Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Sunday Selections #542



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.  Regular readers will know that the garden is one of my passions.  As are the birds which visit it, and us.  However these passions do not play nicely together on a consistent basic.

It is winter here.  A grey and damp winter.  The garden is loving it.  We have a line of camellia bushes/trees along the front of the house.

They are just coming into bloom and as they do each year are delighting me.





 These deep pink and white ones are a glorious display aren't they?  (We also have a pale pink one, with blooms that look like water lilies.  It is nowhere near blooming yet).


Once upon a time this mass of blooms stretched from the ground to well above roof level.  Then the sulphur crested vandals moved in (and yes we do encourage them).

There is now quite a large expanse where the leaves and the blooms are relentlessly plucked whenever they appear.







You can clearly see the difference in the parts of the camellia that they 'grace' with their attention.  They have also started beheading and shredding the early jonquils.  

They aren't the only vandals though.  King parrots are low on the 'pecking order' and have worked out that if they come to our hands they don't have to jostle with the cockatoos for a feed.

They are beautiful birds and we do know how privileged we are.  Just the same I would prefer that they didn't tear off the camellia buds, take two bites and move on to the next.

There are other things coming on in the garden too - which I will show in a later post (or posts).

For the last ten days the street has been infiltrated  by tradies who are ripping up and replacing sewer pipes.  Some houses have had great trenches dug in their lawns and others (fortunately not us) have had their driveways ripped up.  I did like this contractor's truck though and with his permission went out early one morning to take photos.



And just one a few more photos to finish on.  Each winter I wait for/hope for a really cold morning (by our standards) so that I can freeze soap bubbles.  We were nearly at minus 5C when I went out.  Not quite cold enough.  The bubbles froze, but lasted less than a minute before they popped, leaving a shell behind.  I am hoping to get a minus 7 (or lower) soon.

I hope that where ever you are the weather is to your liking.








 

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  1. Dear EC
    Your camellias are beautiful - it's such a shame that they are also popular with the vandals! It is too hot for me in the UK at the moment (but not by your standards - 27 degrees centigrade). Your frozen bubbles photos are always a delight.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: 27C is out of my comfort range too. Which means that most of our summer is out of my comfort range. Fingers crossed we do get bubble freezing weather. Soon.

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  2. Your camellias sure are gorgeous! I would share them with those amazing birds too. I still just can't imagine having them around in the wild. I like that contractors truck too. I hope the weather gets cold enough for your bubbles soon. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. :)

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    1. Martha: We do share them. More or less happily. The tradies truck is great isn't it? I like his business name of Muddy's.com.au as well.

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  3. I'll trade you 1000 starlings for 10 cockatoos.

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    1. Mike: No deal - though we also get starlings.

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  4. Sorry about your soap bubbles. We could use some cooler weather though I am really glad our weather is calm. Your flowers are gorgeous as are the birds. Have a good week.

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    1. e: Thank you. I am glad that your weather is calm too.

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  5. The White Parrots are wonderful, lovely EC.

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    1. Bob Bushell: The cockatoos are a joy. A destructive and noisy joy, but definitely a joy.

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  6. Your photos are awesome love from sunny Poland

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  7. So nice to see the birds! I was sad when we moved out of our old place - the rainbow lorikeets used to descend every spring to eat the flowers in the tree in our back garden. Was very pleased to see in our new house that they do the same in my neighbour's garden with their tree - so we still get to see and hear them nearby instead of just watching them flying around the neighbourhood! :)

    Hope you are having a nice weekend :) I had a fun girly day out shopping yesterday, it was so much fun!

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Mica: We get one or two rainbow lorikeets here too. According to the bird books they are out of their range, but they seem very happy. Your girly day sounds like torture to me - but I am glad you had fun.

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  8. The cockatoos have been pretty quiet around here lately...probably found more fun elsewhere.

    The camellias are lovely, indeed.

