Nick was cold this day (hence the shoes) — it must’ve gotten below 22 degrees (70 F). Brrrrr…..
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!
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.
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.
to the Southeast early morning. Its not called the Sunshine Coast for nothing!
And a sun loving plant follows it each day…
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!