Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

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Sunday, 12 September 2021

Sunday Selections #550


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.  We are still in lockdown.  In theory it will be lifted at the end of next week - but I have my doubts.  Lifeline is considered an essential service, so my volunteering there continues - and it gives me an outing.

The next photos show some of my trip in last week.

I know I have posted photos of this mural before, but I like it.  A lot.  



There were very few people around to enjoy this (and other) flower boxes in town but they brightened my spirits.





 These photos were taken of the main road through the centre of the city - at peak hour.

Reverting to the sky, the birds and the garden at home.






Watching this galah groom was a delight.  I admired his/her flexibility too.





The photos above show why green apples (and for some reason they have to be green) are a fixture on our shopping list.

Then to the garden.  More comes out each and every day.  So far the tulips are almost all red, but that will change over the coming days/weeks.




That bee has collected plenty of pollen hasn't it?










 I hope you all stay safe, healthy and sane(ish) in the week to come, and find plenty of things that bring you joy.

164 comments:

  1. Joy indeed - post Hurricane Larry for me. Your Sunday post as always such a joy. We lost a lot of birds (particularly storm petrels last night, birdwatchers here are devastated.

    Seeing yours so gorgeous and going about their business lightens my heart. A lot.

    I agree on the mural, just lovely.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: I am so sorry to read that Larry killed a lot of birds - which I suppose that hurricanes do. It would break my heart too, and makes it ache for 'your' birds.

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  2. So beautiful. Your flowers always delight. Where are my corellas? I'll accept the galahs.

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    1. Susan Kane: It is kind of you to accept the galahs. Corellas will follow in the fullness of time.

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  3. Dear EC
    Beautiful birds and lovely Spring flowers. I am just starting to received the tulips I have ordered, but won't plant them until November. It's lovely to see some of your Spring blooms. It is odd to see the empty streets isn't it?
    Keep safe and take care
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I look forward to seeing your tulips when your spring rolls around. It is very odd seeing the empty streets (and it is surprisingly quiet too). You take care too please.

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  4. I love mural, beauty. And the Galahs, pretty EC.

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  5. I love that mural, too, and I don't think you can post it too often, it's so inspiringly beautiful. And your flowers are amazing, and the birds, too! I wonder if that bee can still fly, with such a load. :-)

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    1. DJan: The bee certainly could fly and hadn't given up on its pollen collecting either. There was plenty about for it and its brethren too.

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  6. Amazing birds and flowers. It's strange to see those empty streets. It reminds me of SUndays durng my childhood where - to save gaz - only essential traffic was allowed. We played in the streets, but now during lockdown not even play takes place. Sad. We're finally getting out of lockdown, but turning into autumn. It's going to be a long, dark winter. We must work on staying sane.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): Our Sunday streets are quieter than the weekday ones as a rule, but never that quiet.
      I hope your autumn is gentle, beautiful and that you can hang onto your sanity.

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  7. Why would anyone not like the flower boxes? How strange some folk are!

    No lockdown, at present, up this way. I'm always in self-prescribed lockdown, anyway, so lockdowns make little difference to my habits. My little abode may be very humble, very humble indeed, but I like being at home. Just the nature of the beast, I guess. :)

    Take good care in the coming week, EC. I hope you have a good one...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: I am sure that other peopele did (and will) like the flower boxes but with the streets deserted they will largely go unseen.
      Lockdown isn't a huge leap for us either, but it is different, and horrid for many.
      Jazz had his tablet and his breakfast (yay) and is a happy cat this week. I hope the same is true of your furry overlords.

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  8. So many birds!
    Sorry, your lockdowns are crazy. Just hurts businesses and people and prolongs the inevitable.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I don't agree with you about lockdowns. They DO hurt people and businesses. However they also keep our hospitals from being overloaded. We were slow to get on the vaccine wagon and the lockdown gives another chance for those who want it/are able to receive it. And with luck it will ensure that more of those people who do get the virus get a mild case with no need for hospital.

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  9. Like Charlotte, Canberra at peak hour reminds me of the so-called oil crisis in the past millennium.
    Birds and flowers remind me of that nature could well do without human beings.
    Insofar I do agree with Mr Cavanaugh: 6 til 8 billion human beings less on this planet would certainly heal businesses.

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    1. Sean Jeating: Nature could often not only do without people, she might even benefit. I suspect that six to eight billion less human beings would hurt (and may kill) a lot of business.

