Goats flourishing

The goats continue to enjoy the luxurious goatel. Jam wanted to sleep in yet there was grazing to be done and she does not like to miss a bite! Clearly, she was tentative — yet ate ALL day long (as always!)

Jan leaving Goatel

Meet Jaffa

Drove 40 minutes South to Yandina Markets to pick up our new dog – Jaffa (male Kelpie cross).

Nick and Jaffa in Jeep car going for a ride

Brett planted (sage, lemongrass, garlic chives, basil from cutting, chicory, mustard greens, rocket) and fertilised the garden.

Jaffa is obedient and smart but is suffering from separation anxiety so he won’t leave your side. Tried to leave him in the Goat pen overnight but he cried continuously and ripped a whole in the wire fence and came running into the container and woke us up. Then I tied him to a tree outside the container while I slept in the hammock for a couple of hours to keep him company. When it started to sprinkle at 11 pm I went inside and left him at the entrance of the container on his bed. Surprisingly not much winging after that and then we all went to sleep.

Barn floor done and first wall reassembled

After preparing the old timber. removing nails, and replacing weak pieces — we laid them out on the floor to start solving a jigsaw puzzle. The original builders used hand tools to create mortise and tenon joints and we stayed true to their style in recreating a number of the pieces broken or missing. It came together pretty well — yet at 2.9m high on top of a 3.3m foundation — it was pretty squirrel’y getting it all together.

barn wall framing re-assembled

The floor was a GREAT deal of work — yet came together nicely. I’m told it is Brush Box timber cut from Fraser Island in 1941 and shipped across to build barracks for the US military for WWII.

Each afternoon, our building inspectors come around to check progress…

goats helping Nick clean-up barn

Barn rebuild well underway

We’ve worked on and off clearing the barn to re-build it since we’ve been on the land yet with Arnaud’s help — it is now done. We disassembled the roof structure, removed all nails and fixtures and stacked it ready for re-assembly.

Arnaud barn disassembly

Of course, Jam and Joe were close by so they came over to inspect the progress!

Nick goats and Arnaud inspect barn

Cows invade the garden!

cows invade garden

The three massive cows raided us (again) last night – up early to see the aftermath… Minimal damage yet goats are probably traumatised (as they ran past their Goatel before running through a fence nearby in the middle of the night). Went to neighbour downhill at 07:00 and roused him (James, who seems quite the mus’o has a bandstand rear building). He denied they were his cows, kept says QLD law meant both parties have to pay for any fence – yet we should’t need one since it’d been that way ”forever”. The said cows had been agisted 10 years ago, removed 3 years ago, these were left — and he couldn’t remember who owned them… Very frustrating… though James offered star posts and to “put up a few posts” — too much to do… Said we could discuss it another day — left to get cows out away from garden.

Spent from 08:00 until 15:00 replacing fence just downhill from front gate. A ravine washout area had had wire pulled back along remaining fence further down and wooden post had been broken off. 4 trees and numerous lantana were across the fence

Cut and applied filter media over agie pipe in white centre beds (only planters that were unsocked). Prepared piping and drain holes for sand on remaining planters. Added sugar cane mulch above sand layer (to reduce organic materials in water reservoir and prevent pH issues). Final layer topsoil to be added to all outstanding beds.

Terry Gill and his brother Ash came out near 16:30 and toured the place. Ash took off yet Tezza stayed for BBQ dinner. Come to find out, his family ginger farm is only about 20 minutes away near Imbil in the Mary Valley (we are on the edge of it).

Nick the goat herder

Nick goat herding

Nick has finally taken to the goats… they were a LOT of work getting started. Each day they’d eat a new plant or tree that we’d wanted to keep. Now, after building some leads and weights, Nick has them under control (most of the time).

Joy was quite keen on naming the pests -er, adorable creatures as pets.

Jamila (a.k.a. Jam) is Joy in Jordanian
Tikkus (a.k.a. Tik “the possessed!”)
JoeIan (a.k.a. Little Joe)