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  1. The Goat Rescue Story

    For those who haven’t seen my story on Facebook…

    One cold and rainy winter morning, the horses in the paddock next door were racing around playfully.

    Mystery & Gossamer

    From the middle of the horse stampede came the cries of a little lost goat named Penelope. She could not find her mama and was very sad.

    Penelope

    Our hero jumped the fence and carried her through the paddock back to the herd.

    Penelope

    We like to think Penelope’s mama was very grateful that we sacrificed getting to work on time in order to save her kid. The End.

    Mama Goat

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  2. Queens Park on Queen’s Birthday

    After reading about all the get-togethers of the Sydney American Expats, I thought I should mention that we’ve got a few in Brisbane, and we know how to have fun too! So today we had three Americans and a Kiwi celebrating the Queen’s Birthday at Queens Park.

    We joined Brisbane-newcomers Nat & Chrissi at the Nature Centre to have a stroll through the animal enclosures. I must say that the more times I visit, the more I’m starting to love those ugly emus.

    Emuuu
    We had afternoon tea at the cafe and saw the resident cockatoo Cocky. He can dance and say “scratch my head”, and he made a friend in Chrissi when she did just that. I believe I snapped this photo just before he attacked my camera and gave me a fright.

    Cocky
    It was a beautiful day and lots of fun hanging with some American peeps who share a lot in common with us. We leave Friday on a mission to partake in white cheese dip in remembrance of them.

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  3. Welcome to the Neighbourhood

    We have some new neighbours. I’ll give you a cute, little hint.

    Goat Tail

    Not just one. No, more like 13 and possibly more. Here’s a small sampling:

    Hi Goat

    Goat Munch

    Billy Goat
    I kinda love these stinky little goats. One was extremely pregnant, so I expect we’ll be seeing a little one soon. Frida seemed a bit skeptical. She was ready to defend our jasmine with a peck on the nose if need be.

    Frida & the Goats

    (P.S. Feel better, Tash!)

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  4. The Mystery Mystery

    I have probably mentioned “our” horse before. She lives in the paddock next to us, and we feed her apples and carrots and bread. We call her Mystery even though that’s not her name, and the lady across the street corrects me every time she hears me say it.

    So the other morning I got called outside to see quite a surprise.

    The Mystery Mystery
    Mystery Indeed Not a Mystery

    Three!

    We’ve named the other ones too. (Suck it, Across-the-Street Lady!) So in the top photo, it goes Sugarplum(p), Gossamer, and Mystery. We’re gonna need more apples.

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  5. Birds in Backyards

    This morning, my little tawny frogmouth was back in the tree by the house. He’s lost the baby fluff, but he is still gorgeous. How can you not love a face like this?

    Tawny Peeking at Me

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  6. Nature Kids Strike Again

    I’ve been feeling more and more outdoorsy, which is pretty out of character for me. But after having my parents here, I’ve been feeling a bit more adventurous and curious about the world around me. Spring always helps too, with all the new life abounding.

    Saturday night we were sitting at the table, and we heard a kind of squalking noise coming from outside. Concerned that it might be Frida, we went out to check. It clearly wasn’t coming from the chicken coop, but it took us a while to locate the noise coming from a hollow in the macadamia tree outside our door.

    We got out the flashlight and brought out a chair to stand on. Eventually out popped the head of the cutest little green treefrog. He was covered with ants though, but he went back down in the hole before we could help him out. So we poured water down in hopes that he just needed a rinse.

    Then on Sunday morning, we went outside to find two fuzzy baby tawny frogmouths in a tree. They are so, SO cute. I really wanted to get a photo from the front, but he wouldn’t turn for me. When they are little, their entire faces are eyeballs. So adorable.

    Tawny Baby

    Oh! I just found someone else’s photos of a baby tawny too. This is a great one from the front. I just want to hug him and squish him and call him George. And this one reminds me of Fizgig.

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  7. On Holiday

    I’ve been busy enjoying my holidays.
    (Photos from Australia Zoo.)
    I’ll be back in love with the internet again soon.

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  8. Attack of the Birds

    I have been warned of the dangers of walking under a magpie’s nest during nesting season. Apparently every Australian kid has a story about getting swooped by an overprotective mother. I am appropriately wary and steer clear of them, and I thought I was good.

    That was until we discovered that there is a butcherbird along the path we walk to the train that has taken to swooping as well. At first I thought he was just confused or maybe attracted to Hans’s yellow t-shirt.

    But no…. today we were a little ways behind a guy, and I watched the bird come down and hover around the guy before taking off. And then to my absolute horror (HORROR!), it came back down again and actually pecked the guy in the back of the head.

    I hate birds. I really, really do.

    And Another Thing
    I hate Australian mosquitos. Mossies. Ugh. I’m dying here. I truly am scratching my flesh until I bleed. Hans says he had the same thing when he was in the States. They just have a different… what is that anyway? Venom? Saliva? Well whatever gets into the bites gives me huge welts.

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