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  • Something has recently changed. It has been getting warmer for some time but the nights still went below freezing. This last week the frost has gone and the nights are warmer. Wait, I tell a lie, last night was -2˚C, but it is rare to get below zero now. And today reached 20˚C during the day!

    I have been reading about Aboriginal calendars mostly from the top of Australia. But at last there are some for here in the south. The D’harawal calendar is from around Sydney and has six seasons. We are now in Ngoonungi the time of cool getting warmer when the flying foxes gather. August was Wiritjiribin, when the calls of the lyrebird ring out through the bush, and the acacias (wattles) start to flower.

    I am further west so we don’t have the flying foxes but in the mountains we do have lyrebirds. And the wattles are starting to flower. And this morning my favourite parrots appeared, gang gangs, with their strange creaking call. And this evening we were visited by a mother possum and her baby. The spring signs are everywhere. Everything is on the move.

    It is wonderful to start to learn the language of the seasons. I am still looking for the names of the seasons for the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people from my region. Perhaps they have already been lost or just waiting to be remembered.
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