My happy place – on the veranda – the easel set up and painting “8th December 2021”. Our Cocker spaniel, Tigger dozing in the heat, the almost deafening sound of the cicadas with the agapanthus in full bloom in the garden below. Listening to podcasts and in the flow, who should fly down but a local king parrot, stunning in his glorious red and green feathers. Such avian visitors are not uncommon; however, this was very different. “Rex” was talkative and had quite a long conversation answering several questions in typical tweets, bobbing around as flew from easel to table. Perfect!