Pademelon, Frogmouth, Platypus – not words from Hogwarts but words on a postcard the e-postman has recently delivered to us at St Chrysostom’s
My sister first caught sight of the peculiar bird sitting pretending to be a piece of bark on a palm tree in front of her house . Eventually we identified it as a tawny frogmouth; we’ve named him Frances and we see him as our guardian angel.
Australia is full of such wondrous creatures, of which I am learning more on this visit .
During my trip to Tasmania , the island state of Australia , I watched a pademelon, a small kangaroo like creature hop across my friends’ lawn and I visited a centre breeding that oddest of all animals – the platypus, a mammal which suckles its young , is covered with fur but has a duck like bill and lays eggs .
And since I now come from Manchester and have many Muslim friends I find myself using Arabic and saying Alhamdulillah Praise Be!
Sandra, in Australia