Monthly Archives: July 2012

The screams in the forest

Last time I wrote about the silence in the forest on Lord Howe. But at night in the bird-breeding season, it’s a very different story. Mutton birds (flesh-footed shearwaters, Ardenna carneipes) in their thousands (17.5 thousand breeding pairs in 2005 … Continue reading

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The silence in the forest

Walking along the tracks of Lord Howe Island’s palm forests was a strange experience. All I could hear was the wind through the palm leaves, the sea and the occasional rustle. At home when I hear rustling, it’ll be a … Continue reading

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Abbey Medieval Festival 2012 (part 4)

Part 1 is here, part 2 is here and part 3 is here. Woman’s best friend – her coyote …

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Abbey Medieval Festival 2012 (part 3)

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Not having a “medieval” or “historical” costume wasn’t a problem. It was interesting seeing the many “fantasy” costumes. This fine wolf had a companion wearing a T-shirt saying “In Dog We Trust”. … Continue reading

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Abbey Medieval Festival 2012 (part 2)

Part 1 is here. The SCA hosted a detailed talk about the costumes they were wearing. Seventeen periods were demonstrated, and the costumes are gorgeous, and mostly made by the women themselves.  

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Abbey Medieval Festival 2012 (part 1)

We enjoyed the Abbey Medieval festival 2011 (which I talked about here and here) so much we thought we’d go again this year. 37,500 people went this time – 10,000 more than last year. We got there 45 minutes before … Continue reading

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The biggest cicada

I’d just elbowed my way through hundreds of screaming ankle-biters on school holidays determined to see the Egyptian exhibition at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane last week. The object of my search was not mummies (although there were an awful … Continue reading

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