Sunday, June 19, 2005


It all started a week and a half ago when Angus was diagnosed with croup. He was getting about the house sounding like a seal and not feeling very well. Since then, Karen, Patrick and (most recently) Owen have succumbed to some viral infection that has symptoms of a very runny nose, lethargy, coughs and all-round dog-tiredness. It was so bad last Thursday and Friday that I stayed home from work to nurse the entire family.

Anyway, as I write this it is now Sunday night and the family is on the mend. Patrick should return to school tomorrow and Karen should be able to take Angus and Owen to playgroup on Tuesday and Thursday. And me? I'll be back to work tomorrow for a rest!

We leave this coming Friday (24th June) to spend the school holidays in Sydney. We'll see you all soon.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Healesville Sanctuary

Today we had planned to go to the Werribee Open Range Zoo. After getting off to a late start and not leaving the house until 11am, we decided against driving across the other side of Melbourne only to spend a couple of hours at the zoo and turn around and have 2 or 3 grumpy kids in the car for the ride home.

So we headed to Healesville Sanctuary (which is much closer) and stopped in the Healesville village and monthly markets on the way.

Patrick and Angus atop a reptile enclosure

The sanctuary already has a platypus enclosure, but with the sponsorship of BHP they have built a new platypussary with the express purpose of increasing the ability and (hopefully) success of breeding in captivity.


Patrick and Angus in the Platypussary


There are his and her nests and ponds as well as a special nesting box for her. It's a joint venture between Taronga Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary and promises to be very exciting.

Karen and Patrick in the Platypussary

With the sanctuary only housing Australian native animals, it's great to see these animals in such a lovely environment.




There are numerous aviaries housing a huge array of birds from black cockatoos and helmeted honeyeaters to lyrebirds and even an albino kookaburra. This lyrebird was going through its repertoire when we visited it this afternoon.


These birds are known for their mimicking and no wonder. And of course, the better looking of the species is male. The females are much plainer.

So, in two weeks time we plan to get an early start and get to Werribee before we head to Sydney for the school holidays. It's great being a FOTZ member (Friends Of The Zoo). Karen and the boys might even take a trip to Taronga while Sydney.

Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you've been up to.