and had his second ever go at macarons on Sunday:
The weather was mostly pretty grey, but when the sun did come out I had a lovely time curled up in the hammock with Martin rocking it from time to time.
Indoors we had fun watching bear cam - including a super-cute bit where these three 'cubs of the year' (i.e. cubs born this season) were boundingly learning to swim :-)
There's so many lovely things around home at the moment.
This little piwakawaka (at least, I assume it's always the same one!) is hanging around our house heaps. I see him/her a couple of times most days out either my bedroom or the kitchen window.
This afternoon it was in the oak when I was right nearby at the bottom of the wheelchair ramp. It had some large-ish insect in it's claw that it was devouring in swift, precise movements. I didn't have the camera on me at the time, but it was delightful to watch :-)
The hyacinths (complete with volunteer self-sown viola) are doing beautifully. Our porch is also looking very colourful: flower decals on our door, a new 'spinny thing' and, hanging from the eaves, a colourful resin pompom-thing that catches the light beautifully when I'm sitting in the chair.
Out of the kitchen window we can now see a female extinct huia:
Sarah recently acquired seed-based bird feeder that a crowd of sparrows discovered yesterday (although most flew off before I could get a picture):
And bear-cam continues to be a never-ending source of delight. Today I particularly enjoyed seeing this sow with four spring cubs show up at the main falls:
You can watch a video here (the whole video's about an hour long, but the link should take you to the right spot - if not, click through to the last 10 minutes). I was fascinated that you could see the sow's teat's full of milk when she passes the camera side-on - and the tiny cubs are just super-cute! The falls are a dangerous place for tiny cubs to be, though - there are heaps of adult male bears there and one of them killed a spring cub (from a different litter) a few weeks back for - seemingly just because it was in its way.