Cait & I spent a few days up on the Sunshine Coast with my mother. Mum's heading into her 8th decade ~ which is exciting ~ but though my family tends to be very long~lived we treasure the time we still have with her because it is running out ~ & in my family we are very aware that time may run out very suddenly & there is no more of it.
Thankfully my mother, who was a State netballer in her day, is still fit, healthy & active & though we have done most of the local walks at some time or another we never mind doing them again as there is always something new to see.
This time we walked Mary Cairncross, up in the hinterland, chosen as much for usually having fewer crowds as for its spectacular scenery. The ranger explained there were lots of nests about & many chicks just on the point of leaving the nest so we had high expectations.
The nest is a pretty messy business & the parents a very brilliant yellow down their chest. Sorry for the blurry pics but we were not supposed to leave the track & the birds were trying to keep up with bub's voracious appetite so not the most conducive of conditions for taking great snaps. The links will give you more of an idea.
Paddy~melons. We also saw a mother with a joey in her pouch thanks to Cait's sharp eyes.
Everywhere we could hear the sharp crack of the whip~birds calling & the retort of rifle~birds. The whip birds are shy & the rifle birds like the highest canopy so we didn't see any this time. Cat birds too.
Walking, naturally, gives you an appetite so we ate at the great cafe that overlooks the Glasshouse Mts. The food is superb. Ma & I opted for a sweet potato & pumpkin fritatta with a side salad ~ both wonderful. Cait had an eggplant lasagne, which was also really nice.