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
There are over 700 different Eucalypts in Australia. These are natives but there are nine that are not found here naturally. Today I went for a bit of a drive just to look at one species – Eucalyptus camaldulensis, the river red gum. I saw some different ones but the red gum is predominant. Some Eucalypts have very interesting bark. The smooth ones can be quite colourful. … Continue reading Eucalyptus – ‘Gum Trees’
In her most recent post about her visit to Washington, Maria Holm, made mention of Raoul Wallenberg. I told her that we had a memorial to him here in Melbourne and she asked me to write a post about it. Crammed between a brick wall and a major suburban street in the Melbourne suburb of Kew is a small garden. Down there, just next to … Continue reading Raoul Wallenberg
…..from anywhere up the road without commentary . But only from places we’ve been. Continue reading Road trip – a couple of random shots……
We waved farewell to our hosts from the front of their house. This is not a typical Condoblin front garden. This is the garden of a fanatical proponent of the family of Saltbushes which are members of a worldwide family of plants (Chenopodiaceae – chenopods) that are common in deserts and salty environments. At the bottom of this post I have added a few references for … Continue reading The Road Trip – #6 Condoblin to Narromine
From Narrandera to Condoblin is 240 km. Here we will stay with some friends of Robin. Just out of Narrandera I stopped to take a ‘non-50km’ photograph. Take particular note of the dryness of the land. This is the same, same old dry country we have passed so far and it is hot and the cattle are looking reasonably well but a bit warm. Just … Continue reading The Road Trip – #5 to Condoblin.