Mildura Weekly : Friday January 3 2014 Vol 8 No 9
Mildura Weekly – 03/01/14 7 www.milduraphonebook.com.au IT’S amazing what you can find in your own back- yard... especially when that discovery is a rather interesting-looking magpie nest. Mildura’s Jamie Collins, RIGHT, made the dis- covery on Boxing Day, with the nest itself made up of a wide range of materials, including wire, line trimmer cord, and coat-hangers, BELOW. Jamie found the nest amongst the debris of a fallen tree branch. “We have a little park area out the back of the house where I let my dogs run around, and while playing with the dogs I found this branch on the ground with the nest just sitting there,” he said. “After a couple of days I thought I had better rescue the nest before it was destroyed or taken, and was amazed at some of the materials these magpies have used to build it. “Two days after rescuing the nest I’m still find- ing different things that have been used to build it.” Jamie said he planned on keeping the nest. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and I think it’s an interesting piece to have hanging on the wall outside,” he said High-wire act is pure Magpie magic By VINNIE RODI SOMETIMES you just have to shake your head in disbelief, and wonder why some people act the way they do. Regular readers would remember our December 20 front page, which fea- tured rather photogenic youngster Belladonna Bloomfield, 5, in front of her family’s colourful Christmas lights display. Mirroring hundreds of households across the district, hanging Christ- mas lights has become a yearly tradition for the Bloomfields, with hun- dreds of residents flock- ing to the house to view the display. Unfortunately, mere days after appearing on our front page and two days before Christmas, the Bloomfields were the victims of vandals, with more than $500 worth of damage caused to their display. The act left the major- ity of the lights and gear unusable, with Bella’s quick-thinking father, Ste- ven Bloomfield, manag- ing to repair and replace the majority of damaged lights in time for Christ- mas Eve viewings. “Whoever the vandals were they stole two sets of icicle lights from our Christmas tree while also making off with two pow- er packs,” he said. “The biggest damage caused was actually to the power packs left behind. The vandals left those packs exposed to the el- ements, and it was just unfortunate that we had a bit of rain on the same night. “I was fortunately able to dry out the units and get them working again, which meant that with a bit of hard work we were able to get the display up and running again in time for Christmas. “While it was very dis- appointing to discover the damage, as a family we have tried to not let it affect us too much.” Steven said that while the Bloomfield’s lights display had come down for the 2013 festive sea- son, it would return in 2014. “Despite the vandal- ism it’s definitely some- thing we’ll continue do- ing,” he said. “Hanging Christmas lights is some- thing my wife and I do for Bella, and we intend to keep on doing it!” Christmas light display vandalised • M ildura • RedCliffs • M erbein • W ent w orth • Dareton • Robinvale Visit www.milduraweekly.com.au to view our new interactive paper 5 NIGHT HOUSEBOAT HOLIDAY WIN DIGITAL INTERACTIVE PAPER AVAILABLE WELL BEFORE PRINTED EDITION NEW Simply visit www.milduraweekly.com.au and follow the promts to subscribe to our FREE INTERACTIVE DIGITAL PAPER before 28th of February 2014, and you will automatically go in the draw to WIN A 5 NIGHT HOUSEBOAT HOLIDAY !* or Apple iPad as a second prize!* 2nd Prize, Apple iPad The pages of the Mildura Weekly can be viewed online with all the local news, information and colour of the printed edition. 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XINGYOPENFROM9AM Distributed FREE every Friday Vol.8 No.8 www. mildu r aw eek ly. com. au Friday, December 20, 2013 Let there be lights Across Sunraysia, the traditional annual Christmas lights display heralds the coming of the festive season. One of those families to make a stunning effort are the Bloomfields from Merbein, including daughter, Belladonna, 5, who needed little prompting from our photographer DARREN SEILER to get into the Christmas spirit. The family’s ‘enlightening’ story is on Page 2. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL EDITION • View latest edition FREE Subscription! milduracentral.com .au CornerDeakinAve&FifteenthSt Fri 20 De Fri 20 De Deccc ...... ........ . ............. . ......... ... ..... Sat21-Sun Sat21-Sun Sat21-Sun22Dec 22c 22 Mon 23 De Mon 23 Decc........... ....... .. .. Tues 24 Dec Dec . ............ ....... ... Wed 25 Dec............. ............ ..... ...... LOOKING LL FOR A LAST AA MINUTE MINUTE GIFT? 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