciting thing is watching blossoms burst forth. Lovely pictures all; those skies are especially to my taste. Have a great week, dear friend.

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  16. Amazing cloud formations. Good to see the harbingers of spring starting to bloom.

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    1. Andrew: I saw those clouds not long after dawn one morning and rushed back for the camera. Spring is well on her way here - which is lovely.

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  17. I can imagine hearing your vandals arguing just from the photos! Lovely clouds in the sky. Hope you hold onto spring for a long time before summer sets in.
    So great to hear of Jazz's continued progress! Give him scritches from me.

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    1. River Fairchild: The vandals were very noisy and the shrieks were interspersed with the clash of beaks. We are being promised a warmer and drier spring than usual so I hope she settles in for a long, long stay. Yesterday I could have scritched Jazz for you. Today he is returning to his usual psycho self. A virtual pat will suffice.

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  18. Those sky pictures are quite the scene.
    I'm glad Jazz is recovering, a little. Does he ever offer to handle the birds?

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Jazz used to indicate that the birds should be on his menu, but hasn't bothered for a number of years. He occasionally runs at the pigeons, but shows no interest in following through and attempting to catch them. Which pleases me.

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  19. I'm glad Jazz is on the mend as is little Abbey. She had the long surgery and the brain tumor was successfully removed and she is now recuperating. Thanks for keeping her in your heart.

    I love all your beautiful daffodils and even those naughty birds, They are a nuisance but so interesting to watch.

    I also love all those blossoms and beautiful cloud formations. We are moving toward Autumn and you are already into Spring.
    Enjoy the weekend.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: Thank you. I am so glad to hear that Abbey is on the mend - it must have been SUCH an anxious time for those who love her.
      I hope your weekend is beautiful - and that you can rest (at least a little).

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  20. Such beautiful colors. It's nice to think of spring. It's very hot and humid here. We're waiting to see what a hurricane does.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: I have seen the news about your hurricane and do hope it fizzles out. And that your heat and humidity diminish.

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  21. Those clouds! :) :)
    We have blossoms bursting forth around Adelaide too, the ornamental pear behind my back porch is frothy with white. Your daffs look so bright and cheerful. Good to hear Jazz is making good progress. . Lola sends him a tail swish.

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    1. River: Thank you. I am still worried about Jazz (of course) but he has had two pretty good days (in a row) now. Fingers crossed.

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  22. Hi EC - I do hope Jazz carries on with his cleaner bill of health - an animal who suffers is so sad and tricky for us to know about. Gorgeous Spring photos - amazing ... those vandals are pretty comforting to see! Cheers and enjoy the warming days - good luck with Jazz ... Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Thank you. I do like the vandals, while mourning their destructive ways. Hopefully Jazz is on a consistent uphill swing now.

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  23. Beautiful sighting EC, the Roo is my favourite, but all of them are superb.

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    1. Bob Bushell: We see roos often - and never ever tire of them.

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  24. Dear EC
    I love the fresh colours of Spring and your daffodils are lovely. I'm glad to hear Jazz is recovering and hope this will continue speedily for you all.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I am hoping that the doubles and the split coronas survive the depreciations of the sulphur crested vandals. If so, they will assuredly feature here. Have a great weekend.

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  25. The daffodils are the bonus for a cold weather winter. I don't have much luck with bulbs here on the coast. Fingers crossed for continued good recovery for Jazz.

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    1. Anna: Our cool winters mean that we can grow a lot of spring bulbs - which pleases me. Fingers crossed for the Jazz man, who has had a big dinner and is sleeping it off.

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  26. Your photos of the sky look like paintings. Spring is the best season of all and it’s beginning is magical. New, lovely things appear daily and it makes one feel so good to discover color where there was just brown before. Summer is coming to an end here and it was not as I hoped, but I did enjoy what I could. The heat and humidity was hard on my old body.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Thank you. Heat and humidity are hard on me too. I do enjoy the other seasons, but not summer. I hope your autumn is beautiful and your winter gentle.

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  27. That sky, that sky. I love that sky.
    The birds and flowers aren’t bad either. I always want to hug a roo but they may take exception to that.

