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Brian Brian
Blackbutt, Queensland, Australia
Profile dated 08/03/2015 20:56:08

We purchased a 5 acre block here in 2001 and started building in April 2002. I moved onto the property and lived in a caravan for a total of 6 months prior to and while building progressed.
I moved into the house on completion and lived there for three years with my wife Elaine visiting on weekends. She had a good job near enough to 100km away until she finally retired about 6 months ago and was pleased to stop commuting.
I might add that Elaine is the gardener - I can''t tell a weed from a plant. If it has a label on or it''s tied to a stake, then it''s a plant otherwise it could get the chop when I''m on the loose.
We are blessed with wildlife in the form of wallabies, kangaroos, betongs, (a wallaby-like animal), hares, possums, sugar-gliders,(a possum-like animal), frill-necked lizards, water dragons, goannas and of course snakes. I won''t mention the spiders or scorpions but the ants are something else. Australians do not have picnics on the ground. The food would be gone before you had a chance to get a bite and they''d even cart your kids off!
As far as birds are concerned we have regular daily visits from rainbow lorrikeets, galahs, pale-headed rosellas, king parrots, kookaburras and magpies. All of them except the rosellas eat out of our hands. Then we get double-bar finches, red-browed firetails, an assortment of honey-eaters - all of which are daily visitors.
Occasional visitors are sulphur-crested cockatoos, red-tailed black cockatoos as well as their yellow-tailed cousins.
We have a garden that is suited to animal life with shelter trees and shrubs along with water available at all times in bird-baths and in barrels for the kangaroos and wallabies. Many of the birds nest in nearby trees and bring their young to feed in the seed trays morning and evening and during the heat of the day they sometimes take shelter under our verandah.
We feel we should have retired years ago but are thankful that we can now afford to give back to the wildlife some little bit of what humanity has taken away from them with the population increase that is going on resulting in habitat being destroyed.
I can hear the king parrots calling me. They sit on the chairs on the verandah and call. If nobody goes out they start flying past the windows or even tapping on the sliding glass door all the while calling to us. So I''d better go and tend to them before the kookaburras arrive and startle everybody.


We have moved - after 13 years we sold our property (which was getting too hard for us to manage at our age) and are renting a property in Nanango which is 20 odd km north of Blackbutt.

We have 35 neighbours all within 100 metres of us - while in Blackbutt, we had none. We are slowly getting used to having lawn mowers, children, dogs and car doors slamming at close quarters. And we never realised how loudly people talk - you''d swear they were in our back yard.

Cheerio for now,


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