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Monday, 21 January

02:00

Skyscraper Stan with Mon Kerr Concerts & Gig Guide in Castlemaine

Sunday 20th Jan, 3.00pm 5.00pm, The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine
Castlemaine

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Monday, 17 December

02:00

Roadshow Deluxe Tour Concerts & Gig Guide in Castlemaine

Sunday 16th Dec, 3.00pm, The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine
Castlemaine

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Thursday, 13 December

17:55

Midsumma Festival troublemag

Midsumma Festival will reveal itself in all its finery once again in 2019, bringing a kaleidoscope of preeminent queer arts and cultural festivities from 19 January to 10 February 2019 #midsumma Midsumma.org.au

IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

COVER DEC/JAN: Gerwyn DAVIES, Hotrod, (part of Widgets and Doohickies from a Camp Toolbox, RMIT, Project Space/Space Room)   |   PARALLEL PARK (Holly Baytes and Tayla Jay Haggarty), Tandem, 2016. Archival inkjet print. (part of Queer Economies, various venues)  |  Snehargho GHOSH, Andy, In Situ Series, 2018 (part of In Situ Series 2, Blindside)  |  Melanie Jane WOLF & Ashton GREEN, CHORUS (The Substation)  |  Tyza STEWART, Nap 2017 (part of Personal Touch, Incinerator Gallery)  |  Anna THOMPSON, Madame Nightshades Poison Garden (Gasworks Arts Park).

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Wednesday, 12 December

16:10

Tanks, Talbot in the garden

We will be at Talbot Farmers market on Sunday selling the rest of our garlic come and get yours or help sell ours and enjoy the historic surrounds of Talbot plus two busy pre-xmas markets Thanks to the Gs Gayle, Garry, Gillian and Gen for assisting at Clunes last Sunday. Continue reading Tanks, Talbot

12:00

PTUA welcomes government intervention to save The Overland "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the announcement that the Victorian government will provide additional funding to assist the Overland passenger train to continue running between Melbourne and Adelaide and has renewed calls for the government to support reinstatement of regular passenger trains to Horsham.

The Overland has been supported by the South Australian and Victorian governments for many years; its future was jeopardised when the South Australian government recently announced it would cut its portion of the funding. Todays announcement represents an increase in funding from the Victorian government, with the remainder of the shortfall coming from Great Southern Rail, who operate the Overland.

The Overland runs twice weekly in each direction, and stops at North Shore (Geelong), Ararat, Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill in western Victoria; it is the only passenger rail service that travels west of Ararat, and is therefore a very important link for those communities. The Overland also serves Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

PTUA Ballarat Branch convener Ben Lever praised the Victorian government for working with Great Southern Rail to ensure that the Overland can continue to run in 2019.

The Overland is the only passenger train that runs west of Ararat, and it serves as a vital link for people who live in places like Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill. Not only does it connect these towns to Melbourne and Adelaide, it connects them to each other and to Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

Many people in these communities cannot drive, and some struggle to use high-floor coaches its vital to maintain the rail link, and we are delighted to see the Victorian government step up to preserve this service.

While welcoming the news that the Overland will continue to run, Mr Lever noted that places like Stawell and Horsham needed a higher level of service than the Overland currently provides.

While its great that the Overland will still run, there is still a real need to provide regular rail services to Horsham in the very near future. The Overland provides a lifeline service to these communities, but years and years of cuts mean it only runs twice a week, and has a reputation for slow speeds and poor punctuality so its not an attractive option for most trips.

Great Southern Rail have committed to a full review of the Overland service, to determine its future beyond 2019. Mr Lever encouraged the Victorian government to take the opportunity to take a holistic view of rail transport....

07:55

Leafhoppers and leaping Mantis Natural Newstead

The leaves of our Box trees are sporting quite a few Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymphs at present. A nymph is an immature insect which, unlike larvae, look somewhat like their adult forms. The undeveloped wings are the sign of a nymph stage.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph on Grey Box leaf

Leafhoppers are bugs, which means they feed by tubes that they use to suck nutrients from their food source. In the case of Leafhoppers, these are leaves. On the same Grey Box sucker on which I found the nymph was this adult Spiny-legged Leafhopper. The name fits well, as they have spiny legs, live on leaves and hop! I think this one is a Brunotartessus species.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper (Brunotartessus sp?)

