Sunny Sunday afternoons

I had been running around the house all morning trying to clean and tidy, cook and bake and entertain my daughter when I stopped, looked outside and thought "this is silly, I am taking the afternoon off".

I grabbed a book, some lunch, water and my camera and headed out to the swing chair we have on our veranda. It looks out over a section of our garden and off into the scrub beyond the fence line.

The sunshine was beautiful and warm on this Winter's day, there was no wind and the birds were out enjoying the sun and the water baths in the garden.

Red hot poker
I sat quietly reading with my camera ready by my side and I didn't have to wait long for the birds to fly in and enjoy the nectar of the flowers and the water in the baths.
Jenny Wren enjoying a bath in the old grain elevator

Spiny-cheeked honeyeater in the eremophila (emu bush)
Noisy Miner
The book I am reading today is "Woman in the Wilderness" a story of survival, love and self-discovery in New Zealand by Miriam Lancewood. 

It is an auto-biography of this woman's (and her partners) decision to go and live as best they could off-grid in the mountains of New Zealand. It tells the struggles and joys they faced living off the land with minimal human contact. They learn about themselves and nature.  

I am loving it. Often I wish I could live off in the wilderness or at a lighthouse, not seeing anybody and surviving with the occasional trip into civilisation for supplies.  I guess living on the farm is as close as I am going to get and living here I am living my dream.

Make the most of the sunshine, the housework will still be there.




  1. The housework always gets done in the end.
    What a lovely afternoon you had. I'm looking forward to some warmer weather soon hopefully.
    You've captured some great photos.

    1. Thank you Kylie, I remember Rhonda from "Down to Earth" saying to not get discouraged by not finishing your housework, but to look at it and say "I'll finish that tomorrow (or the next day)". I don't feel so guilty if I look at it that way.

  2. Such gorgeous photos of the birds Ann. Yes, you are right, sometimes the housework and errands and to do lists can just wait!!!

  3. Thank you Belinda, true. I've given up feeling guilty about not getting things done on my list, they will still be there tomorrow.


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