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Monday, 21 January

02:00

Skyscraper Stan with Mon Kerr Concerts & Gig Guide in Castlemaine

Sunday 20th Jan, 3.00pm 5.00pm, The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine
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Monday, 17 December

02:00

Roadshow Deluxe Tour Concerts & Gig Guide in Castlemaine

Sunday 16th Dec, 3.00pm, The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine
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Friday, 14 December

13:22

Bendigo Sustainable Living Festival Bendigo Sustainability Group

When: Saturday May 4, 2019

Where: Bendigo Town Hall and Library Gardens

Further information will be supplied closer to the date.

11:48

ICU Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Edgars Mission -_-110

Almost run down by a fast-paced BMW, the terrified kid goat dodged yet another bullet, or more to the blunt point, a fancy car. The previous day it had been chaotic traffic on an overpass that nearly claimed her life and the day before it could well have been a train. Whilst her past remains uncertain it was clear her future would have been both bleak and sealed had she not been seen for the vulnerable little being in urgent need of a kindly hand that she was. With the universe guiding her to the safety of a secure backyard, all kind-hearted council rangers could do was watch and thank their (and her) lucky stars they were at the right place at the right time. Not long thereafter the Lady in the Hat stood peering into the back of the Edgars Mission Kindness van cooing the words I see you, youre safe now, and for the first time in a long time ICU was.

Edgars Mission -_-111

The message of this story is simple: if only people could take the time to peer into the eyes of the animals who are farmed for food and fibre they would see before them, staring nervously back, a being who, just like us, desperately wants to live. The power balance here is enormous, yet the garden of our souls knows it should also tilt towards kindness as we utter the words I see youand the world will be as it should.

Edgars Mission - Goat, ICU-2...

09:50

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best. Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Edgars Mission -_-115

Roaming in a public reserve with many years fleece eventually proving too great a burden to carry, this handsome boy found kindness in the nick of time. Named Better because thats exactly what he deserves, a much-needed haircut was promptly scheduled as our work begun to ensure his would be a life worth living from here on in.

Edgars Mission -_-119

With Betters body soon relieved of over 13 kilograms of wool, it is unlikely this five year old sheep had ever met with a shearer in his life. With painful burrs and spear grass gently removed from his skin, this dear wether told us he did indeed feel better, half closing his eyes and sinking into the touch of our hands across his now closely clipped fleece as we removed the painful grasses that had penetrated Betters skin.

Edgars Mission - Better, Sheep

One thing we know for sure his life is about to get a whole lot Better from here! Our unending thanks go out to the kind hearted workers in the area who refused to rest in their effort to seek a safe outcome for Better.

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best. St. Jerome

...

09:20

Warning shameless self promotion ahead Natural Newstead

Just a reminder that our show, Nature Photography in the Goldfields, is on for another two weekends at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub.

Bronwyn, Patrick and I have been delighted with the response so far and it would be great to see you drop by.

The Hub will be open from 10am 4pm, this weekend and next.

Praying Mantis by Patrick Kavanagh

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Thursday, 13 December

17:55

Midsumma Festival troublemag

Midsumma Festival will reveal itself in all its finery once again in 2019, bringing a kaleidoscope of preeminent queer arts and cultural festivities from 19 January to 10 February 2019 #midsumma Midsumma.org.au

IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

COVER DEC/JAN: Gerwyn DAVIES, Hotrod, (part of Widgets and Doohickies from a Camp Toolbox, RMIT, Project Space/Space Room)   |   PARALLEL PARK (Holly Baytes and Tayla Jay Haggarty), Tandem, 2016. Archival inkjet print. (part of Queer Economies, various venues)  |  Snehargho GHOSH, Andy, In Situ Series, 2018 (part of In Situ Series 2, Blindside)  |  Melanie Jane WOLF & Ashton GREEN, CHORUS (The Substation)  |  Tyza STEWART, Nap 2017 (part of Personal Touch, Incinerator Gallery)  |  Anna THOMPSON, Madame Nightshades Poison Garden (Gasworks Arts Park).

