31 May 2007

This bucolic life

This week’s wildlife tally

• 2 kangaroos standing sentinel at the end of the street as I come home late after craft group;
• 3 rabbits, nibbling the nasturtiums;
• numerous possums eating my roses down to bare stumps;
• 2 scorpions (1 outside on the bricks [dead], 1 on the bedroom wall by my pillow [very much alive]);
• 3 raucous cockies who broke my huge terracotta birdfeeder with their wild antics;
• 1 fox, slinking across the driveway late at night;
• 3 more cockatoos, hanging upside down from a street lamp, squawking at each other and generally showing off. Pretending to be bats?;
• 1 wobbly wallaby hopping away as I approach the letterbox;
• 1 kangaroo in the backyard.

he's baaaack

18 comments:

daysgoby said...

SO envious except for that pesky little (eek! eek! going all girl-y here!) scorpian thing....

meggie said...

Not too keen on the scorpion thing myself!
The chorus of screeching cockies here...almost deafening.

tut-tut said...

All exotica to me!

MsCellania said...

And this is exactly why I stayed outside when 22 other bloggers were inside the house, drinking and cavorting. Your fauna is sublime!

Thimbleanna said...

I would LOVE to see a kangaroo in my backyard! Do you see them all the time? Are they pesky? Do they eat your flowers or anything like that? Are they threatening to your dogs and cats??? Sorry for so many questions -- just never thought about having a kangaroo in my backyard. Well, unless, she was with Pooh, Piglet, and Roo.... ;-)

Stomper Girl said...

Did your kids call them wobblies? I love that.

shula said...

Scorpions?

Scorpions?!

When did that happen? They weren't around when I lived there. Must be coming down from the mountains.

Cockies. They think it's schoolies week, all year round. They used to love eating the pegs that held up my mother's perfect whites, letting it all drop into the mud.

She got SO mad.

Sara said...

Wow, Here in suburban VA, USA we're lucky to see a fox or a hawk. Mostly we just have finches and squirrels. I have to go to the zoo to see most of the wildlife you have in your backyard!It all sounds good with the exception of the scorpion.

Liz said...

The scorpion? Next to your pillow? I would never be able to sleep again. Between the squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks 'round here I'm about to give up gardening altogether.

Jodi said...

Wow! That's a lot of wildlife. I must admit I'm terrified of both scorpions and possums. Children's books always show possums as cute little snuggly things, dangling upside down from their tails in a very twee fashion.

The first time I saw a real life possum, I (a) was scared out of my wits, (b) had no idea what it was, and (c) ran like hell.

Children's books: 0
real life experience: 1

Paula said...

The best I can do is several deer snacking on my tulips, racoons on the deck, rabbits in the garden, a black bear ambling across the road, an eagle over head, and a lone coyote in the driveway...I live in the city... sort off, it is a very rural setting.

Penni said...

I know it's un-pc but I love foxes. Slinky slink. Love kangas too. remind me to bail you up sometime and ask you lots of searching questions about your lifestyle change.

Molly said...

My, my! Suddenly you are prolific....had several posts to read here. Mouthwatering looking muffins! The kumquat[never saw it spelt with a 'c' until now] cake has an innovative shape. But then, some of the homliest looking baking feats here turn out to be the yummiest.And cute little socklets, and exotic wildlife---at least the wobblies....

elena jane said...

lions and tigers and scorpions, OH MY!
and lol, i first read it as "cookies" who broke your terratcotta birdfeeder!
you def have some nature there, and all i have are ants and funky weed in my garden (not counting the kids) ;)

Susie Sunshine said...

So intrigued by "cockies" (dirrty sounding pottery breaking penii in the wild?!)
but less so of the scorpions.

We just have mosquitoes here.

Beck said...

Okay, so the first line (2 kangaroos) that I read made me jump and then I realized that you live in Australia. Ah. That makes sense.

sooz said...

I was very tempted to use an unnecessary expletive in this comment because of the whole scorpion thing but I'll restrain myself. I'll just say golly instead.

But know I'm saying that bad word in my head.

h&b said...

Gorgeous tally, minus the Scorpians...

I awoke early this morning to what sounds like a hugely fun galloping race up and down the roof by wild horses ( most probably possums ;)

No kookaburras ?