time of parra’dowee

Goray’murrai – wet and warm (November to December)

“This season begins with the Great Eel Spirit calling his children to him, and the eels which are ready to mate make their way down the rivers and creeks to the ocean. It is the time of the blooming of the Kai’arrewan (Acacia binervia) which announces the occurrence of fish in the bays and estuaries.” http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/dharawal/parradowee.shtml

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Acacia Binervia – Image source: http://www.lifestyle.com.au/plant-guide/coastal-myall-26.aspx

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Noticing…

Hearing the calls of the kookaburra, whip bird, raven. My youngest boy tells me that the kookaburras let us know when the weather is going to change. Observing wattle bird, magpie, noisy mynah, and blackbird (introduced). We’ve seen an eagle pair circling the skies.

I love observing the behaviour of the magpie families caring for their young. The parents are so attentive and patient.

Image source: http://ozwildlifestudio.com/garden-guests-diary/magpie-and-her-youngster/

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In the garden…

Our dogs found an echidna in our yard. The more they dug, the more the echidna dug. I rang WIRES (Wildlife Information & Rescue). They told me to leave the echidna, it would waddle off on its own. Echidnas are territorial. If we dug it out and placed it in the bush, we might place it out of its territory, it will have trouble locating its nest, and its puggles may die. The advisor said it would be gone in an hour.

We waited five hours with the dogs locked on the back deck, and the kids wanting to go outside to play cricket. The echidna did not budge. It stayed at the bottom of the hole. It took my husband about an hour to dig out the echidna. It was a battle of the wills. The more he dug, the more the echidna dug. It’s claws are very strong and not knowing which end was the head or the tail you have to be very careful not to damage any part of it whilst trying to gain some leverage to pull it out of the hole. It must have been terrified. We placed it in the bush across the road.

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Lots of new plants to find a place for – finger lime (native), lemon myrtle (native). babaco, sweet leaf bush, strawberry guava.

The mango tree has fruit on it and at this stage is keeping the fruit. No fruit on the olive tree this year.

I wish I’d planted more food trees when I planted out the garden. We have an enormous Lophostemon conferta in our yard, which is lovely, but I can’t help wonder why I didn’t plant a macadamia tree.

Lophostemon Conferta – Image source: http://toptropicals.com/cgi-bin/garden_catalog/cat.cgi?uid=LOPHOSTEMON_CONFERTUS

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