12:03

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Edgars Mission - Goat, Jack-3

Well we all know how that one goes but this Jack didnt jump over a candlestick. It was most likely a leap over a fence or gate that saw this young Boer goat holed up in an outer suburb pound recently. Fearful of we humans at first and quick to nimbly flee from our presence, it didnt take too long for this dear boys personality to shine through as he began to nibble on our outstretched hands in anticipation of a treat, slowly learning we were indeed the good guys.

Edgars Mission - Goat, Jack

So strong in fact, is this goats cheeky demeanour that we soon had to rewrite the name recorded on our entry sheet with Jack Be Nimble becoming you guessed it Jack Be Nibble!

Welcome Jack Be Nibble! Yours will be a life truly worth living from here on in.

Edgars Mission - Goat, Jack-2

Wednesday, 12 December

16:10

Tanks, Talbot in the garden

We will be at Talbot Farmers market on Sunday selling the rest of our garlic come and get yours or help sell ours and enjoy the historic surrounds of Talbot plus two busy pre-xmas markets Thanks to the Gs Gayle, Garry, Gillian and Gen for assisting at Clunes last Sunday. Continue reading Tanks, Talbot

12:00

PTUA welcomes government intervention to save The Overland "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the announcement that the Victorian government will provide additional funding to assist the Overland passenger train to continue running between Melbourne and Adelaide and has renewed calls for the government to support reinstatement of regular passenger trains to Horsham.

The Overland has been supported by the South Australian and Victorian governments for many years; its future was jeopardised when the South Australian government recently announced it would cut its portion of the funding. Todays announcement represents an increase in funding from the Victorian government, with the remainder of the shortfall coming from Great Southern Rail, who operate the Overland.

The Overland runs twice weekly in each direction, and stops at North Shore (Geelong), Ararat, Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill in western Victoria; it is the only passenger rail service that travels west of Ararat, and is therefore a very important link for those communities. The Overland also serves Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

PTUA Ballarat Branch convener Ben Lever praised the Victorian government for working with Great Southern Rail to ensure that the Overland can continue to run in 2019.

The Overland is the only passenger train that runs west of Ararat, and it serves as a vital link for people who live in places like Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill. Not only does it connect these towns to Melbourne and Adelaide, it connects them to each other and to Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

Many people in these communities cannot drive, and some struggle to use high-floor coaches its vital to maintain the rail link, and we are delighted to see the Victorian government step up to preserve this service.

While welcoming the news that the Overland will continue to run, Mr Lever noted that places like Stawell and Horsham needed a higher level of service than the Overland currently provides.

While its great that the Overland will still run, there is still a real need to provide regular rail services to Horsham in the very near future. The Overland provides a lifeline service to these communities, but years and years of cuts mean it only runs twice a week, and has a reputation for slow speeds and poor punctuality so its not an attractive option for most trips.

Great Southern Rail have committed to a full review of the Overland service, to determine its future beyond 2019. Mr Lever encouraged the Victorian government to take the opportunity to take a holistic view of rail transport....

07:55

Leafhoppers and leaping Mantis Natural Newstead

The leaves of our Box trees are sporting quite a few Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymphs at present. A nymph is an immature insect which, unlike larvae, look somewhat like their adult forms. The undeveloped wings are the sign of a nymph stage.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph on Grey Box leaf

Leafhoppers are bugs, which means they feed by tubes that they use to suck nutrients from their food source. In the case of Leafhoppers, these are leaves. On the same Grey Box sucker on which I found the nymph was this adult Spiny-legged Leafhopper. The name fits well, as they have spiny legs, live on leaves and hop! I think this one is a Brunotartessus species.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper (Brunotartessus sp?)

Spiny-legged Leafhopper adult

What really surprised me was a miniscule bit of white fluff with 2 long antennae crawling along the leaf stems of a Long-leafed Box, a bit further into our bush. Through the lens, I still couldnt see it properly, but guessed in might have been something like a Lacewing larva, which often camouflage themselves by sticking debris on their backs. When I downloaded the image onto my computer, I saw that it was another leafhopper nymph, but at the most 2mm long. I wonder if this is how they look just after hatching. Or is something else going on?

Leafhopper nymph

Leafhopper nymph

Elsewhere, on a Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) a few dark Praying Mantis nymphs were on the hunt. This one, about 15mm long, looked about to take a step into space.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis nymph

 

 

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