Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Jottings from the Tropics: 18 December 2012

I have moved out of my rainforest cottage and am now house sitting while looking for a new place. The new place will almost certainly be a rental property, given that it could take a year or more to find the right spot to buy. The next Snail Shell will have more land and fewer neighbours. It will also have pademelons, riflebirds and forest dragons. It might or might not have cassowaries. Unfortunately, it almost certainly won't be the 360 acre property that I keep looking at in the real estate guide. It is adjacent to Mt Bartle Frere and includes a volcanic crater. Of course, if I owned a volcanic crater, I'd have to build a lair with shiny surfaces and moulded furniture and brush turkeys with frickin' lasers on their heads, so it's probably for the best that I can't afford it.

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It's hot. The grass is crackling under foot and the North Johnstone River is a trickle. Or would be, if it could be bothered to flow. Even the blowflies are too lethargic to be a nuisance. They are resting in the shade and sipping gin slings while complaining about the damnable heat. One of them is wearing a Panama hat.

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After visiting a friend in Atherton, I returned to my car to find half a shed snake skin next to it. I think the skin had belonged to a green tree snake (or possibly a brown tree snake, a.k.a a night tiger), but as it was the rear half, it was a bit difficult to tell.

I congratulated myself on not leaving the car windows down. And then I noticed that I had left them down on the passenger side — the side next to a tree.

Every time I get into the car, I remind myself that I could have an uninvited back seat driver.


mick said...

Good luck in your search for the perfect home property. 360 acres of quite and no neighbors does sound pretty good!

Island Rambles Blog said...

hope you find a new home snail, sounds warm there. It is so cold here.

Snail said...

Mick, I'll find the right place eventually --- I just hope it's before I'm too old to enjoy it!

Snail said...

Nora, it's ridiculously hot and dry. I'm thinking that your cold weather might be welcome here --- for a short time, at least. I don't do well in the heat, which is why I chose this part of the Tablelands. At >700m, it's usually much cooler than the coastal plain...but not this week!

Sherryl said...

This reminded me of when I lived in Mt Isa and found a large hairy leg on the ground beside my car one day. Yes, within a day a very large hairy-legged spider (with 7 legs) appeared inside my car.
Stuff of nightmares.

Snail said...

Wait! Mt Isa?!

Spiders while you're driving --- not fun. This house, by the way, has quite a lot of hunstmen. More than the rainforest. I'm not sure whether I'm becoming desensitised or more sensitised.