It appears that summer has also made Fatso (our neighbourhood Echidna) more active, visiting our yard and winding up our two hounds, who think it’s an alien attacking the house. The hounds don’t know what to do with this generally slow-moving, spiky, yet rapidly disappearing into the ground creature. I fear more for our hounds than Fatso, but sometimes removing him is a Labour of Hercules, so strongly does Fatso dig in and hold onto the ground. I don’t know how much force can be used before there’s injury (to Fatso), but I don’t dare use too much, as I’ve had the devil’s own time removing Fatso previously. So I left Fatso to his diggings this time and, in the morning, he was gone once again.
Spring in Gippsland is a pretty glorious time as the Garden State awakens from its winter slumber and the first rays of the warm spring sunlight brings out the summer attire, the monthly Mirboo North Market is actually rain free and the main street rumbles to the sounds of motorcycles on day trips from Melbourne. And, as the daffodils send out their first flowers at Mossvale Park and Wattlebirds begin nesting, you know that spring is just around the corner.