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    2. Ah, Sue, the last part of my comment was pure sarcasm.
      Afterwards I felt better. ;-)

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    3. Sean Jeating: Oh good. I suspected as much, but wondered (and worried). And still think that nature would probably welcome the respite that less of us would bring.

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    4. Nature could undoubtedly live pretty well without human beings.
      There more as there are too many. Within but 70 years the population tripled. If eight billion people for some "experts" are no problem, what about eleven billion in 2050, or 14 billion in 2100?

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    5. Sean Jeating: Shudder. I fear we will make the world uninhabitable for ourselves (and too many other species) before long. And quite possibly well before 2100.

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  10. You already know that I adore purple, so seeing these vibrant colors is just fabulous! That mural is fabulous. Be well, and sending lots of hugs, RO

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    1. RO: Vibrant is the one word summation of the garden at the moment. You stay safe too please - and hugs received and reciprocated.

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  11. Love your pics! Especially the colorful birds!

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    1. Rian: Both species of birds are very welcome and regular visitors.

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  12. That really is a great mural, Sue. It's not hard to understand the urge to post it again. I love the pictures of the cockatoos and parrots. I wonder why the apples have to be green? There must be a research project in there somewhere for an ambitious student! It's not to late for you to give it a shot!

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: I think it is an excellent mural - and definitely an improvement on a (still) boarded up building site. I have no idea why the colour of the apple makes a difference but it does. A brother who had a red apple tree in his yard said that the birds usually took one bite - and flew off.

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  13. I love murals and this one is is no exception. I'm feasting my eyes on your beautiful spring blooms. My flower gardens are looking a bit drab and and on their way out, so not too much colors but the Rudbeckias are in full bloom.

    It's so good of you to buy green apples for the parrots. I too wonder why they prefer green apples.

    With the lockdown the street look a bit deserted but I bet it won't be for too long.

    Take care and stay well.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: Your garden is much bigger and more organised than mine. I would love to see your Rudbeckia though (which reminds me that when the nurseries are open again I need to buy more).
      You take care too please.

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  14. It's all so beautiful! The flower boxes, that spiderweb, the galah and the bright yellow forsythia.

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    1. River: The forsythia is a Carolina Jasmine - which has no scent so you could enjoy it too. A neighbours forsythia is out, but ours is behind.

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  15. Lovely birds and flowers - and the delicacy of the spider web against the background of the tree makes an excellent shot.
    I hope you have a really good week and that the lockdown doesn't last too much longer (although I must admit that I like the empty streets...)
    Kia kaha, and stay safe and well.

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    1. Alexia: I was blown away by how much quieter the city is without traffic - and count is as a plus.
      I have no idea how long the lockdown will last, but am finding things to appreciate.
      Thank you for your wishes. I hope your week is wonderful.

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  16. I was so impressed with how the birds love green apples and I was wondering how you secure the apples? (I tried last year and I got a lot of squabbling currawongs!)

    I have two Indian bean trees and the parrots just love the pods and visit every year and stay for ages to strip the pods.

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    1. Sue: We have a couple of methods. If there is a nearby twig we 'impale' the apple. Other times we skewer the apple on a piece of wire and wrap it round a convenient branch. And yes, the currawongs and the cockatoos claim more than their fair share. I am sure that the parrots do adore the Indian Bean trees - and would love to see it.

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  17. Too many over the top to pick on favorite. I love the purple anemone, the spiderweb, the tree with clouds, the ........

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I cannot pick a consistent favourite either - but thought of you when I photographed the anemone.

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  18. A beautiful selection of photos what Γ 
    funny green and red bird never seen.
    https://gattinawritercramps.blogspot.com/2021/09/sunday-selection.html

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    1. Gattina: We have the king parrots (he has the red head) visiting most days. I will head over to see your selections very soon.

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  19. Oh yes I do watch the sun, it's what makes my day bright, I am a person requiring light more than not! I so enjoy your photos and especially the birds, they are enchanters in my opinion! Enjoy your week and sunshine and take care!

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    1. 21 Wits: Thank you. Light means a lot to me too. And you are right - the birds are indeed enchanting. Feathered enchantment.

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  20. Your city looks deserted, empty. Love your garden, as always, the color and beauty of the flowers and birds who must get excited to think about visiting.

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    1. Strayer: I don't remember seeing the city centre quite that empty before. I hope the birds ARE excited to visit - I am excited to see them.

