I was walking around the garden today and enjoying the winter sun when I heard a noise in the trees above and saw what I thought were Rainbow Lorikeets chirping away. I raced to get my new camera to see if I could take a half decent photo of them but when I came back they were nowhere to be seen. I had been looking up at the mulberry tree where they had been moments before and I suddenly lowered my eyes and there was one sitting on a branch right in front of me. Duh! A bit of the case of not seeing the wood for the trees. :-)
On closer inspection of the photo it isn't a Rainbow Lorikeet at all but seems to be a Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet.
My Northern Hemisphere readers might like to see the Rainbow Lorikeet which has a red breast and these are the ones who ate our Nashi Pears and featured in my post No Nashi Pears for Nanna which was a little story I wrote for my granddaughters. Aren't they beautiful birds? It is a pity they like eating our fruit.
I asked the CEO who was nearby what they were eating and he said they liked the buds on the apricot tree. What? I said I didn't think there were any buds at the moment as it was the beginning of winter and he said to look behind me at the peach tree and guess what...there are blossoms on it already. Obviously I don't take too much notice of the fruit trees. Between the birds, flying foxes and fruit fly it is a bit of a challenge to grow fruit at times.
Annabel from The Bluebirds are Nesting has been writing a great series on Crockpot cooking which reminded me that I made some Slow Cooked Focaccia Bread last year. It makes a great accompaniment to soup so do try it this winter.
Also Mimi from A Tray of Bliss mentioned in the comments section that she has made goat's milk soap so I thought some readers might be interested in how I made mine. You can read about that in this post. There are different methods used when making this soap but I was happy with the way mine worked out. Do give it a try if you have been putting off making it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't hard at all.
I look forward to hearing about your first batch of soap if you haven't made any before.