Hungry Birds in our Garden

Our new bird feeder created a fair amount of interest.  Rainbow lorikeets arrived first.

Next came the cockatoos.  Initially there were only 2, later we counted 11 birds.

Our granddaughter is observing carefully while holding the binoculars back to front.


The lorikeets are small in size but know how to scare the much bigger cockatoos.

The kookaburra was stoically observing the acrobatics.

Seasons Greetings!

Norway Impressions – Oslo to Bergen

The first part of this trip is by train through the beautiful country side past the odd skyjump.

We drove past the Hardangervidda National Park and reached 1200 meters on the mountain plateau at Finse, the highest station on the entire Norwegian railway system.

It was high enough to still have snow in late July. At the train station in Myrdal were bicyles for hire.

In Myrdal we changed trains and took the Flåm Railway.  It is one of the steepest trainlines in the world on normal tracks, where almost 80% of the journey has a gradient of 5.5%.

The train stopped at the Myrdalfossen waterfall, one of the 10 highest in Europe.

The village of Flåm has since the late 19th century been a tourist destination and is visited by 160 cruise ships per year.

The Flåm Church was built in 1670.


From Flåm we took the ferry to get to Bergen.  It rained on the first part of the trip, so we didn’t see much of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway.

The weather improved for the later part of the trip while sailing past colourful houses.

Late in the afternoon after more than 5 hours we reached Bergen.

After the Storm

Last weekend the east coast of Australia experienced heavy rain and wild storms which eroded beaches by up to 50 meters.  Today, Wednesday I visited Collaroy and Dee Why on Sydney’s northern beaches.  While the sun has returned the sand has not.