Redback on the Toilet Seat

Hope you enjoy this famous Aussie Song by  Slim Newton

Title: “Redback (Spider) on the Toilet Seat”


There was a redback on the toilet seat,

When I was there last night.
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy I felt his bite.
I jumped up high into the air,
And when I hit the ground.
That crafty redback spider,
Wasn’t nowhere to be found.

I rushed into the mrs,
Told her just where I’d been bit.
And she grabbed my cutthroat razor,
And I nearly took a fit.
I said ‘Forget what’s on your mind,
And call a doctor please.
For I’ve got a feeling that your cure,
Is worse than the disease.’

There was a redback on the toilet seat,
When I was there last night.
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy I felt his bite.
And now I’m here in hospital,
A sad and sorry plight.
And I curse the redback spider,
On the toilet seat last night.

I can’t lie down, I cant’ sit up I don’t know what to do.
The nurses think it’s funny but that’s not my point of view.
I tell you it’s embarrassing and that’s to say the least,
For I’m too sick to eat a bite,
While the spider had a feast.

And when I get back home again, I’ll tell you what I’ll do.
I’ll make that Redback suffer for the pain I’m going through.
I’ve had so many needles, I’m looking like a siv.
I promise you that redback hasn’t very long to live.

There was a redback on the toilet seat,
When I was there last night.
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy I felt his bite.
And now I’m here in hospital,
A sad and sorry plight.
And I curse the redback spider,
On the toilet seat last night.

By Slim Newton
(I Loved hearing this Poem/Song recited to us as a child – thank you Dad)

A baby Koala hitches Ride

A baby Koala hitches a Ride!

I paint in Acrylic on Canvas

I am not only inspired by nature and my aboriginal heritage with painting but also I enjoy art works in the mosaic and collage arena.

You will see this influence in my painting.

I love to create my images through multiple layering of the acrylic paints in various colours. This painting is created with a minimum of 7 paint layers and up to 12 layers in certain sections.

I have a tendency to create a range of depth perceptions in each art work.

I also depict a strong bond between Mother and Baby Koala with this painting and I feature the wonderful colours of gum leaves and the Australian bush.

Koala – means drink no water in Aboriginal language


Koala Spirit:

Offering compassion and kindness means it is returned to you tenfold in ways that perhaps will not be known to you easily at this time!






Whip crack sound effect

Whip Crack Sound Effect:

The whip crack sound effect made by Lyrebirds is actually the call of the Whipbird.

I have painted the Whipbird that you can see here in this photo.

This is a timber lazy susan which I have on our dining room table.



Birds 2 & Peace
Whipbird by Kerrie Thomsen

I was inspired to paint the Whipbird which is indigenous to Australia because he is a perching bird we have commonly in our area. I hear them lots but rarely see them.

The Whipbird in “my dreaming” sense is around to encourage me to “get cracking” with life and reminds us that if you aren’t prepared to do what it takes to realize dreams and reach your own potential then no one else will!

The Whipbirds forage in pairs. They are easily recognizably by their white neck stripes, black throat and white tipped tail feathers.

We have 3 species of Whipbird:

Eastern Whipbird, Western Whipbird and Mallee Whipbird.

I hope you like my painting






Spirit Meaning of the Whipbird:

Whipbird asks that you look at your life and check that you are in control. Whipbird primes us to “just know” what needs to be done and how, without being forced or cajoled.

It ensures we truly comprehend the power of the moment; the power that comes from realizing that, with commitment and effort we are destined for a productive future.


By Scott Alexander King




Tiliqua Rugosa Asper

Tiliqua Rugosa Asper

This little fella is also known as Shingleback and he is found in the arid and semi-arid areas of eastern Australia. The Shingleback’s habitat does not reach the eastern coast. The other three subspecies of Tiliqua Rugosa are found in the State of Western Australia.

The Shingleback is slow moving
The Shingleback is slow moving


The images with this post show the Shingleback is:
• Heavily armoured
• Slow moving
• Short with a wide stumpy tail
• Blue tongued
The Shinglebacks colouring varies from cream to dark brown.

Tail shaped like the head to confuse predators
Tail shaped like the head to confuse predators

Common names:

The Shingleback is commonly known as
• Two-Headed Skink,
• Stump-Tailed Skink,
• Bogeye,
• Bobtail,
• Sleepy Lizard and
• Pinecone Lizard.
I think Shingleback and Pincone Lizards are my favourites!

