There he is!
The wonderful thing about Australian wildlife is its sheer diversity. Birdlife abounds here and it is so colourful from rainbow lorikeets to king parrots and my personal favourite the regent bowerbird with its striking yellow markings on a black body. Native bees buzz, butterflies flutter on the breeze, frogs croak and in the summertime, the cicadas are so deafening, I'm going to have to hand out earmuffs to our visitors or learn sign language so we can communicate outside! This is a beautiful place to raise children, children who appreciate nature and love to observe God's creatures in their natural habitat, whether it is the honeyeaters hovering as they sip sweet nectar from flowers or a spider spinning a web, they are always enthralled. The novelty has never worn off.
The colours of Nature Rainbow lorikeets Being the first to spot a mother koala with her baby on her back, was immensely satisfying for my eldest daughter. We soon realized that the loud grunting we heard at night was not a wild pig but a rather large male koala who has a particular fondness for the trees closest to our bedroom. It is peaceful here but not silent. Accompanying the koalas in the evening are the frog choirs competing in 'Amphibian Idol'! I do not know why we bother to set our alarm each morning as the chorus of laughing kookaburras rouses us from sleep, nice and early but we forgive them as we are early risers and like to be up and about by six. Giving our children the time and freedom to explore and discover nature and all its intricacies is so important. It creates in them a sense of wonder, provides sparks for their imagination and enrichment of their mind and spirit, as they become aware of Him who created it all - God the master designer, artist, creator.
A friendly frog - The green tree frog I encourage my children to record their special 'nature moments' in a family nature journal. I will share about our nature journals and other projects in a future post. Until then from eight acres of eden With love and joy, Ann