Now that I have your attention, I can hopefully reassure you that I'm not planning on going anywhere. It's just that those memorable lines from Douglas Adams * came to mind when I chose the accompanying photo. #
I'd like to thank everyone for hanging in there since the site 'upgrade' and in particular for surviving my administration while Hairbear enjoyed a well deserved break.
It has been great to see our site come more alive recently as more of you have joined in. For those that are yet to introduce themselves, remember that like most things in life, you'll get more out of this site the more you put into it. I'd like to say if any one is having difficulty posting, then let us know, but that might be difficult to do
* I found this magnificent pelican having a rest (and probably hoping for a friendly feed from nearby fishermen) on a local jetty. Australian pelicans, like our black swans are differently coloured than elsewhere in the world. They certainly are inspiring to watch as they effortlessly glide along the coast. Well adapted to Australia's unreliable rainfalls, they are able to sense rare flood conditions 100's of kilometres away in Australia's outback and relocate to enjoy the fish that wash down with the flood waters into our temporary inland lakes.
For years while I worked in the Adelaide CBD, on my morning commute I'd enjoy watching flock of pelicans that had made the Torrens Lake home. Numbers swelled during our long drought as they took refuge where there was a reliable water and food supply. Seeing these huge birds come in to a gentle landing on the lake is truly a marvellous experience. Some mornings I'd have to carefully wend my way around them as they'd congregate on the cycle path. Occasionally it is possible to get within a metre of them before they decide that discretion is the better part of valour. They have the most beautiful large eyes with which they steadfastly regard you as you approach. Standing waist height, with a bill of up to 50cm long and wingspan of up to 2.5m, I'm glad they've got a much better temperament than our Aussie magpies that are now busy swooping anyone getting close to their nests. On several occasions, I've had a surprising tap on my bike helmet only to see a magpie fly out in front of me.
# Further on Douglas Adams, for those few that haven't read, listened to or watched his Hitchhiker's series or the equally quirky and entertaining Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency series, give them a try. Sadly the world is poorer for his early death in 2001 (can you believe it is that long ago?) - not just in losing a talented entertainer, but also because of his environmental activism work.
I see that the BBC have done a Dirk Gently TV series. Is it any good?