Common name is Pinecone Lizard
Common name is Pinecone Lizard

Defense Mechanisms

Adult Shinglebacks are 26 to 31 cm long. They have a heavy body for their length. Their legs are short and it is difficult for them to lift and move their body.

Dingos and snakes may predate on these lizards but the greatest threat is feral cats, foxes and dogs, and being struck by vehicles.

These lizards need to sun themselves and sometimes choose road and road verges.

The Shingleback uses three defence mechanisms namely their:
• Armoured body
• Tail resembles their head to confuse predators, and
• Threat response
The Shingleback does not have autotomy. This means unlink many lizards and skinks it cannot shed or discard an appendage to escape a predator.

I was fortunate at this sighting to capture the threat response vividly.

Shingleback threat response
Shingleback threat response


Shinglebacks are omnivores. This Shingleback was sighted in early spring when he was sunning himself. They spend much of their time foraging for preferred food including insects, vegetation and flowers.


The Shinglebacks tail contains fat reserves for Brumation.
During research for this post I found this word – BRUMATION
Well it turns out Brumation is like hibernation but different metabolic process are involved.
Shinglebacks are reptiles. Brumation is triggered by dropping temperatures and reducing hours of daylight. Shinglebacks will wake during brumation to drink water but they will go months without food. The length of brumation depends on temperature and the condition of the reptile.


Shinglebacks are viparous – wow here is a third new term! That means they do not lay eggs. Instead the embryo develops in the mother leading to a live birth. A typical brood is 1 to 4 offspring relatively large given the size of the mother.


These lizards are monogamous and their pairing extends beyond the breeding season. Pairs return to each other for many years.

Family Life

Offspring stay with their parents for several months. Parents share the parenting duties. The male acts as look out. When the offspring leave they will stay near as part of a colony of closely related members.

I love the Shinglebacks blue tongue. There are other species of blue tongue lizards in Australia which I will show you – as soon as I catch them on film.

By Amanda Jackson

Superb Fairy Wren

Superb Fairy Wren


These birds were photographed at the edge of what I like to refer to as the superb Fairy Wrens’ habitat, in central Queensland. The male with the blue marking is quite ruffled by the hot winds.


These little birds are quick when they move they even sing in bright musical trills. They are delicate and beautiful. They live in in family groups. These groups have more than 100 birds. This group was small, about twenty, birds living in the reeds and weeds (see the female) as the edge of a   water hole. This male took a vantage point to have a look around.



By Amanda Jackson


Say Hi to Willy Wagtail

Say “Hi” to Willy Wagtail

This fellow and a few of his friends were caught in a summer shower but seemed to be very happy and posed for me!

Happy Willy Wagtail


I would love him to show his tail fan.

This lovely little bird (about 20 cm) makes me feel very happy.

They flit around and sing a musical song.

Though they also have a scolding voice and an alarm call if they need them.

Their tail fans beautifully and when they land or stand they fan their tail and sway or wag it as if they think their tail is lovely too.

Everything about them is energetic and fun.

Willie Wagtails are found throughout Australia’s mainland and parts of Tasmania.





By Amanda Jackson



Flock of Little Corellas

Flock of Little Corella’s

In the Australian bush there is every chance you will be buzzed by a flock of birds.

Many species are noisy and sociable.

Pretty much like Australia’s people!


This is a flock of Little Corella’s that came upon my Canadian friend and me while we were walking.




You can see from the close up shot that they were looking right at us – I think they were enjoying screeching at us flying low and wheeling around and around until they headed off again.

I have traveled in Canada and found our birds were noisy by comparison to their Canadian cousins.

Little Corella’s like living inland from the coast.

They have yellow under wings and tail and a short crest on their head which is white.

They are 36 to 39 cm in size.

People sometimes confuse them for Sulfur Crested Cockatoos but these are a bigger bird, have a large yellow crest on their head  and their style of flight is quite different.




Pale headed Rosella

This beautiful bird is called a Pale Headed Rosella

There are two races: one with more yellow around the neck and chest (adscitus) and the other without (palliceps).

That’s why I call this one very pale.

Palliceps live in central southern Queensland.

They are about 30 cm in size.

Pale headed Rosella’s are part of the family “White Cheeked Rosella”.

Other white cheeked Rosella’s live in the northern and eastern areas of Australia.


Photo by Amanda


All the best