Family

Exploring one of the last lagoons on the coast…

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Getting out for an exploration at my favourite time of the day, twilight – is one of those true pleasures, and often one bumped for all the million other things that need to be attended to.  So today after school, we headed nature-side and explored the coastal wetlands at Aldinga, Sellicks Beach – the Aldinga […]

Wildlife

A ghost of autumn – Spilosoma glatignyi, Black and white tiger moth

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Here is a truly beautiful delicate ghost of autumn – the enchanting spectre of the Black and White Tiger Moth, Spilosoma glatignyi who I found today, resting on my worm farm.   Bold amongst the reds and browns of autumn, its mothy patterns for me, reference the Snowy Owl, even down to the fluffy large head and the red-eye […]

Wildlife

Thoughts on rewilding

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I have just finished reading George Monbiot’s book Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life. Some of the ideas are controversial and continue to be debated, and just one thing this book will do is open your eyes to any romantic or poetic attachment you have of some aspects of the UK countryside. It […]

Permaculture

Happenings

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It’s not that there isn’t a lot happening around here, I just don’t stop to write about it much these days. It’s a time of ripening plums. New bee accommodations: Visits for the first time from blue-banded bees: Harvesting summer: Welcome visitors: Delighting at the first time growing and eating a green zebra tomato:

Wildlife

Secret little lizard

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Whenever I head into the front garden with a watering can at the moment, little Shadow the blue-tongue lizard is usually around. I think we might have an understanding as today he/she drank a few drips of water and regarded each other. What seemed to pass was something like this: “If you keep a little […]

Wildlife

Wedge-tailed eagles

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Had a lovely close encounter with two beautiful immense wedge-tailed eagles last week on our property. I was lucky enough to have my camera in the car so I pulled over on the driveway and got some photographs. Being looked down upon by these powerful birds makes you feel pretty small. It is hard to […]

Weird science

Free-range and wild dust bunnies

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There has been a population explosion of dust bunnies here! The research I have conducted online suggest that ours are special – they free-range and effectively live wild. I was going to add a fascinating discourse about my recent observations and research on these dust bunnies (including a photograph of a wild one!) but I’ve […]