Spiny-legged Leafhopper adult

What really surprised me was a miniscule bit of white fluff with 2 long antennae crawling along the leaf stems of a Long-leafed Box, a bit further into our bush. Through the lens, I still couldnt see it properly, but guessed in might have been something like a Lacewing larva, which often camouflage themselves by sticking debris on their backs. When I downloaded the image onto my computer, I saw that it was another leafhopper nymph, but at the most 2mm long. I wonder if this is how they look just after hatching. Or is something else going on?

Leafhopper nymph

Leafhopper nymph

Elsewhere, on a Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) a few dark Praying Mantis nymphs were on the hunt. This one, about 15mm long, looked about to take a step into space.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis nymph

 

 

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Monday, 10 December

18:43

Not quite a deluge Natural Newstead

What a welcome drop 13mm of rain yesterday afternoon was blessed relief after the heatwave.

As the last showers drifted east I took a quick circuit of the plains. Galahs feeding on thistles and stubble clearly enjoyed the cool change.

Buloke landscape, Moolort Plains, 9th December 2018

16:15

Highway matters Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests

Vicroads has set up a community consultation on its plans to clear vegetation from the Pyrenees Highway between Newstead and Muckleford South.

Readers may remember that FOBIF objected to some of these removals, arguing that the safety objective could be better achieved by rumble strips and reduced speed limits on the winding stretch of road. Vicroads response to that was to say, effectively, that reduced speeds would make no difference, something we found hard to understand. The Vicroads 2016-7 Annual report noted that The most common crash types were run-offroad on high-speed country roads and intersection crashes in metropolitan Melbourne. On the face of it, efforts to reduce speeds, along with traffic calming measures, might be a good response to this brutal fact. Vicroads response, however, seems to give up on the speed matter, and hope to soften the impact of any accidents.

Vicroads last consulted the community in 2016 and since then they have been developing strategies to mitigate risk to fauna and flora as part of our obligations under federal legislation. We understand that this involves assessing the impact of tree removal on Swift Parrot populations.

The consultation is a drop in session on Tuesday January 8, from 5 pm to 8 pm [drop in any time you can], at the Newstead Recreation centre, 21 Panmure Street.

Were offering this info tentatively, since Vicroads email on the matter sets the date at Tuesday 8 January December 2018

You can verify all this by emailing an RSVP to NRengagement@roads.vic.gov.au

A justification of the project can be found here.

You can find FOBIFs posts on the matter by putting Pyrenees Highway into the search box at the top of this page.

We believe works are due to start not long after the consultation.

 

16:14

Kick up the dust! Churn up the creek! You have the right! Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests

In 2012 a British think tank estimated that for every pound made by advertising executives, they destroy an equivalent of 7 in the form of stress, overconsumption, pollution and debt; conversely, each pound paid to a trash collector creates an equivalent of 12 in terms of health and sustainability.

So says Rutger Bregman in his book, Utopia for realists [2017]. We cant verify this, but we find it strangely plausible. Who hasnt winced at some commercial being yelled from the radio? The amount of mental damage inflicted by some of these ads must be enormous.

Heres an example, in the form of a question:

Should drivers be forced to drive on roads? Or should they have the right to drive wherever they like?

Tyre marks on moss beds, Mount Alexander: irresponsible, dangerous and damaging behaviour is actively encouraged by car manufacturers and retailers.

These seem like pretty weird questions: of course you should drive on a road. People dont drive into the Botanical Gardens, up to the edge of the lake. They know there are limits.

But the bush is different. Opponents of the recent VEAC recommendations on the Wombat and Wellsford forests complained that if these places were national parks, they would have to drive on roads, an infringement of their traditional rights. Apparently they dont realise that the law on this matter is the same on all public land.

Some drivers of SUVs, and riders of motor bikes, believe that these machines have the right to go anywhere. Earlier this year, believe it or not, Coliban Water had to appeal to motorists not to drive into the Malmsbury reservoir!  Cars have been driven across moss beds on Mount Alexander, and when Parks Victoria blocked a very small section of road near Langs Lookout, the rock barriers were furiously graffitied  by drivers who didnt want to walk an extra 100 metres

Where does this weird mindset come from? If you want to know,  just watch a few sporting events on television, and be amazed at the comm...

