This isn’t much of a post, but I did want to celebrate my first harvest of the season! (I’m not counting the single purple bean I harvested a week ago).
The tally so far is one yellow zucchini (with about six friends coming along behind it, leading me to hope that this, finally, will be the year when I get overrun by zucchini – I have so many ideas for using up zucchini, and my garden never delivers), assorted salad greens (many of which are growing outside the raised beds, thanks to the diligent digging work of certain felines), basil, parsley, and the Littlest Capsicum Of All.
This calls for a salad, don’t you think?
And, just for something completely different, some photos of black swans and waterbirds below the cut.
Yesterday, we went to visit a friend who has just moved to Williamstown. Her unit is in a really lovely location – quite near the mangroves. I had no idea we had mangroves in Williamstown.
Apparently, we also have a cold coral reef. And a rather lovely boardwalk which I wish was more of a walk. Another time I will make sure to take more photos of the landscape, but yesterday, my attention was captured by the waterbirds.
I don’t actually know much about waterbirds, but I have a German friend who loves them and knows a lot about them, and we have a bit of a running joke about black and white swans (mostly because I find white swans really strange-looking, which makes me sound like a terrible Australian cliché, but it is so. The other reason is that swans are one of the few birds that I can reliably identify. I am not a birder.)
Anyway, since she is having a very un-fun time healthwise at present, I thought it might be fun to photograph some black swans and send them to her.
And then I thought, why stop at swans?
Well, for one thing, because I don’t really know what most of the other birds are…
If you look very closely at this photo, you can see the sea off in the distance.
And then, because I am a very silly person, I had to start playing around with them in Photoshop. These are no ordinary waterbirds…
This is why I should never be allowed to play with Photoshop. Here, have a more sensible swan to finish up with.
As for me, I’m off to watch more Wagner. We’re working our way through a rather stunningly staged version of the Ring Cycle. I haven’t decided what I think of the music yet, but it’s certainly fascinating to look at…
(Yes. Sometimes, I talk about things that aren’t food. Should I do this more? I have many, many books in the reading pile right now…)