Category Archives: CRITTERS

I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. Charles Lindbergh.


It is held extremely unlucky to kill a cricket, a lady-bug, a swallow, martin, robin red-breast, or wren ; perhaps from its being a breach of hospitality ; all those birds and insects taking refuge in houses.

"A provincial glossary; with a collection of local proverbs, and popular superstitions"

foto – kookaburra and pigeon in raleigh nsw jan 2011

The man whom God disgraces is bitten by a dog from the back of a camel.

The same occurs in Persian and in Hindustani. The meaning is, that such a man meets with accidents from quarters where he least expected to encounter them.

"Bannú: Or Our Afghan Frontier"


Substance is not enough, accident is also required.


foto – banner at the save bellingen hospital rally 15 may 2010

It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarrelling. Prov 20:3

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Once I set traps,

but they’re far too clever,

keeping just out of reach of my pen.

And if I had caught them

where would I dare let them go?

Not on a genteel suburban street,

these wild and jealous shadows.

So I shut up the ceiling for good.

Now we will never escape.

Jeri Kroll


foto – raleigh water park and international raceway 2010 april

Good people get cheated, just as good horses get ridden. Chinese.


But if horses run within your blood
And it’s their company you crave
Be prepared for fun and joyful times
But be prepared to be their slave.

The Horse’s Slave
February 2007 Guy McLean

foto – horse at raleigh 2010

Creole Proverb: The sea breeze blows the pelican where he wants to go.

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I drive out to Amoonguna to tell the family he

is right

I sit down with his Aunty, round the campfire, in

the night

I ask her to explain the pelicans and the meaning

of the sign

She laughs and whispers ‘Arrangkwe. 

just 2 pelicans in the sky!’

Ali Cobby Eckermann. little bit long time. Australian Poetry Centre, Balclava, 2009.

An Incisive Indigenous Voice

foto – pelican at iluka december 2009

Two frogs fell into a bowl of cream. One didn’t panic, he relaxed and drowned. The other kicked and struggled so much that the cream turned to butter and he walked out.


Take a look at A FLOATING LIFE

Summer in the Country

Summer in the country
was brushing away
flies from your face
and wiping sweat from your eyes—

watching grasses and grains
shimmer in paddocks
or sheep and cattle
grazing beyond a windbreak of pines.

Galahs clanged over the homestead.
A windmill turned
when a breeze sprung up.
Cockatoos screeched from the pepper tree.

Only crows frightened me
with their sorrowful cries
and the way they flew slowly
like black crosses.

The old slab-split shed
was a treasure-trove
of harnesses, bridles, farm
machinery, forty-four-gallon drums—

its walls covered
with cobwebs that housed
unimaginable spiders
but where it was cool inside.

I didn’t miss Europe
like my parents did—
nor a Christmas without snow
I’d hear them talking about.

Summer in the country
was being given a glass of cold lemonade
and falling asleep
under a red-gum’s shade.

Peter Skrzynecki

foto – ulmarra frog december 2009

The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic. Henry Ward Beecher.


This night, all night, the lean dogs of desire Have bayed upon my track, Yelping, keen of scent, afire To pull me down.

Verse (1915) Thompson, Vance, 1863-1925

foto – charlie and co at forealty towers

Blush like a black dog.


If man were relieved of all superstition, and all prejudice, and had replaced these with a keen sensitivity to his real environment, and moreover had achieved a level of communication so simplified that one syllable could express his every thought, then he would have achieved the level of intelligence already achieved by his dog. 

Robert Brault,

foto – Charlie in Armidale 2009



When sheep pass laws to eat only grass the wolf doesn’t care.


The cow is milked, not the ox ; the sheep is shorn, not the horse. Dan

Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and … (1887)

foto – sheep on coldstream street july ‘09

Proverb of the Faroe Islands (”The Sheeps Islands”)

And yet, small and insignificant as that bear is, my dear, it is a question whether he is not as dangerous an animal to meddle with as a man- eating tiger."

"Bears and dacoits : and other stories"

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The Black Bear

In the summer, fall, and spring
the black bear sports and has his fling,
but winter sends him straight indoors and there he
snores… and snores… and snores.


Boys must not have the ambitious care of men. Nor men the weak anxieties of age.

The Cyclopædia of Practical Quotations: English and Latin, with an Appendix Containing Proverbs …" 1882.


Origin of Yew Trees being planted in Church Yards. Before the invention of gunpowder, and use of fire-arms, every parish in England was obliged to have yew trees in their church yards, the branches of which were made into bows for the use of the archers ; and to this it is owing that in many of those places we find yew trees still growing ; al- though the use of shooting with bows has long been discontinued in the armies of Europe.

"Curious Antiquities, Or, The Etymology of Many Remarkable Old Sayings, Proverbs, and Singular …"

A cat has nine lives, and a woman has nine cats’ lives.


Sail, quoth the king ; hold, faith the wind. 

"English proverbs and proverbial phrases, collected from the most authentic sources, alphabetically arranged, and annotated" 1869.


One by one the penguins steal my sanity.

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Damn revisionists, why can’t they ever make history better? Like have us all live in Antarctica and worship the Golden Penguin? That’d be great.  Dale Gribble