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The last full moon of 2016 first signalled its rising by an eerie backlighting of the many dark clouds that night. Then its round face appeared over the ridge, a glow through thin cloud. Very soon dark riders and winged demons raced across to begin to quell the growing light. Woven ropes of clouds were […]

As many of you know, my last place of 165 acres was a gazetted Wildlife Refuge and protected on my deeds (from all but mining!) under a Voluntary Conservation Agreement with the Office of Environment and Heritage.  My new place is only 5 acres so not eligible for these. However, I was also a member […]

On my last day here on this mountain, nature is turning it all on for me. A little glimpse of the things that symbolise what I love most here. Wallabies and their joeys were all around, the camellias and bulbs were still in flower, and the bush beyond was glistening with sunshine and dew. The […]

Wednesday 16th October was pretty windy and smoky; not as much as the following day, when bushfires ran wild and caused so much damage. I was driving back from Armidale for the Global Mail Coal Wars forum that night in Singleton. If you missed it, you can now watch it online here.  I knew one […]

Instead of my rock orchids flowering to fade to sculptural seed pods as in every other year, by the time I got back after a week away, they had gone! High winds? I wondered. Nope. Renegade wallaby, spotted in the act, stripping each stem of blossoms. Why, when never before?? I will never know why […]

Tomaree National Park at Port Stephens, New South Wales, is a delightful coastal forest of banksias, angophoras and eucalypts, with spiky low palms, all holding the white sand dunes in place. After a week of rain, while walking along its tracks to the beach, the variety of fungi was a surprise. They were mostly just […]

I’m back home after a week in North-West NSW. I was there for the NorthWest Alliance of community groups across the Walgett, Moree, Narrabri, Coonamble, Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, Quirindi and Tamworth shires — all very concerned about the expansion of extractive industries there, especially coal and coal seam gas. We were a trio at information forums […]

Down here in my skybowl I have had isolated visits from birds I don’t usually see – just dropping in for a peek at how we poor groundhuggers live. But I have never had a Wedge-tailed Eagle come calling at the house. Last week this one flew into my yard and landed in a very […]

It’s that time of the year when the magpie young are relentlessly pursuing their parents, whining nonstop. They may be as big as the parents, but you can pick the young by their mottled brown and grey colouring; the adults’ crisply dashing colours are not actually just black and white if you look closely. Other giveaways […]

Over in the west, the bubbly is flowing as much as in Camberwell! I was there 18 months ago, when the fight was just starting. The persistent NOCoal!ition campaign against the coalmine proposal by Singleton-based LDO at Osmington in the Margaret River area has finally paid off — for the moment. CELEBRATION: Coal protesters Tahita […]

In previous posts (here and here) I have told you of the plight of Bimblebox Nature Refuge in Queensland’s about-to-be-trashed Galilee Basin west of Emerald. I asked you to help save this precious place from Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal mine, ‘China First’. Then the deadline for submissions to their EIS was extended to December 19th. Paola from Bimblebox […]

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