"Samples of Our Yard and Visitors" Personal Page by aussiedoug
This is a photo I took just this morning again thanks to the dog barking at this blue tongued lizard.
Again we (Bessie & I) managed to give him some chicken which he really seemed to enjoy, eating with apparent relish. See below for my first fedding of it a couple of weeks back.
Have a good look at this photo & you can actually see his blue tongue just poking out.
I hadn't seen this fellow for ages. We had a new fence built just milimetres behind were he is & thougtht maybe he had been sealed out of our yard.
Just a couple of days ago I was sitting in the kitchen when I heard our dog going berserk. When I looked up I saw her with nose down pretty well at the same spot in this photo & I realised our little mate was back. So I had to go up & calm her down & try to explain to her that he is a very wlecome visitor.
I then took some chicken tidbits up & dropped them right in front of "bluey", but he didn't move one little bit. Off I went & came back about 5-10 minutes later to find both the chicken pieces & the lizard gone. Hope it was an enjoyable feed for him.
One of Australia's native plants. We have one big one (about 4metres high) in the fron t yard & a slightly smaller one in the backyard.
Frankly I'm a lover of native gardens & when we bought this place I was going to dig out our Rose Garden which is write in front of our study where I sit typing at the computer. However, it was this plant along that saved it.
It's called a Blue Moon, but in fact it is a lilac colour. I was really pleased when I stumbled on another fine specimen of this rose behind Notre Dame. You can find a photo of that one in my Notre Dame album of my Paris page.
This guy (and his mates) along with Crows are our biggest feathered visitors. We also get a range of seasonal visitors, including:-
Eastern Rosellas, Crimson Rosellas, Rainbow Lorikeets and Scaly Breasted Lorikeets. These are all related and make a real mess out of our Crimson Bottlebrush in the front yard (not the one pictured).
Mind you these guys can be the biggest nuuisances on occasions as they really love our two passionfruit vines. The trouble is they make such a mess of them & rarely eat any more than half the fruit so half is wasted meaning we don't get any of those.
Don't know if that is the correct spelling for these guys, but they are very beautiful nonetheless.
The fabulous both contrast & complementing colours of the leaves & flowers make these a colourfully stunning addition to our side gardern towards the front of the property.
The trouble with these guys is that they are a bit on the thirsty side which given Sydney's water restrictions is not good. However they've benefited greatly from my water recycling programming. Our girls have a bath each night & I use 2 buckets to grdually empty the bath & water all our plants & shrubs. Over the course of a week everything gets a good soaking. An added benefit is that our water consumption has been literally cut in half so both helping te environment & helping us economically.
Pink Rose, one of three different roses we have; the other two being a crimson rose and a 'blue moon' rose which is almost a lilac colour. You can imagine my delight when I found some of these very same z'blue moon' roses right behind the famous Notre Dame during my recent two week stay in Paris.
Here's our beautiful female German Shepherd, named 'Star' giving me a quizzical look while I'm trying to photograph the above Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in fast fading light. It's as if she's saying, "Hey big Daddy, aren't I more interesting than that bird there? So why don't you come and play with me?"
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