A rare visitor to the garden

The Gang-gang. The gang gang is a bird and the name Gang–gang comes from a New South Wales Aboriginal language, either Ngunnawal or Wiradjuri. It is possible both language groups called it that. We have not seen gang-gangs in our garden previously and were delighted when a flock appeared in the garden. It was only a…

Bird life in the garden

Another aspect of gardening is using plants that will attract birdlife.  We have a large variety of birds in our garden but one species that is not attracted by flowers is the kookaburra.  The kookaburra likes small animals and insects.  We have a large population of skinks in the garden and the kookaburra would make…

Local bird life while gardening

This one is fairly obvious in the tree, a kookaburra.  I was removing some old sleepers and there were lots of bugs underneath.  A group of six kookaburras was hanging about looking for a feed. (There is no specific collective noun for kookaburras but I like the idea of a cackle of kookaburras.)  When I…

Kookaburra sits on the washing line

We have had a resident kookaburra for the last couple of weeks.  He has found a plentiful supply of grubs in the bed below the washing line.  He sits patiently on the line until ready to pounce.  There are many holes in the garden bed so he has obviously found plenty to eat. We also…

Strawberries and Cream. . . .my dad’s favourite.

(photo from the Herald Sun) According to the blog   Foodimentary which is all about food history, origins, and celebrations. The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen. Now I just need to come up…