16:14

A small glimpse into a hotter future Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests

Coliban Water has been promising to close down some of its inefficient water races for years. These include the Poverty Gully race, which has been leaking repeatedlya problem not helped when a DELWP fuel reduction burn destroyed the plastic lining water authorities had installed to try to improve the channels efficiency. They certainly reduced that particular fuel.

FOBIF supports the closure of the channel, believing the water is best allowed to boost the ailing Coliban River. At the same time, the closure will have some unfortunate side effects. Channel leakages over the years have created the odd interesting minor wetlands, which dry up when the channel isnt running, but manage to revive when the water comes.

So, what happens when the water stops for good? It seems that the authority may have at last acted to close the channel, and Naomi Raftery has the following response:

A few years ago I wrote a piece for Connecting Countys Nature News. It chronicled the excitement of moving into a new rental in Chewton, which backed onto an ephemeral creek line, fed, as it were, by a leak in the Poverty Gully water race. My enthusiasm was for the frog and birdlife that abounded following a leak and my newfound interest in identifying different species attracted to the water.

Coliban Water are in the process of decommissioning the water race, which will be finalised in January 2019.  The result is a deafening silence. The frog chorus is gone, the White-faced Herons are not anywhere and the weed march is on.

While FOBIF applaud the sensible decision to decommission the race, it is a good case in point for illustrating what will happen in the event of a warming climate and reiterates the importance of setting up solid, long view management of our natural places and in order that they become resilient refugia for  humans and plants and animals.

Right: although an artificial situation, the case is a very good example of what lies ahead for vulnerable corners of our region, like wetlands and water courses, as a warmer and drier climate settles on the country.

08:49

Dec 2018 General Meeting Open Mic! Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club

As per Castlemaine Field Nat tradition, the December 2018 general meeting is a chance for any member (or visitor) to make a short presentation.  People are encouraged to talk for up to 5 minutes about a topic related in some way to natural history.  It might be photos from a holiday to an exotic location, video footage of birds in your backyard, an analysis of recent weather patterns or reciting a poem about a forest.  It is only limited by your imagination.  There will be a projector, PC laptop and screen available for use.

The evening commences from 7.30pm on Friday 14th December in the Fellowship Room within the behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St (next door to the Art Gallery).  Members and visitors of all ages are welcome, and entry is free.

If youd like, bring along a plate of food to share with everyone afterwards.

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Sunday, 09 December

17:05

SALON Dec 2018/JAN2019 troublemag

Gabriella MANGANO and Silvana MANGANO, There is no there (still)  2015, single-channel High Definition digital video; 16:9, black and white, sound, 10 minutes 27 seconds; edition 2 of 3. Geelong Gallery. Purchased with funds generously provided by Geelong Contemporary, 2018. Reproduced courtesy of the artists and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Geelong Gallery, Little Mallop Street, Geelong (VIC), 8 December 2018 to 10 February 2019 geelonggallery.org.au Winner of the Koorie Heritage Trust Highly Commended Award, GOTAFE Shepparton, Aunty Girl 2018, ceramic, textiles. The Koorie Art Show, Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne (VIC), 8 December 2018 24 February 2019 koorieheritagetrust.com.au Andrew NICHOLLS, Porcellini (self-portrait as Tobias Smollett) 2015-2018. Large format photograph, 120 x 150 cm. the artist. WA Now Andrew Nicholls: Hyperkulturemia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth (WA), 15 December 2018 15 April 2019 ...

09:02

Dinner is served Natural Newstead

The following sequence was captured last week, with my favourite raptors on the plains.

The female Nankeen Kestrel, pictured here with a spider, was making repeated visits to the nest in the late afternoon. The chicks are still quite small and fluffy (you may be able to just make out one in two of the images), but will develop rapidly over the next few weeks.

Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains, 5th December 2018

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Saturday, 08 December

16:27

Sticky Beasts troublemag

Its Sticky Beast time of year! This tradition is slowly but surely taking root as a seasonal celebration. In our land without snow for snowmen we make do with sticky weed.

