Friday, March 4, 2011

Sounds - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week 9

Week 9: Sounds.  Describe any sounds that take you back to your childhood. These could be familiar songs, jingles, children playing, or something entirely different.

I have decided to take the 'something entirely different' approach to this week's challenge.

A sound a remember well from my childhood is the chorus of frog calls from the Red Gum swamp on our farm. There were floods in 1988 and 1992/1993 which filled the swamp with water and increased the frog population immensely. 

The swamp remained empty of water for the next 17 years, which including many years of drought. As most would know, Eastern Australia has had a "year of extremes" over the last year (2010/2011) with record-breaking amounts of rain and serious flooding, particularly in parts of Queensland and Victoria. We were fortunate to escape the extremes of this weather, though serious flooding was only a short drive away. My thoughts and prayers are with all who are still suffering from the effects of the extreme weather events. 

If anything positive can come from this, I hope it can be the regeneration of some wetlands which were suffering after years of drought. Many of the Red Gum trees in our swamp, which are hundreds of years old, died during the years of drought. The positive news from this last year is that our Red Gum swamp has filled, the frogs are all back and the trees that were still alive are looking much healthier, with lots of new green leaves.  

Some of the frog species in our swamp include: Peron's Tree Frog, Eastern Banjo Frog (Pobblebonk), Spotted Marsh Frog, Barking Marsh Frog, Plains Froglet, Common Froglet, Sloanes Froglet and Common Spadefoot Toad. You can find out more about these frogs at the Museum Victoria web site. 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.
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