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  21. Bellas imagenes me gustaron las flores y los pΓ‘jaros te mando un beso

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  22. The mural is wonderful and worth admiring many, many times.
    Thank you for my weekly fix of birds and flowers. I really look forward to the abundance of beauty in your garden!
    I wish more people in my country would understand the necessity of stricter measures to rid the world of this virus. It's sad how many people are still dying here.
    Hugs to you and stay safe.

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    1. River Fairchild: The State nearest to me is opening up - with high cases and an overloaded hospital system. I hope we don't follow suit - and will continue to turn to the birds and the garden.
      I am safe - and hope you are too.

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  23. You have a wonderful eye for your surroundings. Thank you for sharing and I wish you a good week.

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    1. e: I am a beauty addict. Fortunately there is a lot of it about. I hope you and Lukas have a wonderful week.

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  24. Gorgeous parrots once again, the flowers are always a delight to see and in my book brighten anyone's day up. The sky is pretty, blue with the cloud and the mural is nice. Strange seeing street so deserted.

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    1. Margaret D: It was very strange seeing Northbourne Avenue so deserted.
      And thank you. The garden brightens my day - even today which is grey and overcast.

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  25. all gorgeous. Is the second-to-last a Yellow Jessamine? (Gelsemium semoervirens) Surely not your yellow Banksia lutea yet?

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    1. dinahmow: No banskia yet - though they are in bud. I had thought that the second to last was Carolina jasmine - but further investigation suggests not. Our plant has no scent. I will investigate further.

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  26. Your photos are excellent. Tulips and daffodils are my favorite flowers. Birds are such perfect creatures, aren't they? Strange and beautiful.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: Welcome back. I do love tulips and daffodils and delight in them (and lots of other flowers) each year. As I do in the birds.

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  27. I love the gallah. I love the flowers. Happy Spring!

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  28. Great city images. I too liked the wall art

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    1. ashok: Our city is much quieter than many - but not that quiet.

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  29. Hi EC – it must be lovely to almost have the city, with its blooms, to yourself … while the mural is ‘fun’ to see – artists are so creative.

    Grooming Galah – I’d love to see one, one day … parrots demand: the family provide green apples, like the green leaves … I do love Spring flowers – those photos are gorgeous …

    Thanks so lovely to see you … tennis for me! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: It was disconcerting to see/smell/hear the city so empty and intriguing too. The garden (and the visiting birds) is where much of my heart resides. Enjoy your tennis.

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  30. That's my kind of 'peak hour'. The road is all mine!

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    1. Mike: You will still have to stop for traffic lights and the tram though...

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  31. I think sane(ish) is my new favourite word. Thank you for sharing such interesting, informative and inspiring images that help to keep me that way!

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    1. Kim: Sane(ish) is often the very best I can manage but it keeps my boat more or less afloat. I am very, very pleased that my images help.

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  32. I was halfway through your post when I noticed the broad smile that was happening on my face. Your photos bring me joy. I admire your love of nature and your willingness to share your creativity and your caring for those who have lost their love of life. Thank you.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. Creativity is a label which doesn't sit comfortably on my shoulders, but I am most definitely a lover of beauty - and very happy to share it. Your broad smile is a gift. Thank you for telling me.

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  33. I'm sure it must have felt surreal to see empty streets like that. It's too bad so many have missed out on those lovely flowers, but you can smile and believe those flower boxes were created for your enjoyment.

    I LOVE your beautiful spring garden and the stunning blooms. It may be the best season for your garden, but at least I'm delighted you shared it with us. I am truly in awe because the spring flowers do seem to be the best to put on a show.

    Here in the states, we see "American" robins (as opposed to European robins), cardinals, and bluejays. We don't get galahs or even parrots where I live. Too cold, I suspect. It was fun to see this bird enjoying itself and eating a green apple. I wonder if it's the color or the taste. Green for me means Granny Smith and they are quite sour, unlike Red Delicious, which is quite sweet. I've noticed texture also has something to do with apples. Some feel a bit grainy, while others are smooth.

    That's a lovely mural. I can see why you are drawn to it. Hope you have a great week and make it through this latest lockdown in your area. Please stay safe, dear.

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    1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth: Surreal is the perfect word. The environment was sooooo different but the need (Lifeline and the Early Morning Centre) the same as ever (only more so).
      Our Spring festival (Floriade) has been cancelled but I expect on my next visit to town to see lots more flower boxes - and look forward to them.
      And thank you. Please look after you too.

