They’re Out! Western Australian Red-flowering Gums!

I’m so glad that these have become popular! In many of our local streets, these wonderful flowers are to be seen. Several well-advanced trees are growing in nearby nature strips. And don’t the Rainbow Lorikeets love them!

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Glorious Bottlebrush!

What unusual and  delightful flowers are these! And don’t the birds love them…

Bottlebrushes are a popular tree where I live, and many have been planted on the streets nearby. The parrots seem to be especially attracted to them, often leaving a carpet of flowers under the branches. In our local bush-land park, I often see Rainbow Lorikeets perched near their flowers. What a dazzling display of colours…

Enjoy!

 

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A Magpie Takes A Walk on the Shore

It isn’t every day that I see a magpie on the shore of the local swimming baths.

These handsome birds are well known for their habit of swooping at humans during the bird’s breeding season, but I am yet to witness it. Fingers crossed that my run of luck continues!

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P.S. My new release, the Jane Austen fan fiction title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, is now available to read free for subscribers to Kindle Unlimited.

https://www.amazon.com/Encounter-Longbourn-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B01M5EZ2SX/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477809610&sr=1-1&keywords=an+encounter+at+longbourn

Kookaburra Grabs a Treat

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?

 

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Cockatoos Aplenty!

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.2015_0531imagefacebook0073. 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

It’s Wisteria Time!

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.

Enjoy!

 

 

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