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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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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Naked Ladies and noises in the dark

Naked Ladies and noises in the dark. Large numbers of the brilliant pink and leafless Naked Ladies (Amaryllis Belladonna) have enlivened our region this year both in their quantity and their seemingly darker and more vivid shades of pink, leading … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning. The two Rosella families fighting over a nesting hole in the big elm that graces the end of the Maldon Museum signal that Spring has arrived, and that getting on with raising a family is a serious business. … Continue reading

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Aliens Abroad: Mink

Aliens Abroad: Mink. My mother killed all the water voles in England. Well not quite all, yet. Only ninety-five percent at the most recent count, which I know from watching Jimmy’s Forest on SBS One. And when and how did … Continue reading

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Autumn Window

Autumn Window. Try saying this: cra-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhk. Not quite. Try it again. Hmm, not too bad. Now you know the mating call of the Maniacal Cackle Frog most often known as Peron’s Tree Frog. A sound of Autumn. Our neighbour first … Continue reading

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Stranger Danger

Stranger Danger. Stranger danger; big time. Imagine you are looking through the kitchen window at your young children – or grandchildren – playing in the backyard. Suddenly, a dark shadow slides across the scene. You lean forward and look up … Continue reading

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Maldon Folk Festival

Maldon Folk Festival. “They don’t have mud wrestling Mary. I told you that in the car. You’re thinking of a different festival.” There is an excited new-day tension amongst the brekkie crowd outside the Maldon Cafe as the first wave … Continue reading

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