Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Look What I Just Found
Blue tongue lizard
It has been hot today and the kids got into the dam, after they came home school ,to cool off. However the weather is changing and I could hear thunder so i went outside to make the kids come in , and I found this blue tongue lizard sitting in the sun. Now, I am not all that keen on things slithery and crawlie but blue tongue lizards are reasonably harmless- if you get bitten the wound festers for some time ( though I have not been bitten). They are also quite docile so it's possible to get quite close without them getting aggressive ,unlike the snakes that also live around here ( thank goodness I don't see them often!) Blue tongue lizards are about 45 cms long ( 18 iches) and eat mice and insects.
Yesterday was the Melbourne Cup- a horse race that stops the nation. A lot of people , if they only bet once a year, will have a wager on the cup ( I don't - it's almost impossible to pick a winner)- the racing distance is two miles ( 3200 metres) and it takes a true stayer to cover the distance. It has produced champions that live on in the national lore like Pharlap- a galant horse that won once and came second the second time around carrying the biggest weight ever. He was taken to America for the Kentucky Derby, but died in mysterious circumstances, thought by many to have been poisoning- the nation was grief stricken. If we admire someone for their courage and determination we say "A heart as big as Pharlap's". Pharlap lives on in the national memory for he won in the depression years when it was still possible to wager pennies and tried his heart out and won the affection of a nation. Yesterday The Melbourne Cup produced another rare moment- a mare ,Makybe Diva, won the race for a third time- this has never happened before. It is fitting that a mare should parallel the legend of Pharlap and perhaps join him in the affection of the nation. I don't think I shall ever see this again.