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About forester01

  • Birthday 07/09/1942

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    Victoria, Australia
  1. G'day blokes & Ladies, I chose this topic because I know that most outdoor blokes are usually accompanied by a dog or two or three. Here in Australia - no matter in which state we're situated - we have a constant problem that at any tick of the clock you'll happen across a snake (a 'Joe Blake' to use the vernacular). Many of our snakes are as venomous and as deadly as the variety of rattlesnakes you have in the USA (yes, I watch regularly the 'I've Been Bitten', TV presentations which are based primarily in California). I spend a lot of my time in the bush here in Victoria - mostly in the ironbark forests which surround my home town - and in winter it's great for prospecting and although chilly at night, it makes for very comfortable prospecting temperature during the days. During all these expeditions my dog 'Roo (so named because he started life with a red nose, aka Rudolf, and not because he chases kangaroos) accompanies me and is a constant companion. Believe me, we've had many deep conversations and I know he understands every bloody word I say. Anyway, to get back to 'Roo my Labrador, in keeping with his breed which like many other hunting dogs, has a nose par excellence for whatever tastes good - or represents danger. I first noticed his nose for reptiles in our garden where he picked up on a blue tongued lizard, which is a harmless lizard about 12 inches long max, fairly thick in the body and will hiss when threatened by a Labrador (well, who wouldn't?). Well anyway this lizard is one of many which inhabits our gardens and does a heap of good by eating snails and slugs. Well 'Roo hated the poor bugger, eventually found it and mauled it to death, appeared to be proud of himself, grinned at me (the bloody murderer) and has been able to pick up on a snake ever since. Not too well known, but to a good dog a snake smells bad. Here in Oz at least, if you scrape a knife backward along a mature snake's scales you'll often find mites, fleas and other parasites. Dogs smell these and appear to know they're facing danger. Be this as it may - and whether I'm right or wrong - as long as my mutt barks at night to tell me of the proximity of a snake- or any other human predator - I'll be as happy as a pig in poo. Regards Forester
  2. Men & Women of July 4th

    Good day, Frosty, well said! The number of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel we're able to put into Afghanistan compared with the US Armed Forces is small in comparison, and like the USA, we have other commitments throughout our region. However the anxieties suffered by the families of our servicemen and women are identical to those of American service families. My eldest son is still with the infantry here in Oz, and has seen service in both East Timor and Sinai. He's currently stationed nearby within an hour's drive - but our army is small and infantry and other arms are rotating rapidly between an Australian posting and the next stint in Afghanistan. We share their worries. But neither my son nor his immediate family would have it any other way. Regards Forester
  3. Introduction from Down Under

    Goodonya Doc, I see you're from Las Vegas. I visited your city about two years ago whilst visiting with a mate now living in Mission Viejo, LA. I had a great time and ended up losing in grand style in 'The Venetian'. I believe my offsider referred to Vegas as 'Lost Wages'. By the time we drove north again I knew exactly what he was talking about. Great experience though and worth every cent. Forester
  4. Introduction from Down Under

    Hi Grubstake, thanks for the welcome. Unfortunately the only nuggets I've found lately are now in the possession of the ladies in my family, attached to chains to hang around their necks. I don't seem to be able to hang onto 'em for long. Forester
  5. Introduction from Down Under

    Well g'day to you too, Marco Forester
  6. Hi gents and ladies, I'm a prospector and outdoor writer from Australia. I found your site whilst surfing through prospecting sites througout the world (didn't find a single one in Russia). My interests are bush navigation with GPS, topo maps and compass; exploration for new gold patches, bush exploration and - when I have the time as a recently qualified pensioner - fishing and kayaking. I'm a retired Australian soldier with 28 yrs under the belt. I look forward to corresponding with your forum, learning something and hopefully giving something back. Cheers Forester