I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!
Happy Australia Day.
This virtual design features simple wreaths of Aussie flowers, bottlebrush in the centre, banksias, wattles, and Sturt peas.
There are also a couple of mice … not the introduced ones which scurry around keeping close to some protection and often in houses, but native marsupials about the same size as the introduced species, but which hop around a bit like miniature kangaroos and rarely enter houses.
During a mouse plague many thousands of the introduced species breed up and get into anything which may contain food, including farm sheds, vehicles and houses. I had shared my bed with one when I was about ten, so when there were mice everywhere inside and out of the house I set traps to keep them under control, especially the year we had a baby in the house.
One day a mouse entered the kitchen from the opposite door to the one I was just walking through, and I started to indicate, gently but firmly, that the intruder should find a trap rather than start climbing into the bassinet. Then I had a closer look, this mouse was not scurrying around the skirting boards along the kick boards of the cupboards … it was hopping across the middle of the room. This wasn’t one of the plague, but a local inhabitant out of his usual environment!
I started setting off traps and encouraged the creature back towards the door it had entered and then opened the back door so he, or she, could safely leave the house and find safer refuge in the garden.