From the Back Cover
An avid bird fan for most of her life, author Liz Davies hit the jackpot when she and husband Stephen moved from suburban Ohio to the rural outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. Their adventure begins with sad goodbyes to their Ohio avian flock. But sadness is quickly replaced with the joy of living in a place where colorful native parrots and other wild birds are regular visitors.
Kookaburras, cockatoos, magpies and more! They're all here - many of them amazingly unafraid of the human residents of their forest home.
Life in the rainforest is sometimes frustrating, often hilarious and occasionally more than a little dangerous, but the natural beauty of the place pulls at the heart. Despite enormous spiders, wildlife devouring her flower garden and the very real threat of bushfire, author Davies remains, making her home among the giant gum trees of southeastern Australia.
About the Author
Born in 1956, author Liz Davies lived most of her life within just a few miles of her childhood home in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. No one who knew her in her youth would have suspected she'd ever travel the world or live anywhere more than a ten-minute drive from her parents' home.
She worked in the IT field as a programmer/analyst and consultant for nearly thirty years. Always a believer in the value of formal education, Davies pursued her studies when it was feasible, given the demands of career and family, and finally earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in 2001 (she jokes that she got her 4-year degree on the "25-year plan"). She went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration and for five years enjoyed teaching undergraduate students as "Professor Davies" of Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.
These days, she is a parrot slave, writer, artist, gardener, "foodie", self-described quilt-a-holic, a great lover of books and a woman of faith. She lives in Australia with Stephen, the love of her life, who spoils her rotten. She is a very happy woman.
A life-long "closet author", Davies has been writing stories since childhood (most of which were pretty awful, really). In addition to this book, she maintains a website for parrot lovers and posts weekly updates to her weblogs. I Quilt, Therefore I Am is dedicated to quilting and Still Flying Over the Rainbow
is where she continues to share the ongoing adventure of living in Australia. Both blogs are accessible via her website.