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Is the traditional Aussie backyard dying?

Home Free: Apparently loads of Lower Hunter residents think backyards are part of an ideal home. Could have fooled us. The Australian dream has to include a backyard, doesn’t it?
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In our mind, it does. But we’re not so sure it does in the minds of the countless others who buy houses with tiny backyards in new estates.

This is why we were a bit surprised atresearch, whichcame out yesterday,that found 74 per cent of Lower Hunter residents consider“a private garden/backyard isthemost common feature in their ideal home”.

We’re all for backyards.To us, there’s nothinglike heading out into the backyard, placingbare feet on grass and watching the birds zoom alongflight paths between the trees, witha cup of tea in hand.

But when we look at new estates, all we see are poor excuses for backyards.

The research,commissioned by gonaturalgas出售老域名.au,found that peoplein the Lower Hunter “still have traditional views of the great Australian dream”.

This was apparently true,“even in the modern age where we have smart devices and gadgets always at our fingertips”.

“We haven’t changed our views on what makes a house a home,” the statementsaid.

At first, we wondered why a gas company was doing this kind of research.

Then we noticed that their key findings included that72 per centof Lower Hunter residents “consider a natural gas cooktop or range cooker appliances to be essential in their ideal kitchen” and45 per cent“picture a fully functioning chef’s kitchen in their ideal home”.

Who wouldn’t want a chef’s kitchen? [As long as it’s powered by gas, hey!].

A Rabbit’s Foot A rabbit’s foot in Lake Macquarie.

Everyone knows arabbit’s foot is a lucky charm.But what if the rabbit’s foot is spraypainted on a road?

Glen Fredericks, of Empire Coffee Co at Honeysuckle, spotted this painted roadkill inLake Macquarie.

“Is it the result of an inattentive road-line marking crew, or is it a new art installation?” Glen wondered.

This got us thinking. Why is a rabbit’s foot considered to be lucky anyhow?

Apparently, it’s abelief held by folks in many places,including Europe, China, Africa, and North and South America.

In the book, Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things,Charles Panati wrote that the luck attributed to a rabbit’s foot stems from a beliefthat “humankinddescended from animals”.

It was also ancientman’s way ofprotecting himself from a helter-skelter world.

“It was an attempt to impose human will on chaos. And when one amulet failed, he tried another, then another. In this way, thousands of ordinary objects, expressionsand incantations assumed magical significance,” he wrote.

“In fact, there’s scarcely a thing in our environment around which some culture has not woven a superstitious claim: mistletoe, garlic, apples, horseshoes, umbrellas, hiccups, crossed fingers andrainbows.”

And don’t forget four-leaf clovers.

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