This is where I sit each morning to sip my hot coffee, read my Bible and pray...
It's just after dawn and as my husband catches another half hour of sleep I am joined by some feathered visitors who take turns breakfasting from our bird feeder nearby.
We've named the cockatoo "Tom" and discovered he's quite territorial about our back yard. Tom arrives before the sun slips over the top of our home and I think that's because he knows once the orange rays fall upon the feeder his breakfast will be interrupted for a while.
Between reading and prayers I watch him make a delightful mess of the bird seed we've provided, then right on cue as the sky turns bright and sunlight hits the bird feeder another two visitors arrive to shoo him away.
We call this pair of rainbow lorikeets "Double Trouble" because they gang up on poor Tom who must move to one of our trees and wait until they've had their fill before he can return...
All three birds are quite content to have us walk around the yard or beside the feeder, they've quickly become used to us and don't flinch even when Sophie the cat sits right under the feeder watching them from the shrubbery.
A little later when Mr E and I have our own breakfast outside a few Ibis will drop down from the sky to drill their long beaks into the grass looking for bugs. I haven't been able to get a photo of them yet because Bob the dog does not like them so my spare hand holds him by the collar with hope that one day he'll figure out they are welcome.
This is where we eat all our meals these days...
...and this is our view. You can see "Double Trouble" at the bird feeder.
Each day the garden changes a bit as we plant things out into the soil, move things around, or add something new.
A small lemon tree in the front yard was almost dead and crippled with curly leaf and mildew so we'd decided to pull it out and plant a new one in a better position but later thought why not give it a fighting chance first?
So hubby and I bought a large terracotta pot, some very good citrus tree soil, and pruned the lemon tree to within an inch of life before potting it. Watering well and praying for a few days what a surprise to see it come to life with new shoots and flowers!!
There are loads of hibiscus and a few bouganvillea trees scattered through the garden, plus an abundance of native grevillea and various other trees - all of which attract butterflies and birds so every day brings bountiful life in and through the gardens.
I've potted some herbs (mint, basil, chives) and planted out rosemary and lavender, but we're not going overboard with filling the gardens just yet as some areas need to be made bigger, a tree close to the house has to be removed, and the entire front yard needs a makeover.
We have about six or seven beautiful Desert Roses around the property but the one near our front door is by far the most glorious!
The rest of the front yard is rather barren (this is where we dug up the dying lemon tree) but along the fence line there are more hibiscus, grevillea and other natives which simply need water and time to come alive with colour.
I'm in love with Kalanchoe and have purchased a pink and a white which we've planted in pots...
Little by little the garden is coming alive and truly, the joy we receive from this is beyond words.
Each afternoon once the garden chores are finished we cool off in the pool...
...and the funny thing about that is we never, ever wanted a pool. In fact it was the major 'strike' against this house the day we first walked through it.
But God knows what we need better than we do and swimming each day has brought such relief to our aching bodies that we can't thank Him enough.
This home really is a gift from God and as each day passes and our own touches are made here and there we feel as though we have lived here much longer than 17 days.
My husband finally has his own shed...
...and I have the loveliest kitchen and pantry. They are perfect for my needs and cooking is more of a delight than ever before.
Well, that's definitely more than enough blogging for today. Mr E is waiting for a lovely thick slice of date loaf and a cuppa before we settle down to watch telly for a bit.
Drop by on Friday for the next Alphabet Pincushion, okay? I had to change my sewing room around a bit yesterday when I was stitching it because I discovered my original layout wasn't going to work as well as I'd first imagined - but I'll show you the tweaks on Friday.
Until then, bless you ever so much,