A Single Tree – voices from the bush Compiled by Don Watson Penguin Random House, Australia 2016, 416pp Reviewed by Jenny Goldie Brandishing a $50 Christmas gift voucher from my son, I raced into the bookstore, meaning to buy the much acclaimed 2014 book by Don Watson, called “The Bush”. In my haste I
Robin Tennant-Wood interviews Deborah O’Brien author of The Rarest Thing An article about mountain pygmy possums was the inspiration behind Deborah O’Brien’s latest novel, The Rarest Thing. Following a successful signing of her new book at Miss Ruby's Bookshop on 26 November, Deborah spoke to me about the novel, pygmy possums and
Summer reading, childrens The chatterbox cat, Brolly Books, 2016 Reviewer revealed below Welcome to The Chatterbox Cat, number nine of Robyn Goodwin’s Backyard Tales. These are books for the very young and they really entertain kids from round about two years of age. Wait a minute, how old is the person writing this piece?
Strawberry at the training course by Philip Machin, for Wildcare Wildcare snake handling courses (to be continued next year) provide the opportunity for this month’s column. Wildcare has a large number of trained snake handlers (albeit there is a shortage in the Sutton/Gundaroo area) and the courses are aimed at new recruits
Beauty among the thorns: a male Superb Fairy-wren lands briefly on old blackberry canes in between foraging. They are active and flit about seeking insects and sometimes fruitlets. All members gather food and bring it to the growing nestlings until they fledge, when the dominant male and unattached adults take
In a Senate speech on 30 November Senator Lee Rhiannon whose portfolio includes animal welfare stated: “Australia's own record on the protection of animals is shameful. From our native wildlife to the animals dependent on our care for their wellbeing, we fail abjectly. Too many politicians continue to facilitate the destruction
Last month the Bulletin shared the news that singing in a choir can lower stress and raise other health benefits. Since then a press release from Edith Cowan University describes research findings associating the stress hormone cortisol and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Cortisol is a hormone that is naturally