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.

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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Rebagging the Cat

Rebagging the Cat. Its time I came out and I’ll do it here now, so hold on. Ready? Am I a believer or not? Yes I know. It’s not possible, and believers are all nutters. But there is more to … Continue reading

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Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive! Now, that’s a snake! I love this picture of a python passing by a house at Cardwell in Queensland. Cardwell was devastated by the cyclone that hit the region earlier in 2011. We are not certain, but this … Continue reading

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Why did the pheasant cross the road?

Why did the pheasant cross the road? Yes … that’s right. A pheasant crosses the road a couple of kilometres before Newstead on the Newstead – Castlemaine road. Symes Road was the nearest corner although you would never really know … Continue reading

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Spring

Spring. Drought breaking rains have given us the best start possible spring in 14 years. Here we see the Muckelford Creek and the blue iris around the historic Corriedale Cottage, both on the Castlemaine road. The climate is confusing and … Continue reading

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