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Flashing Jewels: Rainbow Lorikeets!

19 Oct

Rainbow Lorikeet in a tree

Two Rainbow Lorikeets in tree hollow

Australia is blessed by many delightful avian species. Parrots must surely rank as one of the most engaging.

As a child of the city, I never saw these lovely creatures in the wild. Despite the relief of an occasional park, the streets of concrete and bitumen were not conducive to their habitation.

And so, when later on we moved away: to an outer suburb closer to bushland: these often brilliantly coloured birds formed a part of my journey of discovery.

While sometimes they visit local front gardens: particularly those with native plants: they are often to be seen in bushland parks.

One of the most common in number, though not in beauty, is the Rainbow Lorikeet. As its name suggests, it’s a gloriously multi-coloured bird. Small wonder  it was the first Australian parrot illustrated in colour: in Peter Brown’s 1774 publication: New Illustrations of Zoology.

Primarily blossom feeders, these gregarious creatures fly in flocks: some very small, others of many dozens. Interestingly, they do not glide. Their calls change according to their activity: from screeching, right through to soft twitters.

As I stroll through bushland, my eyes constantly search for beautiful things: birds, flowers, even leaves.  Am I not lucky to be rewarded so wonderfully?

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How Good is The Australian Women Writers Challenge?

18 Apr

How good is The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012?

Firstly, I have to say thanks to the organisers, Elizabeth Lhuede and Shelleyrae, as well as those tireless helpers like Brenda who have helped me so much in putting my books on the Challenge pages.

For the Challenge itself, it’s turned into a journey of discovery. Reviews posted by Shelleyrae and others have whetted my appetite for many enthralling volumes that would have otherwise escaped my notice. Likewise, my awareness of many outstanding  Australian women authors has skyrocketed!

In my own small way, I’m trying to promote the Challenge, both for the benefit of our writers and the community. What marvelous benefits could flow, if   greater enthusiasm for the written word could be aroused?

Spread the word: The Australian Women Writers Challenge is wonderful!

It’s Here! The National Year of Reading 2012!

26 Jan

As Friends of The National Year of Reading 2012, I’m delighted to see events being planned and carried out here in Australia to highlight the advancement of literacy.

Where would we be without the written word, and our ability to read and comprehend it?

Certainly, the easy spread of information depends on it: but more….

Isn’t reading one of life’s greatest pleasures? Do we not feel a profound sense of satisfaction at the end of a  well-written, enthralling story? Don’t we feel that we are in contact with the thoughts and ideas of others, yet at the same time being stimulated to form our own opinions, and gain our own insights?

Isn’t there something to be said for reading, where one is actively engaged in the journey of discovery, against sitting back, watching and listening to  television or cinema?

Hail The National Year of Reading 2012!

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