Saturday, April 13, 2013

Walhalla revisited

This is a bit disconnected, because it is about toilet paper and birds. Stay with with me.

When we went to stay at the caravan park in a cabin at Marcus Hill with R's sister and bro in law, we stopped off for supplies on the outskirts of Geelong. R's sister K, bought a packet of four toilet rolls. Apparently if you go somewhere in England to stay, the place will be miserly about toilet paper and it is a good idea to bring your own. 'No K. This is Australia. You don't have to do that.here'. Sure enough, we brought the pack home and it went into 'consolidated toilet paper stock'.

K and her spare toilet paper became a running joke throughout their stay. Of course Australian accommodation supplies adequate toilet paper.

And then we went to Walhalla, without a spare supply of toilet paper and guess what? We ran out and on the last morning had to resort to tissues. Somebody had the last laugh.

The disconnection. I saw a bird in Walhalla I have never seen before. Ex Sis in Law told me the name, and I recalled enough to google it, yet nothing is to be found. The word sounded like mowma, as in mowing grass. I thought it was the bird I failed to recognise in Walhalla but it seems not as after a little searching, the bird I did not know turned out to be a Pied Currawong. It doesn't read like it is a very nice bird but it makes a pretty sound, number 12 on the birdsong top 40.

Photo from the website of Michael Dahlem.

24 comments:

  1. You should see my stack of toilet paper. I really hate to be caught short, so on my back porch I have several packets of 24 rolls stacked up against the wall. If nobody comes to visit I should have enough until next year.

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    1. River, such a quantity should be left to someone in your will.

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  2. Currawongs are my favourite birds ever. Their song is beautiful. I've noticed they've started coming down from the mountains into the suburbs again, I've heard them around work in the recent weeks.

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    1. Fen, I have heard them, but never actually seen them until that visit to Walhalla.

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  3. Funny with Europeans. Some years ago we had visiting sailor who were on an around the world trip, from Switzerland stay with us for a couple nights. They brought their own sheets and insisted on using them. Maybe they thought ours wern't clean enough.

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    1. Bill, damn foreigners with funny European habits. It does seem a bit odd. We always make sure visitors get clean sheets, but I suppose not everyone does.

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  4. I am with your friends HR - I always pack a roll when sleeping away from home. Has more than the main use as well - noses, or cleaning up.
    My backyard had 15 Piedwongs all together and the racket was amazing. They love plain rolled oats. They are scared of magpies though. This blogger made a beautiful drawing of my first Piedwong. They sit on the Hills Hoist and let me get quite close. BIG beaks.
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    1. Bad link Ann, but interesting that they eat rolled oats. They are quite aggressive against other birds, but nice to know maggies hold their own.

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  5. The toilet paper story is hilarious ! My friend (the one with the noisy vacuum cleaner) always has a roll with her, because sometimes there is no paper anymore in the toilets although there should be, lol !

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    1. Gattina, it sounds like your friend is a very particular type of person, concerned with vacuum cleaner noise and always prepared with her own toilet paper.

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  6. Loved the story of the toilet paper. Before I went on my long trip to Aussie etc last year, a friend gave me a miniature toilet roll that is small enough to keep in your handbag. And yes it did come in handy!

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    1. Fun60, I have not seen these miniature toilet rolls, but they sound useful.

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  7. Or, if not toilet paper, flog the napkins at breakfast and in cafes and keep at least two in your pocket at all times. This has saved me many times when, seated and the deed done, I reach underneath those infernally-large wheel things and find it empty!

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    1. Kath, something rings a bell, like mother, like daughter.

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  8. A will? it's only a year's supply of paper. I don't plan on dying quite that soon!!
    My mum used to carry a roll with her when travelling because often on a long distance bus trip the paper in the loo would run out. Sometimes wherever she landed the facilities would be short on paper too. It comes in handy for nose blowing too.

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    1. River, only once and never again have I caught a long distance bus. I won't even speak of the toilet other than to say, yes bring you own paper, and byo disinfectant.

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  9. Did I start something Andrew?

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    1. No John, I stayed a safe distance and cared not what sex they were.

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  10. Thanks for providing the link to the bird song page. That's very cool.

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    1. Dina, it has helped me identify birds a couple of times.

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  11. Loved the toilet paper story. Kath, I'm a napkin snatcher too.
    Fresh sheets? In our guest room, there is a always a teddy bear nestling between the pillows after a change. When there is a high turnover of visitors it's my way of doing a quick check the deed has been done. Unfortunately, some guests treat Teddy in a rather cavalier fashion.

    Love the bird website. Maggies are my fave.

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  12. FC, snap. A teddy bear is placed between the pillows on our spare bed. Jack the dog got hold of him once and gave him a good shaking, so he went through the washing machine too.

    Yes, you can't beat the warbles of a magpie.

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  13. A birdsong 'hit parade' that is very cool! Sometimes when the Corellas are screaming at me for brekkie, they make this incredible noise that we we call 'dinosaur' sounds, a deep almost growling, unbelievable..might head back to that list and see if it's there..

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    1. Not heard that Grace. There's a project for you.

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