The weather is gorgeous today – cool, overcast, but filled with the sound of birdsong and the sun has just come out from behind the clouds as I type this post.
One of the upsides of this pandemic is that there have been fewer cars on the road and the sound of the birds is absolutely glorious at this time of year.
There are so many different cheeps and chirps in my area. The best sound can often be a flock of ducks flying low over the apartment buildings in the mornings. It more often occurs on a Sunday and I wonder if they know it’s the weekend and we are all sleeping in late.
Sometimes, it’s the sound of the Superb fair-wrens as they fly across my road and onto my balcony fence or nearby tree.
I can now hear a Spotted Turtle-dove calling(but can’t see it).
Perhaps you might enjoy hearing this YouTube of Australian bird sounds. I hear a mixture of these sounds every morning and afternoon now that Spring is here. All the more enchanting as I live in an urban area about 11kms from the centre of Melbourne.
I can definitely hear New Holland Honeyeaters today.
I can’t help but wonder what the birds think of this minimal human sound and reduction in polluting car fumes. We don’t have much pollution in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs but the air quality is definitely improved since we’re all in Lockdown.
In the last month, I’ve been trying to make more effort to walk home from the local pharmacy/medical centre instead of catching taxis all the time. My hip OA pain has improved somewhat so maybe the long months of rest and then return to warmer weather are having a positive effect.
There is this overwhelming desire for fresh air and the sights outside the 4 walls of my lounge room. I’m sure many Melburnians are feeling the same. I admit that mask-wearing, which fogs up my glasses, has been a deterrent for outdoor walking too. Makes me wish I still wore contact lenses. Some days, I get the bend on the plastic bar across the top of the mask bent just right on top of my nose and other days, no matter how I arrange the mask my glasses continually fog up and photography is impossible. I’m sure all you spectacle wearers know what I mean.
At the top of my steep road, there’s a residential garden with some lovely roses in full bloom and I made the effort to ‘stop and smell the roses’ last week.
I could only reach about 4 roses blooms by leaning over the residential brick fence and was disappointed to find they didn’t have any perfume. Obviously, I couldn’t get around the other side of the bushes to find the best angle for photography but still managed to get a couple of shots.
Hopefully, I’ll get outdoors again soon and capture some more.
I’ve made a couple of small forays into the Blogosphere, but am still keeping off the computer mouse as much as possible…… in general. At least I can type a few sentences now without my shoulders hurting so much.
But, like most Melburnians, I am looking forward to better times in the near future.