Sometimes, when you buy a new PC, it turns out to be a lemon. This computer was not easy to get along with, and the CD drive made a disc disappear!
The Australian Platypus is a very strange creature, and was thought to be a hoax by scientists when the first specimens were discovered. Read on to discover more about the duck billed platypus.
Black Swans are beautiful birds, and are found across Australia with the exception of Northern Queensland. You can see them gracefully floating across many lakes and rivers.
Without water, we would not exist, so what are we doing to conserve it? Droughts and floods are reducing the amount of potable water we have, and the population is rising.
Every week, my grocery bill seems to get bigger and bigger, and I bet yours does too! Here are a few ideas on how to keep that bill a little smaller, and still have some luxuries.
The rough-scaled python was discovered over 30 years ago, in 1976, in the far North of Western Australia. It is considered to be the rarest python in the world.
These birds are found in many Australian states and Territories, and are known for their habit of dancing. A bird of any age or sex can start dancing, at any time, just for fun, or to attract a mate.
Found in many parts of Australia, the Major Mitchell Cockatoo, also known as Leadbeater's Cockatoo, or the pink cockatoo, is one of our most beautiful birds.
Borodin was one of "The Big Five" Russian composers, although he did not write as much as the others. One of his best loved pieces is "In The Steppes Of Central Asia".
If you do a lot of gardening, a pair of secateurs is a must. Even better is a pair of ratchet secateurs, which really take the hard work out of pruning.
Kula Eco Park is on the Coral Coast of the main island of Fiji, near the town of Sigatoka. Kula is well worth going to; it's the only zoo in Fiji. They specialise in native animals and birds.
Dugongs are mostly found in the South Pacific oceans, and near Arabia. They are similar to manatees and are related to elephants. They are peaceful animals, and eat only seagrass.
Dragons are mythical creatures, but many of us wish they really existed. There are many types of dragon, depending on which part of the world they are from. They are fascinating animals.
Although I love hydrangeas, they are not the easiest plant I've ever had. They don't seem to like my type of garden soil, and they need something extra from me!
Do you work over your garden beds in Winter? It will help them get ready for growing great vegetables in Spring if you do. Here are some tips on how to do it:
Computer security is a must, and Trend Titanium is one of the best. You can use it on multiple devices, depending on the licence. It is very easy to set up and use.
Bats are one of my favourite animals, and I think they are a perfect decoration for Halloween. Do you know how they became associated with the Halloween festival?
Bats are found in most parts of the world, and usually have a bad reputation. They are known to carry rabies and other diseases, but they are still fascinating animals.
Tower Hill is the site of an extinct volcano a few kilometres from Warrnambool, in Victoria, Australia. It is now a State Park, where you can see animals and geology.
Earthquakes are devastating, and cannot be predicted with any certainty, although research is ongoing. Much seismic activity occurs around the Pacific "Ring of fire".
Home made wine can be every bit as good as the store bought variety. It's a great way to use up that excess fruit or even vegetable crop from your garden.
Zucchini is a very useful vegetable, as it can be used in many ways, even in cakes. It can be cooked or eaten raw, and it's easy to grow.
Werribee is an open range zoo, where the animals are given large paddocks, and conditions as near to the wild as possible in a zoo. African and Australian animals are kept there.
As a very unfit person, I needed to do something about my fitness. Heart attacks are more likely to happen to overweight and unfit people, and I don't want to be one of them.
Cats need to be kept safe, either inside, or in an outside pen. There are many pens on the market, but we built our own with leftover wood, wire, and some purchased items.
If you are a coffee lover, you really should try Tanna Island Coffee. It is grown by local farmers, and marketed by a co-operative. It is fair-trade produce also.
Tigers are a magnificent animal, and are unfortunately an endangered species. They are terrific hunters, but sadly are hunted themselves, for trophies and for "medicine".
Spring is a time when some of the prettiest flowers come out. Here are just a few spring blossoms for you to enjoy.
Do you like garlic? It's something that you love or hate, as it's a very strong herb. It's also reputed to have magical properties. Garlic has been used for thousands of years.
Daffodils, and most Spring bulbs are among my favourite flowers, as they are so cheerful after the Winter.
Black panthers and leopards are not separate species at, but are melanistic varieties of the breed. Normal leopards can have black cubs, and vice versa.
Cyclamen are a beautiful flower, and the plants often have variegated leaves. They are quite hardy, and come in many colours from white to deep purple.
Putting a collar on a cat may be controversial for some, and I'm not quite sure if I'm for or against. It does help if your pet becomes lost and has an ID on the collar. What do you think?
Incense has been around for hundreds of years. It has many uses, both in religion and in everyday life. It can add a nice aroma to your home.
Australian magpies are well known for their song, which they sing when doing the rounds of their territories at dusk and dawn. They are also a beautiful and intelligent bird.
Tasmanian devils have recently become an endangered species, due to a form of cancer. They are called devils because of the awful noises they make while eating and fighting, which can be frightening.
Emus are a flightless bird found in Australia. They can be dangerous when threatened so it's best not to approach them too closely. Emus are occasionally kept as pets.
Adopting a cat or dog from a shelter can be a great experience. Older pets can give so much love and devotion, and will repay you for giving them a home many times over.
