Monday, 3 February 2014

New species discovered

This is Jane my 3rd cousin from Shrewsbury, Shropshire   Jane is visiting us for 3 weeks and today we took her for a drive down to the Mornington Peninsula including a stop at Tooradin to see southern growing mangroves and have a bite to eat. We were walking to sit at some table and chairs and Jane gave the most awful screech thinking she had just missed stepping on a snake. Her snake turned out to be a Norfolk Island Pine long leafy thing that had fallen on the path. Here she is handling what is now known as the highly vicious and venomous Norfolk Island Pine snake or NIPS or Norfolkus Islandus Pinus snakus. It's always exciting when British explorers come out to Australia and discover a new species. I wonder what tomorrow will bring. Will keep you posted, we're going bush walking up in the forest tomorrow.

Today we drove passed some beautiful flowering gums.

These pelicans were waiting for fish scraps at Tooradin.

A view of one of the back beaches at Sorrento.

The air was so fresh and invigorating and as the cool change had come through it was very pleasant after the hot weather we've been having.  


P.S.  We'll be looking out for drop bears in the forest tomorrow.  :)


  1. Sounds like you are having a great time with your cousin. Tell her no worries about the snake-twiggy thing. I have come across those a few times and squealed also. :) Love the curtains in your studio!

  2. It looks like you and your guest are having a wonderful time and I am thoroughly enjoying my vicarious trip with you. I do have to say though I'd have been a bit eeky too over the newus snakeus! Looking forward to the next parts of your itinerary.

  3. That's funny - when I first looked at the photo, for a very brief moment I thought she was holding snake!

    Sounds like a lovely day, I enjoyed your photos. Bush walking in the forest sounds good - I wish I could tag along, hehe!

  4. I think I would screech at times too ! x

  5. Its always fun seeing your own country with someone from over seas. We had dinner with a water dragon last week I wonder what she would have thought of that.

  6. Funny !We have a reputation to live up to you know, you'd better find some real live scarey stuff for her !!!

  7. That did make me smile. Hope Jane finds lots of interesting critters !


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