I know I have been remiss these last two weeks in my blog posting, blog reading.. blog everything really…
My apologies to all but we have been really busy these school holidays. We have been… ummm… doing stuff. Lots of it too. Nothing I can really put my finger on but by the state of the house clearly it has been taking up much of my time.
Normal transmission will
probably resume next week once the boys go back to school and I get the washing under control.
We were constructive today though and I have hard evidence that we actually did something. I had a pile of firewood delivered at the crack of dawn this morning. So early in fact that despite the drive here when the trailer arrived it was still covered in ice after being parked out in a paddock all night.
Number 1 and I gloved up and started stacking it on the verandah, discovering along the way that we had been delivered of not only a pile of wood, but that we had also received a shipment of cockroaches.
Now, before you panic they were the good sort, bush cockroaches, not the kind that make you want to turn your kitchen into some sort of spraycan induced biohazard.
Our Native cockroaches are not pesty ones and don’t even like coming inside. They live happily out in the garden eating bits of wood or plants and give our lizards and frogs something to eat in turn.
The guys who arrived unexpectedly this morning were Native Flat Cockroaches, my favourite because they are like tiny, armoured doormats. These guys are perfectly designed to fit in narrow spaces, like under the bark of the wood I want to put in the fire!
We found so many tucked away in the pieces of wood that we ended up making a corral for them so we could move them up the hill to a more appropriate home than one that was about to go up in flames.
Once we were finished stacking, Number 2, the bug lovingest son, helped me relocate the group to what was supposed to be a secondary compost heap but now has come to be known as my barkpost instead, as it ended up containing only bark, dried leaves and sticks.
Because of that mix this pile has become the perfect dumping ground for disturbed lizards, bugs and pretty much anyone else we find when we poke around in the garden who needs to stay out of sight of the birds. Now it has a colony of Flat Cockroaches living there too.
These two were the only ones I could get to stand still long enough to get a picture of. When they have all their appendages tucked away it is hard to tell which end is which and considering how far their armoured plates extend it is amazing how quickly they can flip themselves onto their legs and zoom off if they end up on their backs.