An Aussie woman I met soon after arriving in Dili told me she loved her garden in Darwin. ‘It’s just so alive. Every time I go into it, it’s full of living things. Not just the plants, but the snakes, lizards and spiders.’
I like living things in my garden back home in Newtown too. But I’m thinking more of carrots and earthworms. Kiwis have a squeamishness about insects and reptiles that amuses the Aussies, and no doubt the Timorese. Getting used to the tropical fauna here is one of the big adjustments.
Wildlife here comes in three broad zoological categories. First are the creatures I like. Continue reading