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post #1671 of 2360 Old 04-07-2019, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Apparently I am not just reviewing them, but now dreaming about them! This is from the "Crazy Dreams" thread:

I actually had another weird dream! But I have to explain something before I tell it. About a year ago I bought these really comfortable pyjama pants, three pairs of them - a lovely soft cotton, and with cute prints. They are so nice I started wearing them around the house as bottoms in summer because they were so comfortable and cute and not too warm. Also, when I have to write a serious article, I have this writer tradition of changing into my pyjama pants and then working on the laptop in my "horizontal office" - sitting on the bed or sofa - and getting into my "officewear" really gets me in the writing zone.

And because of that, I am starting to wear some holes into the backs of some of these pyjama pants. It's really annoying - you actually can't mend them. I've tried - stitching is pointless because the fabric is threadbare in the "Swiss Cheese" area, and ironing on patches makes you feel like you're sitting on pork crackling, plus it rips along the edges of the patch. The latest pair this has been happening to, I have been wearing around the house anyway when not in company - because I am in pyjama demise denial.

Now to the dream. I dreamt I was writing in my "office attire" - civilised top with bra and everything, pyjama bottoms - when there was a knock at the door. I got up and answered the door and it was Robert Smith and his wife Mary. I blinked - surely I was hallucinating (how meta is that!) - but they didn't disappear, so I greeted them and asked would they like a cup of tea. This seemed fine to them, so I stepped back on the threshold to let them in, and then explained that I would be walking backwards facing them along the corridor (a sort of human rein-back demonstration) because my pyjama pants posterior was a Swiss Cheese. And as I was walking backwards, I was going, "Bre-ett, please put the kettle on, I have to go change my pants!"

Hee hee. Brett (in real life) said to me, "Oh, that's an anxiety dream!"

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post #1672 of 2360 Old 04-07-2019, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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RIDING REPORTS

Tough calls can inhibit riding. Anyway, on my birthday Monday before last I managed to do the same trail that I photographed as a multipost photoessay when the Christmas trees were in full, fiery bloom: https://www.horseforum.com/member-jo...post1970681183

And I've also done the "Fireground Loop" again, last weekend. Since then, tiredness, having to catch up on tasks and crazy weather have kept me from riding - but I hope to be back on the horse as normal again this coming week. I won't have a camera with me for previously documented rides, but when I get a decent day, I'll explore the northern boundary of the Sleeman Creek Reserve, that I did the "reconstituted" post on here: https://www.horseforum.com/trail-rid...post1970688827

I'll have a camera for that.



The newest ride report is that I rode the multi-post photographed loop in the opposite direction on Friday! ...And on Saturday I rode my bicycle. Today was Sunday lunch: Zucchini, ricotta and feta soup (texture like vichyssoise, the classic leek and potato soup), home-baked flatbread with tabbouleh from our garden ingredients, and lamb and feta, drizzled with sweet chilli sauce. Cherry clafoutis for afters, own cherries. Officially too torpid after that to ride!

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post #1673 of 2360 Old 04-10-2019, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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THE BIRD PUZZLE

On Tuesday, I felt flat because of an AGM that had gone on until late Monday night, and spent some time just chilling and reading a book. It's an excellent book - The Cuckoo's Calling, a detective novel by JK Rowling under pseudonym - it's written with delicious use of language and sharp social observation, and the detective and his clever secretary are completely endearing, plus the puzzle too is excellent, so I'm trying to write this post and get back to it to find out whodunnit...

Anyway, I was engrossed in this thing when suddenly I became conscious that the birds in our garden were making a loud and riotous cacophony, and that these were dozens and dozens of tiny little birds - mostly silvereyes (the size of a mouse) and a few willy wagtails - sitting in the one bush, about four metres from me, with their chatter growing increasingly frantic. So, I opened the French door and stood on the paving, watching intently. The first thing that struck me is that none of the birds were flying away on my account - they were tightly bunched in the bush, twittering incessantly, even as I moved closer. I was standing really still trying to see what sorts of birds they were, as they were much hidden by foliage and it was difficult to see an entire one - when I saw a long, narrow movement going through the bush. Next thing, a little reptilian face turned, with golden colouring under its neck and a little tongue flicking in and out. A tiger snake, actually climbing around in the bush! And the little birds, ganging up, collecting around it in tight chattering groups, just out of striking range. Wow! This isn't something I've seen before!

We live with a few hundred acres of bushland at the back of us, including a swampy valley floor teeming with frogs. Dugites and tiger snakes are very common on our block - we must have hundreds around, but they are mostly shy - you don't see them out in the open that often, even though they are there. Both types are highly venomous, and grow around 2m or more in length. The main problem is dogs, if they search for and attack them, but our kelpie really has snake sense, probably from her dingo ancestors in the hereditary mix of the breed. Snakes are put off by vibrations in the ground, and try therefore to keep away from large animals, and from humans if they can hear them. So, if you're in dugite or tiger snake territory and can't see your footing, stomp a lot (preferably not on a snake though!). I occasionally see one riding, but always on the retreat.

