Tag: Animals

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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Compendium Catalogue

The Compendium Catalogue is a significant historical document. It was published in 1974 and was the first attempt at cataloguing the self-sufficiency books that were being read at that time. It was part of the new mood which started in the 1960's and was later to be labeled 'Hippy’ Gregory Ah Ket was the originator..

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Spin

“Look Jamie, look! Baby lambs everywhere!” Jamie glanced up from his device long enough to look out of the car window. The landscape was bright green even though the country was in a severe drought. Then he saw the tell-tale black mini water-wheels, signalling that they were passing through an irrigation area. Still pumping scarce..

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Animal Instinct

Animal Instinct Kevin mentioned the newcomer to Jake one day. It was a quiet moment around mid-morning and the big concrete and corrugated iron Co-op building was empty but for the two of them. Sos Semple had been working in the little coastal town for six weeks before anyone knew he was there. This was..

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Pizza

The motor gave a couple of unhealthy grunts when Rod switched off the ignition of the old Land Cruiser, reminding him he must buy oil soon. Tonight’s campsite was much like those of the past week, though the landscape here was not so dry or sparse. A wide expanse of good grass beside the narrow..

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Jack

jack and The Wheel - “Find Jack and he’ll have what you want,” said Andy Gorrie, stooped and peering through the open car window. William thanked him for the map and Olive for the tea, then eased the panel van gently forward, reminding himself of the trailer behind. As he drove through the gate, he..

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