The possum got the better of us

Submitted: Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 00:00
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We were out and about around Moganemby

We'd finished a bag sowing job but couldn't find any work after that. After a couple of weeks, food was getting a bit short, and the parents had a bit of talk around the table.

Down the track a bit there were a mob of large Goannas hanging around, and the old man said he'd go and shoot one. The old lady wasn't too happy about that.... end of the discussion.

Next night we were sitting around and I heard a couple of rifle shots. Grabbed the Hurricane lantern and went out to see what it was about. The old man had shot two possums.

I figured that he was only getting them off the roof, until he told me to get the skinning knife. He was a good butcher, but we soon learnt a lesson about skinning possums.

We gutted them and then started to skin. That's when things started to go wrong. Nobody ever told us that you don't skin a warm Possum.

By the time we got back to the house we were covered in Possum fur from head to foot and the old women wouldn't let us into the kitchen without a bit of a clean up. The old man gave her the two caresses to cook, telling her they were rabbits.

After a clean up we came back to the house for a feed, only to be confronted by a very unhappy cook. She tossed the half cooked Possum at us and we were told in no uncertain terms to get out of the house.

We woke up next morning and had a bit of a discussion on how to calm her down. Nothing came out of that, so we went back to the house and knocked on the back door thinking she'd be calmed down after a bit after a sleep. Wasn't to be the case.

Fortunately for us there was some saddle blankets in the shed and the old man said we'll grab them and go find a Roo.

The area around Moganemby is as flat as a tack and dry as the proverbial. However, when it rains the country floods easily. We walked for about five miles before the rain started. We got under a old man gum an settled in as much as we could.

During the night the water kept rising and we were forced to stand up until next morning. The walk back to the house wasn't all that pleasant as I recall.

Having said all that, a pair of dills still knocked on the back door!





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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 00:23

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 00:23
So that be the old warm possum story hey???

Back when I was a boy.............................
30 miles to school it was,
Hanging from the dags of a sheeps aresole.
And nothing but a dripping sandwitch for lunch.
And that was shared between the brothers.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kim M (VIC) - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 00:35

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 00:35

Ya a bloody Dill. Should have taken a crutching blade to fill the meal with a bit of protein.



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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 21:31

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 21:31
Jeez Hairy !!, what you on about? we had to look in the bin towards the last 1/2 hr of lunch time.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 08:01

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 08:01
Hi All

I was told, growing up in the Bush was fun, now this old Town Boy,
walked to school, and on the way was escorted by a couple of nice
young ladies, I never carried their school bags, but then I was about
8 years old at the time, and wasnt thinking of the future, thats life.

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Reply By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 17:42

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 17:42
Oh Dear
Another lesson from across the ditch.
Always skin a possum hot, or dead cold, if not all the fluff falls out. If you have nothing else to eat and have too much dog tucker, always remove the glands at the base of the tail at or before skinning . A young possum cut up and stewed in the camp oven, onions, garlic, herbs & spices, try Horopito (pepper leaf) is OK.
Venison eye steak, liver and onions in the old camp oven over a Manuka fire, first choice anytime.
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 18:24

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 18:24
Good on you Kim, keep it up, I always enjoy your yarns & can associate with some of them. Been there done that sort of thing if you know what I mean. They were the "good old days" weren't they? Thank god they are now behind us. LOL
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