A tree on the Mehi River bank.

A tree on the Mehi River bank.


Strange sights


I went down to the river,

To dwell and think awhile,

I went down to the river,

As long shadows,

Cast their smiles.

I gazed into the water,

It’s Deep and silent hue,

I went down to the river,

And shed my tears anew. 

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Lullabies & Dreams

Where er they go on tiptoed wings,

The breath of babes do sigh.

Starry tears  and fairy dust,

Sparkle as they glide.

A sprinkle of eternity,

To sweeten dreams anew.

Whispered threads sing lullabies,


In tune.

Haloed shadows brighten.

Blending with the dew.

A misty kiss

Caress of dawn.



(c) musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

My Birthday Boy and Minty Dog Celebrating Birthday number 9.  Who has the biggest smile?

My Birthday Boy and Minty Dog Celebrating Birthday number 9.
Who has the biggest smile?

A pair of "Happy Jacks"(c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

A pair of “Happy Jacks”
(c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

Don’t let the smoochy demeanour fool you. These birds are aerial assault artists. They zealously protect their nests and their young from everything. If you dare to get too close you will get a jolly good head pecking for your trouble.


Just like most of our native birds their young fledge and leave the nest because they are too big and spend time on the ground before they can truly cope in the adult world of the trees. This can cause havoc for the adult birds as the young ones are very vulnerable to predators and tend to get themselves into some pretty “interesting” situations.


These birds live in family groups of up the twelve individuals which is why they are also called “Apostle” birds. They usually raise only one chick at a time and the whole group protects this chick until it is capable of flying and feeding itself.


They may not win a beauty contest but they certainly demand respect from all the other occupants in the garden, people included. They will even dominate their chosen home to the point of dictating “who” can be allowed to live in their territory and will drive out invaders, especially snakes. That’s the ONLY reason I tolerate them.


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Cracks in the Earth

Cracks in the EarthThese cracks have been known to go down 60 - 80 Feet.

These cracks have been known to go down 60 – 80 Feet.

Black Soil Plains

The black self-mulching clay of the Moree Basin is constantly on the move.  In summer it bakes in the hot sun much like a large chocolate cake. As moisture evaporates in its rich core, cracks open across its surface; form into a network of veins to score its fleshy crust. These cracks can be wide enough to swallow an unwary foot and have been known to go as deep as 60 – 80 feet.

When it rains, the soil swells and the cracks close. A crust of earth will form like icing over the top concealing any evidence of their presence. At times this crust can form before the cracks have fully closed. This can prove perilous for unwary feet and the odd gumboot can be dislodged this way.  It can also break an animal/human leg.

With moderate rain, the clay becomes extremely sticky and will build up on the soles of shoes to the point that bare feet can be the only option. If there is enough rain the surface becomes a giant bog ready to engulf a foot half way up to the knee. Cars bog.  4WD’s struggle and or bog, it is wise to stay on gravel or tarred surfaces.  Large machinery can go down to their sumps.

These cracks serve as a natural habitat for the local fauna. Insects, mice, reptiles and probably many other creatures use them to shelter from the torments of nature.

The self-mulching action of the soil as it constantly opens and closes airates the earth and renews the top soil as the old surface topples into the deep cracks.

The Moree Plains is a rich mixture of moving, breathing, chocolate earthen cake. Although it may look good  I don’t think I’ll take a bite.  🙂


(c) musicgal2012 Lorelle Press


Life's Twilight Years

Soothing arms of retiring light,
Entwine, encircle sweetly,
Delicate wisps of tepid breath,
Caress the Earth completely