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    1. Rick Watson: I loved that sky too, and am waiting to see what presents itself with our dawn - an hour or so from now. Roos belong in the look but don't touch category. And look I do.

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  28. Great to hear Jazzy is feeling better and praying for continued improvement. Love the photos. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Many thanks. Jazz has had breakfast and is asleep beside me. A very, very good sign.

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  29. Oh Sue, I can't tell you how relieved I am to hear that Jazz is on the mend! Has really made my day!!😊😊
    Here's hoping he continues to make progress!
    Love the photos...those sky ones are so beautiful.
    Ah, at least now I can see the "vandals"...oh, but they are beautiful too!

    Wishing you a fabulous week,

    With much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: Jazz and I (and the smaller portion) are very, very relieved too. He is at least (we hope) making consistent steps in the right direction now. The vandals are beautiful. And clever. And entertaining. I hope your week is filled with beauty and joy.

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  30. Beautiful daffodils. And I love the pic of the squawking parrots, lol. Very glad to hear that Jazz is doing better.

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    1. mshatch: We were entertained by the beak off too. And very happy to know that Jazz is getting better by the day (though I touch wood as I type that).

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  31. Glad to hear your cat is getting better.
    And those flower pots are great.

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  32. Really nice photos. Especially the cockatoos.

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    1. J C: The cockatoos are regular visitors here (shortly after dawn as I type there are at least half a dozen of them). They are beautiful birds (albeit destructive).

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  33. I hope Jazz gets a clean bill of health soon. The blossoming tree's are so pretty. I just don't see anything like that here. The birds are so funny.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: I really like seeing avenues of blossoming trees, and hope to see more in the next few weeks.

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  34. So glad Jazz is feeling better. Hope your Spring is wonderful. The pictures are great as always.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. I hope that autumn on your side of the world is bright and beautiful.

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  35. You have such a beautiful variety of daffodils! And those birds - my, I can only imagine their screaming.
    I hope Jazz is doing much better. Poor kitty.

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    1. Carola Bartz: I am hoping (probably in vain) that the cockatoos leave us some of the split corona and double daffodils. Jazz is (fingers crossed) doing better today.

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  36. Those daffodils are glorious. Bad, vandals, bad.
    Thumbs up for the Jazz Cat. Glad he's doing so much better.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: The daffodils would have looked MUCH better en masse. Bad cockies indeed. But yes, it is wonderful that for the moment Jazz is doing well. Long may it continue.

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    2. Sandra Cox: I spoke too soon. Or Jazz heard me, and decided to mess with my mind and tug on my heart strings.

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  37. I spent a moment trying to trace my way through the maze of those clouds. I love that pattern!

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  38. Happy Spring to you, EC! The blooms look lovely.

    'Beak-off' had me laughing.

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    1. Bea: Beak-off is exactly the right term. The clash of beaks (and the shrieks) are very, very loud.

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  39. Still seems so strange to think you are heading into spring while we head into fall and winter here. It's been a very strange summer weatherly speaking here, with very little heat, like we usually get at least. So the transition to fall will be hum drum, with little drama I suppose. While you begin the season of new birth.

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    1. Strayer: Our winter was warmer and drier than usual. The forecast is for that to continue into Spring. I am dreading summer. Really dreading it.
      I am sorry that yours ways strange and hope that autumn is beautiful and winter gentle for you.

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    2. I wouldn't mind a harsh winter, actually, anything but the dreary gray and drizzle. I hope your summer is mild, so you do not suffer.

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    3. Strayer: I hope we both get our wishes - and that your winter is cold enough to freeze bubbles.

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  40. Wonderful photos. I love how you're alwas able to sneak in a roo :) It makes me happy.

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    1. Uglemor: Thank you. I do sneak in roos quite often don't I? Seeing them about my city always makes me smile (except when they are bounding down the road).

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  42. What happened to Jazz?? But so glad to hear he's better!

    Loved the skyscapes as usual and the beak off snaps are like professional natgeo grade :0 Happy spring!

