Flying foxes… oh my..

Today I discovered the largest bat I’ve ever seen and it was hanging from a power line. Never a good thing for sure. Poor thing was dead but since it was hanging upside down and that is normal behaviour for them, I wasn’t sure for a few days. After some time it was pretty apparent that it was deceased, a victim of a rainy night flying, sadly they fall victim to electrocution too often.

Fascinating creatures, there are actually three species of flying-fox found in Sydney. And, no surprise, I learned they are Australia’s largest bat. They are also very important pollinators and seed dispersers for the health of the fruit trees and forests. Unfortunately they can also wreak havoc in people’s gardens here and many people view them as pests and disease carriers. Like all animals, even humans, bats can host viruses and parasites, however, only one person has ever died by the lyssavirus here and the Hendra virus has never been contracted by anyone through a bat yet four people died by contracting this virus from horses.

Here’s a close-up of the dead flying fox. For days I watched it hanging, wondering when it would finally fall and hit the sidewalk or some unlucky person below. Unsuspecting runners, walkers and brides with their bridal parties would walk and linger under the tattered animal.


In the end, what is one’s misfortune in life becomes another’s dinner as this sulphur-crested cockatoo demonstrates or at least attempts to prove.



One step closer to a wireless connection

Today I am anticipating Jim’s return from Tokyo, his first trip to Japan. We Skyped a couple of times and he just loves it there. Thinking about food as we are headed out for a nice dinner in McMahon’s Point tonight. We discovered this quaint little neighborhood recently and it’s only a 10 min. walk from our apartment. It’s a much quieter neighborhood than where we live on Lavender St.

Earlier today I received a notice from the mailman to pick up a package from the post office. I could barely read the handwriting though and had no idea where to pick it up! I asked my new friend Vera downstairs if she could read it and fortunately she recognized that it was McMahon’s point. So glad I brought a copy of my lease or the gentleman at the post office would certainly not have released the package to me as I had no other way to prove where we live!

Yay, it was our modem so we could finally connect to the internet. That was the good news, the bad news is because everything is so slow here, we have to wait for a technician to come out to connect us. :-/ Today is the 29th and the tech can’t get out until April 7th – ouch!! Back to the library and convenience stores for computer use for another week….

On a more positive note, we LOVED this Spanish restaurant we discovered on Blues Point Rd. in McMahon’s Point, Delicado Foods. Photos below (taken at night w/ an iphone, NOT very good shots but still worth posting.)




Someone at my door…

Quiet night at home just watching a little TV. British crime mysteries are huge here, as well as many American TV shows. It was around 9Pm when my doorbell rang, and kept ringing. Not knowing a soul here, I was a bit startled and really reluctant to answer. But after a few rings, I finally relented and answered through the intercom. As it turns out, it was another resident in the building, Vera, in unit one. I ran into her one day and she mentioned that she was preparing to move to NY and was looking to sell some of her stuff. Great timing for me! I ended up buying a variety of kitchen stuff, including dinnerware, wine glasses, two large covered wicker baskets, square, the size of an ottoman, great for storage or use as a casual table. Plus a ladder which is essential when you have to store everything above your wardrobe (closet.) All for $90! Not bad.

Another wedding in Wendy’s secret garden…


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