Author Archives: Richard Lee

Winter garden

Winter garden “Never seen the winter barometer this high at this time of the year, “says my ninety-something year old neighbor, Bill. He is not alone in his observations. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a warmer (and dryer) than … Continue reading

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Ratus ratus or Rat

Ratus ratus or Rat “There’s a rat – look!” cried someone sitting at a sidewalk café table in Main Street. And sure enough, heading towards them and pirouetting beneath moving vehicles was a big brown disheveled ratus ratus. And not … Continue reading

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Mosquitos and European Wasps

Mosquitos! Have they bothered you recently? They confused me this year; they were different – big, black, and stupid. I didn’t get bitten once. A couple of them landed on me briefly and tried to look threatening, wobbled about on … Continue reading

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Pizza: A Short Story

The motor gave a couple of protesting grunts when Rod switched off the old Landcruiser’s ignition, 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 … Continue reading

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Spring in Central Victoria

Spring in Central Victoria. Lambs are everywhere. Early spring has truly sprung around our district and, I suspect, right across the land. There is lots of paddock feed for the winter born livestock and hopefully, the season looks bright for … Continue reading

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Threatened Australia – The wide bleak land

Threatened Australia – The wide bleak land Just a few years before heading to Europe to serve with the AIF in 1941, Jock Picks, a young scientist and farmer from South Australia announced in his newly published book “Australia’s Dying … Continue reading

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Sydney Writers Festival: Jonathan Franzen

Sydney Writers Festival Speaker Jonathan Franzen. Sydney Writers Festival Speaker Jonathan Franzen As the Sydney Writers Festival comes to an end, literary folk are heading home or off to a ‘down under’ adventure. Jonathan Franzen, author and a guest speaker … Continue reading

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Stop Valve Expresso Café & Bar

Stop Valve Café & Bar: This tiny cafe sits beneath a multilevel carpark opposite the well known Watters Gallery and beside a huge mural by street artist Heesco. The image is based on the imaginative work of Shaun Tan, best … Continue reading

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Cats, Worms & Moles

Cats, Worms & Moles “Christ! We’ve killed the missus’s cat”, groaned my father looking across the field, past the silent frozen ponies with their steaming nostrils, to the far hedge. A black cat hangs stiff in the frost. I’m eight … Continue reading

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Justice & Police Museum

Spent the morning at the said museum. Brilliant displays and historic info. Can’t praise it highly enough. Open from 10am -Saturdays and Sundays only.  Click to visit the Justice & Police Museum website.

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See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.

These sit beside the mirror where I had a haircut, a reminder that a blog should be free of all evil .  This is the first of the MiniBlogs. Most will arrive here from my iPhone. Hopefully they will entertain … Continue reading

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Brunswick Street Fitzroy revisited

Fitzroy Revisited. Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street began it’s rapid rise to iconic subculture status in the late 1970’s and early ’80’s. I recently revisited it with a camera with a view to writing about the street and it’s early history. The … Continue reading

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Kangaroos as Neighbours

Kangaroos as Neighbours A long black shadow slid across the boards of the veranda and up the wall covering the curtained bedroom window of the weatherboard cottage. Big Lennie stood and listened as he did every night when he got … Continue reading

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The Bush Meeting

The Bush Meeting. The bush meeting was huge. At first I thought there was no one there, that I’d got the wrong address – third dam along near the big Grey Box – but it took only a few moments … Continue reading

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Lizard Friends & Green Things

Lizard Friends and Green Things. This past month I was able to give some thought to our lizard friends – the little ones that haunt your garden beds and rockeries, and the bigger characters that lumber about and surprise you … Continue reading

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Dying Shame

Dying Shame: A Dying Shame seemed an apt heading for an article about road-kill. On our travels around the country we cannot ignore the road-kill that litters the roads and adjoining landscape. Australia is no exception to a problem that … Continue reading

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Bicycles of Sydney Photo Blog

Bicycles of Sydney: Bicycles of Sydney is a simple test of a new image display feature using our images on Flickr.com in our post. Sorry there is not more here but we will feature bicycles later in August. Push bikes … Continue reading

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Sleep disorders and winter nights

Sleep disorders and winter nights: I don’t think I’m alone when it comes to waking up during the night and being unable to get back to sleep. So you might not be impressed, and I can understand why. It was … Continue reading

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Baby birds, raptors and shipping containers

Baby birds, raptors and shipping containers. Early summer is a really busy time in nature. Baby birds are out and about without their parents for the first time, and plants that you had forgotten about suddenly appear in the garden, … Continue reading

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Phyllis Fancy & Bambi Burgers

Phyllis Fancy & Bambi Burgers. Bambi Burgers and Phyllis Fancy are the attention grabbing headers I’ve got for you this month. Let us begin. Phyllis Fancy Back in the late 1950’s, my father would sometimes take my mother and me … Continue reading

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