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Poor Jazz developed a mystery illness (probably feline pancreatitis) and went down hill very fast. We are on a roller coaster ride at the moment, and this morning he is not doing nearly as well.
      Thank you for your kind words. I suspect NatGeo would have binned my beak-off shots, not least because I amputated part of a bird.

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  43. Love, love, love the skyscapes! Never ceases to amaze me how we see the sky every day, but when someone takes the time to take pictures, it's full of surprises and beauty. Hope you're feeling well these days, and sending some hugs your way! RO

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    1. RO: Many thanks. I find myself looking at the sky often. In the early morning, at dusk, and at many points in between. I am ok(ish) and grateful for the hugs - which are reciprocated.

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  44. How wonderful! Such delightful photos and my favorites are the kangaroo and the Sulphur crested Cockatoos(?), but I enjoyed them all very much. Thank you and I wish you a lovely week.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. It is indeed the sulphur crested vandals in that shot. I hope your week is excellent too.

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  45. Awesome to hear about Jazz and if you hadn't of told us, I would have said the 2 white parrots (??) were about to go in for a good old kissing session :)

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    1. Mark Koopmans. Jazz is messing with my mind today. Fingers crossed this is a small and temporary set back. Believe me, love wasn't the cockatoos focus that day.

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  46. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    You know I love skyscapes

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: As I loved your featured skyscapes this morning.

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  47. Absolutely delightful. Love the sky, the roo, all the lovely flowers, and the birds.

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    1. Hena Tayeb: You should hear them as well. They are very, very loud.

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  49. Delicious spring photos! Thank you

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  50. The birds are so incredibly cute! I love those sky pictures, really pretty ☺

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    1. natalia20041989: Thank you. The vandals are lovely.

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  51. I love those sulfur crested 'vandals' but honestly - must they eat daffodils? What a sky Sue and just look at those blossoms. I'm so glad I popped over to your blog and thank you for visiting mine.

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    1. Kalpana: I wouldn't mind (as much) if they ate the daffodils (and the other things they attack). Instead they simply uproot them, behead them and shred them.

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  52. AWW, I always enjoy your photos. I'm happy you are marching into spring, but we are looking at fall which leads to winter. Such is life!

    Wishing Jazz the best!

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    1. T Powell Coltrin: Thank you. I will be envying you by the time your winter arrives. Rather a lot.

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  53. I'm glad Jazz is on the mend. I hope he has a full and speedy recovery. Your sulphur-crested vandals are certainly an exuberant bunch! Are they the ones who are shredding and beheading the daffodils?

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    1. Diane Henders: Jazz is messing (successfully) with my mind. He has good days and gets my hopes up, and then has a bad one. Fingers and toes crossed.
      The sulphur crested vandals are indeed responsible for the shredding and beheading. Of daffodils, of daisies, of anemones, of ixia, of tulip. And they are also digging up the tulip bulbs having one bite, and spitting it out. And pruning the camellia trees. Hiss and spit.

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    2. Oh, no! They're beautiful birds, but destroying my flowers would bring out the homicidal (birdicidal?) maniac in me.

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    3. Diane Henders: At least they haven't (yet) tried to destroy our home. Something they are also notorious for. I go out with my pump-action water pistol and gun them down with glee. My aim is getting better too.

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  54. Te felicito, me ha gustado mucho visitarte.
    Que tengas un buen día

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    1. Trini Altea: I am glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope your week is lovely.

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  55. Your daffodils are absolutely gorgeous! And no many how many bazillions of them you already have, I bet you plant some new ones every year. :)

    It must've been amazing to see those birds beak fight right outside your window. I can almost imagine the sound of their beaks clashing like an old Errol Flynn movie... but with birds.

    I'm glad to hear Jazz is doing better. (He's probably glad his hair is growing back so quickly, too. Poor thing. Those bald spots insulted his dignity...)

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    1. Susan: I do plant new ones. And the cockatoos harvest them. The beak-off was loud (but then cockies are loud) except for their surreptitious destructive raids.
      Jazz is messing with my mind. He will only eat treat food at the moment, and never the same treat twice.

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  56. Look at that sky painting!
    Hope you and Jazz are having an exceptionally good day.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: It was a spectacular sky creation wasn't it?
      Jazz is messing with my mind. Successfully.

