Category Archives: BLOG

Blog articles are written by Richard Lee for his monthly newspaper column ‘Country Notebook’. Stories and shorter posts on other topics also appear here.

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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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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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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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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