We plant many trays of seeds to start seed-stock ready for planting in the garden or trees. This year we have planted dozens of gooseberry trees, another dozen avocados, numerous citrus trees, and a few other natives. We’ve also been eagerly awaiting development of a tree near the tip which we though was a Cherry tree — yet seems now it may be an apricot or peach. We never cease to be amazed of the variety of trees we’ve found from the previous owner. What an amazing amount of effort — and luck that many survived!
Our friend Philip lives on the hillside we look towards from Forest Lodge. Each day we see his silver shed capture the light differently either glistening or changing hue… its always nice to visit and look back towards our place. What a different perspective from his broad perspective…. seems he’s on top of the world!
Speaking of visiting… its ALWAYS great to have Lockie around. We enjoyed the views, some nature hikes, and Philip’s amazing bromeliad and other native collections. He’s quite the horticulturalist and a very accomplished landscape designer.
Nick has been keen to have wheels since I surprised him with his little RAV4. After a bit of prep and rego — she’s all road ready! It didn’t take he and his little dog to load up and head to our Sister’s place nearby. Jaffa and his mate Andy have a great time – every time!
And with the wet Autumn now past, our road was a bit tracked and rutted so its another effort of stone work… usually Brett will get a ute load (about 2/3 a cubic meter/yard) of stone and unload it directly into the ruts from the tray top. This time, since we had a touch of money, we elected to get a tipper (dump) truck load of 5 metres/yards of ~70mm/2.5” drainage stone. Its taken some time to put into place — yet our upper flat paddock now has a fully stoned track ready for the dry season ahead and should be well settled as rain returns (hopefully soon!) Things remain green, for now, yet we’ll watch them brown soon….
Its taken many months longer than we’d expected — yet our Canyon Cabin (started for Jill’s visit) is near complete.
Jaffa is always nearby and watches progress — sadly, he’s never really able to help!
With the pecan tree bare, it allows Winter sunshine to hit to roof keeping the cabin warm as the sun sets. The Paw Paw thrives nearby too. We’ve used over-sized timber and where close to the ground, galvanised steel posts to keep it strong, steady, and durable.
Volia! Decks done and move-in ready…. it took some convincing to get Nick to move into the Canyon Cabin — he really feels Forest Lodge is “home” so we use the Canyon for sleeping. Canyon Cabin has a magical outlook over a canyon with near 70 meter (210 feet) drop to the floor below — and at the same time, a view of the Black Mountain ridge and peak which rises near 50 meters (160 feet) above. Its is simple phenomenal to wake up to the majestic pink/gold sunshine warming the hillside — all the while thousands of wild birds sing a welcome to another day. It truly is a slice of paradise!