Share Your World – 2015 Week #2

January 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Australia, Gardens, Gratitude, Leisure activities | 4 Comments
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Here are my responses to Cee’s Share Your World questions for Week 2 of this year.

 

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

I am definitely a hugger. There is something warm and accepting about a hug, and I love to pass that on to others. We all grew up in a demonstrative family, and it was considered normal to hug when arriving and leaving home; and I hug friends as well as family. I carried that into my adult life and my five sons are all comfortable with hugs. I can almost always tell when a non-hugger arrives though, and back off so they don’t get uncomfortable.

 

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?

Boysenberry! However it is a rare treat to have ice cream.

 

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

I like to exercise both. Physically, I am quite active. I mow our double house block which is on a slope, do fairly heavy work in the garden and the house, and go (irregularly) for walks. I can’t be a book-chair or computer potato for too long before I need to move.

My reading, writing and extensive work with my reading group has kept my brain active for some years now, and I love crosswords – both regular and cryptic. My scrapbooking also keeps my creative side alive and kicking when my writing falls off.

 

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Why?

I am certainly not a cat person, and I am astounded at the fuss people make over cats. It seems in many ways they worship them! Cats are beautiful creatures in every way except for one – they are superb killing machines. They seem to be like humans that way; killing for the sake of killing. Much of Australia’s natural wildlife has been destroyed since cats were introduced to this country, taking millions of small animals every year.

Dogs can go feral too, but they are capable of wonderful relationships with people – unlike cats, who use people as their slaves. I would love to have a dog, but circumstances do not allow it.

 

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the terrific man I married – that is ongoing. I was glad to see it raining steadily for several days, as we needed it for the garden, and to cool off the summer heat.

Next week? Nothing much planned early in the week, but the Australia Day holiday is coming up on the weekend of the 24-26 January, and a cruise with our sailing club to celebrate. Hoping we will both be okay to get the boat out and join in on at least some of the festivities.

 

Linda Visman

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  1. I’m a non-hugger I’m afraid: even the current fashion for kissing cheeks makes me nervous. Ice cream? Chocolate chip, I think. I’m predominantly cerebral, but the lack of exercise catches up on me, and I do like the practical aspect of life too. I make things – quite big things sometimes. I’ve had cats, but prefer dogs – it all depends on my mood. If I want some space, I wish for a cat; if I need love, a dog. Most of my life has been spent with dogs, so I guess the latter must hold true.

    Grateful? Grateful for each new day. This week we are seeing the first snows, so I am looking forward to getting out and about with a camera and taking advantage of that amazing light.

  2. Feral as well as pet animals can be as musch of a problem as invasive wild species. Dometicated pet dogs can do quite a bit of killing for fun, especially if the owner is not a responsible one. I lost a pet chicken as a youngster to a pet dog who also wantonly killed 2 sheep the same day. There is many a cat owner out there who can attest to pet cats being ripped apart in their own yard by wandering neighborhood dogs who kill for fun. Unfortunately very common. I love dogs, but also realize they are a big responsibility, as are cats. All of ours stay in. Sometimes dogs will take on “prey” that is more than they can handle. A Golden Retriever was killed a few years ago when the dog harassed a horse on a neighboring farm. The horse won. The unfortunate dog was found kicked to death. The owner still hasn’t learned much from the experience.

    • You are right, Lavinia, that dogs can be a real problem. We don’t have a lot of wandering dogs in Australia, apart from those which have gone feral in rural and remote areas. The laws mandate that a dog owner must have the dog on a leash when outside their premises, except when they are in a leash-free area of a town or city.
      The biggest problem we seem to have with dogs in urban areas is those dogs – often some form of naturally aggressive hunting dog – that attack people in their own or someone else’s home – usually little children unfortunately. That is down to the dog owners not training the animal or having an inappropriate animal.
      Yes, the feral dogs in farming and remote areas are a problem, but mainly for farm animals, and farmers take measures to control them. They cause nowhere near as much damage to the wildlife as cats do.
      One of the reasons for this is that native animals have largely adapted to dogs – dingos, brought into Australia by the Aborigines, have been here for millennia. Cats are a relatively new invader – probably only a few hundred years, and can infiltrate just about any hidey-hole the smaller native animals might retreat to. They are also such quiet hunters.
      I think that Australia is almost unique in that it was free from felines of any kind for millions of years. But it meant that the indigenous wildlife developed no natural defences against them.


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