Tag Archives: AUSTRALIAN

Guitar Cases

Our new Guitar Cases Your music is an expression of your personal take on life – shouldn’t your guitar cases be as well? Stand out from the rest and create your own guitar case with a custom face! Get one … 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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Jet-ski YouBeaut Bumper Sticker

This Real men don’t Jet-ski bumper sticker is a response to the reduced pleasure of other peoples nature experiences and the bad behaviour of many jet-ski drivers. We have had a number of nasty experiences in Australia recently one resulting … 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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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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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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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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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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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? Forget Punter Ponting, Pup Clarke and Mr Cricket, instead, think local and think nicknames, acquired names. When I recently tried to track down something or someone in reference to a local event, I realized that not … Continue reading

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How do you like your … morels ?

How do you like your … morels? I’m visiting a friend in a village north east of where I live who sometimes becomes a Humphrey Appleby, (you know, the character from the BBC show Yes Minister) and who gently tells … Continue reading

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Big Bird

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 … Continue reading

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White-browed Babbler

White-browed Babbler. The White-browed Babbler is one of only two local bird species that live a sociable life, that is, they live in family groups. The other larger and more common bird is the White-winged Chough. Watching a flock of … Continue reading

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