    I hope the week ahead is kind to you and yours, EC. Cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Thank you. Jazz is very far from well today - on a weekend of course. Fingers crossed. I hope that you and the furry overlords have a wonderful week.

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    2. Oh! Poor little fellow. I hope he's feeling 100% better soon. Extra special loving thoughts go his way.

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    3. Lee: Thank you. Fingers crossed.

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  9. The sulphur Crested cockatoos are such pretty birds, too bad they are vandals. You are a good sport to tolerate them.
    Your Camellia blossom are so beautiful. I don't have Cockatoos damaging my plants but a herd of deers and groundhogs have been raiding my plants and veggies. Groundhogs burrows are so deep and plentiful that every year we have breakage of farm equipment which is very costly to repair and not to mention, lost of time in haying. I had to stop feeding the birds because big raccoons would pull down my bird feeders.

    I don't see pictures of squirrels in your garden.

    Hugs,
    Julia

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    1. Julia: No groundhogs, no deer, no squirrels here. The damage that the groundhog burrows do must be expensive and intensely frustrating. No raccoons either. The bird feeders are for the birds...
      Take care.

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  10. There are many reasons why my admiration for you knows no bounds, Sue, but uppermost is your tolerance for birds that cause significant annoyance at times. It is a wise person indeed who understands that having supplanted so much of their habitat one should not be surprised that they invade your yard. The damage they cause is only damage from a human standpoint, of course, no less annoying, but not the cause to wage war on the birds. You have obviously learned to live with it, and I am willing to bet the farm that the moment a King Parrot alights on your hand, in that rare display of trust between human and bird, all is well with the world. You are a champion in so many ways. And be sure to take good care of my Sulphur-crested Angels!

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: They were here first. And yes, their depreciations DO annoy me (big time), but their presence delights me. Some of them will also eat from our hands - another privilege.

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  11. I suppose the 'vandals' are worth the price as they can be so entertaining to watch. I must go for a decent walk to see what is happening in gardens. I did see a magnolia in almost full bud last week. The tradie truck is so cool.

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    1. Andrew: They are worth the price, though it is sometimes high. I really like magnolias but they have decreed that we cannot have them here. Wasn't the tradie truck great?

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    2. Why no magnolias? Because they aren't native?

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    3. River: I have planted magnolias several times and the cockatoos have destroyed them. It is the cockies who have decreed we cannot have them.

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  12. Camellias are one of the best things about winter, aren't they? I agree with all the posts which say you are wonderfully tolerant about the vandals and their ilk - I wish we had some of your spectacular winged visitors over here!
    We have had more frosts so far this winter than all of the last 3 years put together, but they are still not enough for me to be able to make frozen bubbles...
    Have a lovely week!

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    1. Alexia: Camellias are a spectacular joy aren't they? Our winter has been damp (yay) and much milder than usual. I am still hopeful on the bubble front though. Have a wonderful week.

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  13. I always look forward to your soap bubbles. And that is a LOT of birds, all right. No wonder they get shredded, with so many. I love all your pictures, flowers and birds alike.

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    1. DJan: It only takes a couple to destroy the trees. And thank you - hopefully there WILL be frozen bubbles. Soon.

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  14. The camellias are lovely! I didn't realize their blooms would survive below-freezing temperatures - they must be much more hardy than ours here. It looks as though nothing can survive the sulphur-crested vandals, though. They've really done a number on that poor camellia! I love birds, but I love my flowers a bit more - I'd be shaking my fist at your vandals!

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    1. Diane Henders: The sulphur crested vandals have done a number on two of the camellias. They leave the others alone - for the moment. And yes, words have been said. Fruitless words.

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  15. My mum has camellias in Florida where she lives. They are so pretty. We are having a damp and cloudy summer here in Maine. I'm hoping August will be sunnier.

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    1. mshatch: Camellias are lovely. I do hope you get your sunshine.

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  16. It is mind boggling to me there are flowers that bloom in winter. Yours are magical. The flowers and the winter.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: We have things in bloom all year round. As well as the camellias there are daisies, jonquils and some beautiful anemones.

