Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sunday Scribblings "Antidote"

I have been reading around some of the other participants work this week. Oh aren't we such a gang of romantics, finding love the antidote to woes, or even just a friendly caring face.
I thought I might try a different tack. I don't like to follow the crowd, never did.
Anyway I thought I would write about my beloved Uncle Wally. Every child should have an Uncle Wally in their lives. He is such a sweetie and quite an eccentric in his own right, he does not follow the crowd. I love that about people.
Anyway, my Uncle Wally. He found fun and excitement in things before they became trendy or fashionable. Things like collecting and restoring vintage cars and bikes. He was dubbed the oldest bikie in Griffith by a biker's club. I reckon he had one of the first movie camera around when I was a baby and took movies of interesting stuff long before others could afford them and long before the little hand held camcorders of today were available. He even went skiing up in the snow country when he was in his teens on two homemade skis he made from planks of wood. He is also an example of keeping healthy through exercise and eating home grown organic vegetables and fruits. He walks 4 km each day rain hail or shine. What a great character. He is 82 now I think. He built his own house and can and has done just about anything. And... he is dyslexic, so he never learned to write or read.
Anyway where I was going with this story....
Uncle Wal has been bitten by brown snakes probably 4 times in his life. A few years ago he was bitten again, on the finger. He felt something sting him on the finger when he was moving some timber he had stacked down the back behind the shed. He wasn't sure what it was. After a while he stared feeling not so good and thought maybe it was a snake again so he went up to the hospital which is only a few minutes drive away from his home. He made it to the car park and couldn't make it any further, then he managed to call a passer by who came over to help him and they bought the nursing staff out to help him. He nearly died that time. He had to stay in hospital for a week. Not good, I wasn't there but I can just imagine him champing at the bit to get back outside again and not want to stay in bed. Hahaha. The doctors said next time he is bitten will probably be the last.
Just a note about these snakes. the eastern brown snake is the second most deadly snake in the world and the first one is the inland taipan. Both infamous Aussies. The eastern brown snake is a quite common and wide spread critter and although it is shy and will get out of your way if it possibly can but it will attack if cornered or breeding. They are born with a full dose of venom and can use it from birth, which has been known to trick people who pick up "that cute little baby snake"The antidote can be found in all hospitals, large and small around the state, if you are lucky, hahaha.
I have had lots of encounters with them, but that is another story.
Love Linda.


jaerose said...

Hi Linda - Uncle Wally sounds like a trooper but the idea of those snakes is terrifying..I guess you learn to live with them but I'll take snow and ice any day! JAe :)

gs batty said...

I am sure I would like your uncle "Wal". He is the kind of person that faces life head on and punches it in the nose.
I really like your stories. They are fun and interesting to read. glad your back. hope you found a better house.
keep writing. you have a "story tellers" mind and your words come from your heart.

ps...your link on SS took me to last weeks post.

spottedwolf said...

Wally was a 'prize' to be sure. I wish I'd had such a man available to us when we were kids. Mother was so full of herself where men were 'all fools' that she would 'scotch' anything beyond her idea of 'a real man'.

Snakes...oooo what fun !!!

A wildlife gardener said...

Thank you for visiting Our Little Corner Of Paradise this year, Linda May :)

Just popped by during the run up to Christmas to wish you all the best, and happy gardening/storytelling in 2011…WG :)

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