20 comments on “Winter in the West – The Yellow Thornbill

  1. Awesome weekend, Ashley!! The sales of your books, the radio time, and the lovely overnight abode filling your spare time with birds, so wonderful. Your first photo sharing the Yellow Thornbill put an instant smile on my face, awesome sighting for you both! Loved the video of the Willy Wagtail, that was quite cute. 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, it was a very encouraging time for us away, and we do hope it opens the way for future book signing events as Covid subsides, though this week it is all back again here in Sydney and we are all masking up again. The Yellow Thornbill was my wife’s favorite for the weekend and yes I agree, I love that feature capture it is one of the best I have of this bird considering it is so difficult to catch when they are constantly moving.

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  2. Another great article. Love the videos. Also, your cartoon. It is amazing when we have been to a restaurant, and everyone the a table are texting, or whatever, and no conversations going on among them. So sad.

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    • Thanks Lee, that has been our observation also, and id is sad as people are not communicating in real time any more and this sadly may eventually lead to relationship breakdowns.

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  3. Hello Ash,
    How wonderful to learn more details of this special day! I am glad the book signing event was a success on many levels, and that you were able to interact directly with folks who were touched by your book. I am sure it was extra special for you and your wife, to enjoy real “human” interaction, and I agree that folks in the countryside can be more genuine and generous – perhaps because of the closer proximity to nature.

    The children’s bookshop where the event was held, looks very charming, with a warm welcoming atmosphere. If I were a child (and even now as an adult) I know that I would enjoy being there. I like how they also feature/carry work from all over the world in the shop, which has been produced in ethical ways. The story of the grandfather and his young grandson really touched us – I pray that your book will continue to touch all who come across it. “The book sells itself” is truly a good feeling I’m sure 🙂

    I have mentioned before, but I am complete agreement regarding the addiction to mobile/electronic devices, and how this is not just a a “young” generation problem. I see plenty of older folk who are quite literally tethered to their devices, and it is frustrating to have a genuine human interaction – even before the pandemic. The cartoon you posted made me chuckle, it does portray our times. For our part, we do our best to maintain a health balance between with the internet/mobile devices (as we do need to use these for our jobs and daily lives), and set rules that we do are best to abide by. And of course no phones allowed when sitting down to a meal, or going birding 🙂

    This post is a great way to start my day. It also encourages me to keep up with my bird photography and I pray that the time will come when my photographs can be a positive impact to a wider audience and publish a book that will be food for the soul. A “girl can dream” 🙂

    Many congratulations to you and Mrs H! May you both (and your family) have a blessed week ahead.

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    • Thanks Takami, for your very encouraging and informative comments, the are much appreciated. So glad you have finally caught up with my posts, and you are catching up with life, as it has been a tough slog for you so far. I rejoice that you are encouraged through my posts as I am from your latest one, which my wife and I both appreciated. Yes pray that dream into reality, and at the right time you will know as I did when each step should be taken. Enjoy your week dear friend and keep soaring above it all ! 🙂

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  4. The cabin looks like a great place to stay, it would have been a welcome change for you visiting Dungog after all the lockdowns you’ve had. Glad to see that your book was well received there too. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, Yes it was good to be out and about again, and to be invited to my fist signing event for the year as the Covid had put lids on every event as well as the school ones. However, there has been a fresh alarm this week as you would have heard and once again the masks are on in the city as the new nasty strain is being traced and many are once again concerned. We did enjoy the secludedness of the cabin and it was nice to enjoy the wood fire again after many years. Enjoy your weekend !

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    • Thanks Deborah, yes the signing went wonderfully well and many books were sold and one shared already how the book has blessed and helped his grandson, which was a bonus. We hoped to see more birds there, but were happy with what we saw, as we always see them all as gifts. I do hope you also enjoy your weekend my friend 🙂

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  5. Wonderful post in many ways. I loved to hear the Bell Miner and the symphony of others. The Lord really blessed Aussies with such wildlife, thank you for sharing!
    Best of all is Christ flowing through you to others. So happy for you and grateful to the Lord that He reaches out to others through your book and speaking engagements.
    May He water every seed you’ve ever planted!
    P.S. I totally agree that phone preoccupation is a snare and a detriment to familial and other relationships!

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, we are really blessed here with amazing wildlife, and we are hoping that soon we will be able to travel around our country again to explore it more, as the Covid has prevented us now for 2 years and we miss the adventure of discovering new birds. Thanks for your precious blessings as I am grateful the Lord uses the books to reach out to hurting and struggling people of all ages. The phone issue has created a new set of illnesses related to social media and phone addiction, which we will see expressed in a much fuller way in the next 20 years. Young people today are much more vulnerable to control and intimidation by the power of media and the things they spend their time watching. Sadly many have become a society of watchers instead of doers. May you both enjoy your weekend dear sister, and stay safe. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sandra, our many species of colorful birds of the Parrot family are striking to behold in the sunshine when flying and the Rosella is no exception. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

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  6. Looks like a fantastic weekend and profitable in more ways than one.
    Activities after long lockdowns are certainly stressful at the beginning, but how quickly we can adapt.

    And you also managed some useful views of some fine looking birds.

    Hope all is well.

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    • Thanks David, yes it was profitable in several different ways, just enjoying friendly honest country folk was something I had missed for so long, as I was treated as a friend. I did not have time to see many birds, especially since in winter the sun sets early, especially making rainforest very dark, so birding was limited, but we were pleased with what we saw, especially the Thornbills, they were such a delight. I do hope you are able to get out and about again, we are on alert again as you would have heard, but this time it is one of ours who set it off. Enjoy your week my friend 🙂

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