From snakes and syringes to sweet little visitors

On a spindly limb of our young Tuckeroo tree, a tiny bird has found its home.

treeOut of all the trees that can provide her a higher, safer, more protected space to bunk down for the night, she has chosen our wee tree, the only tree we have on our land.

Dave discovered her the other night while watering the garden. He heard a rustle beside him and saw hidden behind some leaves a half asleep bird shaking the water from her feathers before nestling back to sleep.

birdThis little birdie building her home in our tree makes me smile.

We’ve come a long way to get to this point. Just a few years ago before we built our house, there was nothing on this land other than grass as high as my waist, snakes, a massive tree that fell over during a storm, and a bunch of syringes left by junkies who found the dead tree the perfect place to hide behind to shoot up. Between the snakes and the syringes, I’m sure the neighbours loved us.

After finding the syringes, we bulldozed the land completely clearing it.

We built our house and moved in. While the inside looked great and we made it our home, the outside was one big dirty dustbowl.

Our first Christmas in the house, Dave’s mum bought us a Tuckeroo tree in honour of his Dad, an avid gardener himself, who had passed.

This tree, our birdie’s new home, was the first thing that we planted on our land.

Since then we’ve been slowly but steadily landscaping the yard.

Neither Dave nor I are green thumbs, but we’ve been getting into the gardening a lot lately. We’ve even spent the last couple of weekends hanging out at nurseries. I don’t even know who we are anymore!

We are loving watching our yard transform into a beautiful space for our girls to play in.

They love mucking in and getting dirty as they ‘help’ Daddy grow our garden. They especially love being involved in the decision making of which flowers we should grow.

We now have flowers all over the shop and our strawberry patch has gone nuts. It’s given us over 60 strawberries in the last month.


Now with our little birdie friend we’re the definition of spring and well on our way to completing our home.

I hope she stays with us for a long time and brings her own little family to live alongside ours.

What simple things are making you happy? Are you much of a gardener?

Linking up today with My little sunshine house for Sunshine Sunday inspired by the theme Flower.

14 comments on From snakes and syringes to sweet little visitors

  1. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    October 26, 2014 at 8:52 am (4 years ago)

    How horrible that junkies used to shoot up on your land! We suck at gardening. We’ve done our veggie patch twice and both times everything died either before or just after the first veggie actually grew on the plant. I think I got 2 baby cucumbers, one tiny capsicum and a few snow peas out of the whole thing. Our courtyard is the next thing on our list to do up though as bub is getting old enough to want to play outside. We’re planning on building a retaining wall style veggie patch along the back fence this time and if all the plants die I’ll replace them with flowers.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Sounds like you have lots of great plans, Toni. It will be nice for the little one to have a lovely area to play in and enjoy.

  2. Tegan
    October 26, 2014 at 6:48 pm (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful space you have created. I’m not much of a gardener but Paul has planted a tomato vine and it’s absolutely taken off! We have a heap of tomatoes, unfortunately not many bigger than the size of cherry ones but they are really juicy and sweet.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 26, 2014 at 10:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Nice one, Tegan. Must be the season for it. We have tomatoes growing crazy here too!

  3. Elisha Ross
    October 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I need your tips for growing strawberries. What a harvest!!…Gardening is the best and with so much reward, as you have just discovered with your little birdie friend. My sweet peas and roses are doing it for me now.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm (4 years ago)

      Ooh I just love sweet peas and roses. Will have to plant some of those if the season is still right for it. Just very lucky with the strawberries. We were so surprised to see how well they did.

  4. Dannielle
    October 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh this is such a gorgeous post Renee. Lots to be proud of there including getting rid of the Junkies and snakes! Life is very sad and scary sometimes, so nice to concentrate on the happy things like sweet little birds, juicy strawberries and flowers.
    Our new little puppy ‘Betty’ is making us very happy at the moment, she makes us all giggle at least once a day. I also have some flowers growing in pots outside our front door, I’m just so happy that they are growing and starting to flower because we’re not a green thumbs either.
    Have a great week!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 27, 2014 at 6:04 am (4 years ago)

      I bet Betty is bringing SO much joy to your house Dannielle!! Good luck with those flowers too xx

  5. [email protected]
    October 26, 2014 at 10:44 pm (4 years ago)

    How beautiful that you have a regular little visitor in your garden, Renee! The kids just love helping with the gardening, don’t they?
    When we got our first crop of strawberries, Bell would go down to the veggie garden each day with her little basket and gather the spoils 🙂

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 27, 2014 at 6:05 am (4 years ago)

      Oh that is so cute, Lisa. The girls like to do the same. We usually trek out to our strawberry patch at breakfast time to pick some to go with their weetbix. Good times x

  6. Zanni Louise
    October 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Look at those strawberries! Amazing! I have managed to grow about two tiny ones. 🙂 I love our garden. It’s such a happy place. It was overrun by my grandma’s unkempt garden but is slowly becoming ours. I have recently planted a nectarine and a lime, and our veggie patch is actually thriving. Elka even made a scarecrow for it yesterday. So cute. Thanks for linking up. Just lovely! x

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 29, 2014 at 6:02 am (4 years ago)

      Oh that is seriously cute about the scarecrow. We are looking at planting some citrus trees too along our fence. Lemon and lime. Can’t wait. Thanks for doing such an amazing job with sunshine sunday over the last year and giving us much inspiration xx

  7. Maxabella
    October 28, 2014 at 11:07 am (4 years ago)

    To have built a family way of life from scratch like that must be the most fulfilling feeling in the world, Renee. We love our home too and hope to renovate it next year, putting our own, careful, well-thought-out (it’s been 7 years in the making!) stamp on it. Enjoy your resident birdie! x

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 29, 2014 at 6:03 am (4 years ago)

      Seven years in the making, Bron! Wow. It is going to be amazing. I bet you can’t get started. Good luck! x


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