Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Furry friends.

Helen at Helen's Haven (formerly the Barnes Residence) has a ringtail possum living in the roof at their house. Yesterday, Ken and I discovered that we have one too - but not in the roof. We have a flat steel deck roof, so none but the smallest of animals could get in there, let alone build nests. Our little possum has taken up residence in the custom-made possum box which Ken installed on one of the eucalyptus trees in the front garden. This little house has been there for a few years now, and has been inhabited in turn by birds, brushtail possums, and ringtails. We first saw the current resident from our front window, which is high enough to be at eye level with the possum box. There was this dear little possum face peering out into the misty morning, probably settling down to sleep through the day until night time came around again. They are nocturnal animals like so many other Aussie native mammals, and this is why it is so vital that people keep their cats indoors at night.
Read this for more about our Ringtail Possums.


Blogger Miss Eagle said...

Oh, Gina, we are Possum Central here at The Trad Pad. Herself has possums in two of the bedroom walls, one in a kitchen wall, and one in a sunroom wall. Don't know the species of the freeloading tenants coz we see both brushtail and ringtail around here. They get in through the roof - but we two single women can't clamber up there to place a possum trap. Complaints over the past twelves months to the real estate agent have not brought results. They put it on the list for the handyman but he told them to get the possum man. Oh, well! Perhaps I should ring the Council and ask if it is a health issue.

Friday, 13 July, 2007  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

Hi Gina, thanks for coming over to visit me and leaving me those nice words about my blog. I too love vintage cards & things I think I have arthritus in my hands..they get quite a work out with my cello practise and my wool preperation & spinning which I love all I appreciate you telling me about the essential oils, I didn't know you could use them on your hands. I have lavender, I'll have to look for rosemary. Better get ready for bed, its late here...=) goodnight!

Friday, 13 July, 2007  
Blogger Meow said...

Possums are so cute. We have a few living in the trees around us ... they make a heck of a racket running around on our roof, especially the tin pergola roof !! Don't think the cat is too impressed with them, either. Don't actually want the cat to meet the possum ... apparently the possums tend to win those arguments.
Take care, Meow

Saturday, 14 July, 2007  

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