Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas eve

We thoroughly enjoy having guests out for BBQs and fun in the bush. Today was no exception (sorry- only the cake made it into a picture!) It was FANTASTIC — thanks Linda! Also, Here the ute got a new shade sail to escape the heat — thanks Jeff! The farm animals carried on (as usual) with the chooks now laying a dozen eggs (why they enter their brood boxes with head to the rear wall — I’ll never know!) Nick, the bestest goat herder, and his little dog made sure the goats were well looked after. The grass is stellar as we’ve had regular rain — its been a great Summer!





Friday, 22 December 2017

Lead up the holidays

We’re excited to have our dear Sydney friends Luci, Belinda, and little Avi come up to see us. They were the first guests to stay in our new Glass House cabin which was finished just in time! Avi was all around the place (yet still to walk) and approved of the cabin and especially the new path.



Lot’s of good food, wine, and merriment over several days before they continued on with their road trip adventure. Nick and Luci even worked on Aura (at least half a day) together.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Glass House trailer cabin completed

Not a bad transformation of the old goatel…While the build spanned over a month — the rain and wet added at least 10 days along the way. A few final touches (ie: balustrades, solar hot water) still remain, yet with guests arriving this week, it was time to prepare it for use. Nick pimped the place out and made it quite comfortable for our guests. Speaking of such — come see us!



Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Saint Nicholas

Nick’s name day started with a foggy bottom from our FAV — very nice this time of year! I helped him celebrate with a happy face muesli “cake” — which Nick enjoyed with a smile! Speaking of such — if chickens had lips — they’d be smiling too. They LOVE the hemp seed feed I feed them and the eggs have been thick shelled, strong yellow yolked, and tasty each day. YUM YUM Hemp meal has twice the protein of regular hen scratch feed, is nutrient rich, and costs the same as average feed.




Saturday, 2 December 2017

A new discovery

While we’ve gotten to know the area nearest the gate with the FAV, the forest with our cabins, and flats in between — there still remain areas that we’ve not discovered… While Nick was away in Sydney, Jaffa and I went exploring along our Black Mountain boundary. Its nearly rainforest-esque since we’ve had SO much rain lately. This fallen tree has a stump coated in lichen and moss and fell downhill decades ago — its 100 feet in length and would take 2-3 people to encircle it with arms stretched — what a beautiful massive old gum tree!


The soft woods like Wattles are great hosts for Stags Leaf and other “pests” which I find lovely. These are a few of several on the same large tree.


Though Jaffa took off back home — I continued my hike and after several hours trekking up and down embankments, and over much Lantanna — came across a whole new canyon. This is just below our chicken coop and where several of our water falls cascade into after large storms. The photo hardly does it justice… from our corps it falls around 100 metres (300 feet) down to the canyon floor where a storm creek flows, before rising back 130 metres (400 feet) up towards Black Mountain and our boundary on the South East. Its a spectacular place — Nick spent a week occasionally working with whipper snipper and pick axe trying to build a trail down to it. I encouraged him to pause until we have more time and it cools down — but this area remains on our list of projects to uncover so guests may experience it too.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Glass House cabin

Our newest addition, the Glass House (trailerable cabin) is progressing nicely — in spite of raining 11 of the past 10 days! (We’ve had another 300mm/6” rain this week alone). A tad muddy — yet otherwise fine.


Formerly known as “The Goatel” — it has been stripped back to the trailer base, refurbished and painted.






Steel frame built, the ceiling panelled, insulated and salvaged tin fitted.



Nick provides provisions and his little dog (Jaffa) close supervision. Putting into place the last few insulation panels leftover from my workshop, reused for our Stanmore patio, and finally, finding their home in the Glass House walls.



Our Forest Lodge was fitted with a burnt orange (Hook’em Horns!) corrugated iron sheeting. With quite a lot left over — what better than to sheet the Glass House in it too… Kind of a “Mini-Lodge”!

Before you builder types say “Brett, that foil is supposed to face inwards” — rest assured, it was done on purpose… The foil under the tin acts as a vapour barrier shedding condensation and any rain water that may find its way through the re-used tin. And, being in the bush, it also (when properly taped) helps keep the ants, crawly things and mozzies away.




Here it is as of now… 3 of 4 exterior walls complete, rain proof, and standing pretty in the forest.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

One year ago today...

Sadly, it was a year ago today that we lost our beloved Mister D (a.k.a. Deo)… At the ripe ole age of 14 1/2 years (that’s 101.5 dog years) — Mister D passed away peacefully.

Though we would have LOVED for him to be a part of our new adventure… he passed just two days before we left Sydney for the big drive North. Deo had looked after us long enough. He was da bestest dog ever (thanks for remembering him Joy, Vic, Susan).


We enjoyed every day which was made sweeter with Mister D. He was part of our pack for well over 12 years — yet it was time to let him go to Rainbow Bridge…. we trust we’ll see you again Mister D. Love you always!




Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.


When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…


Author Unknown