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Spring 2009

Friday, September 25th, 2009

After a strange winter with temperatures far above 30 degrees spring is now around the corner. Many many animals show up again looking for partners and/or places to live. Brush turkeys and regularly even a lace monitor climbs up to our garden to look around. Possums and Koalas are also very busy and many strange insects can be seen everywhere.

Koala in garden. Lace monitor on or lawn.

Snakes are very active at the moment and we saw our first red back spider. These red back spiders are not very dangerous as long you leave them alone, but if you get bitten it can be painful and even cause death.

Green tree snake. Red back spider.

In daily life the kids keep enjoying themselves in the many playgrounds and we all love the walking tracks and barbeques in national parks (like in the Karwatha Park on the picture). This year we watched the river fire from the balcony of friends close to the city centre. That was much easier than last year.

Jorick in a playground in our area. A BBQ in Karawatha Park. River Fire above Central Business District.

One of the beautiful plants in our garden.If the possum didn’t eat all the blossoms we also can enjoy nice flowers in our garden.

That’s it for now. We’re still healthy and happy and we hope you are as well.



GP day, a musical and …

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Performance on Grandparents Day by Prep year (incl. Jorick).
Performance on Grandparents Day by Grade 2 (incl. Nicole). At Genesis Christian College Nicole and Jorick had Grandparents Day. Since their grandparents are overseas (and very ill) Jan and Anita played a role as stand-in. Nicole was also visited by an older former Dutch couple which she appreciated very much. After some songs and other performances we had a mornings tea and could visit the class rooms to see our kids in action.

Wallum Sedge Frog on Jorick's head. Kissed by a Wallum Sedge Frog. The local animals around the house still have their attraction on the kids and Nicole loves to catch (and cuddle) Lizards and other animals. Jorick is less interested but so now and then …

Still they need to be care full not to get bitten by a snake of spider, although not all of them are venomous. But who knows the difference between all the different sorts ? We don’t.

A carpet snake behind our shed.

During just some garden activities we suddenly saw a carpet snake (at least that’s what we think) creeping behind the shed being around 3-4 meters long. Although not venomous, we still find it very impressive to have such animals in our garden. It was amazing how he could disappear without any noise in very low grass. This again told us that you can very easily step on one and get bitten, when walking though grass. Because of the snakes we are also limited in choosing a pet because their smell can attract snakes. But luckily we don’t have that problem with Nicole’s Gold Fishes.

So now and then we still try to discover new things so when we read in the newspaper about a “musical” in “Pioneer Village Bicentennial Hall” in Petrie we went there. We bought some tickets and after eating a big sausage, the show started. When we entered the hall we already got suspicious because we felt like the youngest people around and after the show started we knew why. Some local older amateurs were reading the lyrics and so now and then they sang a song. Although it was a nice experience, the kids got very much bored and we left in the break, where after we went to Lake Samsonvale (a dam, one of the water reserves of Brisbane) to see some pelicans and to have a play.

"Musical" at Pioneer Village Bicentennial Hall. Pelicans at Lake Samsonvale. A play at Lake Samsonvale.

We are still enjoying the environment as you can see.