You have to be careful to wear adequate footwear when bush-bashing - walking in concealed footing - and also in your vegetable garden, with where you put your hands and feet. It's just commonsense really. We have a big frog pond in the middle of our vegetable garden, and occasionally I see a snake in it. Basically, don't step on them, don't get your hands near them, always assume there is one where you can't see the ground, and you'll behave safely. If you do have an accident, the hospitals have good antivenenes, and the majority of people survive bites - it's infants and the elderly that are at particular risk, plus people bitten in unfortunate places or too far from hospital. In Australia, more people die falling out of bed each year than from snakebite. Really! In 2007-2016 in Australia, there were 25 deaths from venomous snakes and lizards, and 523 deaths from falling out of bed! See this article on the actual statistics:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-...eality/9277098

By the time I had the camera the other day, the snake had disappeared. But, I found this clip of a tiger snake climbing a tree on YouTube - isn't it clever how they can do that despite not having any appendages?


I mentioned the little incident to my husband when he got home, and he said, "Wow, we've not seen one in the upper garden for years!" And then, "Of course! It's because Romeo isn't running around the garden anymore. He was always going ba-dump, ba-dump, ba-dump all around the house, vibrating the ground, and it kept the snakes away, especially as he was spending more than 12 hours a day in the garden each day, in the last few years of his life!"

So, I'll have to be a little more alert now around the garden.

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post #1674 of 2360 Old 04-10-2019, 09:22 PM
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That is so neat! We get groups of birds like that, and the noise always catches my attention. They fly around just like a school of fish in the sky, and I get mesmerized.

Every time I watch the birds like that I feel like it is a gift from God.
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post #1675 of 2360 Old 04-10-2019, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Or colourful clouds, or scalloped beach edges, or wildflowers, etc etc etc... it's a beautiful thought!

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post #1676 of 2360 Old 04-11-2019, 05:34 AM
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That's very interesting. I think snakes are beautiful creatures, but we also don't have any poisonous ones.
We have these garter snakes that eat slugs and bugs, so are very useful.

As kids we called them yellow racers.

We also have these cute little salamanders. Only poisonous if you eat them.
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post #1677 of 2360 Old 04-11-2019, 06:28 AM
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Well, we have *******a snakes (yes, you understood that Spanish word, right?), which have venom, but their fangs are located way back in their palate, designed to incapacitate small animals. I have seen some around 6 feet in length and a good 3-4 inches thick, and I've also seen them jump. I actually unintentionally drove over one at night (light Renault SUV, 4 people in the car) with all 4 wheels ("bum-BUM, bum-BUM"), stopped the car, turned around to see how big it was,... AND IT WAS GONE!!! Tough sons of guns.

Then we also have small vipers, which are highly poisonous, but I've only ever seen one. Basically, we stay away from rocky areas and long grasses in the summer.


Sue, I read and thoroughly enjoyed your bush fire article, especially the bits about the plants and garden organization. It is very interesting how one's climate affects one's garden and landscaping. Here, bush fires are not a problem because we have summer drought (no rain = no storms = no lightening = no fires), even though our native bushes and trees are of the sclerophyll type you mention. Plus, our homes don't have a speck of wood in them except for interior doors, so that would help ward off an "ember attack". Actually, because our brick-and-mortar homes absorb heat and quickly develop a brick-oven effect, we are more concerned with creating shade on the southern and western façades with trees and climbers, which is diametrically opposed to your bush fire protection "protocol". Quite curious.
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post #1678 of 2360 Old 04-11-2019, 06:36 AM
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The archaic censoring of words on HF really peeves me. At the beginning of my previous comment, I discussed [email protected] snakes, which is their true common name, not an insult, not slang. UGH! Here's proof:

https://www.faunaiberica.org/culebra-*******a
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malpolon_monspessulanus
Culebra *******a (Malpolon monspessulanus). Familia COLUBRIDAE - Región de Murcia Digital


OMG, the censoring even blocks out the URL address. There is no hope.
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We have snakes, but not around my yard. Snakes never bothered me much, and I would always catch them big ol bull snakes and pack them around as a kid.

When I was a teenager I was killing rattlers, and I decided I wanted to catch one a tote it around (I never claimed to be smart). I finally got the poor guy caught (my friend and I were riding up a canyon), and I went to mount my mare.

Now, she was a fiery little thing, but I had this one coming. When I went to put my foot in the stirrup holding that rattler she said “Nope.” She flew sideways kind of pulling my foot for a second, just enough to create a tiny stumble. Anyways, that loosened my grip on the snake. He reached around to bite me and I chucked him fast.

Accidentally the trajectory of that throw sent him straight into my friend’s direction. She was yelling at me and managed to avoid the snake. She was laughing and I killed the poor snake who had been half tolerant of all of this so my mare would allow me to pack him.

My father almost killed me when we told him the story. Lol. I’d kill my girls too.

I felt kind of bad for killing that particular snake. However, around here most anyone kills the rattlers they come across. Anymore I don’t kill them unless they are around somewhere someone would be going through. If they are in the mountains I leave them alone.
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I kill rattlers in the yard, particularly close to the house. In the desert, I leave them alone. My two acres has a half-acre I never use. Mostly a deep wash or land just beyond the wash. Rattlers would be fine there since none of us go there.

Non-poisonous snakes are welcome in the yard and/or close to the house. Pack rats are murder on car engines. Anything that eats them and won't kill me or any kids/dogs is very welcome.

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