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Coleptera Beetle

Coleptera Beetle


I encountered and captured this specimen at Ebor Falls.  Isn’t it pretty? 🙂


Dark Bush Adventures!


Common Grey Brushtail Possum

Common Grey Brushtail Possum

Have you ever been possum shooting?  We’ve just been shooting on the weekend.  Of course, we use a digital camera 😉

We went out while it was still daylight.  Driving a little way out of town, into the bush, we scouted for good areas to “spot” later; places near water, well treed, established trees with hollows, and bird’s nests.  On the GPS we marked the likeliest looking trees to come back to when we began looking in earnest.

After the sun set, we turned around and switched the car’s high beam lights on to illuminate the surrounding trees. The hunt began!  We also shone spotlights out of the car’s windows and drove very slowly, scanning the trees for eyes peeping back at us.


Boobook Owl

Boobook Owl


We uncovered many different types of wildlife; frogs, owls, nightjars, possums, and normal-old-day-time birds roosting.  There were no gliders about,  but we did encounter a snake!




Anonymous snake! (anyone know his name?)


Miss 7 spied the first “good” (photographable) possum, and she was very excited! We had sighted two before then, but they scurried away before we were able to shoot them.  Our father first spotted the owl and the nightjar, as well as the frogs.

Tawny Frogmouth with snack

Tawny Frogmouth with snack


Spotlighting makes for thrilling nighttime adventure!


The Great Gale

Hester Burton the great gale


I really enjoyed reading The Great Gale. Hester Burton did a fine job of writing this. When I read it, I felt very cold, and very wet, and very tired. I could even feel the rain!

Set in Norfolk, the village and people are fictional, but the great gale of 1953 really happened, causing much damage, from Scotland all the way to Holland.  It was a result of an unusually high tide, coinciding with very strong winds.

The author has used primary sources to write this book, such as texts from the BBC broadcasting and the Eastern Daily Press newspapers. One moving incident was based on the true story of the rescue of 28 people from their rooftops, by Airman Reis Leming of the United States Air Force.  Even though he couldn’t swim, he waded back and forth through icy neck-deep floodwaters towing people to safety in an inflatable rubber dinghy. 

The fictional aspects of the story cover the worry of Mary about her friend Myrtle, when Myrtle’s mother’s Post-Office-house is swept away by the flood and no one knows where they are… and when her brother Mark is lost, and the boat he went out in is seen drifting alone on the tide… and an amusing description of Myrtle’s interesting method of saving her ‘Catty’!

I would recommend this book for children aged 7+, but the grown up who read it at my house really liked it too.



Holland during the 1953 flood