Spring and Autumn/Fall are my two favourite seasons. I love the changing colours and the more mild temperatures. I think that Spring probably just manages to gain the edge over Autumn though, because Spring is an amazing, glorious riot of colour and scent.
|Ornamental Plum Blossoms|
|Apple blossoms - I hope the birds don't get them all this year!|
|A bobtail lizard staying cool under the agapanthus|
|Gorgeous irises and lavender that we picked up at the local farmers market.|
|Aren't they gorgeous?|
|A Crimson Rosella just hanging out in our fig & mulberry tree.|
|Someone must have announced groundhog day... we went back to rain, and frozen toes!|
|The first poppies of the season|
|My lone pink poppy|
|Fields of poppies!|
|There are lots of lovely water features around the park.. it's so tranquil and peaceful.. Except when you're chasing after 5 crazy kids!|
|Pansies are such adorable flowers.|
|You could imagine that you were a million miles from civilisation..|
|The Wisteria at the Tea Rooms. Divine.|
And what could be a more tangible symbol of spring than baby chickens? Phillipa and I purchased 6x day old Golden Laced Wyandotte chicks between us in the hopes that we could graft them onto my broody bantam, Honeydew. Amateurs that we are, we tried too early and she hadn't been sitting for long enough, so now we're hand rearing them.
|At 4-6 days old - some people have goldfish on their desks while they work, my husband had chickens.|
|2 weeks old - enjoying a week's holiday at Phillipa's while the kids and I spent a week with my Grandparents.|
The chicks are now 3 weeks old and are comparatively huge, compared to when they first came home with us. They have lots of feathers and are spending the days outside in our "chicken palace". They love it when we let them out so they can explore. They have no fear and will attempt to fly from pretty much anywhere! Another week or so and they should be able to spend the nights outside too. Unfortunately, getting the chicks didn't solve my broody Honeydew issue.. so last week we picked up some fertilised Araucana X eggs (the blue/green ones) from another breeder close by and she's now happily sitting on those. 2 more weeks and we should have another 4 chicks to add to our "family"!
The kids love the chicks, and I love that they have the opportunity to experience raising and caring for the baby chicks - especially now that the bantams are bigger and prefer to do their own thing (and Bean is much more comfortable dealing with the smaller chicks - he loves Honeydew but finds her too big to handle).
|My poppies, all out in their splendour.|