Category: Country Notebook

Richard Lee’s articles are reprinted from A Country Notebook first published in The Tarrangower Times.

Water Water …

“We plant the seed, nature grows the seed, we eat the seed.” “Shut up Neil.” “We plant the seed, nature grows the seed, we eat the seed.” “I said shut up Neil.” Glunk. “Oh my God, I’ve killed a hippy!”  A memorable moment in that wonderful and irreverent British comedy series The Young Ones, first..

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Beware of the Aliens

Beware the Wheel Cactus Fox shit! How interesting is that? Why am I wandering around Mt Tarrangower and examining the faeces of Vulpes vulpes, the Red Fox? Well, it’s all part of understanding the distribution of the Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta), a difficult to eradicate, introduced species threatening our bushland and farms. So yes -..

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Big Bird

What is the size of a small toddler, sleeps all day standing up, and can sometimes be seen with the grisly remains of last night’s dinner hanging from its claws ready for a snack on waking up? Give up? Ninox strenua, better known as the Powerful Owl, is a local resident and the family we’ve..

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Golden Whistler

How wonderful it is to see some of our less common native birds in the town and in our gardens. Planting flowering Australian shrubs, and if possible, trees like our indigenous Grey Box or Yellow Gum or a flowering Ironbark, provides the food and the incentive for their visits. The exotic Eastern Spinebills who visit..

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