Alice Steel and her son Haku make Sticky Beasts out of the abundance of sticky weed that grows plentifully in Central Victoria at this time of year. Hakus favourite colour used to be yellow but now it is green he informed me when we recently had a chat. Sticky Beasts are not gender specific but Haku reckons the one he most recently made with his Mum is a Grandma. 

The now yearly tradition of Sticky Beast making grew out of fun seasonal picnic celebrations that Alice and her friends organised on a regular basis when they were in their late teens and early twenties they just happened roughly around when we could get together and when we noticed that it felt like it was definitely Summer, or definitely Spring, and people would bring food that was representational of that time of year. There was no strict observance of any particular time or ritual; the gatherings were more like spontaneous get-togethers to celebrate the seasons with a sense of respect, fun and creativity. 

On one of their picnics at a spot where two small local creeks meet, they were pulling out piles of sticky weed. As it is a weed, and they are environmentally active and caring kinds of people, they were cleaning up the area. This was something Alice had been taught to do from a young age. Her Grandmother, Helen Laycock (nee Steel), was a botanist and avid educator in native Australian plants. She fought hard for the rights of local plants and wanted the world to understand the importance of having endemic plants growing where they should be. Helens views were radical for her time she hated roses and fought for the underdogs of the plant world. She was disturbed by the lack of understanding that the non-indigenous public had about native Australian flora, and did her best to take action to change that. 

Alice recalls having her Grandmother Helen in mind when she first made a sculpture out of stickyweed. It was growing all around that area where we were having a picnic and although we acknowledged it was a weed and we were bundling it up trying to get rid of it out of this lovely little bush spot, we started to embrace it and realised how well it rolled in to a ball, and we just started going with the flow and sculpted it into this sticky beast.

And so, from a spontaneously creative act of love for and connection to the environment, and the fact that, now, Alice has a child of her own and is responsible for passing on family traditions to her son Haku, the legend of the Sticky Beast was born.

Alices friends have now sta...

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Friday, 07 December

16:27

The Necks troublemag

INTERVIEW

by Steve Proposch

The Necks celebrate what it is to be a musician, living in the moment of the music, where a single note rings out in space and sparks an idea. Not even the band knows where it might lead, but the possibilities are virtually endless. 

The Necks know all the possibilities. Individually they are veteran musos with accomplished careers stretching back to the early 80s. Together they somehow find their way from silence and nothingness through spare bass notes, piano chords and feedback, to nifty riffs, to driving grooves, to crashing crescendos, to some kind of answer. 

Lloyd Swanton plays bass for The Necks and is a three-time winner of Best Bassist in the Australian Jazz and Blues Awards. Along with Chris Abrahams (piano), and Tony Buck (drums), he has been lauded in the world press for his work in this band as everything from a genius to some kind of musical shaman-stroke-prophet. The Necks performances have been described as Ecstacy in slow motion magically euphoric (Weser Kurier, Bremen, Germany), and a kind of religious experience (The Australian). We spoke to Swanton in the lead up to their performance at the Castlemaine State Festival in March 2013.

Your music feeds on itself, building from the first note with ideas tried out in the moment Do you ever play a song the same way twice?

Lloyd Swanton: No, never. Even if we wanted to, we couldnt.

Is that ever a problem? Do you sometimes have audiences requesting an old fave the play something we know mate moment?

LS: Well, people often come up to the merch desk after the show and ask which one did they play tonight? No, no-one ever asks for old faves. People just seem to know. For example, our first album Sex sold well and continues to sell well, 24 years later, such that wed expect to see some of those buyers rocking up to our shows, but although we get good crowds at our shows, its nothing like what youd expect considering how many copies Sex has sold, so clearly people just know that theyre not going to get the Sex experience at the live show (Ill tactfully avoid the many obvious jokes I could make there). And Im fine with that. We always have a good turnout to play to, and I think its great to know weve got a whole other stay-at-home audience.

Did you perhaps start out thinking you might form a straight up rock or pop band?

LS: (Snort.) We formed the band with the specific intention of exploring this modus operandi we had in mind. Incredible that a quarter of a century has passed sin...

11:16

Planting the markers in the garden

Thanks to Kerry at Innovative Tags (she provided all the printed thermal labels free of charge) we have a heap of new galvanised plant markers for our fruit trees  and other permanent crops to make finding your way around the garden much easier. You can discover exactly what that brilliant tasting peach or apple is, Continue reading Planting the markers

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Thursday, 06 December

08:52

At both ends of the day Natural Newstead

Birds generally look their best during the bookends of the day.

