Wood Ducks, Patience and Working at Heights

The local Wood Ducks are seeking higher ground. It's going to be a sore point this year. Our chimneys are gone. The ducks loved our chimneys. They would stand atop them and croon and quack and carry on with one another. Have little discussions about the inclement weather and how they might go about finding … Continue reading Wood Ducks, Patience and Working at Heights

Backyard Birdlife – Perch & Trap

Autumn. From previous years observations I have noticed that there is a tendency for the Flycatchers to be on the move and more active in places where perhaps they are not at other times of the year. This usually means more frequent visits into urban gardens. We've had the Grey Fantails around and the Willy … Continue reading Backyard Birdlife – Perch & Trap

Take what the day gives

From time to time I briefly observe the remarkable sights of other peoples blogs and websites. It's both an experience of awe and total disenchantment to me. Awe at others endeavours and successes. Disenchantment on reflection of our own current state of utter chaos and the relentlessness of working through the mundane list of chores … Continue reading Take what the day gives

Retrofitting the Suburbs *

  Self-reliance. . . It has always been an economic foundation of every society in history, it's just that in the¬†super-charged affluence of the past couple of decades we've managed to suck it dry and shift everything up, into the monetary economy. And when you get economic contraction it's just natural that people start doing … Continue reading Retrofitting the Suburbs *

Aussie Climate Zone Comparisons

[ You may notice that Tasmania is not covered in this map. Within Tasmania there are several smaller climate regions which are covered in the link Daily Mail news article¬† ] Recently I came across this map of climate comparisons across Australia with other regions of the world. I am not surprised to see Perth … Continue reading Aussie Climate Zone Comparisons