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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: Heading Out Again October 25, 2015

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Dexter and Hannah were out again last week. The early warm weather seems to have “woken up” the snakes.

Red-bellied snakes I recognize, and we saw one of those. I had not realized they are classified as very venomous, which is I suppose an example of taking the familiar for granted. I was conscious of that the snakes were out and about by a news report. I am not sure how prepared I would be if any of us were bitten. The dogs can be more inquisitive than they should be for there own good. The fact the dogs are on leads and we make some noise might mean they have forewarning. The greater problem may well be having them in the yard. (One snake spent three days in Corrimal Library.)

At least in this part of the continent, evidence for the presence of the original people of the land is not evident, at least on our excursions, or if it is, I have not recognized it. The language spoken has become extinct. Michael Organ and Carol Speechley suggest that the Aboriginal people were careful not to overstress the environment by controlling their population. They observe:

The story of the Illawarra Aboriginal people is one of survival as a hunter-gather society over a period of more than 20,000 years; of the development of a rich and varied culture during that time; and of decimation and near total annihilation at the hands of European invaders in the space of a mere generation during the first half of the nineteenth century. Accounts of pre-frontier Aboriginal economy and society in Illawarra are little known, as are events during the period immediately following the arrival of white settlers. Precise population figures for the Aboriginal occupation of Illawarra throughout the millennia and leading up to the
European invasion of 1788 are unknown, though it is likely to have been one of the most densely populated regions of the continent, with anywhere from 2-4 people per square kilometre. (2) The thin coastal strip east of the escarpment has often been likened to a ‘Garden of Eden’, with its abundant supply of natural resources, though when we look at Aboriginal society this tag could also be applied in the spiritual sense,with Mount Coolangatta on the Shoalhaven River long revered in local mythology as a gateway to the hereafter – to an Aboriginal ‘heaven’ beyond the seas. (3) Sites such as Mount Keira and Red Point are similarly significant.

We are not recorders, or for that matter, witnesses of the interaction between invaders settlers and miners with the first people. We tread on their land and try to respect their memory of all the parties of the past, and if we are lucky, the future. Our fortune may not depend on how much money we acquire, but who we become. We might aspire to do better than foolishness, violence, egotism and greed.

So a few too many photos were again taken in the past week. This included a reptilian friend who we sought to keep our distance (it is not a good picture). There was some light rain but not enough to affect any flow in the creek. And Dexter and Hannah caught some sunshine which seemed to create a positive glow. Here is the compilation:

Mark Knopfler has a song for the ages. The more things change, the more they remain That was then, now there there other names to describe the same process, including “privatization”. He sings “Privateering” at Malaga:

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