Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Yesterday afternoon we heard a big thud outside, a sudden flash of white hit the window, fell to the ground then scrabbled around the corner. Then we noticed three magpies in hot pursuit. We raced outside and shooed the magpies away then hunted for the mysterious white thing. We found her (actually we have no idea what sex she is, but she has ladylike tendencies so she's a girl ok) sitting calmly on the top shelf in the garden shed. Isn't she just gorgeous!

She is very tame, and let me walk slowly over and pick her up with only a small protest. She seemed uninjured, just a bit ruffled and shaken up, so we popped her into a cat cage with some seed, water and a towel and left her safely in the laundry overnight, out of the way of inquisitive dogs and cats. We thought she might be a homing pigeon but she doesn't have a numbered band on her leg so no hope of locating the owner. Then I got on the phone, and ended up finding a pigeon rescue lady way over on the other side of town, so this morning Meshell and I hit the road and delivered this lovely white young lady to her new home and we felt good that she was safe.

While we were out and about we visited Kings Park (Perth's main park) and wandered about.
This is some of view looking down over Perth, with the Old Swan Brewery in the foreground (no longer a brewery, now restaurants and accommodation) and part of the Narrows Bridge behind.

Di has set us the photo theme of Reflections for the month of July, so I had a go in one of the ponds at Kings Park. I like the clouds in the water.

We have been stuffing ourselves with mushrooms over the last week. I don't know about you but we have tried in vain over the years to grow those Mushroom Farms you can buy, with usually a pitiful result of two or three mushrooms. Well! I think we've found the perfect place for them at last because this batch has gone mad, filling the box over and over. And they grow so darn fast. These ones are Portabello mushrooms, they are browner than ordinary button mushrooms and they are delissssssshus!


Feli said...

Owh poor bird. I am petrified of Maggies. Their eyes freak me out.

I love your photos of kings park. I wish I could visit it everyday. Just looking out and watch the cars zoom by.

Oooo Mushrooms. Where did you get them? I am trying to see if I can grow some but I cannot for the life of me find them anywhere.

thetinylittlegirl said...

oh that's so nice that you rescued the bird and even drove her to a pigeon rescue centre! (who would have thought there would be one in perth).

and i LOVE portobello's! so i'm very jealous of your mushroom box.

Tanya Brown said...

Bless you for rescuing that sweet-looking bird! My budgies approve.

I enjoyed reading the list of plants from your previous entry; your garden is looking wonderful. Amusingly enough, even though I'm on another continent, we have many of the same plants.

Liz Needle said...

Glad you're back, Dy. We've missed you. Those mushrooms are to die for. Have always wanted to try growing them, but they'd probably thrive like all my indoor plants - NOT!!

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Banaghaisge said...

OOOH, lovely mushies - what brand are they? I tried growing them when the Smellies were littler and we got one feed from the box...
Could try them again!

Lizzie said...

Hi Dy, found your blog via SCQ, I just got back from Perth last week, great place. Was just wondering if you bought your Mushies online or locally, I've been looking for good ones for a while now?
Big hugs, lizzie