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  57. Hello, and what beautiful photographs, Are they jacaranda trees? I was surprised when I read the word 'spring' then realised I was in another part of the world that I would like to visit one day, but sadly know I shall never be able to.

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    1. lostinimaginaryworlds: Welcome and thank you. Not jacarandas, which grow (beautifully) further north from us.

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  58. Another stroll through your place--always enjoyable. And you've got spring, my favorite month. We won't see those daffodils or pink blossoms until March or April. Good news about Jazz. Hope to continue hearing that fellow is on the mend.

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    1. cleemckenzie: I will be continuing the celebration of spring for the next few posts I suspect. If Jazz the evil allows me too. His roller coaster ride is distressing. For him, and for us.

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  59. While some of our landscapes and animals are so different, I love that we both have the joy and beauty of daffodils! They're one of my favourite flowers :) Great pics!

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    1. Jemi Fraser: Many thanks. I am so very grateful to the blogosphere which has allowed me to see and share beauty - world wide. I have a weakness for dancing daffodils too.

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  60. I've always loved your sky photos. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Thank you. I do love ogling the many moods of the sky.

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  61. What do roos eat?
    Hoping today is a good day for you and Jazz.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Kangaroos are herbivores. Jazz (and I) had a bad day yesterday. Fingers crossed for today.

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  62. Coming over to peek at those bright and beautiful flowers to get my day started. Hope you're feeling well, and sending some hugs across the way! RO

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    1. RO: Many thanks. It is early morning here, and I am just about to head out for a day of training. I hope your day is bright and beautiful.

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  63. love the daffodils, there is such a thing as cat flu, my previous cat had it and he didn't eat for two days and barely moved then he snapped out of it, glad Jazz is doing better

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    1. Linda Starr: Jazz wasn't running a temperature and didn't have flu. Sadly, he is still up and down and the down is scary.

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  64. It is so funny to read that you are going into Spring while here in the states we are going into fall. All our blooms are fading away and the temps are changing. But its okay..I LOVE FALL! Loving your pics and enjoyed your blog.

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    1. Pam: Welcome and thank you. I love Autumn too. It is a beautiful time of year (and a relief from our hot, hot summers).

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    2. You have that right. I don't do eat well so I am rady for fall.

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    3. Pam: I don't do heat well either, and am dreading our summer. Sadly fires are already raging across several states.

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  65. Dear EC, I'm hoping that Jazz isn't getting nervous and twitchy because of these doctor visits and the shaving and probably shots as well. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Jazz is surprisingly laid back about his trips to the vet (and has another at the end of next week). He does however trot round the house purring when we bring him home. Which makes me both happy and also makes me feel mean.

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  66. Bela seleção de imagens.
    Boa semana.

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  67. These were all such lovely photographs.
    I do hope that Jazz has had a better week, sending healing thoughts for him.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. Jazz has had a very patchy week. He is glad to be home, but...

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  68. I can imagine a doona cover printed with that beautiful sky pattern, it would be exquisite

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    1. Kim: Now there is a thought. I would very happily curl up under just such a doona.

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  69. The Battle of the Birds!
    Enjoy your spring flowers. The daffs are so colourful. We are in the last few weeks of summery weather, the children are back at school after the summer holidays and I'll have to actually wear socks and long trousers soon! No to mention the winter underwear when the snow flies! But that won't be for quite a while.,

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    1. Shammickite: I had never, ever thought about the differences in our winters in underwear terms. Mine doesn't change what ever the season (which sounds all wrong).

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  70. Is it bad to admit I'm jealous of you right now? Daffodils are the beginning of spring and we are gearing up for the beginning of fall. Wah!!! I love your pictures. Especially the one of the kangaroo. It's just too cute. I can't imagine just seeing one lounging about. Too cool!!

    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: In a few short months when summer bites I will be very, very jealous of your season. Kangaroos lounge exceptionally well.

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  71. Truly beautiful EC!!! I love seeing your birds and your roos! How special!! You're going into Spring and we are going into Autumn! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: I love autumn too and am really looking forward to seeing photos from your side of the world. As always, thank you - and hugs.

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