Went for a coffee with a friend down at St Clair; Pier 24 Cafe and Bar at the St Clair Resort. Enjoyed a rich, smooth, black coffee made by Gary, whose coffee-making skills I can highly recommend - say I sent you.
The view there is of the ocean from a position perched above the beach. We could look out to where the waves curl up and unroll, like umbrellas, with surfers making the most of a medium surf.
We continue to clear our section of overgrown greenery, letting more light into our backyard. I noticed a lot of birds feeding off the berries and plums (too high for us to gather) so despite our felling, we've obviously still left enough for them to forage among. The grey warbler was around. It's a shy, elusive bird and hard to spot, unlike the fantails and wax eyes that flit very close to the house.
The birds need to watch out for our cat Aggie, she likes to hunt them down - bad, bad cat. We are thinking very hard about buying a bell to hang around her neck.
Some birds fly in a bunch and some are loners. I feel an affinity with the grey warbler as it practices its mournful scales. It too likes to sing behind cover and fly alone.