Pests, Predators and Observations

The morning started with bird calls. The magpies were the first birds I heard. It was around 4am. This time of the year, in this part of the world, we get some lovely morning light. One of my first tasks was to water the garden. Kind of a gentle way to ease into the day … Continue reading Pests, Predators and Observations

Cardboard, Bananas, Skinks & Frogs

The rasping scream filled the corner of the garden and sent the neighbours dog into a barking fit. The scream stopped and started a few times and then stopped. I had heard it a few times before. It wasn't human. It was animal. I also felt I knew the cause of it. Being a sunny … Continue reading Cardboard, Bananas, Skinks & Frogs

Beer & Tattoos

I don't have any tattoos. I contemplated getting a henna tattoo once while traveling in the United States to try it out, but when I looked around - it seemed that everyone had one. It lost the uniqueness that made it semi-attractive. Now, decades following, I have no regrets. But I liked the designs and … Continue reading Beer & Tattoos

The Feast of the First Morning of the First Day

This post is a reflection on our recent trip to Vietnam. Our first trip to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) was in 2007 during a world trip. The city seemed bigger now, but by how much I cannot really say. On this trip we arrived on the last day of Tết Nguyên Đán, the Vietnamese … Continue reading The Feast of the First Morning of the First Day

Child of Bullfrog, Moving on & Beeswax

  I was mulching some wattle branches and Brazilian Pepper tree out the back when I spied this little fella sitting on a rhubarb leaf. Quite happy to sit very still while I moved busily around chopping and mulching branches. It sat quite placidly like a little green buddha. This is one of the children … Continue reading Child of Bullfrog, Moving on & Beeswax