Herne or Cernunnos are two of the names of the ancient Horned God. Different versions of this god are found in many places around the world.
Echidnas are curious little creatures found in the Australian bush. They are an egg-laying mammal and are related to the platypus. Their diet is mostly ants and termites.
Hypothyroidism is an auto-immune problem which happens when your thyroid doesn't work properly, and isn't producing enough hormones. Hyperthyroidism is the opposite, when too much is produced.
Have you ever heard of Hypatia? She must have been one of the first feminists without knowing it, as she was a philosopher and mathematician at the Museum of Alexandria in the ancient world.
Centralian pythons, or Bredl's python, are found in Central Australia. They are named in honour of an Australian crocodile conservationist, Joe Bredl. They are not venomous.
Keeping chickens in your backyard can be fun, but you need the right variety. Here are just a few of the breeds available.
Kali is a transformational Goddess, and she is often misunderstood. She is an aspect of Durga, and is the Great Mother.
Praying Mantis are the gardener's friend, as they eat many of the pests which inhabit our gardens. They are interesting to watch when they are hunting, and devouring their prey.
Cats are often much maligned animals, but they also have many admirers. Here are some pictures of cats being cats.
What do you think is the best gift to give your cat? I wish we were able to give good health back to our cat, as that's the best cat gift ever. We can't, so we give her as good a life as we can.
Sometimes you meet an animal which really stands out, and Tia was one such animal. She was a cat with a very distinct personality, and didn't take any nonsense from anyone!
Could you recognise a heart attack? Here is a little about the symptoms, and a little about my personal experiences. Heart problems are the cause of many deaths each year.
Ceramic knives have been around for quite a while now, and are very easy to care for. They have many advantages over ordinary kitchen knives.
There are many myths about Paganism, and its rituals, and this article will try to dispel some of them, and give a few facts about the religion.
Before money existed, there was barter, then there were coins. Paper banknotes came much later, and now some countries use plasticised notes. Credit / debit card usage is becoming very common.
Herbs - what would we do without them? We cook with them, use them for scenting our homes, and some are even used in medications. Here are a few of my favourites.
Delphi is the site of the ancient oracle, and there are many ruins there, including the Temple of Apollo. where the oracle spoke. Beautiful but craggy Mt Parnassus stands guard over Delphi.
These days, it's becoming more common to keep your pet cat inside. Keeping them happy and occupied is important for their health. Outside pens are good too, if you have space for one.
Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces, often linked with social phobia, and panic attacks. Many people suffer at least one panic attack in their lives. Fortunately, agoraphobia can be treated.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV, is a disease specific to cats. FIV can cause illness, and may lead to death if the cat is not cared for. It cannot be transferred to humans.
Nature is one of my interests, and in this article I'll share with you some of my favourite pictures of animals, birds and flowers. Some are in my garden, some are from others. Enjoy.
Opinion has become divided on just how bad cholesterol can be. It has been thought to be the cause of strokes and heart attacks. Some research leans towards the idea that it may be less harmful.
Cacti and succulents are some of my favourite plants, partly because they can survive when we have very hot summers and even droughts. I tend to overwater them though.
Rue is a very strong scented herb, and it can cause allergies for some people. It is used in witchcraft, and in some herbal remedies.
Whether or not you believe in global warming, or climate change, it's a fascinating topic. Sea ice is melting at an alarming rate, raising sea level, and putting low lying countries in danger.
New Zealand is a wonderful country to visit. The South and North Islands are so different from each other, and there is so much to see that you really need a visit for each island or even two visits.
Zoos Victoria run three properties, all with different ambiences. Healesville is Australian native animals, Werribee plains animals, and Melbourne Zoo is general. They're all worth a visit.
Sometimes it is good to have a rant or rave about one of your pet hates - it helps to clear your mind. Here is a little ranting and raving about many things, cars, pc's, pets, people, etc., etc.,.
Feral animals and insects can easily become pests, and here in Australia, we have our share of them. A pest I really dislike is the European wasp. European wasps are becoming more common, sadly.
Do you have chickens? They are great pets, and having your own fresh eggs is a bonus. Hens also eat lots of garden pests, if you allow them to run free in the garden.
Volcanoes are beautiful to watch in eruption, but are deadly when they do so. They are fascinating, and it is almost impossible to tell when they are going to next erupt.
Mostly, my front garden contains native plants, but a few exotics have crept in. Sometimes, plants are hard to resist so they get in anyway, native or not.
Interested in installing solar power at your home? Here's my story, and a few solar energy facts.
Reptiles are usually an easy pet to keep, but you need to do some research before obtaining one of these animals. Some of them are more difficult to care for, and aren't for beginners.
There are many stories about Mandrake, some good, some bad. It is supposed to have many magical properties, and the root is shaped like a mannekin. It allegedly screams when pulled up.
Cats are often much maligned, but they are wonderful pets. They are companions for the elderly, playmates for children, and have so much love to give. A purring cat makes you feel good.
Crohn's disease is a disorder of the digestive system, and can affect any part of it. It is incurable, but will sometimes disappear on its own. It also goes into remission, sometimes for months.
Snakes have bad publicity - they aren't all bad, and can make interesting pets. Pythons in particular are very popular, although other snakes also make good pets.