This male Rainbow Bee-eater is perched above its nesting tunnel in the Sandon State Forest, stitching and preening as it contemplates the day ahead.

The White-browed Woodswallows are part of a small company that has set up camp along Mia Mia Road this pair paused briefly during a burst of pre-dusk insect hawking.

Rainbow Bee-eater, Sandon State Forest, 3rd December 2018

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Wednesday, 05 December

23:14

VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Victorian architecture is a series of architectural revival styles in the mid-to-late 19th century. Victorian refers to the reign of Queen Victoria (18371901), called the Victorian era, during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction. However, many elements of what is typically termed "Victorian" architecture did not become popular until later in Victoria's reign. The styles often included interpretations and eclectic revivals of historic styles. The name represents the British and French custom of naming architectural styles for a reigning monarch. Within this naming and classification scheme, it followed Georgian architecture and later Regency architecture, and was succeeded by Edwardian architecture.

Ballarat is a city in the state of Victoria, Australia, approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital Melbourne situated on the lower plains of the Great Dividing Range and the Yarrowee River catchment. It is the largest inland centre and third most populous city in the state and the fifth most populated inland city in Australia. The estimated urban area population is close to 100,000 inhabitants. It was named by Scottish settler Archibald Yuille who established the sheep run called Ballaarat in 1837 with the name derived from local Wathaurong Aboriginal words for the area, balla arat, thought to mean "resting place". The present spelling was officially adopted in 1996.

Ballarat is one of the most significant Victorian era boomtowns in Australia. Just months after Victoria was granted separation from New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851 and news quickly spread of rich alluvial fields where gold could easily be extracted. Within months, approximately 20,000 migrants had rushed the district. Unlike many other gold rush boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained yields.

Proclaimed a city in 1871, Ballarat's prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong ra...

14:53

Babe a life undiminished by disability Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Edgars Mission - Babe, calf-3

Undiminished by her disability, Babe, a rescued bobby calf inspires us daily that sight is but a state of mind, and that a vision for a kinder world rests within us all.  The very first photo we saw of sweet Babe told of the fondness she had found at the hands and heart of a kindly worker who had ever so gently painted a red heart on the calfs side. Determined to find a happy outcome for Babe, several phones calls lead to Edgars Mission where happily ever after and a life unhindered by prejudice awaited Babe.  Watching the sweet Babe and her belled buddy, Sophie we have pause to thought that the greatest disability held is perhaps by those humans who see animals not for who they are, rather only for what they can produce.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

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14:50

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best. Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

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Roaming in a public reserve with many years fleece eventually proving too great a burden to carry, this handsome boy found kindness in the nick of time. Named Better because thats exactly what he deserves, a much-needed haircut was promptly scheduled as our work begun to ensure his would be a life worth living from here on in.

Edgars Mission -_-119

With Betters body soon relieved of over 13 kilograms of wool, it is unlikely this five year old sheep had ever met with a shearer in his life. With painful burrs and spear grass gently removed from his skin, this dear wether told us he did indeed feel better, half closing his eyes and sinking into the touch of our hands across his now closely clipped fleece as we removed the painful grasses that had penetrated Betters skin.

Edgars Mission - Better, Sheep

One thing we know for sure his life is about to get a whole lot Better from here! Our unending thanks go out to the kind hearted workers in the area who refused to rest in their effort to seek a safe outcome for Better.

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best. St. Jerome

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12:03

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Edgars Mission - Goat, Jack-3

Well we all know how that one goes but this Jack didnt jump over a candlestick. It was most likely a leap over a fence or gate that saw this young Boer goat holed up in an outer suburb pound recently. Fearful of we humans at first and quick to nimbly flee from our presence, it didnt take too long for this dear boys personality to shine through as he began to nibble on our outstretched hands in anticipation of a treat, slowly learning we were indeed the good guys.

Edgars Mission - Goat, Jack

So strong in fact, is this goats cheeky demeanour that we soon had to rewrite the name recorded on our entry sheet with Jack Be Nimble becoming you guessed it Jack Be Nibble!

