Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Possum Visitors

My favourite thing is meeting the other residents of this piece of scrubby bush and lately we've had a regular possum visitor in the trees near the house. This is a Common Brushtail Possum I saw a few nights ago.

This is the possum most often seen in Australia, and it is still surviving, even

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Flip-offs and High-Fives #1

Regular followers will know that on Friday I join Alicia at A Beautiful Mess and Gigi at Kludgy Mom and plenty of others in their Friday Flip-Off fun.  Go say hello to them both, they have very interesting blogs, well worth visiting. Basically it's a quick rant about the things that have bugged you this week so you can relax and enjoy your weekend.  This week I've also added something a bit different after the flip-offs.  So enjoy my rant and head for the code, link in and join the party.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Join me on THE A List

his will be an unusual post for me.  I'm about the environment.  I'm about health.  I'm about great healthy recipes.  I'm about the wildlife of my piece of scrubby bush.  I'm about money saving ideas that also help the earth.  These are the topics I usually post about.  Today I'm being asked why this blog should be considered as an A List blog.  I'm a new blogger and I want to reach out and share my passions with others and so I've joined a number of communities and come across some amazing people.  A few weeks ago I came across The Friday Flip-Off via Alicia at A Beautiful Mess which introduced me to Gigi at Kludgy Mom and that led me through to Mis at Miel et Lait.  So today I'm scrolling through my blogger dashboard and there was a post that attracted my attention on the Miel et Lait blog and now here I am bidding to become an A List blog.

So why is this an A list blog

Monday, June 21, 2010

Healthy Chocolate

I don't think I know anyone who doesn't enjoy chocolate. The problem being that most comes attached to too much sugar and other ingredients that are detrimental to our health. So here's some really good news - pure raw chocolate powder, (raw cacao powder), found in your health food store.
It contains:
14 times more anti-oxidants than red wine
21 times more anti-oxidants than green tea
7 times more anti-oxidants than dark chocolate.

The powder also includes phytonutrients, protein, zinc, omega 3, calcium, chromium, iron, copper, sulphur, potassium and magnesium.

The type I buy is also cultivated organically, which means no petrochemical fertilisers or toxic pesticides. (There's been debate lately over whether organic food has more nutrients than conventional food- seems that depends on which report you read, but all conclude that organic food doesn't contain pesticide residues! Always ensure the products are certified organic.) I also look for "fair trade' products. What that means is that the producers are supported, rather than exploited.

When you open the packet and breath in its aroma it is pure chocolate heaven. So how to use it? The same way you would use commercial cocoa powder. Here's a recipe that's very simple and which is based on a recipe I picked up whilst staying at a fantastic health retreat, Camp Eden in Queensland, Australia.

Chocolate Date Balls

Soak a cup and a half of raw almonds in water over night.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Flip-Offs 18th June

This is my fourth Friday Flip-offs and I'm totally hooked.  What a great way to end the week, having a rant about the things that have annoyed you so you can relax and enjoy your weekend.  As this is also a blog-hop it also gives you the opportunity to meet some new bloggers.  Thanks to Gigi At Kludgy Mom who started this whole thing off, and to Alicia at A Beautiful Mess, who not only introduced me to Friday Flip-offs,

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Big Hoppy Mouse

Sometimes it's hard to keep the natural and unnatural apart in my life.  I spent a few years as a wildlife carer, and any regular readers of this blog will know that Merrilyn, an eastern grey kangaroo I raised from a furless joey, still visits regularly and sees this place as home.  I also have two indoor cats.  They are Abyssinian, very dog like cats and they have the run of the house and a huge sunroom.  They are indoor only for two reasons: 1) They would kill as much as possible if they were allowed out. 2) They'd be killed quickly as they don't understand the dangers of brown snakes and goannas.  They are my dog substitutes as you can't have an indoor dog and as I love my wild visitors, (even roos I haven't raised come close to the house), and don't want them to be chased away.

Strange as it might seem, Simba, the aby and Merrilyn seem to have connected.  I tried to discourage it, as I don't want any kangaroo to think a cat is a friend as there are feral cats out there who might hurt if approached.  Still when it's summer and all solid doors are open, it's not possible if they want to say hello and Merrilyn doesn't go near any other humans so I'm thinking she won't go near any other cats.  They also don't say hi very often, but I have managed a few snaps when it has happened and I thought you might enjoy them.

Mum the big hoppy mouse is at the door!

Can she come in and play?

What's your name?

Just gotta love the animals!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Eel Checks Out Deepwater Oil Leak

Hi all, I found this via Twitter and just had to share it.  It shows the oil leak, which is fairly depressing, however it also shows an eel coming in to check out what the heck is happening.  Probably thinking "what have those dumb humans done now?"  Well worth a look, thanks Guardian UK and there are several related videos right along side. 

Guardian UK Video

Speaking of eels, look at this fantastic shot of a white mouthed moray eel by Jurvetson on flickr  The amazing creatures we don't even know exist and yet which we affect by the way we live our lives.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Flip-Offs, 6/11 - Edition

Hi everyone and welcome to the Friday blog hop, Friday Flip-offs.  I was introduced to this 3 weeks ago by Alicia from A Beautiful Mess who came upon it via its originator Gigi at Kludgy Mom.  (Thanks to both, please go and say hello to them). The basic concept is to rid yourself of the irritations of the week, so you can relax and enjoy your weekend. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Rules For Being Human

Every so often something lands in my inbox that touches me deeply and that I feel compelled to share.  This is one of those things.  It's short and it probably contains nothing new, it just puts what we need to know in a beautiful format. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tawny Frogmouth

One of the things I love about living in the bush is the chance to see the animals and birds I share it with.  Last night I was lucky enough to spot a tawny frogmouth as I arrived home.  It is also known as the mopoke as people thought this was the night bird that made the "mopoke" call that can be heard in the Australian bush, but that noise is actually made by the boobook or spotted owl.  The tawny frogmouth is found right across Australia and some even survive in our cities parks.  They fly silently, as do all night hunters, and they have the amazing ability to reshape themselves to look like part of the tree.  Sadly we lose quite a few on the road as they see prey in headlights and swoop down to grab it right in the path of the oncoming vehicle.

I'm still very much the amateur photographer, but this tawny was so close I had to have a go. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Almost Killed by an Elephant

A few people who have read my profile has asked about my elephant story.  Well I've just had the short version of it published on Powder Room Graffiti, a women's online community I write for, so rather than repeat it here I thought you might just like to click on this link and read it there. 

My elephant story

This is the famous Gadapani.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday Flip-Offs, 6/4 - Edition

Heck these Friday flip-offs are just too much fun not to join in.  Never joined one?  We'll here's your chance.  Thanks to Kludgymom who started this blog hop.  Set up your post, add the code below and add in your name and URL for the post and you're a way.  Great way to meet new people.. check out new blogs etc.

Pumpkin Soup

The worst thing about making pumpkin soup is the peeling - here's a recipe where you don't have to, well at least not whilst it's hard and raw.  It's easy and it's delicious!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010