Living List Tick – Hold a Snake October 24, 2011 By Karen Andrews 18 Comments Hello! You are welcome to subscribe to my updates for free. Happy reading!Growing up in warm, rural northern New South Wales meant that snakes were always going to be part of my reality, as indeed they are for many of us, especially out in the scrub or even in the suburbs. When we visited my grandparents’ farm red-bellied and brown snakes were most common, although there were also tiger snakes and death adders around. There were non venomous kinds, too, like carpet pythons and tree snakes. They all made me profoundly uncomfortable and… well… scared. There is a story that is legend in my family of my pushing my grandmother aside to get away from a red-belly that was coiled up (asleep) just outside our front door. When I was a child I often jumped as far off my grandparent’s verandah as possible because I was afraid a reptilian boogeyman would snap out and bite my ankle if I kept too close. This was on top of having to be careful when lifting wood, reaching into the nest when collecting eggs, shaking out your shoes, and looking twice at a hose to see if it really was a hose. Basically, I always worried about them (still am). * I hosted a morning tea for bloggers the other morning who came to have a chat about blogging and our goals for next year or the future in general (although we only really touched on that towards the end). Wild Action came to entertain the children and at the end I decided to do something I’d put down on my list, to try and conquer that fear: I would hold the brown python. The long, heavy python. The ever present danger of a nasty nipple cripple... hence the flinching And do you know what? It wasn’t so bad. Partially because it was such a hot day and the snake (I can’t remember his name) had absorbed the temperature a little, so wasn’t ‘cold’ as I was expecting. Feeling the muscles shift and contract and twist as it moved across my shoulders was fascinating. Incredible, really. I had a terrific time. Some people couldn’t make it at the last minute and some people couldn’t manage to come as much as they would’ve loved to. I still tried to include them in the day. Kim is a ceramic artist and I turned her gift of some beads into a welcome decoration to hang by the front door. And I got a picture of Kelley with some pretty flowers: I’d like to thank Clint, Nathalie, Yvette, Kathy, Shae, Helena, Megan (my snake photographer!), Marita, Amanda and Dorothy for coming. Hope you had a lovely time. Thanks also to Digital Parents for your support of the day. Karen AndrewsKaren Andrews is the creator of Karen Andrews. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time). « If I was remotely interested in reaping SEO benefits from Google Keywords this post would definitely kick some ass.NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo – Doing Both? (#nanowrimo & #nablopomo) »Comments Madmother says October 24, 2011 at 7:29 am Great photos, hope it was a lot of fun! I have the feeling it was. Now I’m pondering where you might have grown up, for I grew up in a Mid North rural town on the coast… And now as I once again live rurally, we deal with the snakes. Yesterday’s sightings: one black one, and one 2.5 metre diamond python. Who hopefully chased the black away. Madmother recently posted..Our name is legion for we are many… Reply Karen says October 24, 2011 at 9:30 am I grew up in Kempsey. Where did you grow up? And that was a full day of snake spotting – yikes! Reply Madmother says October 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm PMSL – up the highway a bit: Taree! Madmother recently posted..Our name is legion for we are many… Reply Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo says October 24, 2011 at 8:31 am HUZZAH! Glad you sat me with the purdy flowers and not the breast hungry snake. Next time I WILL be there my lovely. x Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo recently posted..How to make Lego Gummies. And be awesome. The awesomeness is a side effect of making the gummies. Like osmosis or something* Reply kim (frog ponds rock) says October 24, 2011 at 10:40 am The beads look nice hanging up like that Karen, it makes me happy to see them there. I like snakes and often go looking for them with the camera but I still have to consciously subdue that primal fear I have of them. Next time, I will be there. With bells on. kim (frog ponds rock) recently posted..Sunday Selections #42 Reply tahlia - the parenting files says October 24, 2011 at 11:33 am I used to love snakes and holding snakes. So many memories growing up as a kid. Who knows how my reaction may be today tahlia – the parenting files recently posted..I just signed up to Pinterest Reply Fee @ oh gorgeous baby says October 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm Arghh I am petrified of snakes too! I grew up in Northern NSW in the New England area and snakes were everywhere. I wish I had if known about your meet up as I would have loved to come along. Next time! Congrats on facing your fear Fee @ oh gorgeous baby recently posted..Are You Loud? Reply Shae says October 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm You did amazingly well Thanks for having us-we all had a ball Reply D. Paul says October 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm The fact that you grew up around adders makes you absolutely badass in my humble estimation, Karen. Wow, holy shit. And that is one large snake, by the way. Yowzah. Reply Ellen says October 25, 2011 at 7:29 am your photos are beautiful! bit the snakes… i am afraid from snakes since i was a child. i often have nightmares from them. i find them terrible. maximum respect to you keeping one in your neck brrrr:) Ellen recently posted..Brustverkleinerung? Wer braucht sowas? Reply Karylle Lynch says October 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm Great photos! I love the first photo with the python though it looks really scary. Thank you for sharing your great stories. I enjoyed reading it. Karylle Lynch recently posted..BLS Announces 2010 Injury and Illness Rates, OSHA Concerned about Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Reply Marita says October 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm Thank you so much for having us over it was lovely. You are so brave holding the snake, I was keeping up the back well away from the critters. Marita recently posted..Are you listening to me? Reply Karen says October 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm Welcome, Marita. Thanks for coming Reply Megan at Writing Out Loud says October 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm It was a great morning – thanks for having us! Megan at Writing Out Loud recently posted..Pooh Bear DVD Giveaway! Reply Karen says October 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm A pleasure – I hope Abbey enjoyed herself Reply Veronica says October 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm I love Mum’s beads hanging up, they look great. Next time I shall be there! Veronica recently posted..Autism playgroup and my calendar is exploding Reply Cyndra says November 4, 2011 at 1:38 am A very nice shot! Thanks for posting! Cyndra recently posted..What You Need To Give Your Arowana A Good Home Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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