Been ages…

Over a year hiatus from regular posts here at our YUNDA blog. Plenty has been going on — yet every available moment was spent outdoors instead of in front of a screen. Now that Winter has arrived, things have slowed (a tad) — so more time inside. I’ll add new entries retroactively as I’m able.

As always, our skies (both by day and night) are truly magical this time of year… here are a few of our favourites so far — enjoy!

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Cooroora & Pinbarren at sunrise with clouds
Cooroora Pinbarren clouds sunset
Cooroora & Pinbarren with clouds at sunset
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Super moon with clouds wisping by

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Watching over us all…

When helping Phillip move from Cooran, we saved an old tree which resembled a bird.

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Last week when my Grandfather Carmack passed away, I knew the perfect place for it… by our spring, just beside our beloved Deo’s Leopard tree I planted it as a memorial to Carmack and our much loved ancestors both present and past. It’s facing due North and stands out as a reminder of where we’ve come from and inspires us forward while watching over us.

 

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On a lighter note, with an abundance of rain lately, not only is the spring full — but the tree frogs and all other living things are active and flourishing. After a few warm and sunny days we had fungi popping up all over… what a good sign healthy soil!

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Big move done — now about that U-Haul…

Earlier in the month we moved thousands of Bromeliads and Frangipanis with a U-Haul cage trailer. It was a quite handy to load, close and go — and since we had some square steel and parts from several trailers — Brett decided to make a trailer with the parts. An even better, more versatile version than we had hired — our’s will be a flatbed trailer with removable cage with a fold down ramp to allow transport of bikes, mowers and easier loading (without stepping up each time).

 

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So the frame was done (with Jaffa stopping by to check my welds regularly!) Thank goodness for the shelter between the containers — as we’ve had regular showers and some hot sunny days too! (Thanks again Lockie! ;<)

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The trailer which was the inspiration is behind the ute and here the new frame has been painted and ready for decking.

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Here we are a week later, all finished and regularly used. The top of the cage corners are extended to allow long things to be carried — and it already worked a treat for new stormwater pipe and long timber. Not bad for a few hundred $ in new mesh an a new LED light kit!

Storm season, don’t forget!

While Summer is full of sunny warm days and thriving plants — we too have storms.

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BIG STORMS — the most severe part (in magenta near Cooroy) is directly above us. I was out dancing in the rain!

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We got over 40mm (near 2 inches) of much needed rain overnight. This is the garden area the next day…

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The creek in the canyon flows for several days after each down pour and revitalises all.

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A new orchard and ole friends

Jaffa and Nick return from Frank’s Lookout after watering new trees.
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While the past week had been full of massive projects — we still took time to enjoy lunch with Hoppy and Lyn visiting from Sydney.
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We’ve started work on large arc shaped orchard above the Spring.
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It took a day to slash and we finally got rid of the Johnson Grass stand above the Spring. We also cleared a new area for a new citrus orchard and road side tree preserve.
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It took two days for Nicholas and I to dig the 65 holes for the orchard. When finished, I dug another 10 for new citrus trees and got them in place.
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Caroline helped mulch the new citrus and existing trees with the heaps of cut grass.
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The next day, after Nicholas and Caroline departed, Philip and I planted near 100 Frangipanis in the new orchard in a single day. WHEW! It was hot, tiring, but fulfilling work.
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A different perspective…

Nicholas and Caroline (a couple helping from San Francisco) had a drone and took some great photos.

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The grass is green yet you can see the new Frangipani orchard from above as well as our garden and structures.

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The picture above is our view to the North East and the one below from nearby Tinbeerwah Lookout looking back South over the Noosa Botanical Garden and adjoining Lake McDonald.

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While looking at amazing views and speaking of different perspectives… I’d like to share what Nicholas and Caroline are doing. Just a few months ago they were married in Hawaii and now they are travelling the Asia Pacific region volunteering on projects that help people across the region. They have established a non-profit charity called Elemental Affairs which is dedicated to raising awareness of global issues by fostering the development of self-sustaining communities.

Here is a YouTube video of what they’re up to:

I encourage you to support their efforts in fostering a more sustainable world check out their website.

THANKS Elemental Affairs for helping with our projects here at YUNDA and for being an inspiration for our own foundation CentroProEco.Org — we share a vision, have achieved much working together, and now cherish them as friends. Best wishes for great success!