|Look for the birdie near the middle|
Shortly after we moved into this house, in 1997, we planted a flowering gum called "Summer Beauty" on the nature strip, next to the road.
While the tree was still a sapling, a novice bicycle rider knocked one of the branches off. It changed the shape of the tree forever, meaning that the majority of the flowers face the road.
It is always pretty in flower but this year the tree seems to be flowering more gloriously than it ever has and though I can't see it all the time I am noticing that it is connecting me with the outdoors at all times of the day.
Right now I can hear the lorikeets feeding on it. While the blossom is heavy they will be there, calling to each other for most of the day, every day and then at night the fruit bats will come. Doors and windows are open with the hope that any small breeze might blow away the humidity. The sounds of the bats squabbling into the night and swooshing great wings is so close that I feel I could reach an arm out and touch one