I must confess to enjoying my recent blog break so will be going off the air for an extended period while I decide what to do. In the meanwhile enjoy the roses which are now flowering in great abundance at Rose Orchard Haus.
Last weekend we visited the Golden Era Piano museum at Neville, a small village not far from Bathurst/Blayney. It was amazing to hear all of the different pianos, have the ins and outs of their mechanisms explained and see their beautiful woodwork. A surprisingly interesting visit.
It as great to see recent spring rain has turned the countryside a lovely green though further west they are still waiting for rain.
This is the last of the spring blossoms at Burnbrae. I think these Cherry Blossoms are about the loveliest of them all. They appear so much later than the rest of the spring blossom it was many many years before I even noticed them! Having discovered them I now look forward to their appearance each year.
This photo of a Willy Wagtail feeding its young is from my archive, taken at Rose Orchard Haus about this time two years ago.
A book I have read recently Feeding the Birds at Your Table - A Guide for Australia by Darryl Jones. In Australia feeding wild birds is frowned upon and yet many many people do it. This book explores whether feeding wild birds really does have the bad impacts we are told about and concludes it is fine to feed the birds provided we take a few precautions. I found the book very interesting and readable and decided on the following for my gardens.
At Burnbrae I will stick with watching the birds that the neighbour feeds. I get a good view of them from my kitchen window. Feeding has tended to attract the bigger birds.
At Rose Orchard Haus I don't feed the birds but there are lots and lots of little birds that I can readily see if I sit quietly in the garden. I don't want to encourage more of the big birds because they will attack the fruit trees.
We went into the city to attend the Cathedral today but most other people at the railway station were on their way to tonight's NRL (National Rugby League) Grand Final between the Raiders and Roosters.
Today I am participating in the City Daily Photo theme day for the colour Orange. Our oranges are ripe and will keep us in breakfast juice for months to come.
Elsewhere in the garden the apple, pear and cherry trees are in blossom and there are plenty of spring bulbs in flower. I checked the rain gauge and we were blessed with 45mm of rain in the past two weeks while we were away so the grass is also getting a sheen of green.
Here's a spring bouquet for you today -- pear blossom, spraxias and sweet peas.