We are a creative homeschooling family of 3. I have homeschooled my 2 boys from the start and we do lots of unit studies and get out into our beautiful part of the world as often as we can.
As the boys are getting older and we are getting busier I find I am posting less about our journey but will continue to update occasionally.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


The newest member of our family is Mr10's cheeky baby rainbow lorikeet.
Her name is Emerald or Em or Emi.
She is funny and sweet and cute and we all adore her.

Here she is checking out the camera.

She joins in with the boys for floor play and has had us all in stitches, chasing Mr5 around the room. I am rather paranoid she will get walked on so I supervise them very well. The other day Mr5 leaped onto the lounge to escape her and she just leaped after him.

I dont know if this wrestling around on the floor like a dog, rooling on her back is normal behaviour for a tree living creature.

She loves all of us and has bonded really well. She has free access in and out or her cage when we are home through the day, and she knows her cage is her safe place she will choose to go there often throughout the day. We do lock her into her cage when we go out and at night.

Marblerun is a real hit, she intercepts the marbles and throws them onto the ground, much to the delight of our two boys who pick up the marbles and start all over again.

Marblerun has never been so much fun.
Emerald comes running as soon as she hears the sound of the marbles.

She likes lego and duplo as well and the boys built her a big parrot play park the other day and they had her chasing duplo cars and riding around on them, climbing through tunnels and over bridges.

Here she is learning her letters, just like Mr5.

She loves the firetruck-

She has a big plastic tub in her cage and that is her swimming pool, she gets in there everyday, squarks and screeches and splashes to her hearts content with an engrossed audience laughing at her every dive, splash and shake she loves water- on a hot day Mr10 will mist her with a water spray and she enjoys that as well.

We feed her lots of flowers and fruit as well as special lorikeet foods, luckily Mr10 and I planted lots of grevilleas and callistemons when we first moved here almost 10 years ago, and he happily goes out every morning to pick her a flower or two.

We also have a growing collection of toys of her very own that we rotate through her cage and around the room for her to play with, she has lots of plastic bottle tops, to toss and to wrestle and to wear on her head. Mr5 made her some nice toys using pipe cleaners and plastic beads.


The Magic Onions said...

Gorgeous bird... she is so bright and colourful... she matches the toys!

alecat said...

She's just beautiful! I am amazed at how tame she is, too.
Thank you so much for sharing all those wonderful photos. :)

artemis-of-the-eucalypts said...

What a cute bird! She really is one of the family :)

onegoldensun said...

Your post reminds me of a wonderful documentary that I just watched, called The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. It was fascinating. Lovely bird!

Genie said...

She's such a beautiful bird!!!
I have a pair of love birds, which are pretty to look at too, but no where near as fun.
They bite actually LOL

By the way I have nominated you for the lemonade award.
Check it out on my blog!!!

Currawong said...

That is classic! What a beautiful bird! Where did you find her?

Louise said...

Thanks Everyone, she really is a lovely bird and as the days pass she gets more and more cheeky and part of the family.
Just lately , if the boys are playing in there bedrooms she follows them in and squarks at them as if she is telling them to come out to the lounge and play with her.

We gor her from a friend who has some in an aviary Currawong. She was a little baby, she had all her feathers but she couldn't fly yet.