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  17. I love that truck decoration!
    Love the birds too, is that you sitting with the king parrots? I read somewhere that replacing sewer pipes isn't always necessary, if they have cracks it might sometimes be simpler to just feed a new plastic pipe through he old clay one. not sure how well that would work for long distances or corners. The Adelaide Hills area has dozens of Camellias, the conditions up there are perfect for them.

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    1. River: The tradies truck is lovely isn't it? The workmen dug quite a number of trenches before they decided to replace some of the pipes. I suppose it is possible that they just fed new pipes through - I wasn't paying enough attention to be sure. It made an incredible mess of some yards though.

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  18. My camellia's and azaleas are all in bloom, in the front garden which is a beautiful picture this time of year...love your photos. xx

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    1. aussie aNNie: Thank you. I do love azaleas but struggle to grow them. I have a couple which 'hang in' but they don't thrive.

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  19. The blooms are quite beautiful, at least, the ones the birds leave alone.

    May you get a cold enough morning soon to make the bubbles last. It's always enjoyable to see your bubbles.

    When it posts, my selections will be over here.

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    1. messymimi: The blooms are lovely. Fingers crossed on a cold enough morning though the other members of the household will not be happy. I look forward (as I always do) to your Sunday Selections.

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  20. Bellas flores, te mando un beso

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  21. I suppose you could look on the bright side and say that your vandals are very happy with your garden banquet?
    I'm glad your front yard and driveway have remained unscathed. The paintings on the truck are great. :)
    Hoping you have frozen bubbles in your near future!

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    1. River Fairchild: I am hoping that the tradies don't come back and start on our side of the street this coming week - and not even the truck would be consolation.
      The cockatoos are happy - which is a plus.

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  22. Love that truck! This poor old world could do with more such humour.
    Scritches for my black friend;hope the meds kick in.

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    1. dinahmow: muddy's.com.au is great isn't it? I hope the meds kick in too. He is at least happier than he was early this morning.

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  23. Love the photos and especially gd Bbc et especially the truck décoration
    https://gattinawritercramps.blogspot.com

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    1. Gattina: I really liked the truck too. Heading over to check out your Selections now.

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  24. Wow---- I imagine that a giant group of cockatoos can make a whole bunch of noise!

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    1. Bill: They can. And they do. A flock of up to a hundred of them can be deafening.

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  25. Hi EC – wonderful to see … I hadn’t realised the Cockatoos were so large … but am glad to see the King Parrots can be sure of some help from your fair hands. I love camellias … while your bubbles will be fun to see when the weather temp drops sufficiently for you to make them.

    HOT … but I booked to see Nomadland at the art gallery cinema … so will be cool in the mid part of the day. Lovely to see the bright sun … but worried what it’ll do to our country … during these challenging times.

    Stay safe – and have a great week … cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I haven't yet seen Nomadland (and probably wont) but thoroughly enjoyed (perhaps not the right word) the book. Such a difficult life - for so many. Stay as cool as you can. And safe too.

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  26. Beautiful flowers and a "cool" truck". And the birds. We have heaps and heaps of tiny grey ones here - never seen that!

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    1. Iris Flavia: We have quite a number of 'little brown jobs' in the birds, but the grey ones don't flock in quite the same numbers. Wasn't the truck great - and I really like their business name too.

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  27. Such a delightful post...as always, dearest Sue!
    Your camellia trees are absolutely stunning, and how unusual to see a plant species actually flowering in winter. There are so few of those. A pity about the bird attacks though...that such beautiful creatures can be so destructive.🙄
    Isn't that truck wonderful?! Fantastic artwork! I'm so glad your drive escaped it's attention though! Phew!!
    Your frozen bubbles have always enchanted me, even these collapsed ones are still absolutely magical... here's hoping for a -7° soon!😉😊
    Have a lovely day, dear friend.
    Much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: We are fortunate and have something blooming almost all year round. The camellias are a lovely splash of colour and I do resent that the vandals also enjoy them.
      Fingers crossed on the -7 front (or lower).

