It’s not uncommon to discover Australia’s Laughing Kookaburras looking for whatever they can find that picnickers have left behind – or even for these bold birds to snatch a piece of someone’s lunch.
But recently I saw one, that was about to fly off with a piece of orange rind in its beak. Maybe it was health-conscious… How much better was this than, say, half a burned sausage?
These days, the Sulphur-crested cockatoos that inhabit the local park are making themselves more visible that ever. I’m not sure whether it’s simply because their numbers have increased, or whether the cockies are becoming bolder in their habits, but over the last few weeks there have been many, many of these amazing birds, searching for food around the local river banks, and even on the grassy footpaths outside the houses that are located in the more quiet areas of our suburb.. Love their expressions!!
P.S. I’ve just released a little eBook of three short stories, two of which have won literary awards. The eBook is called ‘The One That Got Away (and other short stories)’. Here’s the link https://www.amazon.com/That-Away-other-short-stories-ebook/dp/B01M8HPHQB/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1476685169&sr=1-1&keywords=the+one+that+got+away+by+sharp
Here in Sydney, Australia, it’s wisteria time! Though it isn’t as easy to spot as it was years ago, there are still houses around that feature it in their gardens. Our home is old – being built almost one hundred years ago, and the wisteria in our yard might well have been planted way back then. It has definitely graced our springtime for over half a century. I remember it in flower as a small child.
While its flowers are delightful, the perfume that accompanies them is also worthwhile.
One of the loveliest aspects of springtime must surely be the flowering of exquisitely beautiful blossom, often complimented by its sweet perfume.
Here is a photograph of one that is flowering in the street, just a few houses away from our home. I think it is a Crab-apple.
And now for the big announcement…
After writing and publishing for just on six years, I’ve finally tasted success.
My twentieth title, the Jane Austen fan fiction work entitled ‘Longbourn Revisited’, has today been awarded an Amazon Best Seller flag.
Thank you to all my supporters and well-wishers who kept on visiting my blogs and dispensing encouragement!
Link to Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Longbourn-Revisited-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B01KUJ9B5U
This is a painting I did about eight years ago of the house that I grew up in. It was located quite near the city of Sydney, and wasn’t far from a very busy thoroughfare. Its most impressive feature, to my young mind, was the staircase that led from the street to the front verandah. Sometimes, at night, we would sit outside and look up at the moon and stars. We seemed to be quite high off the street. Funny how age changes our perceptions…
Sadly, the house was demolished a few years ago.
Earlier this year, fellow writer and friend, Sarah Johnson, suggested that I might like to try something different: Jane Austen fan fiction. Being a long-time lover of the immortal classic, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, I approached the project with mixed emotions. Excitement and insecurity about my ability to anyways approach doing justice to this iconic work figured high amongst them. At any rate, this is the result: a novelette entitled ‘Longbourn Revisited’, which was published just a few hours ago.
Kudos to Sarah Johnson, of Peculiar Designs, for creating its cover.