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Schopenhauer said of genius:
It’s like an archery contest: the talented hit the mark every time and
everyone can see that true genius gets the mark that no one else can
Wish I could hit the bulls-eye every time in my posts. Impossible,
but one tries! I concur with the great man who was among the first
to contend that the world is not a logical place.
Tangential shift to D H Lawrence… I warned you logic is not always
the guiding principle in this site!
A snake came to my water trough…
..and I in pyjamas for the heat…
That good old primary school teacher knew how to engrave
words on your heart as indelibly as ‘Calais’ was inked onto
Actually, it wasn’t a snake, but an Eastern Blue-Tongued Lizard
and it came to the swimming pool area. No matter- I
experienced similar emotions of honour, fear, liking, gladness,
but nothing remotely Freudian. Though one can never be
And, in case you think I was cowardly for ejecting from my sun-
lounger, the above photo shows an ‘immature‘ version.
Apparently, they are harmless, though they have teeth.
They might hang on if they bite you, or shed their tail, but are
not venomous. Well, that’s a relief!
Someone is selling one, granted with a tank, for $220 on
Gumtree. But you’d be up the aforementioned arboreal variety
if you think I would even consider throwing a towel over this
little fella, even given the Scottish entrepreneurial gene that
encourages me to make a bawbee or two out of any
Apparently, Tiliqua scincoides (sounds like a friend of Simon
Cowell’s) is a skink. No, it’s Tulisa, isn’t it?
Maybe she shouldn’t have had the work done.
Back in good old Scotia, they make soup out of them:
Cullen Skink. That’s another bluff like the haggis scam.
The original convicts down here probably did and the name
travelled back home.
The good thing about these reptiles is that, though they have up
to thirty young, within a day, their offspring are entirely
independent. No university fees and endless loans.
I did share that feeling of respect- that he/she had been
around before me, and that I was the intruder.
As Lawrence said:
a serpent is a thing created. It has its own raison d’etre, its own
being; it has beauty and reality.
A pity then that those two whopping great kookaburras that
sit on the fence are probably waiting for it. But then, as that
very different poet,Tennyson reminded us, nature is red in tooth
So, though I won’t be a frequent visitor to backyardbuddies.
net.au/reptiles/lizards/blue-tongued lizard, I will always treasure
the memory of our strange meeting.
The way you flick your tail; the way you show your tongue…
No, no, they can’t take that away from me.
I’ll conclude with N J Warburton’s 1947 witty observation:
Some creep came to my water trough
And stood there, hopping from foot to foot,
In his pyjamas…