Being there for Bylong

November 10, 2018
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Almost a day’s drive each way to spend a day ‘being there for Bylong’ at the IPC sessions in Mudgee on Wednesday 7th November re the Kepco Bylong Coal project. Many other folk made efforts too – and definitely not the ‘rentacrowd’ that some pro-mine speakers scoffed at. I don’t even like café lattes, but […]

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Dorrigo details

November 1, 2018

Rainforests are often majestic and always green worlds of their own. Dorrigo National Park has a two-hour walk that takes you through such a world. While focal points like the Falls are spectacular, it’s the details along the way that fascinate me. Conical hanging birds’ nests? Or accidentally arranged lichen? Vines reach for the light […]

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Moving Dad’s place

October 22, 2018

When this was built at the Mountain, I never imagined it would have to be moved. But it has, twice. There was no way I was leaving it behind anywhere, but the last time was too much for it. The beach pebble chimney survived its cracking, staying vertical and attached. But I had to patch […]

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Water works

October 15, 2018
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Where I had lived for the past 4 years it had rained a lot — and very often only there, in that exact part of this spectacular valley, while adjacent areas missed out. Where I live now has been hanging out for some of that rain, with the ponds almost dry and even this sole […]

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One year’s promise

October 2, 2018
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Having now been in this new home for a year, I am seeing the first Spring of my plantings, a promise of what my envisaged garden will be like. Planting citrus trees was a priority, given that I grew up on an orange orchard and I still find the scent of orange blossom the most […]

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Plotting the Nannalution!

September 17, 2018

Last weekend I attended the 4th conference of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas (and Greed), held at the picturesque Glenrock Scout Camp near Newcastle. Hosted by the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid Coast Loop, it was a talk and food fest as well as a knit-in. I was privileged to be one of the speakers, […]

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Puddles/ponds/pools

August 27, 2018

My adjoining wetland has had no wet flowing into it for ages, and the larger pool was pinkish and abandoned by the ducks because it was too dry. Rubbish was the main occupant of the various dips where swamps or pools used to be. Then last night we had a little rain — and a […]

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Native exotica

August 10, 2018
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I was sitting on my deck in the winter sun, having morning tea with my son-in-law Joe, when a flash of colour moved in the corner of my vision. I turned my head to see my first Rainbow Lorikeet in this place, right there on my railing. Stunningly exotic, as if escaped from a South […]

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Return of the Frogmouth kids?

July 26, 2018
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Poking about under the small clump of trees on my block, I was pointing up into the skinniest Casuarina to show a visiting weed controller where the Frogmouth nest was. ‘Well, there’s two up there now’, he said. At first all I could see were two odd shapes against the light. When I moved around […]

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Northern Nature

July 17, 2018
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On the far North Queensland coast, evidence of Cyclone Yasi damage abounds, seven years later. On Dunk Island, the once-famous resort is still closed, unrepaired. But even here natural survivors struggle on, like this coconut palm. Years ago I had read Banfield’s Confessions of a Beachcomber about his time there. But Dunk Island is not […]

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Winter exotica

June 29, 2018
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Plants from cuttings and broken-off bits, of unknown future flowerings, all find a home with me. This beauty came from a community fundraiser where bits from very old plants in the Wingham courthouse garden were propagated for sale. What a bold and beautiful and very contemporary blooming it turned out to be harbouring! My cousin […]

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Turtle Doves

June 19, 2018
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Ever since I moved here I have seen this pair of doves in my back yard, always together, never alone. Sometimes they are very close, as in sharing the top of a gate post. They fly up and off quickly if they see me, so without the motivation of a photo, I hadn’t looked them […]

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