During the Christmas holidays, we had a steady flow of friends and family visiting us up here on the mountain. It’s the best time of the year and we love connecting with people we haven’t seen for ages! One of my oldest and dearest mates from my Sydney childhood flew up with his gorgeous girlfriend to stay for a few days at our place. I sometimes forget what our home and lifestyle must be like for people who are from the city. Our house is open, we have bugs, dirt, grass, quiet, and limited resources unlike a busy hive like Sydney!
The night our friends arrived our conversation turned to animals we are afraid of. I’m petrified of spiders and my friend feels that way about snakes. Absolutely hates snakes!
Fast forward to the next morning and we are enjoying our first breakfast together on the verandah. I go inside to grab some more eggs and I see a pretty big python sliding over our toaster. Where in the world did that come from?! “Um guys! There is a snake in our kitchen!”. This beautiful creature was so placid and chillaxed just moving over our appliances and even letting Kirk and Judah have a pat. Meanwhile our Sydney visitors are totally FREAKING OUT. Not a great introduction to our home and the relaxed vibe of the countryside 🙂 Kirk caught the snake very skillfully and released him down the back in the bush.
During our friend’s stay we had a frog in the toilet, cows breaking through the fence into our backyard, chooks in the house, and a big goanna trying to steal our chook eggs. I could hear my friend’s girlfriend shriek from Judah’s playground and then run up to the house with Judah yelling “crocodile!”. 🙂
Australia Zoo is only a 30 minute drive from our home, but why go there when we seem to have a plethora of aussie animal species right at our doorstep…or in this case, right INSIDE OUR HOUSE!
Kirk caught the goanna (again, very skillfully) and drove it a long way away and released it in dense bush. As he was driving back into our driveway, he caught a different goanna that was heading towards our chook house. Then the following day he caught another goanna! What is going on here?! Surely we have run out of local goannas and our chook eggs are finally safe and there for US to eat!