what a joy it is
and how balmy ….
after a week in Melbourne where my idea of winter cold was taken to a whole new level.
did we really ride to melb in the middle of winter on the motorbike only a couple of winters back and did I blog quite cockily about it?
who was that person?
the great southern oceans throws the wind along that corner of this island snapping and biting around our ears and toes under our collars and between our fingers.
the rain hovered and spattered drizzled and teamed
grey was the colour of choice in the skies .
it was dark the tale end of a long days drive as we turned in along wandella road
thru the valley of cows pastures sheep and farmers.
a new moon blushed out of fine wispy cloud and winked at us.
we stopped a few times along our track so I could clear sticks and branches
a big wind had visited and tossed the forest in our absence.
walking in past the herb garden I noted its flattened state
good one guys I yelled out
enjoying the oregano and the rosemary now.
at the kitchen steps a jade plant was toppled over and fallen out of its pot
the jellybean plant and some other succulent were eaten to non existence.
they the enfant terribles of this forest are now supping on succulents who was it? wallaby as in the red necked or the black swampy -wombat is an unlikely contender but what about possum muncher or is bandicoot stretching its data base?
for goddess sake what next??
I tentatively enter the house frozen in its tableau of our leaving
the splash of jonqils on the table are subdued but still retain a fragrance.
everything seems ok as I wander the rooms no doors or windows blown open
no obvious ratty invasions.
we joke often now
don’t leave the door open says John they meaning the wallabies will be in our bed next .
the wallabies spent the entire week we were away camped on our bedroom verandah judging by the scats on offer – the pink salvia has been slashed back to bare stems and the mandarin and lime have had a haircut – a bit of topiary art going on here me thinks.
the real big surprise came the next morning on a visit to the out house
it is a composting toilet system that has no door and a double throne arrangement so if you wish you can contemplate the universe with a friend
not many of our family or guests take up this option but nonetheless the choice is available
and if you want further info ….
there on the lid of the first throne was a couple of scats
they forgot to open the lid and I reckon I know who it was.
a young wombat judging by the size of the scat
and it just so happens that I have spotted a young fella recently toddling around after mum in the wee hours of the night when the moon is bright enough for me to catch a glimpse.
a signature of the wombat is that they leave their business on top of rocks or fallen logs or wherever there has been a disturbance – they mark the spot.
creatures sleeping in our beds is not really a joke – it has already happened.
once upon a time when Elsie Rose was a wires animal carer she shared her bed with a baby wombat.
you see the terrific thing about wombats is that they can come into care as hairless beings be dropper fed bottle fed looked after for some
two years at which time they are adolescent drunk on hormones and the hugeness of life.
and then they turn their backs on our soft world and return to being totally wild at home in the forest beings.
Elsie called him Braccis and he came to us about one year old to be reared until he could be released into our forest.
what an adventure – doing the dishes he settles down between your feet and has a snooze.
out in the garden he races after you bites you hard with his growing sharp teeth and you shriek and run and the game is on.
to stop him Elsie would pick him up very heavy boy that he was and flip him over onto his back and cradle him – immediately he would surrender pop his thumb in mouth and zone off .
apparently biting is what the males do when they get intimate with a girl.
so like any parents we had to share the wild hormonal ride
and then like any other teenagers he was going out at night staying out late and sometimes coming home beaten up.
back he would saunter any old time and climb into bed with my daughter and place his head on the pillow too .
gradually it morphed from one whole night away to a couple to a few more and we knew he was ready to leave.
one night Elsie made the decision – I helped her hold shut the fragile glass doors of her bedroom while he tried to barge his way in.
and then he would stop and think which they love to do –
eventually he wandered off into the rest of his life.
we see him on moonlit nights huge creature that he is now.
I always call out hello and fancy his ears recognise my voice – some brief flicker of a memory of an earthen floor and the chatter of humans
the soft hands cradling- the snuggy bed
and then he turns back to the grasses that are his diet and the forest that is his home.
like him I am home once again and much as I complain about the sometimes less than desirable eating habits of my close neighbours
I am really very very grateful to share an existence alongside them.