Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tidbinbilla

5 November 2015
Kristen says...

One of the awesome things about being on the Australian school calendar is that I get the Australian school breaks. Rather than one 3-month long break in summer, they have a 6-week summer break (which will start in a few weeks, since this being the Southern Hemisphere, it's almost summertime here), a 2-week fall break, 3 weeks in winter, and two weeks in spring.

We enjoyed our two-week spring break at the end of September / beginning of October, but unfortunately I'm just now getting around to blogging about it...amazing how busy the end of the school year is, no matter where you live!! :)

Canberra is a remarkable place for many reasons, one of which is the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, which is a really big area of protected land with a bunch of different wildlife refuge areas, including but not limited to:

Emu

Kangaroos/Wallabies






Koalas




Skinks/Lizards


Platapus (terrible pictures--I promise it is there!)


and yes, even snakes!

You may have noticed in some of the pictures above that the ground there is quite rocky--some of the rocks, like the one below, seem to have layers, almost like they are man-made, but as far as I know, they are not!

We have our own "wild animal" at home--poor Pip spent his break recouperating from having four teeth pulled, his back x-rayed and a small lump taken out of his back hip (hence the Cone of Shame). Poor kid! :)
KF

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