A funny thing happened in the night… and a sign of hope

When I came home from my run early this morning I realised there had been action overnight.At the scene of the loss of three immense trees only too recently, I saw this.

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And this.

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Here’s the close up.

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This raised my curiosity about yesterday’s losses.  I didn’t think I had the heart for it, but in the end I went to see.

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Heartbreaking to see the space where those trees stood.

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But the commentary was to the point.

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Thanks so much for all your kind comments since the past post.  I read them as they came in and appreciated them very much but didn’t have the heart to answer them all for a minute.  Given how devastated I felt yesterday, I thought my friends might need cheering up.

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Attentive readers might recognise this parcel! Some of that string is made from the same pair of pants that went onto the feature panels…

On an altogether happy note, during the big infrastructure works in our neighbourhood, one of the Department of Transport and Infrastructure employees who cares about the state of the environment decided what she might be able to do in the face of so much tree felling and habitat loss was get bird boxes put into any tree of any size on public land in our area.  She initiated a project in collaboration with local schools whose students painted the boxes.  they have been in place for a while and have been checked once or twice already (we have become vigilant and therefore approach men on ladders who are looking at trees to check what they are doing, these days).  Today as I left home I saw a woman peering up into a nearby River Red Gum (E Camaldulensis) we managed to save.  She took a photo of one of my Beloved Tree banners, but she also took several at what struck me as an unusual angle.  This afternoon I saw why.

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It is an overcast and rainy day, and this is the best photo I could get.  But that is quite unmistakably a rainbow lorikeet who has taken up residence in one of the bird boxes and felt safe enough at that great height to look down on me without budging a millimetre.  Best thing.


Filed under Eucalypts, Neighbourhood pleasures

5 responses to “A funny thing happened in the night… and a sign of hope

  1. Mag Merrilees

    Now that I’m an attentive reader I realise that the bag is cunningly constructed of what were pockets in an earlier life. Gorgeous!
    And here’s to the resilience of rainbow lorikeets. xx


  2. that birdbox idea is splendid!


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