If you know an Aussie you'll know that they often talk about the "bush".
Now this is not a single plant they are talking about . It's a place!
The bush can be found outside any town or city where the landscape is as it always has been without any interference from European settlement.
It's usually a wooded area, somewhere between a scrubland and a forest.
Generally the soil is dry and nitrogen-poor and is mostly without grass or sparsely covered with dry spindly brown grass.
Woody shrubs and bushes are dotted around and overhead there is a sparse canapy of eucalypts trees.
There are usually lots of wattle trees mixed among the eucalyptus - different varieties in different areas.
Sometimes the bush is pretty but often it is just dry and brown and scraggly but it is full of life -birds, kangaroos, lizards, possoms, snakes, spiders and bugs of all types.
The bush is something that is uniquely Australian and very different to green European landscapes.
From the word "bush"come many phrases, including:
* bush-bash – to make one’s way through the bush, rather than on a track.
* bush lawyer- a layman who expounds on legal matters..
* bush walk - short day walks through the countryside
* going bush - to live in the bush for an extended period of time, which may include 'living off the land' by means of hunting or fishing.
* beating around the bush - to avoid answering a question; to stall; to waste time.
* bush telegraph - the way in which people quickly pass important information to other people, especially by talking
There ends today's lecture!!
Sorry to carry on ........ and on ....... and on..........