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  34. That street is such an eerie sight in the city. The pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways but the empty city streets are the most striking for me. I hope lockdown is over soon, EC.

    I love the birds and blooms plus the attention to detail of the bee and the web is wonderful.

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    1. Marie Smith: I have no idea when our lockdown will end. Probably not at the end of this week. We have been warned that restrictions will remain and I am fine with that (though longing to visit the library). The empty city streets really bring the lockdown home don't they?

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  35. Hope things get back to more normal soon with people being safe and healthy. Love the photos especially the spider web and the flowers are beautiful. Stay safe and be well my friend.

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    1. Mason Canyon: I suspect that our new normal will be a different beast - and wonder just what it will look like. I am safe, well and careful. Thank you.

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  36. Wow, your streets are deserted due to the lockdown, which is good. We should do the same here in Hawaii, where the deaths are mounting. As usual, those parrots are so cute and colorful. Love them all.

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    1. gigi-hawaii: We have had three deaths caused by Covid in my city. The lockdown was imposed so that number doesn't increase. Which I applaud. I too love our birds, and welcome their visits.

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  37. Apparently I started a comment and got side-tracked without hitting Publish. Story of my life these days :)

    I just wanted to remark on the colour and beauty of the blossoms and birds, as always -- but even more so in this post. And the strangeness of quiet streets. I remember that from our first lockdown a year and a half ago. We haven't had it like that since, but it was truly eerie to have every day be like Sundays used to be many years ago.

    Have a good week in the garden, my dear friend.

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    1. jenny_o: Even our Sunday streets were busier than these - or so I remember. It was interesting to see them, and I am very grateful that I can continue to contribute to the community but it was very, very nice to get home again. Home to colourful chaos, packed with birds, with the cat (and the interlopers) and the holder of my heart.

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    2. "...and the holder of my heart" - indeed, and what a lovely way to put it!

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  38. I love the idea of flowers telling us to watch the sun. Kind of a funny picture on top of being lovely.

    And lockdown or not, I hope you stay safe EC.

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    1. John Wiswell: I liked the message on the planter too. And smiled at the message AND the blooms. I hope to see more on my next visit to town. I am safe, and hope you are too.

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  39. Heipsan,
    these are very nice photos. I like to see your city. And of course the parrots are always lo lovely. The spiderweb is so interesting shot, well done.
    Have a nice week.

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    1. I forgot to say that I like mural too. It doesn't hurt if it had been before.

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    2. orvokki: Thank you. I rarely show much of my city - preferring the suburbs, the gardens and the birds.

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    3. orvokki: I really like that mural too and, while we are in lockdown, may post (repost) some of the others too.

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  40. Sereno e felice inizio settimana.

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  41. I always love your pictures. It's nice to see so many pretty flowers and colorful birds.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: Thank you. Colour brightens my days.

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  42. Just love the photos of the lovely flowers and the beautiful birds. I hope you have a great new week.

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  43. That first mural is lovely, and so is everything you've shown. It's always a joy to see your city and garden and birds with you.

    My selections, of course, are over here.

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    1. messymimi: I thoroughly enjoyed your selections and am super impressed that you found time to capture them and to share them.

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  44. The bird photos always make me smile. Thank you for that as I haven't been feeling well.

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    1. Truedessa: Thank you. I hope you feel better soon. There will be more bird photos (and perhaps song) next week.

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  45. The mural is beautiful. I can see why you like it so much. That spider web is amazing! I've tried to photograph them so many times here and just can't quite capture it.

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    1. Juli: Spidewebs are challenging aren't they? I find them easier (and still diffficult) if I can find them early when they are bejewelled with dew or frost. I failed to capture their beauty many times.
      That mural is a beauty isn't it? It decorates a building which has been boarded up for some time. I find myself hoping that the renovations don't happen anytime soon.

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    2. We have some amazing ones downtown... done by the high school kids in the art program. I should do a picture post...

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    3. Juli: I hope you will post some of your murals. They brighten up dull areas don't they? A lot.

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  46. Beautiful creative and gorgeous photos. xx

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  47. Beautiful photos! I took a bit of a blogging break so trying to ease back into it. Thank you for having me join you . Have a great week.

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    1. My Tata's Cottage: Thank you so much for joining us again. Blake's faces cracked me up.

