Time to relax

Quentin and Daphne were always a lot of fun to have around and cooked up a storm. Here we took the requisite selfie.

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Brett and Jaffa were inspecting the fragrant fish emulsion (Jaffa LOVES it!)

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Susan and Vic have settled into Queensland with ease — here they are full of giggles and fun.

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New bee hive in place

With the garden going gang-busters — we were keen to get our new FlowHive bee hive in place. The garden is adjacent yet they seem more determined to enjoy the spring water — our spring is now always a buzz.

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Frank’s Lookout is a great place to enjoy the view — such love birds!

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Alex managed to rest on the ground and was never bitten by ants — some luck!

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Nick and Jaffa really enjoy their RAV — such fun!

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After Winter, projects galore….

The vines had grown up around Forest Lodge so in preparation for fire season, it was time to chop them back… Alex was like a monkey in getting into it.

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Quentin and Daphne were re-coating the rear deck to prepare it for Spring rains.

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Somehow, Daphne managed to wear as much oil as she got on the wood… artist in residence perhaps? (This was “after” she’d cleaned up! ;<)

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New friends, sunset friends, and cherished friends herald in the season

Lucky for us, we had several good helpers in Alex, Daphne, and Quentin who helped start new Hügelkultur beds just above Forest Lodge.

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Such a majestic sunset from Willie and Jenn’s deck along Noosa Shores — gorgeous and a fun evening too!

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Tezza came up from Sydney in his project car (an ’80’s Subaru Brumby) and had it repainted. Great to have him stop by on his way home.

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Daphne was a whiz with baking — here she prepared a loaf of fresh bread — YUM!

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Each day brings plenty…

As I started today, I heard the most exhilarating shrill cry of a group of birds. Nick and I had long thought they were eagles as we’d see them high above. Amazingly today — I was surrounded by a group of six giant (over two feet tall) yellow tailed black cockatoos. I’m not talking about a small bird — as each one was nearly as large as Jaffa the dog. Its easy to see how they are so powerful (and sometimes destructive). They watched from above as I tended the garden. Sadly, this picture doesn’t do them justice — but here is a link to more detail.

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Speaking of the garden, its been doing very well following a wet Autumn and warm Winter. I am amazed at how green and full of life it is — SUCH a joy!

At the moment, the garden is full of:

  • Capsicum (bell peppers)
  • Heritage, Roma & Cherry tomatoes
  • Italian & Purple Basil
  • Majorum
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Coriander
  • Beet root
  • Chicory
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard
  • Broccoli
  • Nettle
  • BirdsEye, Scotch Bell & Jalapeño peppers
  • Carrots
  • Daikon radish
  • Dandelion
  • Eggplant
  • Borlotti (cranberry or pinto) & Bush beans
  • Celery
  • Spring onions
  • Garlic chives
  • Chinese cabbage

Tree seedlings:

  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Lyquat

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At long last — our containers have a covered roof!

Since we moved in, Brett has been keen to have a covered roof across the containers near the garden. The first year here we lost a new large sail tarp which held up well — until Cyclone Debbie dumped 16” of rain in several days. It ripped apart yet also highlighted the amount of rainwater that was lost and made getting a solid catchment roof a priority. Sadly, as all goods things seem to take time, it took another year or so for Brett to accumulate the materials to build, and for a strong helper to return for the construction. Lockie was a real Hercules himself and we strong armed the steel across the containers then began hanging the 12” purlins and later snap locked the tin roof in place. Amazingly, we still have a fair amount of tin left for other projects remaining in the forest.

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The roof is a modular design that uses the cam locks that containers all have which are stone enough to lift the entire loaded building from. We vastly overbuilt the roof using re-cycled steel angle iron 6”x6”x3/8” thats 150x150x6mm so it has great weight and strength — It would take quite a wind to lift them now! Its also increased our water catching capacity significantly — just need to gutter and pipe it into the tank…

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Now we have a safe area to park our ute and RAV under when storms come and the occasional hail falls. Its also a great workspace which we’ll eventually level, gravel, then brick with the pavers we gathered last year from Wille and Jen.

 

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Cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have the roof done — our simple accomplishments, as they’re done through frugal collection, minimal expense, yet great efforts — truly are rewarding and makes us proud as ever of our simple place we call home.

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