I remember as a Brownie and Girl Guide singing a song about a Kookaburra that laughed. Now I had forgotten about this until recently when "Seeing Each Day" posted some pictures of a kookaburra. I decided to investigate the birds call and here is what I found.
Now that is a really good hearty laugh and it had me chuckling.
Here are the gardens I promised, this time two private gardens, first Mary's garden in England and then Steve and Chantel's garden in France.
Mary's garden reminds me of my mothers' garden when I was a child, filled with roses, peonies, phlox, delphiniums and columbines. I was transported back by the beautiful columbines and probably took too many pictures so I have made some of the pictures into mosaics.
This one has attracted a bumble bee:
One last one .....
There were also irises, lilies, clematis, flowering horsechestnut, gladiola, and many more I haven't been able to name.
A beautiful garden, thank you Mary for sharing your garden with me.
"To be overcome by the frangrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat." Beverly Nichols
Here are some pictures of the flowers in Steve and Chantel's garden in southern France. Clematis, honeysuckle, wisteria, and Virginia creeper covered decks and pathways offering glorious shade and filling the air with perfume.
Roses, pansies, hibiscus, daisies, geraniums and many more flowers, bushes and grasses created a beautiful and private retreat. Pots, hanging baskets, whimsical garden ornaments.
Steve and Chantel spend the time to water (by hand), weed and trim so the garden thrives.
And the lavender bloomed in the second week of our stay and filled the air with its heady scent.
This large moth came for a visit one evening, I have seen similar ones before but never one this large, it was over 4 inches long. It made quite a racket banging against the ceiling, and was still inside in the morning so we carefully put it outside.
Enough bugs, everyone that tuned out can come back now.
A couple of weeks ago Jeremy (Jeremy Inglis Photography) shared some wonderful Puffins pictures on his blog, and allowed me to use some of those pictures to do a painting. I have always been fascinated by these beautiful and brightly coloured birds.
So my painting is below, it is a watercolour and is quite large (13" X 19"). The painting is not quite finished yet, it is unsigned and without a name, but I wanted to share what I have done . Thank you Jeremy, hope you like the result.