Tuesday 7.30 am and the temperature was 10 decrees celsius, with a cool north-westerly wind blowing. A perfect morning for a walk/run on the ridge, work can wait for an hour or so. Mt Arawang at 765 metres is at the southern end of the Coolamon Ridge walk. The access track from the Kambah horse paddocks is steep and a great cardio workout.
Trigs have a cosmic intrigue for me, the symmetry of the structure exposed to the elements. A great space for some meditation and quiet reflection.
Sunrise at Mt Arawang, Australian Capital Territory
I know there are brown snakes around the property where we live. We installed a perimeter of snakes deterrents before the start of summer. They are beeping and pulsing away all round the house and we haven’t seen a snake for months. Now I am not sure how to tackle this one.
When I was spreading a pile of wood chips this morning, I uncovered a what looks like a nest inside the pile. I think that it is a brown snake’s nest. Now not sure what my next step should be. Is mumma snake inside or just the eggs?
My bus trip from Udaipur to Mumbai. The first time I visited Udaipur in India. I admit that I was a complete travel wimp! Travel wimps are sad souls who want to see the world. Alas, they miss out on so much because they are too frightened to go where others dare to tread. They…
This battered, metal tuckerbox was used on outback trips to support strikers during the historic nine-year Wave Hill walk-off 1966 to 1975. I was intrigued by the contents, especially the inclusion of a smart red pepper grinder and some Tupperware containers. So I went along to the Australian National Museum in Canberra today to have a look for myself.
I like most Australians learnt almost nothing about Aboriginal history at school, I had assumed that the Wave Hill Walk off took place pre WWII. Hence my curiosity about the modern day implements. The tuckerbox was built to be animal-proof and to withstand tough conditions. Manning arranged the transport of supplies from the union to support the strike, initially at Victoria River, using his TJ Series Bedford truck. This has also been acquired by ANM and is being stablised for travel and is expected to arrive in Canberra later this year.
Photos courtesy of the Australian National Museum Canberra
One of the benefits of working from home and being home alone is that my daily schedule is completely mine to arrange, for today anyway. I decided to take a look at an ebird hotspot just 8 minutes drive away. Work could always start when I got back.
I was amazed that I had never been here before having lived in this area for 12 years. I set off with the idea of making a circumnavigation of the pond. Then I saw this inviting track leading off to the west, that led me down to the Murrimbidgee River and the Bicentennial National Trail.
I enjoy walking on a cool Autumn morning as you don’t need to be on the lookout for snakes, you can completely relax and take in all the small noises and smells of the bush.. mindful walking at it’s best. The circumnavigation and detour took around 95 minutes and my bird list included 20 species, not a bad result given the foggy conditions.