Sunday, 18 March 2018

Mushrooms and caterpillars in mass

We’ve been seeing dozens of varieties of mushrooms around the forest and woodlands. This group of nearly two dozen were near the roadside out front of our place — this one much larger than my cap. A meal for a family — yet never too sure to eat them.


With the sun and wonderful weather — we’ve been inundated by caterpillars and while they have been devouring our new growth on (especially) citrus. We’ve also been enjoying a surge of butterflies as a result. This one… must be planning on flying black and orange colours and in flight soon…



Saturday, 17 March 2018

Floorboards, Hercules, and a Viking

Hercules (once again) made the task of floor timber gathering easier. We found some great hardwood timber (from a home on Sunshine Beach) at mate Frank’s salvage yard in nearby Pomona.


Frederik from Denmark was with us for a week and was great help in nailing the floorboards to our new deck. Of course, it rained soon after we finished —and it looked fantastic. When we have time, we’ll re-oil and seal them. What a great venue for enjoying this magical place for years to come…



Saturday, 3 March 2018

Slope cabin underway

We’ve long wanted to capitalise and enjoy the slope nearest the chicken coop and garden. The canyon below is a dramatic backdrop and a steep slope defines the building. Using materials salvaged from the adjacent forest, Dunnie (a.k.a. Lockie) helped Brett prepare the foundation. Using amazingly large timbers, we framed the exterior and spanned them with gorgeous yet significantly strong hardwood joists.
Our inspector came around, lofted his leg, and wetted the enormous timber piers.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Rain returns -- grass abounds -- happy Jaffa

Luckily Nick really enjoys using the whipper snipper (weed eater) and was on a tear (around the loo).



Jaffa is really happy these days — and still stays within a few steps of Nick.


Friday, 23 February 2018

Chook fest

While Brett was in America for a few weeks — Nick looked after the chooks. Sadly, he hadn’t realised they needed their feeders and waterers filled each day. Oddly, to make up for it — Nick hand feed (and who knows what he did for water ;<). While egg production waned for several weeks — they’re back in action and producing well again.


Monday, 5 February 2018

February brings regular showers

and often afternoon rainbows. This was to the Northwest one lovely arvo (afternoon).