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The first challenge for 2021 …

Happy New Year!

That much I know I have right – it’s New Year’s Day, 2021. But what day of the week is it again?

Never mind, it’s holiday time, so I won’t concern myself too much with remembering what day it is right now. When the usual rhythm of everyday life begins again, I’m sure the days of the week will all fall back into place as well. πŸ˜‰

We have had more rain today, along with long spells of, well, not sunshine, but it hasn’t rained all day either. The valley cleared to some extent, although Mount Warning decided to hide for the day. I’m sure there are plenty of people, regardless of Covid rstrictions, who may have over-indulged last night and wanted to hide away for the day, just as Mount Warning did.

Little Hoppy, my Butcher Bird friend with the gammy leg, visited today with one of the babies. I’m never sure who the actual parents of these baby birds are, but this little one seemed to follow Hoppy everywhere.

Later, I had a baby Butcher Bird perched on the top of the trampolene, singing at the top of its voice. They sing such a pretty song, filled with an extensive range of vocal notes, once they get into their song.

Not to be outdone, later in the day I had Baby Magpie in the front garden, extending his vocal chords to full extent as well. πŸ™‚

While I was in the front garden with my camera, I had a look at a few plants. Some of them have taken a battering this summer, what with all the rain and gusty wind. These lovely white Mandevilla flowers broke into bloom only a few days ago though, and so far haven’t succumbed to the blustering wind. It’s a fairly new plant, I only planted it last summer, but it seems happy in the place I chose for it.

The only place I can grow Fuchsias is in a large pot on my front veranda, where the plant is protected from the harsh sun and wind. This plant is three years old now, and this flowering season it has already been in bloom for several months. I have to water the plant every day as it is quite a thirsty plant, and stresses quickly in the heat if the soil is left to dry out.

How did everyone celebrate New Year? I imagine quietly, like I did. Husband and I stayed up to watch the televised fireworks display on Sydney Harbour, welcomed the New Year in with a glass of sparkling wine, then off to bed (which is where I’m heading now!) πŸ™‚

13 thoughts on “The first challenge for 2021 …

  1. We also had a quiet New Year’s Eve and I have been convinced it was Sunday all day today! It is funny that you also find Fuchsias so tricky. I had one successful year in my old garden but they are very sensitive to strong sun and like you say they like a protected spot and regular water. I don’t have a protected spot anywhere here as the wind can come from all directions in one day!

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    1. I’m still having trouble with the days, Cathy. ‘Tis a problem at this time of year. πŸ˜‰
      It’s a shame you don’t have a protected spot in your garden for a fuchsia, they really are lovely flowers. When husband’s cousin visited yesterday, he commented on my fuchsia near the front door, also saying he has had no luck growing them. It must be a common problem the world over.

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  2. Quiet new year’s eve here, too, and in bed before midnight. πŸ™‚ We’re not big revelers and in the past several years haven’t stayed up late. I think 2000 was the last one we celebrated because it was a new millennium after all. πŸ˜‰
    Your flowers are lovely and kudos on keeping your fuchsia happy all these years!

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  3. The fuchsia is lovely — those colors make me think of the 1980s for some reason. Do you know what happened to Little Hoppy’s leg? We didn’t do anything to celebrate the New Year, although we never do anyway. Sound asleep by midnight… Happy New Year, Joanne!

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    1. Thank you Barbara. πŸ’•
      Hoppy’s leg has been a tad mangled for some time now, but I don’t know what happened. He’s learned to balance very well on one leg though, and it’s Hoppy who seems to take the young ones β€˜under the wing’, so to speak! I think he’s a caring bird.


    1. Lucky you! You must have a decent amount of rain for your fuchsias to grow so easily. 😊
      I have two cameras, but these photos were taken with my Canon EOS 7D. My other is a Canon PowerShot, which has a very strong zoom. It needs a bit of maintenance though. One of my grandchildren bumped it off the chair at Christmas and the photos have been blury since. πŸ˜•

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