Crikey – Where’s the snooze button (Turn that bloody thing off!)

Blue Winged Kookaburra, Bowthorne Station, Gulf Savannah Land

There is a lot to like about our island continent, Australia.

Our unique wildlife, kangaroos bounding across wide open plains, koalas sleeping in a lonely gum tree, and even a crocodile here and there…

Beaches that are counted among the best in the world, the brilliant red colour of the Outback set against a rich blue sky.

Mayne Ranges - North of Diamantina NP
Mayne Ranges – North of Diamantina NP

 But don’t worry, I’m not writing an advertorial for our local tourism authority, besides, I think Australia does a good job of selling itself…

No, what I am writing about is the world’s best alarm clock.

There is no need to set it, it comes in a range of colours and is mostly uniform in shape and size…

No snooze button on this model though…

It doesn’t make the usual mind-numbing BEEP…BEEP…BEEP, or gently awaken you to the sound of your favourite music.

But it will awaken you to the sounds of jovial laughter, perhaps leaving you to wonder whether you are still in that bar you were going to leave before the stroke of midnight…

The Shed
The Shed

As the first sign of light began to show in the eastern sky, I wiped the sleep from my eyes and headed for the shed, my predawn exercise workout beckoning.

And that alarm was still laughing, mocking me, seemingly taking pleasure that it had dislodged another from the dreamworld that we all try to hold onto for those extra few minutes.

Yep, natures alarm clock, Australia’s own Kookaburra – you’ve gotta love ‘em…

(The one pictured is a Blue-Winged Kookaburra photographed by Janet, my partner, on Bowthorne Station in the Gulf Savannah of Northern Australia.)
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13 thoughts on “Crikey – Where’s the snooze button (Turn that bloody thing off!)

  1. Mary Strong-Spaid March 25, 2013 / 11:50 pm

    I love the sound of the Kookaburras!
    Don’t know if I would love it so much at 6 in the morning though. 😉

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  2. Carol Page-Potter March 24, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    My alarm clock is a 13lb black cat that is ready for me to be up at 6 a.m. every day. I loved that first shot in your post btw. Beautiful landscape.

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  3. sarahsdoodles March 24, 2013 / 1:27 am

    I always say that alarm clocks are the work of the devil. I usually detest falling asleep (fear of missing out syndrome), but once I’m out, I like to stay that way!

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    • Baz - The Landy March 24, 2013 / 6:56 am

      I always try to wake up without it, and usually do. But like you, I do’t want to miss out so I get up straight away…. 🙂

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  4. desertrose7 March 23, 2013 / 7:18 am

    They are the strangest sounding birds when you think about it.
    Imagine what the first explorers to arrive in Australia must have thought when they heard the Kookaburras? I reckon they would of had guns cocked and been peering into the tree’s nervously waiting for some insane clown to pop out of the bushes.
    They are much too jovial in the morning for me, but I enjoy them at sunset 🙂

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  5. AndrewGills March 23, 2013 / 5:53 am

    The old 15 minutes until the sun warning

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  6. Richard T Luna-tic March 23, 2013 / 3:53 am

    Baz You should try a skierg if you get a chance

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    • Baz - The Landy March 23, 2013 / 12:22 pm

      Yes, but then I would probably want one 😉

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  7. icescreammama March 23, 2013 / 3:48 am

    can’t wait to see the kangaroos!!

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