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  28. Lovely selection, the camellias look good which reminds me I must go peek at my camellia hedge up the side of the house to see if any are in bloom. Cockatoos are looking good too.

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    1. Margaret D: I hope your camellias are also in flower. The cockatoos bloom here 365 days of the year. Beautiful blooms - albeit destructive.

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  29. Son preciosos los colores de las aves. También me ha gustado ver a esas aves en plena libertad.

    Que tengas un feliz domingo.

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    1. VENTANA DE FOTO: The birds are indeed beautiful - and free. Which I love.

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  30. Gosh, when I look at your beautiful flowers, it's so hard to imagine that you guys are going through the winter season right now. I sure wish I could ship our heat wave over to you, and swap out seasons.(lol) Hope you're doing well. Hugs, RO

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    1. RO: That is not a friendly wish. Summer is my least favourite season and I would happily avoid it permanently. I do hope you get a cool change (but not ours).

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  31. I love this glimpse of winter in your garden, EC. The blooms and the birds must be a wonderful distraction through the winter months.

    And totally out of character for me, I wish you colder winter weather…for frozen bubbles.

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    1. Marie Smith: Our winter is much milder than yours and there is always something in bloom. That and the birds are wonderful distractions - and thank you for your wishes (which I hope come true).

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  32. Thank you for nice and wonderful photos. Thanks also for revealing why my "frozen" bubbles did not frezze. I need minus 7 or more (less?). I hope for colder mornings at your place now and at mine come january.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): A minus 7 (or lower) and a windless morning almost guarantees that bubbles will freeze. Fingers crossed.

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  33. one place where I lived I hired a couple of young painters to paint the outside of the house and told them to be careful of and avoid the camellia bush (probably planted in the late 60s and this was in the 90s so you can imagine how huge it was, I came home and found half of a perfectly huge symmetrical shrub butchered on one half down to bare wood; I was sick and fired them right then and there. I feel for you with the garden damage, something has been lying in my perennial garden at night and it's all knocked down in one spot, could be a bear or several deer because the spot is rather large

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    1. Linda Starr: I feel for you. I would have burst into tears - and fired them. That said, my father savagely pruned my mother's camellia. It didn't bloom at all for four or five years but when it did it put on a spectacular display.

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  34. You have such interesting plants and flowers and birds over there Down Under.

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    1. gigi-hawaii: There are fascinating plants the world over aren't there?

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  35. Tearing up people's yards - not cool.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Not cool at all. To be fair they did an excellent job of relaying a near neighbour's drive, but having nowhere to park for a week or more would have been irritating.

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  36. I'm incredibly late to the party. I am having trouble leaving comments. In fact, for nearly two days, even though I kept refreshing, there was no comment box at all. This was especially true for embedded comment boxes like yours. It must have been a Blogger glitch.

    Your winter flowers are beautiful. Those birds sure know where to find their favorite food. They certainly like your home. Thanks for these incredible photos of your garden and the birds. Of course, I was also fascinated by the (nearly) frozen bubbles, too.

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    1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth: Thank you for persevering. I have been having intermittent trouble with comments too (as well as the prove you are not a robot malarkey).
      I hope to show you completely frozen bubble soon. Stay well, stay safe.

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  37. The camellias are gorgeous. And those exotic birds. Our exotics are puffins and northern flickers and are so welcome when we see them!

    They really do some locusting to the tops of those trees :(

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: They can do a spectacular amount of damage in a very short time. Driving round if we see leaves/branches all over the ground we know who to blame? You see puffins? Wow.

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  38. It's 104 here today. To say that I'm looking forward to Winter is an understatement.
    I love the flowers and those birds are so pretty.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: 104? Shudder. I hope you get a break from those temperatures. Soon.

