On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me…..seven possums playing, six sharks a swimming, five kan-ga-roos, four cuddling koalas, three little penguins, two pink galahs aaaaand a kookaburra up a gum tree.
The instant image on this seventh day of Christmas that possums bring to mind for me, is a pair of big bright eyes in the dark in the backyard of my parents house. My Dad was a prolific market gardener and chook keeper and he often found that his little ‘friends’ had been busy in the night eating his prize rockmelon or pumpkin flowers. He tried ‘Poss Off,’ a spray which supposedly deters them when in fact I think it encourages them to come party. He tried.
The whole seeing in the dark thing reminds me of night vision and carrots. Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene which is a form of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is known as the ‘vision vitamin’ because it helps prevent night blindness and aids the conversion of light into messages for the brain. This vitamin is found in some other foods such as butter, margarine, liver, eggs and full cream dairy products. Green leafy and yellow vegetables and fruit also contain Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.
You never know when you need your night vision goggles on whilst out socialising over summer, so get crunching on a carrot. I wonder if possums can actually pull the carrots out of the ground….