Category Archives: Nature

Life in the Fast Lane

Dear Friends, Last Saturday, I learned from the Colorado Traveling Ducks that it was National Squirrel Appreciation Day.  After meeting a fleet-footed squirrel in Manchester, I definitely have an appreciation for their speed and agility. Did you know a squirrel moves fast? If you blink you’ll miss it. That’s what almost happened to me. I …

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Watching and Waiting

Dear Friends,  I’ve been whale watching with my old buddy Manny. We sailed on the Ocean Spirit, a sleek catamaran, out into the Auau Channel off the island of Maui. Manny and I were given the job of Official Whale Spotters. We watched and watched and watched until far away in the distance we spotted …

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Crocodile Rock Part 2

Dear Friends, After visiting Walkabout Creek Hotel, I was inspired to take up a new career as a crocodile hunter. Mick Dundee makes it look so easy in the movie. First I had to find some crocodiles. Even though there were plenty of warning signs, I didn’t spot a single croc until I got to …

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Come Fly With Me

Dear Friends, You know how much I love doing work experience. It’s great fun to walk in someone else’s shoes for a day. When I went flying with Sam from Kingfisher Tours at Kununurra, I thought my secret ambition to be a pilot was about to be fulfilled. We were going to fly this six …

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I Feel The Earth Move

Dear Friends, Did you feel the earth move last week? If you live on the mid north coast of Queensland you might have, because there have been eight earthquakes in the last week, with the strongest at magnitude-5.7. Luckily they were well off the coast so there’s been little damage. Where I live we didn’t feel the earthquakes at …

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Sink or Swim

Dear Friends, Can you see this sign almost hidden behind the Mr Twirly Ice Cream van at Brown Lake? When I first saw it from a distance, I was sure it said “Beavers Only”. I was quite excited, because I’ve never been anywhere exclusive before and I thought I was the only beaver in Australia. Perhaps …

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Early One Morning – Weekly Photo Challenge – Early Bird

Dear Friends, You’ve probably heard the saying “The early bird catches the worm.” Believe me, it’s not just an old wives’ tale. I was watching this morning as a kookaburra, out and about just as the sun rose, was looking for a tasty treat for his breakfast. And it’s not just worms he was after. The campers …

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Ain’t That Peculiar?

Dear Friends, Manny and I should have known something was up the day we went to the Natural History Museum in London. All the signs were there but we weren’t very observant. We were much too excited for our own good! There were some very strange creatures hanging around outside. They were all smiling, but not …

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Bluer Than Blue

Dear Friends, I’d like to introduce you to an amazing new talent in the world of interior design. I predict that with his eye for colour and his sense of style he will soon be in demand. His home is the perfect showcase for his flamboyant spirit. The décor is tossed together in an artless manner yet everything …

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Will The Real Christmas Tree Please Stand Up!

Dear Friends, Once upon a time I would have said, “Seen one Christmas tree, seen ‘em all.” But that was before I noticed a strange phenomenon in the shops this year – a whole new variety of trees. I’ve been doing some research  on decorated trees and found out that these ones belong to the same species as the usual …

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