Thursday, October 08, 2015

Currawong and Kurrajong

Was it late last year or early this year I first heard the sound of currawong at home. A couple of people commented that they have been in the area for some time, but I had not heard them, so I figure they must have moved closer to The Highrise. Even living on such a busy road, it is quiet at 4am. I would say I can't hear any sound, but I think there is a background white noise which I guess we are just used to.

I am not used to a loud and repetitive call by a currawong at 4am. Twice over the past month, the call has woken me up and other times when I have been only half asleep. It is not an unpleasant sound, not like the evil koel, but gee it is loud. You can hear some of the variety of calls a currawong makes at this site, http://soundslikenoise.org/tag/currawong/

This was written a couple of weeks ago and not finished but since then for the first time in my knowledge we were visited by a currawong.


Kurrajong? It is a tree, a place in New South Wales and in West Australia and the name of a hotel. Former Prime Minister Ben Chifley eschewed staying at The Lodge in Canberra, instead preferring the Kurrajong Hotel, or Hotel Kurrajong as it is now known.

Last week I needed to have my tax returned  prepared and instead of using the accountant we inherited from a previous accountant, no matter how nice she is, I decided because of the rising charge to have my tax statement prepared by one of the large specialist chains and it was a wise choice with the fee being half what I paid the previous year. As a new client, it took about 40 minutes, but should I return next year, maby 20 minutes. They also have an online facility too, which I may look at next year.

Relevant to Kurrajong? Well yes. The office building I attended is called Kurrajong House and externally it is quite nice.







24 comments:

  1. Interesting to hear the currawongs, I'm sure we have some here too, but hard to pick out of the usual morning chorus in all the trees around here.
    I always did my own tax return, first on paper, then online, it was easy for years as the questions stayed the same. Then 'they' began making the form different each year, probably to confuse the cheaters, but confusing the rest of us too, each year it took slightly longer to work out. Now I'm retired with not enough income to require the paying of taxes, so I no longer have to fill out the forms.

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    1. River, it did become really hard to do you own tax at a point a few years ago. I gave up trying when we had our investment flat and I depreciated something very wrongly, as the accountant pointed the subsequent year. I got away with it. It was quite involved between social security and the tax office, but R filed his final tax return this year, that said he did not need to file a tax return.

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  2. Andrew, it is an interesting bird and we don't have them hee

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    1. Gosia, Australia is full of strange animals, as you will find out when they attack you when you visit.

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  3. I like their call but not at 4:30 am. Nice sounding words Currawong and Kurrajong. I guess aboriginal names?

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    1. Diane, names like that are usually corruptions, mishearings of and interpretations of aboriginal words, so yes, I think you would be right.

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  4. We have a family of currawongs visiting at the moment. You are right - they are loud, but I do love their song.
    So many of our birds are not musical that the currawong (and the magpie warble) have a special place in my heart.
    Tax? I need to pull it together too. Soon. Ish.

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    1. EC, they make varied sounds and their early morning and evening call is a bit boring. Magpie warbling? Love it. The tax office is not normally too harsh when they owe you.

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  5. LOL, the canines are cursing just now... they went gallumphing around the house, whilst barking madly, looking for the source of odd sounds. Nothing to sniff, or to bark at, all that effort put forth to defend their territory against -- nothing.

    It's a dog's life.

    Tax time rolls around in mid-April for us.

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    1. Haha about the dogs Jac. While I know a little about a lot, I have no idea about the US tax system, except you home mortgage repayments are tax deductible, whereas ours are not, unless it is an investment property. Yes, the rich get a tax subsidy that the poorest person trying to buy a house does not.

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  6. It must be quite disturbing having to be woken up by the bird. Great thoughts, greetings to you!

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    1. Blogoratti, not disturbing really. I expect I probably went to the toilet and quickly returned to sleep. Nature waking me is not something that troubles me, unless it is the evil koel bird or a lion.

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  7. We also have a local suburb called Currarong. They do have Currawongs there, too! ;)

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    1. Snoskred, another interpretation of the aboriginal word, I suppose.

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  8. My eternal thanks to HighRiser for paying his taxes so I can be a pensioner bludger or is that now being revised since the Mad Monk has been knifed.

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    1. Jah Teh, don't forget I am paying for your mother to live in luxury too.

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  9. I'd never heard of a kurrajong. Loved listening to the recordings. The cats came running into the room and tried to find them.

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    1. Mitchell, it was not a bird I was familiar with until a few years ago, I think because we did not have them. Birds changing habitat has been huge in the last decade, but nothing to do with climate change.

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  10. Currawongs come down from the alpine areas in Winter and retreat back up there in the heat of Summer.

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    1. Wish I could do that Fen.

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  11. It's the cool how we can do that with maps.

    Birds, oh yes, some do make such aloud notice in the stillness of the early morn.

    I use an accountant, need to and I know it would be cheaper as you found out, but, always a but, too complicated not to have an accountant..

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  12. Margaret, while my tax is quite uncomplicated now, it wasn't always, but nevertheless, I reckon that place would have handled an investment property quite smoothly and quickly. I felt guilt about deserting our quite lovely accountant, but such a price difference. I think the real reason came from last year when she emailed and said, no need to come to office, send the details by email, which we did. We lost the personal contact, her chat about her life and her son with a broken leg and lost allegiance.

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  13. I guess that's not what you want to hear at 4am Andrew. I think I've got so used to the birds outside my window early in the morning I don't really hear them anymore :) You've just reminded me I need to do our taxes too!

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    1. Grace, they wake me if we stay at my Sister's, especially in Spring. Yes, get to it. Pay your tax.

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