Thursday, January 31, 2013

— My Alphabe-Thursday (2nd), the letter "K" / Thursday Two Questions —

New Zealand and Australia; more of our most recent cruise pictures
Here we have some pictures to honor Alphabe-Thursday letter "K"

"K" is for the word Kangaroo.  This blog post will be about the kangaroos and other animals that we saw when we visited the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, Tasmania (more).  The entire island of Tamania, directly south of the mainland Australia, makes up the state of Tasmania, Australia (map) (Google, Tasmania).

We were encouraged to feed the Kangaroos from a handful of food that the park guides had ready for us.  Mrs. Jim fed a hungry kangaroo for my picture.  They seemed to be fairly hungry. 
We were told that they like to have their necks stroked and their tummies scratched.  Unlike a horse, they did not appreciate pats or stroking to their heads or ears.

The Koala bears (also a "K" word animal) here sleep about 20 hours a day.  You might like to read further about them in an article that I found.  "The Koala bear is a marsupial that gets its name from the aboriginal word meaning ‘no drink’. This curious word denotes how the Koala bear gets its water supply – from the eucalyptus leaves. It drinks water only when ill or when water supply from the leaves is not enough. The Koala bear is often mistakenly believed to be related to the bear..." (from Aquatic Community, link).

I believe the bird on the left is a Little Pied Cormorant (Wikipedia link).  At first I thought it was a type of eagle but it just wouldn't fit any of those I found common to Australia.  The morphing colors, black on top, white on the bottom, include even their heads.  I would have liked to have a nicer picture but he/she wouldn't cooperate.
On the right is the famous Tasmanian Devil.  You can Google that.  They remind me of a pig.  You can't see it here, but the ones we saw all had a white spot on their backs just above their tails.  Can pigs climb trees?  No, but the Tasmanian devil sure can.
Devils in the wild are being plagued by a contagious eye disease that is spreading rapidly.  About 80% now have Devil facial tumour disease and extinction of the wild ones is predicted.  A plan is being made to repopulate after the disease has died away.
Here Mrs. Jim is 'helping' to hold a young Wombat, at least that's what we decided it is.  The wombat is the largest burrowing mammal and the early settlers called them badgers (more, Australian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water, and Environment; Native Plants & Animals). 
Finally and last here, is the White Cockatoo (Google search).  Many of these are kept for pets.  Not me, I really don't like to be around birds.
==> You can see other "K" letter posts by visiting Jenny's blog post, Alphabe- Thursday. My letter "K" portion of this post will be critiqued by Head Mistress Jenny. I always hope for a good grade.
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Now for my Thursday Two Questions.

My last post last week was about a "J" word couple.  "J" was for Junk mail.  
I believe that most readers identified with me about that topic.

My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):.

1.  What are you feelings about petting wild animals in captivity such as my Kangaroo find?
2. How much government money do you feel should be used in support of keeping our wild animals from becoming extinct?
The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary here is private.  I feel that in the U.S. it would receive tax free charitable status.  I do not know about Australia. 

Bonus Question: What is your favorite "K" word?
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==> My Thursday Two Questions post is for Amanda at her blog, Self Sagacity.

Oh yes, we could have bought a 'blow up' Kangaroo to bring home from this little sidewalk stand by the ship's entrance but we declined.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Two Shoes Tuesday # 28 -- "Sea"


Our run had taken us six days and nights
without putting our feet to the ground.
I may kiss it when we land.

Water, water, waves, everywhere. 
We were at sea and had been
for, it seemed twenty years.
Only six days, six long and lonely days.
Nothing new, just our ship and the sailors there. 
Yes, we did pass an occasional cargo ship or tanker
a couple of miles away.
The food was the same day after day 
with only seven menus for the whole run. 
It was good but we'd had the same the day before. 
"Wash your socks" was the order of the day. 
I wish I had of packed more,
I'd chunk them overboard every night. 
For excitement we would feed the whales,
sharks, and the seals.  That is if they would eat
the grub our 'chef' had cooked. 
Three card draw and dominoes we could always play
but we did that for only the first few days. 
I wonder if the fish would wear my socks? 

What a happy early morning sight,
the Sydney Harbor in the dawn's dim light. 
We will rub elbows with the tourists 
at the Sydney Opera House and
walk the Sydney Harbor Bridge. 

Do the Botanical Garden and explore the first
First Lady's green pleasures.
We'll have some fish and chips
at the Sydney Harbor Fish Market.


Monday morning we'll be reloaded
and then it's back to sea again.  I hope
there will be grub and time for more fish and chips.

Each week Josie Two Shoes (link) provides a one-word writing prompt and invites us to share a short story, poem, essay, thought, or photo relating to that topic.  We are not required to use the actual word in the post, but it is to be used as the theme. 

The writing prompt for Tuesday, January 29th
(as chosen by Old Egg at Robin's Nest) was "sea"
1. Mrs. Jim and I were NOT on the ship in the story.  The story is fiction.  On our cruise we were never at sea more than two days in a row.
2. The pictures are from our recent holiday, a 14-Day Princess Cruise of New Zealand and  Australia.  They are of our arrival to Sydney where we stayed on our own three extra days.  The things we did there matched the events of my seaman tale. Mrs. Jim and I shared an order of fish and chips at the Fish Market.  Her plate looked like mine pictured above as we shared one order.
3. Oh yes, the food on our cruise was wonderful.  Most items on the menus were different each day.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013



Not so fast, Teddy.

I'm sick and tired of your whack whack here, whack whack there.

You haven't killed a fly in days!

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