My recent expedition into the world of mushrooms and their friends has switched on a new interest. I will begin by quoting from the extract to a 200 page book on the topic; ‘The Biology of Fungi’ by C. T. Ingold and H. J. Hudson. Fungi as mutualistic symbionts A wide range of fungi live in mutualistic associations with plants. The best known of these symbioses … Continue reading Fungi are worth the effort.
Balyang Sanctuary is a public park on the banks of the Barwon River, in the suburb of Newtown, Geelong. It is 20 acres in size and consists of open park lands, lakes, and wetlands. Just ‘cos I like ’em – birds and trees. No comments. First week of winter and the sun came out five minutes after I drove away. Continue reading Balyang Park Geelong
I went for a drive SW from Ballarat. About 30km. I found a new nature reserve. I walked around to the other side of this pond and saw a Scarlet Robin who had his back turned to me and I had to really crank up my camera to catch him. Then I saw a fungus doing its very best to eat an old tree stump. … Continue reading Bird Sanctuary. Linton.
In 1929 a Mr Alfred Nicholas bought about sixty acres of land in the hills to the west of Melbourne. He had a bit of money to spare and he had a large house built. Alfred had made a lot of money by making and marketing his brother George’s invention. Alfred was a merchant and George was a pharmacist. When World War I cut off … Continue reading Change and decay.
Those of you waiting with bated breath for the next instalment of the Chinamen’s Track might just need to have a little patience. I am in the process of moving out of my little flat in Melbourne and going back to live in Ballarat. So to fill in a few idle moments I need to catch up with a few places in Melbourne that I … Continue reading Postcard to Holly
Next month will see the tenth anniversary of the devastating Black Saturday bushfires that were burning on or around Saturday, 7th February 2009 in the state of Victoria. There were 180 fatalities and the fires covered an area of over 450,000 hectares (1700 square miles). More than 2000 houses were destroyed as well as a similar number of other buildings. The Black Saturday fires started … Continue reading Bushfire and rebirth.
Chapter Four The next morning Bill woke up as usual, for he was usually a very well behaved boy. Notice how I said ‘usually’. That might give you a clue about what might happen next. He had his breakfast – as usual. He packed his school bag with his books and his lunch – as usual. He made sure his walkie-talkie was in his bag … Continue reading Bushfire lookout – a story Ch 4
This is a story for children but you can read it if you wish. It isn’t true but it might be for all I know. It was formerly known as “The Firewatching Tree” and many of you will have read it before but I just felt like showing it to you again. Bush fires in Spain and Greece and California and Queensland have been in … Continue reading Bushfire lookout – a story
Hark, Hark, the trees have bark! You see them all over the town. Some are smooth and some are dark And all in the streets of my town. Flowers are pretty and colourful and stuff like that, But bark has a story to tell. Continue reading Hark, Hark, the Bark.
Bill Turner lived on the corner of Almond Drive and Orange Court, Orchards Rise. Orchards Rise had once been an area of small orchards that had been sold off and subdivided to make way for houses at the end of the second World War. Bill had lived there all his life from the day he was born. Old man Turner planted out two orchards, side … Continue reading The Almond Tree