My friend the goanna visited me again the other day to finish off a few scraps I put out and to pose for a portrait. He or she is a handsome fellow.
The Noisy Friarbird
Article 365 of the International Code of Gustatory Regulation as ratified at the European Federation of Food Science congress, 2012, states:
Food eaten between the hours of 23:50 and 00:10 shall not be counted towards the Calorific count of either day .
I made the last few hundred grams of roast rolled boneleless turkey thighs into a curry. With potato and peas. Something went wrong. It was a disaster. I can put up with most of my culinary mistakes, but this was inedible. it wasnt too much chilli. It was just gritty and bitter. I dont know what I put in too much of to make it so. I salvaged a few of the larger pieces of meat, rinsed them under the tap, and ate them. The rest of the curry I carefully deposited outside where the camp manager won’t see it. but someone special might.
Today I heard a familiar rustling sound. From the door of my caravan I peeked, careful not to disturb him. Or her.
And here (s)he is.
Varanus likes my crappy curry.
My single Christmas gift this year. From someone who has not known me long, but who clearly knows me.
Sunrise over Halls Creek. Christmas Morning 2019
After my evening meal yesterday I thought I’d take a little nap. I was asleep in an instant. I didn’t wake until half past midnight. Wide awake and full of beans. I worked a little on one of my craft hobby projects that have gone unattended for some time.
At 04:30 I was really hungry so I had an early breakfast. Feeling more spry than I have for a while I then took the bike to the beach and watched the sunrise. Not a particularly photogenic one, but all the same it was most pleasant to listen to the surf and the birds in the early light.
The tide was halfway out. It would be low at 08:15. There was enough hard sand exposed for a morning ride along the beach. So I rode down the wheelchair access mat and through just a bit of soft sand then along the beach for a few km. What a great way to start the day. I was not the first. Someone had already set out in a 4WD. I passed an elderly couple who had already walked a couple of km, and a man fishing.