The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.Ralph Waldo Emerson
My packing room (yes, it’s an actual room – that used to be a bedroom, but is now filled with shelving, planners, journals, crystals, malas, and for the moment – hidden Christmas presents because my husband is worse than a child when it comes to gifts with his name on them!) is positioned at the front of the house, and overlooks our long driveway and part of the front garden.
I came in here early this morning, to wrap and pack some orders ready to post, and to write my blog – seeing as one of my laptops is currently in this room and it was easier to do everything in one place.
I’d not long sat down when I noticed a ginger cat amble across the drive, down the path to my front door, and then across into the side garden.
It was a very big cat. A fat and fluffy cat. It wore a red collar and bell, but I have never seen it before.
About ten minutes later, as I sat here at my desk, I noticed a scrub turkey come down the driveway. Not just ambling, but running in that awkward neck-bobbling kind of way they do that speaks of panic.
They are not attractive birds, but I am very fond of them.
As it ran it began to shriek.
Not exactly a plan for morning serenity.
It streaked past my window, and moments later so did a giant goanna.
I would have been running and shrieking too if one of those things had been chasing me!
Goannas are large lizards that are both predators and scavengers. They are carnivorous, with very large sharp claws and a dangerous bite. (I know, Australia has all the good stuff!) Our local species is the Lace Monitor, and they grow to between 5 to 6.5 feet. This one was easily 5 feet long, and it was fast!
Of course, I had to know how the chase ended, so I jumped up and ran across the house to the deck where I could see the other end of the driveway. My scrub turkey friend had finally taken flight, and managed to get himself over our pool fence and to relative safety. He was still running in circles on the deck, and then he bravely launched himself off and into a palm tree. The giant goanna was still tracking the turkey, and started climbing the palm tree. Yikes!
The turkey hurled himself out of the tree and onto our roof. Safe at last!
He is now stomping along the tin, running up and down in panicky circles.
The goanna is still in the palm tree.
After all that adventure I need a coffee.
Then I really need to finish wrapping these last orders so I can get them in the post.
Life is never dull, here in our treehouse.
Love, hugs, and a very large mug of excellent home-made decaf latte, Nicole xx
(And yes, the scrub turkey has not calmed down yet…)
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2 thoughts on “Distracted By Visitors This Morning”
Hilarious! Glad that everyone/everything is safe.
You guys have the coolest animals, but I think the giant lizard would freak me out.
I’d be in heaven, though, as a parrot mom, seeing your wild parrots!