Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunny days, bats and buzzing

We've been enjoying good weather this week.

 Spending time together outdoors


 Gazing at birds
 Stopping to smell the flowers
 Looking at frog spawn

 Checking the fairy letter box

 But something is driving us indoors.....

Anyone got any good eco friendly mosquito be gone suggestions? 
They're just rife this time of year, and I find little to like in these blood sucking varmints, except perhaps that they make great bat food !

Labelled diagram of White-striped Bat showing key features.
 You can hear the White Striped Bat Tadarida australis calling around our house of an evening as the weather gets warmer. It's ting ting sound is the noise it makes as it is echolocating it's food. Climate Watch are asking people to record it's presence or absence as a way of monitoring if it is affected by climate change. They are monitoring other species as well, read more here:


  1. I alwys love it when you show Australian trees on your site. My Dad use to swear by increasing Vitamin B with food and tablets for mossies. link to Vit B in foods

  2. oooh those mozzies. Love spring but here were starting to get all the flies in. Not as annoying as the mozzies but nearly!

  3. Beautiful, warm weather. Little one looks so she holding a coconut?

    I've been reading some herbally books and one says lemongrass or lavender to deter insects and straight lavender oil on the bites afterwards to heal..

  4. Lesley - I like the idea of taking vitamin B, have heard but never tested it. We have such a beautiful forest of trees around us,full of wildlife.

    Little Gumnut, flys everywhere here too.

    Christine, yes coconut that's been in our garden for ages.

    I can vouch for lavender to help stop the itch - might have to try applying it for prevention.


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young