Frogmouth family

November 20, 2017
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From my deck the familiar Frogmouth lump in the tree seemed to have doubled. She-oak bark camouflaged as this bird is, my eyes always need to peer hard to work out this lump’s doings. But there were two of them, one on the nest and one on an adjacent branch. Great; a pair! And then […]

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Passion in the Pilliga

November 13, 2017
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Last weekend about 300 people gathered from farflung parts of the east coast to show that they cared — about the unique Pilliga Forest and its flora and fauna, about the Great Artesian Basin, about the farmers of the North West — and about the Santos CSG Narrabri Project that threatens them all. Most camped […]

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Reclusive visitor

November 6, 2017
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We’ve had rain, and the rocks in my back yard path are a bit slippery. But not slimy with weed, so this rock caught my eye. And then I saw that it had back legs. A tortoise; but was it digging in or out? Right next to a cement slab didn’t seem a smart choice […]

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Familiar faces

October 25, 2017

As at my last two homes, I see a lot of wildlife just from my decks and verandahs, perhaps because I choose homes that are part eyrie. Not having heard kookaburras here yet, I was delighted to see this one last evening, just metres away from my side verandah. Such a handsome fellow! Next day, […]

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Treetop home

October 19, 2017

There have been no posts for a while as I’ve been immersed in the chaos of moving house again. This time — the absolute last! — it was to a rural town, where I share my block with this Tawny Frogmouth, one of my favourite birds. A quiet, retiring, serenely beautiful bird, with ‘eyelashes’ to […]

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Wintry work

September 19, 2017
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This drawing was meant for Chapter 5, ‘Living for Weekends’, of The Woman on the Mountain. We’d moved there into the still very basic cabin, and I’d taken the writing work from my old design firm… In a way it’s as if I remained part of the company even after I’d left and moved back […]

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Inland rocks

September 12, 2017
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In the Nymboida-Binderay National Park, the water’s power is strong; visitors are warned of it. White-water kayakers take off from here at Platypus Flat. I stay on shore — deal with a flat tyre — and simply enjoy the sound of the water. The current-combed trees show the force of the Nymboida at times, but […]

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Rocky life

September 1, 2017
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I love rocks. I can admire the grandeur of large scale features like this Natural Arch on the Headland Walk at Crowdy Bay National Park, but it’s the close-up details that attract me most. That small group of rocks was closest to my camp. It is amazingly varied, as I’ll show you. They are sharp […]

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Woman on the move

August 21, 2017
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As you know, I love sunrises. This clearly not at my place. Actually, I don’t have a ‘place’ right now. For the next month I am homeless! The Woman is on the move, national park hopping to re-connect with nature, before I have to live in a house… in a town (!) … but with […]

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Al fresco loo

July 26, 2017

The sun on your knees, a view of birds and bush… who’d want an indoor loo? This sketch and extract is from The Woman on the Mountain, Chapter 14, ‘The Simple Life’. ‘Contrary to popular mythology, the simple life is not found in the country but in the city, where you simply pay your bills […]

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The water word is out

July 17, 2017
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After the White-faced Heron staking a claim on my pond, the word seems to have got out to other water birds that the pond is here and the surrounding lawn is soggy enough to easily poke a long waterbird beak into. A small troupe of iridescent Straw-necked Ibis were here the other day, strutting and […]

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Woman at work

July 10, 2017

This drawing was meant for Chapter 12 of The Woman the Mountain, ‘While the woman’s away…’ which is mainly about the wildlife moving in and taking over when I wasn’t there. Here’s the relevant extract about one of the ultimately futile attempts to keep them out… When the rain finally stopped, I began fortifying the […]

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