We have the most gorgeous little guest. She has made a home beneath a big climbing Clematis that has soared up into a silver birch tree, using the rear wall of our shed as a windbreak. It really is a cosy nook. She allows us quite close to her, but the ears are pinned down, the eyes fixed our way, and she looks ready to flee if she must. When I do catch her unawares she is often grooming her pouch, so I assume there is young soon to be making that marathon journey to the safety of the pouch, or, already one ensconced.
Concensus is she is a Pademelon, or Thylogale billardierii.
We have called her Matilda, and our cats and alpacas seem quite happy to share the garden and paddock space with her when she does venture out to graze. I note she loves the new mown paddock run covered in clover and grass, and there is plenty of water available for her. She is very safe, as long as she stays out of my newly sown vegetable garden! I hope she lets us meet the baby.
Matilda has a good look to assess me, Friend or Foe? Stay of Flee?
Matilda decides to stay and out-wait me!
Hartz National Park is a small glaciated alpine park featuring an easily accessible dolerite peak, Hartz Peak, and Father’s Day 2013 dawned just right for a walk. Andrea, Nick, I and Brian set off full of energy, good clothing and packs of food.
Brian and Nick encouraged me to keep going when the going got tough, and I am so pleased they did, standing on that peak felt so good.
The boys teed off the peak with a 6-iron which was a lot of fun. I logged on and played some scrabble against my sister, and yay, I WON. Tea and fruit and sandwiches, camera swaps with other peak’ers, phone calls made, then we headed back down. The 1255metre down trek was a tad easier than the upward trek.
The scenery was brilliant, not that I knew all the peaks I was viewing in the distance. The tarns, lakes, streams, foliage of the Hartz are wondrous. Here is a link with great information about this walk, and others nearby.
All revved up to walk to the peak in the Hartz
Hartz National Park scenery
Brian cresting the bit I found most difficult.
Brian & Nick, a walk in the park!
Fabulous scenery in Hartz National Park, from close to the peak.
Brian & Valeri – we made it! The peak in the Hartz Mountains National park.
Brian tees off with a 6-iron
Nick tees off with a 6-iron
Yay, I made it to the peak.
Valeri, Brian & Nick at the peak.