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The spotted pardalote.

No sooner had I flopped on the couch with a steaming lemon-scented tea in one hand, my kindle in the other and a promissory nap brewing behind my eyes, than there was a sudden interruption. THWACK! It sounded like a large bird had flown into our lounge room window. This happens from time to time […]

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Ripley awakes.

Due largely to our summers unprecedented bushfires and prolonged heatwaves, Ripley has been undercover and in deep hibernation for nearly 4 months now. We had originally planned a couple of trips away in the new year, but all our usual go-to locations were on fire. In fact, all our non usual go-to locations were on […]

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The local pond.

I was walking Juno down to my local coffee haunt this morning when I heard an unusual sound. TrrrBonk! ……TrrrBONK!……………. GlobBONK! Oh my gosh. Frogs. I have not heard the sound of frogs in this area since I cannot remember when. We scooted over to the nearby pond to take a closer look. I couldnt […]

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Nursing flashback.

Scrolling back through a million jangled memories that cannot be shared here, but instead, hang thick as old anchor ropes set fast between those of us who cared. Four impressionable years spent in a number of very different hospitals convinced me once for all that nursing, if it is to be done efficiently, requires, more […]

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Do Kangaroos dream of carrots?

Last evening Kelly, Juno and I took a large bag of carrots up to the nearby base of Mt Taylor to feed the kangaroos. One BILLION of Australia’s often unique animal populations has been killed during the current bushfire crisis. Many scientists say this is a conservative estimate. Those animals that escaped the wildfires are […]

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Remember the Nullarbor.

One of the RV magazines we follow is running a competition for best photo of a campervan/motorhome out on the road. As Kelly was looking back through our own trip pictures searching for something that might be worthy, we reflected back on how special the Nulllarbor crossing was for us last year. And we nearly […]

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Back on grid.

I’m sitting outside Tilley’s cafe waiting for Kelly to arrive after work. The lunchtime throng has thinned down to the unhurried few who either sit in older scrunched-in-close jovial groups or sit apart uni students tapping deeply into their laptops. Kelly will be a couple of hours yet which suits me fine as I have […]

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Off grid for next 7 days.

I am about to go into a 7-day silent meditation retreat, so I will be off the grid for a while. That means no email, no talking, no reading, no writing, no YouTube, no wifi, no news, no TV….no nothing. Nowhere to hide. It is shaping up to be a challenging experience with temperatures predicted […]

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Hail-pocalypse!

Its been a couple of days now since we had the hail-pocalypse. A ten-minute storm cell that swept through Canberra just after lunchtime on Monday. Throwing down an angry blunderbuss of icy shot that shredded trees, smashed solar panels, killed hundreds of birds and bats and seriously smooshed-up cars. Lots of cars. In the thick […]