Welcome Jack Be Nibble! Yours will be a life truly worth living from here on in.

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11:50

Feisty by name, feisty by nature Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Edgars Mission - duck, Fiesty-3

Shes a feisty one, we cooed as we gently plucked the bemused little Muscovy duck from the back of the rangers vehicle. Despite her vocal and wing-flapping protests, we loved her the instant our eyes meet. Found doing unwelcome laps on a householders pool, Feisty had flown in from who knows where. Highlighting how poorly protected our feathered friends are, there exist no statutory requirements for holding lost, stray or abandoned birds. Fortunately, in this instance we were able to offer sanctuary to this sweet, albeit forthright duckher fate is now good, but sadly this does not address the problem so many of her kind face. Feisty did not fall from the sky, she is not the result of native waterbirds breeding; rather, her existence is the result of human intervention. And so to tackle the dire circumstance so often faced by unwanted, lost or abandoned birds, we need to go back to the root, or in this case the nest of the problem, and remind one and all that we are forever responsible for who we have tameda feisty problem indeed.

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11:48

ICU Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

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Almost run down by a fast-paced BMW, the terrified kid goat dodged yet another bullet, or more to the blunt point, a fancy car. The previous day it had been chaotic traffic on an overpass that nearly claimed her life and the day before it could well have been a train. Whilst her past remains uncertain it was clear her future would have been both bleak and sealed had she not been seen for the vulnerable little being in urgent need of a kindly hand that she was. With the universe guiding her to the safety of a secure backyard, all kind-hearted council rangers could do was watch and thank their (and her) lucky stars they were at the right place at the right time. Not long thereafter the Lady in the Hat stood peering into the back of the Edgars Mission Kindness van cooing the words I see you, youre safe now, and for the first time in a long time ICU was.

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The message of this story is simple: if only people could take the time to peer into the eyes of the animals who are farmed for food and fibre they would see before them, staring nervously back, a being who, just like us, desperately wants to live. The power balance here is enormous, yet the garden of our souls knows it should also tilt towards kindness as we utter the words I see youand the world will be as it should.

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08:58

Wattles who doesnt love them? Natural Newstead

The wattles at our place at Strangways are a very reliable source of invertebrate subjects at present.

By night,  I commonly these nocturnal ants feeding on the glands on the stem of the Golden Wattles Acacia pycnantha. The glands secrete a sweet nectar which entice ants which might benefit the plant by deterring insects that would feed on the plant. Im not sure of the species of the ant, but on Natureshare, it was suggested that it might be a Camponotus species.

A Sugar Ant (Camponotus sp) licking liquid off a Golden Wattle leaf

Ant feeding on wattle gland nectar.

Also by night, I found this fly, which I suspect is a species of Robber Fly on a Silver Wattle Acacia dealbata.

Therevid fly

A fly snoozing on Silver Wattle

By day, the wattles are still a busy place. Acacia Jewel Beetles certainly live up to their name. The live on Acacias and look like jewels. The larva of these beetles are responsible for the little piles of sawdust at the base of some wattle species and will eventually end the life of the host wattle. This one is on a Golden Wattle.

Acacia Jewel Beetle

Acacia Jewel Beetle

Another denizen of the Golden Wattle world is this tiny Lace Bug, a Nethersia species. At a couple of millimetres long, they seem to like hiding in the nooks between wattle stems. Lace Bugs mostly feed by piercing the underside of leaves of the host plant and sucking out sap.

Nethersia

Nethersia Lace Bug

On two Golden Wattles, I found many of these tiny Leaf Beetle larvae. Gastroenterological imaging seems easy in this little creatures. No x-rays, scans or endoscopes needed!

Leaf Beetle larva

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Tuesday, 04 December

13:58

You never know until you Try Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

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This is Try

Try, an ageing merino ewe, was witnessed recently by a member of the public aboard a livestock transport vehicle, desperately clinging to life as she lie almost motionless on the trailer floor, having endured being trampled beneath the hooves of her terrified companions. Injured, exhausted from her efforts to stand and covered in excrement, it was a miracle the elderly sheep had even made it this far. Some of her companions sadly had not been as fortunate, having succumbed to their injuries having had no way to escape from beneath the sea of hooves upon them.

