This year my Boxing Day Blues went "for a six"

I always feel a little Punch-drunk" on Boxing Day (for our American family it’s the day after Christmas).

In Oz it’s a public holiday. For Mary and I it’s a day for slothing around the house, uttering monosyllables, making no important decisions, eating Christmas-Day leftovers, watching two episodes from our “Game of Thrones” collection and finally sharing our pressies. By the end of the day the usual whisky does little to either help or hinder. It’s just more of the same; perhaps more slowly if that’s possible…

Anyway, it’s a good day to sit and watch the start of the multi-day Sydney to Hobart yacht race; not that one knows which yacht is which; it’s just very soothing. I’m sure Patty would be watching cricket, while Marg and Peter will be sharing the day with Peter’s family.

It was in this frame of mind that at around 11.00am

I went out to feed the fish.



My Boxing Day Blues ‘go for a six’









Suddenly my day changed. A smile cracked my face and Mary appeared open-mouthed by my side in response to my sudden call, "Mary, come quick!”.

I can’t ever remember feeling so elated before –  while just feeding the fish.


"Why?" I hear you ask.

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According to Pethelpful it is an Australian green tree frog also known as White's tree frog or the dumpy tree frog.


The following is from the Australian Reptile Park:

The green tree frog is usually a beautiful bright green, though, depending on the mood of the frog, this may sometimes fade to a dark khaki-green. Some specimens also have white spots that are outlined in darker colours. The underside is creamy-white. In its adult stage, a female green tree frog may reach almost 12cm in length. Males are much smaller and less robust than the females.


The green tree frog is distributed through the eastern and northern parts of Australia. It prefers cool damp places and, particularly in more arid areas, will often use human habitation for shelter. It is well known for its habit of hiding under the rim of outback toilet bowls!


The tree frog’s diet includes spiders, crickets, lizards, other frogs and cockroaches and, when in captivity, it will even eat small mice.


The green tree frog is a summer and wet season breeder and will make use of all types of still water including water tanks, swimming pools, semi-permanent swamps and drainage systems. Before metamorphosing, the tadpoles may grow to about 10cm in total length.

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John Flatt

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