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

Summer Delights

The dahlias are flowering. Steadily over the last two years I have managed to cultivate our burgundy dahlias well enough to increase them in number. I have seen them described on-line with such fanciful names as velvet wine, black satin or burgundy shadow. Nonetheless, when we came across the tubers and got them growing to … Continue reading Summer Delights