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  48. Beautiful birds and flowers! And wow, when you do a lockdown, you don't mess around. Even when we're supposedly 'locked down' here, you'd never know it by the traffic. It seems a lot of people have quit even pretending to comply with COVID precautions. And now I'm despairing... time to go back and look at your galahs again! :-)

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    1. Diane Henders: Our lockdown is indeed being taken seriously. Which I appreciate.
      The galahs are charmers aren't they? We get small flocks of them in the early morning and evening, and they brighten both ends of the day.

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  49. Sane-ish. Ha ha, it's like no one wants to aim too high. Ish is doable! πŸ˜‚

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  50. The mural is fantastic. I can't really figure out what the hair is made of - numbers? Letters? Music notes?
    The tulips look lovely. Those are the flowers that are a must in my spring garden, but they can only be in the back since the deer would chomp them down in the front. Since we live in a very moderate climate I always have to put the bulbs into the fridge for six weeks before putting them in the ground. I usually only do that with new bulbs, the old ones I just leave in the ground and hope for the best. Some do better, some don't re-appear at all.

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    1. Carola Bartz: I have wondered about her hair too. Musical notes is part of it I am sure - but not the whole.
      Our climate is (mostly) cool enough so that bulbs can just go in the ground, though I wait for the first frost before I do so. No deer here - though the sulphur crested cockatoos have been known to pull them up, take a bite out of the bulb and move on. And yes, I am far too lazy to lift bulbs each year.

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  51. That is a great mural.
    And I never tire of your bird pictures.

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  52. Great photos - apart from the spider - I hate spiders.

    :o)

    Cheers

    PM

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    1. Plastic Mancunian: Even though there wasn't a spider in that web you hate it? I am fascinated by their architecture.

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  53. So lovely to see the birds and the flowers! :)

    it's so interesting and eerie how quiet the roads and the city get in lockdown. I had to take my dog to the vet for surgery last lockdown and it was peak hour but I have never seen the roads so quiet - and this is roads usually backed up with traffic! We were at the vets very early for our appointment!

    Hope your week is off to a good start :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Mica: I hope your dog's surgery was successful. It is amazing how quickly you can get from A to B without traffic isn't it? My week is fine (though our lockdown has been extended for a month. I hope yours is good too.

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  54. Such lovely Spring flowers in your post.
    Here in the UK the Autumn colours are definitely creeping in.

    So strange to see the empty street in your photograph. There was a time when ours were like that, but lockdown restrictions have been lifted and it is so enjoyable to walk the streets once more. I do hope your lockdown eases soon.

    Take care.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: I will continue to be posting from home. Our lockdown has been extended. Luckily I enjoy the garden - I am looking forward to seeing autumnal colour from your side of the world though.

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  55. The sunlight dappling the flowers is beyond divine!

    I hope you are out of lockdown when it is safe. It's hard but rushing to lift lockdowns has dire consequences. Stay safe and well.

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    1. Nilanja Bose: I am really enjoying the light on the spring garden display - just as well because our lockdown has been extended. Which is fine.

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  56. Beautiful mural and flower box.
    Oh, yes, it´s spooky at times, but empty streets are safe(r).
    I never like being amongst too many people.
    Well, here. Can you imagine I rode by public transport (Transperth) by myself with so many people, sometimes it was so full, they had to say, "no more!" - and the people obeyed.
    Whenn getting out I saw bag all the time was wide open - nothing stolen! And IF someone accidentially bumpeed into you they said, "sorry".
    You Aussies not only have beautiful birds and other cute animals (and mean insects and....huhhh), but also brain and manner.
    I would never attend such an event in Germany or with Germans, have a look here, if you like.
    Sorry. I got carried away.

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    1. Iris Flavia: Never apologise for a long comment, comments make the post. I like them.
      I am with you about not enjoying crowds. Most of Australia is quite safe. We are very, very lucky. Our insects aren't that bad though. Really they aren't.

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  57. Hi!
    These photos are beautiful. You can fall in love with these parrots :) The flowers are also wonderful, I love nature. The most beautiful photos :)
    Greetings from Poland!

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  58. I wish more countries were sensible like Oz, New Zealand, Taiwan. The pandemic would've downgraded to being endemic much quicker, I think. I hope.

    I wish flowers were planted everywhere.

    But that is one fantastic cobweb. I love!!!

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): Thank you. I agree with you - on all counts. Spider architecture always fascinates me - though they are difficult to photograph.

