Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Australia White Ibis and a Royal Spoonbill

The view on our lawn this morning was absolutely beautifull. The Australian White Ibis are a regular site in this area due to the storm water drainage of two streets that run past our home into the wetland reserve. We have had five days of rain, rather unusual for this area. We normally have rain for a maximum of two days and then it's all over. Due to the messy weather we also had a Royal Spoonbill join the Ibis tea party.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Laughing Kookaburra

We had a lovely Kookaburra visit yesterday. He first came and sat on the Weber in the BBQ area but by the time I got the camera, he flew up to the top of the roof. Kookaburras are best known for their laughing call, which sounds like loud, echoing human laughter. Kookaburras are carnivore's. They eat lizards, snakes, insects, mice, other small birds, and raw meat. They are good natured and very social birds. They will accept handouts from humans and will take raw or cooked meat (even if at high temperature) from on or near open-air barbecues left unattended. It is generally not advised to feed the birds too regularly as meat alone does not include calcium and other nutrients essential to the birds. Remainders of mince on the bird's beak can fester and cause problems for the birds


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Swahili for the broken-hearted by Peter Moore

This was a book I picked up from the local Recycling Centre a week ago. Peter Moore is an Australian travel writer with a parched dry wit. After breaking up with his girlfriend, the GND (Girl next door), he decided to travel through the Dark Continent of Africa from Cape Town to Cairo to find solitude and anonymity in the face of personal crisis. He travelled from the southernmost city to the pyramids of Egypt in the north. He had to grapple with political turmoil in almost every country along the way, civil wars and corrupt governments. This was an epic, hilarious true story of derring-do and derring-probably-shouldn't-have.

 If you are ever heartbroken one day and consider a trip like this through Africa, this is a must read!

Monday, June 4, 2012

I Dreamed of Africa

"I Dreamed of Africa" by Kuki Gallmann. This book was given to me by my Mum while I was visiting them in South Africa. This is a must read all about an Italian girl starting her life in Kenya. She endured harrdship, loosing the people closest to her and enduring everything to eventually start "The Gallmann Memorial Foundation". This Foundation still exists today.