Where green rules

September 23, 2016
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When you move to a new area, life is busy setting up your own place and you only take time off for regional sightseeing when you have visitors. Tapin Tops National Park near Wingham is one regional sight I’ve been meaning … and meaning…to see. Last week I did. It’s high, with the access a […]

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Finch flurries

September 12, 2016
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Now that Spring is showing itself and the weeds amongst my ‘lawn’ are seeding, clouds of teeny grass finches are harvesting them. The ones now visiting are gorgeous little birds — Red-browed Finches, native to Eastern Australia’s coastal edge, or at least east of the Dividing Range. They have a red rump, pink legs, a […]

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Casuarina honey

August 24, 2016
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For about a week I have had a constant hum in my ears. Given I was recently diagnosed with moderate hearing loss, nothing would surprise me. But then a visitor heard it too, and sensibly wondered where the bees were. Not many plants are flowering right now, so I was at a loss. Until I […]

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Last post at Tarwyn Park

August 10, 2016
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The coal train rumbled past behind Tarwyn Park, as it often does on its route to and from Newcastle’s coal port and the Western Coalfields, where the Ulan, Moolarben and Wilpinjong mines are busy trashing other valleys, other villages. But on this last day of July 2016, it seemed an unwarranted rubbing in of salt […]

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Birds and beasts

July 25, 2016
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On the creek flat paddock both birds and beasts feed together amicably. Clancy the horse is the boss and keeps the two dairy steers, Salt and Pepper, in line. As usual there is a pecking order, so the smaller steer, Pepper, comes last. Why do Cattle Egrets prefer cattle to horses? Clancy does often have […]

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Diamonds for breakfast

July 7, 2016
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As I’ve never been one for expensive jewellery, the ephemeral gems that nature offers now and then are quite enough to send me into raptures. They are only visible when the night dew has been caught by them, the sun’s light catches them in turn, and I awake in time to catch the sight of […]

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Sandstone surprises

June 14, 2016
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Visiting the Brisbane Water National Park on the NSW Central Coast, I was struck by the determination of trees to survive. The acrobatic and colourful trunks of Angophora Costata (Sydney Blue Gum) caught my eye most, forcing their way out between slabs of sandstone and twisting their way upwards as needed — or fancied. I […]

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On the back of the wet

May 16, 2016
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April ended in soft showers and wild storms, sunshowers and sunny patches, gentle grey drizzle and roof-rattling torrents. We needed the actual water to fill the tanks and keep the creek flowing happily — and to fill my new pond. But we also received bonuses with this mix of elements. The most striking were the […]

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Water for birds

May 2, 2016
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I had treated myself to a plain terracotta bird bath for my 2015 birthday; then I was given a green glazed one for this year’s birthday. I couldn’t resist adding some bling with these iridescent stick-on glass beads. They didn’t all stick but nevertheless look pretty. Not sure yet whether the birds like their bathing […]

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Black and white

April 21, 2016
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I am used to seeing splashes and dashes of black and white at a distance, in the tall trees along the creek, for the White-headed Pigeons feed there often. Near the house I am used to the Magpies and Butcherbirds strutting about in their dapper black and white outfits and singing their own praises. I […]

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Weavers

April 21, 2016

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the dearth of blog posts lately. The website has been in process of transferring servers and this has been more of a prolonged nightmare than imagined, with many unexpected side effects and hiccups. Hopefully we can now get back into a routine of weekly posts, where I snap and […]

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Beethoven and butcher-birds

March 25, 2016

I have always envied people who have butcher-bIrds in their environs. I never have, despite them being distributed over most of Australia. My magpies are handsome and dapper enough to cover the visual advantages of black and white birds, and I do love their songs… But they cannot compete with the songs of butcher-birds. And […]

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