Hi Friends and Family,
This post will feature a few highlights from 2017 for Paul, Boo and me….along with the birds and other creatures where we live. We did the usual things we do including nice walks in the Blue Mountains and beyond, watched loads of birds, enjoyed beautiful flowers and more.
Paul turned 65 and we had a party! Wow. The mountain air and weather agrees with him – it has “activated” him! We had a few friends over to celebrate the big day!
JoAnne and Paul looking younger and younger
And the water fall beyond JoAnne is Wentworth Falls, the lovely spot our village is named for. JoAnne is carrying a walking stick made by a Darug elder.
The view up close and in the distance – lovely foggy day.
Wentworth Falls Lake very close to our home.
Our feathered Sulphur Crested Cockatoo friends post grooming. They are looking splendid in the autumn trees.
JoAnne helped out with a protest event with the Blue Mountains Conservation Society. Keep Radiata Plateau wild! It is in the middle of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, is privately owned and wanted by developers…..
Highlight of Spring 2017 – three Mapgie chicks. However, only two left now. One was killed by a cat a few days ago. One of the saddest days of the year. I love cats but I love birds, too!
Two crested pigeons – look carefully!
Paul in his Aussie hat in the Gardens of Stone National Park
Capertee Valley – one of the top 50 birding sites internationally and place you are most likely to see a Regent Honeyeater (very endangered). We did not see one yet!
Rejuvenated bush after a file in 2013. Finally it is coming back. This is Cahill’s Lookout.
What is this? No, not a mistake you see. Paul did indoor sky diving last week. Yes, he is getting younger and younger!
Beautiful rhododendrons in our back garden.
Another beautiful flower we see in Spring
We went to the Rydal Daffodil festival in Sept this year.
Closeup of the pink flower!
Brown headed cuckoo dove. He is a regular visitor.
Another regular inhabitant of our garden – a blue tongue lizard.
A beautiful Australian sunset……with gum trees.