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).


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

AURA Queensland office

Nick was cold this day (hence the shoes) — it must’ve gotten below 22 degrees (70 F). Brrrrr…..


Monday, 15 January 2018

Mango season

Our first crop of mangos (last year) consisted of a few dozen small fruits (about lime size) which were quickly eaten by bats when ripe. We may have enjoyed just 3 or 4. So throughout the past year Nick has been diligently applying goat poo and straw to fertilise and preserve moisture around our half dozen trees. BOY was it a success — we harvested for over a month getting 50 or so large (about baseball size) mangos every single day.


We found that by harvesting each day and every fruit when near ripe — we were able to reduce bird and bat activity substantially. While we still shared a good number with the local wildlife — and gave away many, many more. We collected well over 800 mangoes. Nick would scoop them into freezer bags each day so we'll have mangos for the year ahead.


Even Jaffa has developed a taste for mangos!


Monday, 8 January 2018

Country dinner Imbil style

Our dear friend Gabriel was kind enough to invite us to dinner in country Imbil (about 30-minutes drive deeper West from us). As usual, he was a wonder in the kitchen and served a lovely dinner.


Saturday, 6 January 2018

Waterside -- both urban and rural


We were lucky to be invited to Willie and Jen’s place in Noosa Waters for dinner. Jaffa was mesmerised by the sail craft, row boats, and sundry power boast drifting by. The ducklings and birds kept him well entertained too — we were all spoiled by Jen’s hospitality and warm welcome.

Back at our place, earlier the same day we enjoyed the many frogs, lily pads and reeds around the spring — which has sprung to life with all the recent rain.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Marvellous Summer colurs...

to the Southeast early morning. Its not called the Sunshine Coast for nothing!



And a sun loving plant follows it each day…



Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

Well… we’ve been on the land just over a year now — time to reflect…

We’ve accomplished a great deal of improvements — yet much more to do.

Our greatest joy has been the many friends and helpers who’ve joined us with our projects, our love for our place, and ideas for the future.

MANY THANKS for all those who’ve helped, participated, and/or shown interest in our new life — we are grateful!