There are bird nests in our bushes and hedges. A red vent bulbul with an insect in her bill stealthily enters Phycus thicket and we can hear the chirrup of the fledglings. A dove first perches on the stump and inspects around. When she feels it is safe, she dives and disappears into the garden creeper where she has made a cup-shaped nest. She does not come out for a long time. Perhaps she is sitting on her eggs.
A purple sunbird couple has been making their nest in one of the hooks in our door for the last four years. Is it the same couple that comes here every year or is it one of their generations raised here?....we wonder. Leaving trees and bushes they raise their brood in the bald patch. Perhaps they feel safe with us. It is a relationship of faith, trust, and love. No language is spoken yet we understand each other so well. Our pet cat is well fed, in fact, overfed these days lest she eyes the baby birds that chirrup noisily.
A freak thunderstorm and mild showers brought the temperature down. I baked a wholegrain vegan carrot spice cake. We enjoyed with steaming ginger tea.
I also bake this cake with chopped apples and love the soft apples in every bite.