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  39. What beautiful, richly coloured blossoms for the middle of winter! I'm sorry the vandals have been at your plants. As much as you love the birds, and I know you do, it is also hard to see one's hard work and beautiful results ruined so completely.

    I hope the construction doesn't migrate to your yard. I know things like that have to be done sometimes, but it's just another layer of stress you don't need.

    Hope your week improves, my friend. Tell Jazz he is admired from afar :)

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    1. jenny_o: Thank you. I am grateful that they left some blooms to emerge and flourish. But yes, it is hard.
      Jazz is MUCH better today after a truly rotten day yesterday. I will pass on your admiration - which he KNOWS is totally warranted.

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  40. I am always in awe of your flowers. Such beautiful colors. The frozen bubbles always make me smile. Hope you have a wonderful and safe week my friend.

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    1. Mason Canyon: I do hope I can freeze bubbles again this winter - they make me smile too. I love the camellias and thank you. A healthy happy week to you and yours as well.

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  41. Darn little vandals. Why can't they develop a taste for weeds? :)
    Love that whoever owns that truck has a sense of humor.
    Hope you are clicking up your heels and doing hand springs or a sedate version thereof:)
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. I am a happy chappy today. Jazz had a shocking day yesterday (of course when the vets were closed). I dosed him up and he is MUCH better today. So I am too.

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    2. Whew. Glad he is better! I know if he's better, you are better.
      Hugs

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  42. The frozen bubbles are wonderful and fun. Every year, I hope you get the conditions that will let you blow soap bubbles that freeze. Is that the back of your head, with the king parrot? I wish the sulphur destroyers wouldn't take out your flowers, but I understand. There's probably one part of the flower that tastes best. Or somethiing.

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    1. Strayer: That is indeed me with the Kind Parrot. My mother had a curly grey mop on her head, and I do too. I think the cockatoos strip the camellias so they can get to the feeders more easily. Or just because they can. Fingers crossed on the bubble front.

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  43. The way your camellia has been "sculpted" makes it look like something altogether different! You gotta love the birds, though.
    I like the truck, the character is reminiscent (to me at least) of "Taz" the tasmanian devil who was around a long time ago: early 90s maybe?

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    1. Kylie: I saw a Tasmanian Devil on the truck too. And smiled. A lot.
      I do love the birds (but not everything they do).

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  44. Your peonies are gorgeous! Too bad those naughty birds got to them. But I think it is amazing they visit your garden, if they weren’t so greedy and destructive. We’ve had our front yards dug up in the past. One for the neighbors across the street who were getting a gas line put in. They did put everything back together though but it was a bit of a surprise to see the big hole. The painting on the truck was fun to look at. Also looking forward to more frozen bubbles :)

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. Camellias rather than peonies (which I cannot grow successfully).
      I am hoping for frozen bubbles too. Rather a lot.

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  45. I had no idea soap bubbles could be frozen. I wish I'd known when I lived in places with a cold winter. My kids would have loved it. It's hot and humid here. I don't enjoy summer in Florida, but it will pass.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: I first saw frozen bubble on the internet of course. And waited until our winter to give it a try. It is now something I try and achieve every year. With some success.

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  46. Camellias are really wonderfully created with contrasting petals to the yellow stamens and stigmas. I am always envious of the large numbers of wild yellow crested cockatoo visitors you get. I only get magpie robins but they do sing a good tune. It is a pity the cockatoos love the camillia plants so much.

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    1. kestrel: The camellias are very beautiful. As are the sulphur crested cockatoos. I do wish they got on better.

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  47. The frozen bubbles are awesome. I had no idea. My kids would've loved that many years ago.

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    1. presstfortime: When they finally come off (and it looks like I will get a better chance later this week) they are a HEAP of fun.

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  48. Amazing the amount of parrots that are just hanging around.. as if they were pigeons.

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    1. Hena Tayeb: It is. We also have pigeons who hang around...

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  49. Your camellias are gorgeous, EC. And so are the birds.

    I had no idea soap bubbles could be frozen!

