What the fig?

I’ve been drooling over my baby figs for months now. My small fig tree is usually a great little producer. I get more than a dozen juicy fat black figs from my meter high tree. So, when the figs suddenly swelled and softened in the hot sun,  my greedy fingers plucked the babies from the vine and rushed for the chilled white wine.

I ripped the first one open and was just about to take a bite. But something was horribly wrong. Every one of my figs were brown and wizened inside. If anyone knows what happened, please let me know. I suspect fruit flies. I’ll take my revenge on the flies next year, no holds barred.

Something else happened yesterday too. I was inside my vegetable cage harvesting yellow tomatoes when I felt something itch my leg. That’s not unusual for me. I’m a magnet for all forms of mosquitoes and biting insects. So I brushed my hand over my leg and carried on. But the tickle didn’t go away. I looked down and saw a giant black hairy Huntsman spider above my knee, heading for the leg opening of my shorts.It was a seriously yuk moment.

I do not have a spider phobia and I also know that Huntsmen are not poisonous but I draw the line at letting them crawl up the leg of my shorts. Why is everything in the country so large?

 

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Photo by Tontan Travel, Flickr Creative Commons

It’s been a while…

I haven’t written a blog post for a good long while.  What, you might ask, have I been doing for the past year and a bit? Well, I moved to the country and renovated a house. Actually, hubby and the builders did most of the renovating but the thought was there…

And,  when I wasn’t painting or cleaning or spending an endless about of hours in my new over-sized garden, I wrote my third book. Debby at Soul Mate Publishing has accepted it already; release date is set for some time around June. Book three is a Highlander romance set in 1244, but I ‘ll talk about that later.

From now on, nearly all of my blog posts are going to be about my new life in the country.

Last night we saw a huge kangaroo bounding across our front paddock. It only took the giant roo about a dozen bounds to cross our 4 acres so you can image its size! My little dog Scout was outraged and barked many loud angry threats at it from behind the safety of our lounge windows. After the recent news about the girl who got attacked by a kangaroo while out running, we decided to stay inside for a while:)

Tomorrow, I’ll  tell you about my figs.

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Kangaroo(3) by Janus Serendipity

 

I’m on sale for 99c

I love a good sale, who doesn’t. My book  is now only 99c  for a short while. Best of all, my sale is just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Reading, eating, family and friends and most importantly, time off work – could it get any better?

The Outcasts by Elizabeth Preston

The Outcasts by Elizabeth Preston

 

Happy Thanksgiving All.

Purple Snow In Sydney

Okay, maybe it isn’t snow, but the jacaranda flowers really are blanketing everything. Each morning I wake up and look out and my back garden has a fresh coating of purple. It’s enchanting in a Disney movie kind of way.

There’s a local legend about Sydney’s prolific jacaranda trees. Apparently many years ago, hospitals on the north shore of Sydney used to hand out jacaranda saplings to new mothers. The mothers would plant the baby trees in their backyards and watch their trees and children grow up together. And, according to this legend, that’s why Sydney’s north shore is coated in purple right now.

 

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My back garden

 

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Snippets of Australia

I’ve rounded up a few Aussie facts and photographs to show my American friends.  Because I come from little old New Zealand, I still find these monster things amazing.

 

Australia is a vast country, and has larger-than-life things like giant road trains.  These trucks travel around The Outback shrinking the distance. The bull bars are a protection against Kangaroos.

Photo - Kevin Trotman

Photo – Kevin Trotman

 

Australia is home to the largest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep the dingoes away from sheep and fertile land.

World's largest fence. Photo - Kevin Trotman

World’s largest fence. Photo – Kevin Trotman

 

Anna Creek Station in South Australia is the world’s largest cattle station. It’s even larger than Belgium.

Waterhole. Photo - Don Shearman

Waterhole. Photo – Don Shearman

 

Kookaburras aren’t giants, but I love these iconic laughing birds anyway. They’re a reasonably common sight around Sydney. They become quite tame and will allow you to hand feed them scraps of meat. They always whack the strip of beef or chicken against something before eating it.

Kookaburra - photo by Richard Taylor

Kookaburra – photo by Richard Taylor

Kookaburra. Photo by Richard Taylor

Kookaburra. Photo by Richard Taylor

 

 

 

 

All About Australia

As most of my readers come from America, I’ve decided to post some fun facts about Oz.

Did you know that:

The first police force in Australia was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.

Australian Pioneer Village, courtesy of Nina Matthews, Flickr

Australian Pioneer Village, courtesy of Nina Matthews, Flickr

 

If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take you over 27 years to see them all.

Redhead Beach, NSW. Photo by Sacha Fernandez, Flickr

Redhead Beach, NSW. Photo by Sacha Fernandez, Flickr

 

Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia. Up until recently, we had over a million feral camels in the Outback.

Cable Beach Camels, photo courtesy of Yaruman 5, Flickr

Cable Beach Camels, photo courtesy of Yaruman 5, Flickr

 

The male lyrebird which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. It can also imitate the sound of a camera, a chainsaw and a car alarm.

Lyrebird, photo by Kim Waring, Flickr

Lyrebird, photo by Kim Waring, Flickr

In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. The emu won.

Emu, photo by Rex Boggs, Flickr

Emu, photo by Rex Boggs, Flickr

More fun facts next time 🙂