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  59. I'm glad you posted the mural again, it's lovely! I also enjoyed the scenes around your city, and yes those beautiful birds, and equally beautiful flowers. And that cobweb, wow! The spider is an amazing engineer :) Thinking of you during this lockdown. Hope things ease up some very soon for all of you over there.

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    1. DeniseinVA: I may repost other murals while we are in lockdown. And MORE birds and garden photos. Thank you.

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  60. Your photos are so creative and lovely to look like. A feast for the eyes. I love it.

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    1. Glenda Beall: Thank you. It is nature that is creative - and I certainly love her.

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  62. What a brilliant lot of colours from your garden, ahhh I am always envious of your many many flowers just popping up. It is sad to see the roads with little traffic as you sort of know life has not got back to normal. It is the same here although the country is trying to open up a little. The galah and parrot have lovely colours, grey and pink do go together. Didn't know parrots like green apples, I wonder if Malaysian birds eat apples, must try your idea of sticking an apple in the trees.

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    1. kestrel: We once had a house decorated in galah colours - I liked it. I wonder whether your birds would like apple. Please let me know. Many of ours love it. It is an introduced fruit for them, but they have adapted to them very well.

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  63. Look at that garden. Absolutely beautiful. I'm glad you shared it with us.
    Flexibility is no longer in my body's repertoire;) Interesting the apples have to be green. Sounds like your birds are getting as picky as my cats.

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    1. Sandra Cox: The birds here are not as picky as the cats. If they were they would gobble apple on day and the next time we put any out they would tell us that apples were poison.

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    2. Sandra Cox: Are you cats that picky?

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  64. Wow to it all, especially the spider web fronting a tree.
    Keep a smile, friend.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Thank you. I am smiling (sometimes through gritted teeth).

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  65. Oh WOW, such an utter delight to visit, as always, dearest Sue!!
    Your garden is so very beautiful that it takes my breath away, and those birds are absolutely stunning.
    And, in spite of being a serious arachnophobe, I love the spider web!
    Thank you so much, dear friend.😊😊

    Have a wonderful day.

    Much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  66. Oooh we both have flowers at the same time! That makes a nice change. Such an array of colour, I'd post that mural more than once too, and the birdies are fab. Interesting how empty the streets look. they're as heaving as ever here. Sending love m'dear Xx

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    1. Rube End: We are in lockdown and the police are enforcing it. Isn't that mural a beauty?

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  67. Love the Watch The Sun planter.
    YOU take special care.

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  68. What a lovely garden you have!

    I like the quiet of lockdown and empty street are so much easier to navigate but even with our severe restrictions in Sydney the roads are quite busy, unlike last year.

    I hope you've had a good week!

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    1. kylie: Thank you. It has been a pretty good week - a lot of it in the garden.
      Our roads are quite deserted still. The lockdown has been extended for another month so I am interested to see whether cars sneak back on the roads.

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  69. I love the parrots, they are so pretty. πŸ’™
    -Quinley

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    1. Quinley: Welcome and thank you. We love them too.

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  70. It's so cheering to see photos of Spring flowers now that we are slipping into Autumn. Thank you.

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    1. John "By Stargoose And Hanglands": Thank you. I am endlessly grateful that the wonders of the blogosphere give me two seasons to enjoy at once - and autumn is one of my favourites.

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  71. Hi, EC. I enjoyed your Sunday Selection! That mural is striking. It's nice to know flower boxes are around even though the traffic is light. You may be in lockdown, but at least your country is serious about the Covid surge. I received. All your lovely spring flowers are blooming, and our fall colors are appearing. I understand all the science behind it, but it still feels strange to me. The birds are lovely. Take care!

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    1. Fundy Blue: Thank you. I really enjoy being able to experience two season simultaneously, and Spring and Autumn are probably my favourites.
      I am glad that my city is serious about the Delta strain outbreak. Lockdown is a small price to pay.

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  73. I went looking back for my comment and I couldn't find it. Then I looked at the post and realised I have not read it at all! How did that happen.

    Empty city streets are so sad to see. And don't I know that, but I also know how quickly things can bounce back.

    Given your population, your infection figures are of great concern, well were until ours rose to 500 a day.

    But photos of galahs always make me happy.

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    1. Andrew: I missed your comment and am glad that you have finally made your way here. Our infection figures are concerning - and not shifting.
      Galahs make me happy too.

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  74. May your birds, flowers and sky continue to bring you delight, as your photos of them do us.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. All of those things do delight me - and I am very glad that you enjoy them too.

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