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    1. Veronica Lee: Freezing bubbles is a heap of fun. I am watching the temperature at the moment and hoping (rather a lot) that the temperature will drop a bit more and I can head out at first light.

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  50. Siempre se ha dicho que los pájaros exóticos son muy dañinos, y me imagino si a ti te hacen eso con las flores, lo que le harán a los hortelanos con sus frutas y verduras...
    Me encanta ese bonito jardín, donde las camelias ofrecen su gama de colores.
    Gracias, amiga, por tan bonita y colorida entrada.
    En Sevilla ya estamos en pleno verano, y estamos padeciendo diariamente temperaturas de más de 40º C., y no se ahí sucede lo mismo, pero, con esto del cambio climático los veranos cada año son más tórridos.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Manuel: Cockatoos can wreak incredible damage to farmer's crops - particularly when they arrive in flocks of several hundreds.
      I hope you get some cool relief from your dreadful summer temperature. Stay cool, stay well.

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  51. I think your camellias are beautiful, such lovely colour but yes, a shame they are also popular with the vandals!

    I like the painting on the truck, certainly stands out.

    Here in the UK our temperatures have been in the high 20's and early 30's ... phew so warm! So it was nice to see your frozen bubble photographs.

    Hope your week is going well.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member: It is decidedly cool here at the moment - which I welcome. I hope you can get some respite from the heat.

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  52. Wow. You have a flock of vandals.
    How's Jazz?

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    1. Sandra Cox: We do indeed have a flock of vandals. Healthy, happy vandals.
      Jazz is playing the one step forward, two steps back game at the moment. He wasn't well this morning but is much better now.

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    2. Glad he's better. Hope the steps forward continue.
      Those Camellias are beautiful.

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    3. Sandra Cox: He is (successfully) messing with my mind. And yes, the camellias are lovely. When the one which looks like waterlilies blooms I will take photos.

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    4. I bet he is.
      Camellias are on my TBP list:)
      Looking forward to seeing the waterlily look alike camellias:)

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  53. Plenty of patience is required to "handle" those gorgeous birds.

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    1. Caterina: It does, though patience is not one of my strengths.

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  54. Yes, the weather here is very much to my liking and it's days like this I take notice and remind myself how lucky I am knowing what winter here can be like! Your birds are so amazing too love seeing them, but that artwork on the truck totally makes my day. Quite interesting and creative. Enjoy your weekend take care.

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    1. 21 Wits: I am glad that the weather is suiting you. Wasn't that truck great. I smiled (broadly) when I saw it, and again when I saw the photos.

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  55. The tradies rip up your lawn and sidewalk? I can't even imagine that.

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    1. Jacqui Murray: I cannot think of any way they can replace sewer pipes without those trenches. It makes a mess, but so does a backed up sewer pipe.

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  56. Such beautiful birds and plants. I just love the blooms (and I guess the birds do too). I have plants and flowers all over my deck too. They get lots of visitors and I have lots of beautiful parts of nature to observe. :)

    Thanks for sharing your garden. Hope you get a good temperature for the bubbles soon!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Thank you. We spend a lot of time observing the avian visitors - and rejoicing in them, destructive as they sometimes are.

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  57. Schöne Bilder von den Blumen und den Vögeln wünsche noch ein schönes Wochenende.

    Gruß
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    1. Noke: Thank you. I love both the birds and the blooms. I hope your weekend is wonderful too.

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  58. What beautiful parrots! You can meet pigeons at most :)

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    1. Krolowa Karo: Welcome and thank you. We get pigeons too. Lots of them.

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  59. Hey Beautiful! I love seeing your garden and your birds! Makes me so happy! I shared your photos with my mom and she was like, WOW! LOL! That truck is cool! Thanks for sharing! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: How nice of you to show this post to your mother. Thank you. The truck was wonderful, I haven't seen one remotely like it before.

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  60. Great pics. I enjoyed a lot this fancy truck. Anyway, cats are the best :)

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