In a twist of fate, as the livestock truck pulled into a service station, the stricken ewe made eye contact with the occupants of the vehicle beside her and a connection was made between the heart of this dying sheep and the people who saw her. Following the tug of their heartstrings, the kind hearted Samaritans knew what had to be done.

And so, they tried.

Edgars Mission - Paula, Sheep, Try

With the truck driver advising the kind hearts he was, meant to knock the injured ones on the head, but just couldnt bring himself to, they were advised to meet the vehicle at its next scheduled stop. It was then a race against time as they abandoned their previously made plans and sought to save the dear sheep who they knew needed them to try. With sanctuary at Edgars Mission promised and our Rescue Team dispatched, the truck driver and kind hearts made good on their deal and Trys safety was secured. Bundling the shaken, frightened and dripping with faeces sheep into the back seat of their late model car, they well and truly knew the life of this gentle being was worth the price of mild inconvenience on their part. Meeting our rescue team along the road to safety, Try was then Edgars Mission-bound. With the frightfully thin, ageing and badly injured sheep now in our care, our battle had only just begun. Only time, patience and a whole lot of care would tell if salvation had arrived too late.

And so, we tried.

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13:48

Try a story of hope, resilience and one very courageous sheep. Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Click here to view the embedded video.

On the 30th of October 2018, kind hearts united to try and save the life of a downed ewe. What seemed an almost insurmountable task was made possible simply because people tried. Trys story serves to remind us that the everyday choices we make have the power to make a difference, what that difference will be you will never know unless you try.

If Trys story touched your heart and youd like to ensure our life-saving and life-changing work on behalf of animals continues, please donate to our Medical Fighting Fund today. But dont worry if you are not in a position to financially support our work, simply sharing these stories of hope has enormous potential to change the world for animals. Please Try.

13:28

Sophies choice a perfect storm Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

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It was a dark night when Sophie came into our world, the circumstances those of a perfect storm. Delayed leaving the sanctuary for her rescue, with a tank low on fuel, a phone battery not fully charged, and a vehicle highlighting the simple yet challenging question, If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming otherswhy wouldnt we?, we bravely ventured into dairy country to rescue a blind bobby calf.

Taking the story back a week or two, we were first alerted to this tiny albeit determined waif by an animal-loving veterinary nurse holidaying in Australia. Drawn by this love, Sophie found herself working on a dairy farm, tending the many calves. Do you know what happens to the unwanted calves? her voice trembled. Like Alice, she had stepped into the unknown, but unlike Alice, she had wound up on the other side of the curtain that shields the dairy industry.

Edgars Mission - calf, Sophie

Knowing as we do the stark fate of these calves born to this industry, it is hard to conceive that others do not, yet there was a time when we too lived in blissful ignorance, believing the impact of the dairy industry on the animals who make it possible was benign. With her heart breaking just that little bit more each day, but taking comfort believing the wee babies in her care would at least know some measure of kindness in their short time on this earth, this kind heart was touched beyond belief by a sweet little Jersey-cross calf who doggedly struggled to hold her own amongst her fully sighted brethren. Unaccepting of the fate that would normally befall such an animal, the race was on to find sanctuary for the calf we were to name Babe. The first picture we saw of Babe told of the fondness in which she was helda single red heart was painted on her side. Such an image, such a plight and such a determination swung us into action.

As...

10:12

Weird responses of righteous fury, against students who protested about about climate change "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The weirdest right-wing takes on the student climate protest , Australias free speech warriors took a righteous stand against children fighting for their future. Crikey, DEC 03, 2018   After years of apocalyptic headlines and government intransigence on climate change, the sight of thousands of high school students packing Sydneys Martin Place last Friday provided a jolt of much-needed hope for the future. Armed with loudspeakers, and some incredibly creative posters, the strike which also took place in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Coffs Harbour, Bendigo and other city centres  represented part of a global surge of student-led climate change protests.

It also caused a surge of righteous fury among conservative politicians and commentators; a feeling that was not shared by most Australians who are more worried about climate change than ever, and increasingly are in favour of more renewable energy. Heres a selection of the responses from those who chose to take a stand against the children advocating for their future: (subscribers only) 

https://www.crikey.com.au/2018/12/03/student-climate-protest-takes/

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