Monthly Archives: October 2011

Phobia

Arachnophobia:

A long time ago, when I was still a young girl… maybe 7 or 8 years old, my family visited my grandparents home for Christmas. We’d stay for 3 or 4 days every year. That was our treat.

It was one early morning, I fetched a children’s book out of the shelf in our bedroom. Sat on the carpet in the middle of the room and turned the pages away. I can’t remember the book. Lots of beautiful drawings of animals. And there, in the middle of the bedroom, as my sister and cousins were still asleep, appeared, on a double page, a huge range of ferocious spiders. All hairier than the next one, all dark and scary, all huge and ugly…

I jumped back from the book, absolutely incapable of turning the pages. I just could not make myself touch the book to make the pictures disappear. I deserted the room and ran for the kitchen to have breakfast, hoping someone would pick the book and put it away forever.

Many years back, I find myself living in Australia. A hostile country where the creepy crawlies reign…  Quite hilarious really. Despite my arachnophobia, I still try to look at them, learn about them and am trying everyday to conquer my fear of spiders.

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  • Nicole Kidman is afraid of butterflies.
  • Anderson has eisoptrophobia, or a fear of mirrors.
  • Basinger has agoraphobia, which is the fear of open spaces.
  • Madonna suffers brontophobia, the fear of thunder.
  • Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Michael Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg are aviophobics  (fear of flying.)
  • Billy Bob Thornton is afraid of antique furniture.
  • Johnny Depp is frightened of clowns , he has coulrophobia.
  • Barbra Streisand is xenophobic – she is uncomfortable around strangers.
  • David Beckham claims to have Ataxophobia, a fear of disorder or untidiness.
  • Kelly Osbourne has Haphophobia which is the fear of being touched.
  • Michael Jackson was Mysophobia – a haunting fear of contamination, infections and related diseases.
  • Sheryl Crow is acrophobic – she is afraid of heights.
  • Uma Thurman is claustrophobic – can’t handle being in enclosed spaces.

How about you? Any phobia?

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Rainbow Lorikeet rescue

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To avoid having birds living on our deck and messing it, a few years ago, we decided to drop nets all around restful sanctuary with wooden floor boards.

It is a rather large area and birds used to find refuge, perch and even race each other, flying straight through it.

Last year we had a Willy-Wag-Tail building his nest under the centre of the roof, right above the table! We were lucky to watch the 3 eggs hatch and become courageous little birds.

But this time wasn’t so happy. A Rainbow Lorikeet caught one of its legs. We threw a towel on him, this allows the bird to calm down and not die of a heart attack. It’s also easier to remove the net that way without injuring the beautiful bird and without getting nipped!

Once free from the net, we unwrapped its body and took a photo. But my hold was to gentle and before I knew it, the loose towel gave him enough freedom to fly away. He was so fast!

HURRAY!!!

I rescued a cockatoo once, caught in the net that was covering a vegie garden.  The amazingly powerful beak attacked my finger and there was no way for me to get it back!! I had to keep the bird entertained with my imprisoned finger to take the attention away from the towel coming to land on him. That is an excellent trick. It worked wonders. As soon as the big white bird was in the darkness of the material, he just released my so very sore finger. Bleeding and swelling, months later,  it ‘s still carrying a scar!

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