the turkey thing gets you for days. Leftovers!
This is a strange country - while Sydney is roasting and ringed with fires burning out of control, in Victoria - the state next door - it is snowing!!!!!!!!!
3 days ago it was too hot to breathe. Now I'm wearing a jumper!
Snowing! In the snow fields on that mountain - or all over?
There's light snow scattered around the snowfields areas in both NSW and Victoria, not in the cities. The temperature has dropped considerably, (quite pleasant really) but the bushfires are still going full tilt. It's been so long since we've had rain, that all that fuel is just sitting there. The smoke is pretty bad in town, although the fires are on the extremeties.
Yesterday we drove through the national park to the south of Sydney (on our trip down Wilso's way) . The park was devastated in the Christmas fires last year, and prior to that in 1994, and is just not recovering at all. While the bush can cope with fire - it needs the following rain to kick things off again.
My friend is leaving next Wednesday for LA and then a flight to OZ. She's on a 16 day cruise around Tazmania, I think she said. She showed me all the maps but everything seems upside down. Three months she'll be down-under. I've made her an email address, [email protected]
for Janet Washington-Western Australia. Cute, huh?
I'm worried about her, a little. She's going to be in Sydney at the 4 Seasons for two or three nights after the cruise. Please have all fires out by then. Thanks!
She's asked me what I'd like for her to bring me back, then said I couldn't have a kangaroo. Is there anything small that I should be coveting???
That sounds about right, Margo, the hotel is part of the cruise package, so I'd think it would be near the harbo(u)r. Janet is the one who got me to volunteer on the Endeavour. Quite an active person, so she probably could jump in the water or at least commandeer a boat.
(I had no idea that Sydney was so huge. I mean, I knew it was big, but not that spread about.)
She'll first be in Sydney Jan. 3rd-5th or 6th. I imagine she'll be stopping through more than once. Her trip plans look a bit like a spider web, crossing and criss-crossing Oz. She writes wonderful travelogues and is taking two cameras and a recorder. Lord only knows what she's got planned for sure!
I know she'd love a contact, if nothing else, for the sheer joy of meeting people. She is a character and collects people from all over.
We're approaching 5 million people, and it's only in relatively recent times that apartment living, or medium density housing, has become acceptable. Previously we all lived on our own, private, little quarter acre estates, stretching waaaay out.........
I've moved back to the inner suburbs, after living a long way out, on my little piece of bush.
The fires in New South Wales are getting a lot of coverage in the media here in the last few days. Sounds like the fires are menacing some densely populated areas. I hope all of you oz-folks are ok.
And Guam has a typhoon...... so frustrating!
Frustrating is an interesting description for a typhoon!
too much rain up north, not enough down south. Seems there's been a lot of that type of thing going on.
Nooo, typhoons are scary I imagine.
Margo! You lived in the bush??? Did you have amazingly scary bugs and spiders and snakes and ... critters???
Tell all, please!!
I lived on my own little quarter acre about 20-odd miles from the centre of the city, but still in the suburbs of Sydney. There was a reserve behind me.
Yes - when I first moved there, this area was just being developed, and there were some undesirable critters. The worst were the snakes. Brown snakes are poisonous, and will attack. I lived there for 14 years and lost 2 cats to brown snakes, the most recent the week before I moved away, 10 years ago. One chased me as I was weeding my garden! Bit scary. I hate snakes, but snakes are protected, whereas humans aren't!
There were some funnel-web spiders, also deadly, in the front yard, but we killed these with copious insecticides.
There were rabbits and goannas in the back yard, as I had no fence dividing me from the reserve. We also had some great colourful parrots. As the place became more settled and built up, the animals disappeared. (except the snakes). We also had the occasional grass fire in the reserve - which necessitated calling the fire brigade. These were mostly started by kids, but were bloody scary - the fire just races!!!
When I first moved there, it was just lovely - like living in the country - but I'd guess now it's just suburbia, with fences and lawns and the like.
Gosh Margo - when I was a weelowan we lived in a new suburb in the foothills and there were many brown snakes and such - but I never recall being menaced.
The local boys and I offered a trapdoor spider removal service, though - most unwarranted I now see, and mean - but we all fervently believed that, one day, one would mistake us for an insect and pop out and bite us. I only heard of one kid being bitten and she was, of course, investigating the hole to see if the spider was home. Now - everyone KNEW that when the trap was SHUT the spider was IN, so what she was a-thinking of a-poking in of her finger I cannot fathom.......nor what she expected....a plum perchance?
A huge brown snake came once, and shed her enormous skin and laid her eggs - which we knew because, suddenly, there were seeming myriads of tiny, but deadly, brown snake babies in the garden. The cats, a mother and her son, killed numbers of them, always in the same way. Candy would wait in ambush behind the snake, while Christopher Columbus (who had been a most intrepid explorer as a kitten) would dance about in front of it, until Candy pounced and broke its spine, just behind the head, in one fell swoop.
Most exciting to watch from the breakfast table, as one struggled to force down a weetbix, or when playing in the garden.
My god, your cat and kitten in a deadly battle out in the garden while you're having breakfast??? Awkk.
Brown snakes? I've never heard of them, but I've put them on the "most undesirable" list. And even the babies are deadly? Yikes.
Margo, that must have been awful to lose your cat just before you were to move. I am sorry to make you dredge up sad memories. What's this about the snakes are protected? Were Deb's cats acting against the law?!?
Having watched a lot of Steve Irwin a few years ago, I know, I think what a goanna is. Long, slithery type of lizard, right? Fast!
But I'm disappointed. No Kangaroos??? Wherever are they?
Just to keep you protected out there -- baby poisonous snakes are always particularly poisonous, so's they can protect themselves, I guess. (Know this because I grew up in rattlesnake country in California.) Rattler babies are even more dangerous because they don't have rattles 'n' you don't know they're there.
Nothing like the poisonous critters in Oz. 'Tween spiders and snakes and jellyfish and lord knows what all (got any malaria mozzies down there?), it sounds like a place to make you more-than-itch.