A horse race that stops a nation!

I'm not joking, at 3pm tomorrow afternoon, work will stop, lessons in schools will stop, all activity will stop for a horse race. Everyone in Melbourne will take the whole day off for the Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday of November every year at 3pm. Originally only Australian horses... Continue Reading →

Deadly Funnel Web spider

The funnel web spider can save your life! Unless, of course, if they kill you. Growing up we were always wary of funnel webs in swimming pools in Sydney. For some reason that's where they are found. Funnel web spider -photo The Museum of Queensland Scientists have found that their deadly venom contains peptides (the... Continue Reading →

Kangaroos, mother of the year, or maybe not?

Kangaroos are found all over Australia, in every habitat. Snow, desert, rainforest, beach scrub, dry sclerophyll, you name it, they are there. Eastern Grey Kangaroo Some are big, small, red, grey and can even climb trees. They have great names too, such as the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby, which, as the name suggests, is found... Continue Reading →

My poor lemon tree

This is a picture of my poor lemon tree It doesn't look well. I planted it 4 years ago and so far I've had one lemon grow. This is what happens to a leaf that thinks it can survive outside the netting. The deer that roam through my backyard just have their way with it.... Continue Reading →

Spring has sprung!

Finally it is the first day of Spring! We also got some rain last night which was most needed. Here is a picture of the first flower on this bush in my front garden. The large majority of Australian plants are evergreen, they don't loose their leaves. So our trees are green all year round.... Continue Reading →

The birds

I hate birds. I think I got this fear from when I was little. My dad sent me into the bird cage to clean it out. I was small enough to go in there and the canaries would perch on their little branches looking down at me. I don't think they appreciated the lengths I... Continue Reading →

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