Life returning to normal…

Following the flood and storm we were without electricity for 3 days. Lucky for us, Brett had prepared with a quiet low-voltage and a high-powered generator system. We would cook and clean using maximum power then revert to a less costly and quiet option to power Nick’s work (internet and computer).

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It didn’t take long for the area to green up again. It had been a few months since substantial rain and after a deluge of rivers and waterfalls — the grass and trees have really perked back up. Life is beautiful in the Sunshine Coast!

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WHAT a flood!

Following the impact of Cyclone Debbie (a.k.a.Hurricane) — we coped a downpour… Over 355mm or 14 inches of rain fell in under 24-hours. Needless to say, though we were well prepared for rain — we struggled to keep afloat during the deluge.

The garden area was flooded and we lost much topsoil and a number of plants drowned.

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Rivers of water flowed where none had ever before… actually sheets of water, often several inches thick flowed over everything and what was not secure was washed away…

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The barn, while well roofed and stable, was hit with fire-hose like water streams. I managed to secure a few sheets of polycarbonate sheering to keep much of the water out and worked through the storm. However, there was a LOT of water everywhere.

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We learned a lot about the property as a result of this downfall. We thought gravel was our answer for our road — yet we need much earthwork to channel the water away from it. We managed to get Kieran’s truck and our van bogged just before the storm came and it may be a week or so before we can rescue them. The prospect of parking near the gate and Andersons Road is looking more appealing all the time!

WHEW — we survived!

Jaffa settling in and garden thriving

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Jaffa has been troubled by thunder and passing traffic and goes into episodes of lapping the container several times when scared yet is beginning, with Nick’s attention and care, to become better adjusted and relaxed. He LOVES his twice daily walks to the gate and around the property.

 

The garden continues to thrive with perfect conditions of sunshine and water. The raised planters are doing well and everything seems to be getting established.

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Joe & Owl watching over us

Much progress continues with the barn restoration… side walls and windows have been installed. Working now on windows and doors for the ends. Little Joe could not help himself — seeing me climb up and down the plank so many times to the barn… While I had lunch, Joe was inspecting the progress — seems he quite liked the view too!

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We went to Cooroy to do laundry and enjoy a nice Indian dinner out. When we returned, we found this beautiful and graceful owl sitting on our gate looking out over our front paddock. Eventually, it let us open the gate and while doing so it flew away gliding off into the night. What a sight!

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Rain, rain, rain!

Well, we asked for it… its been dry for ages and the water tank was only half full… The past 7-days has seen near 10 inches — yes, 250mm of rain. It has averaged about 40mm a day yet on a single night we had ~ 70 kph winds and over 100mm.

As per normal, when the van sees a wet patch, it bogs straight away. Sadly, as its near the lowest part of our forest track and PLENTY of rain has flowed under it — it may be a few weeks before we can get it unstuck and back to higher, drier ground. Such is the life in the country!

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The neighbour bordering us along Black Mountain Road had said he’d seen rivers of water flowing down the hills for a week after heavy rains… I could then only imagine it… Now, after our first real sustained downpour — I have experienced it first hand. This is the “driveway” near the entrance to the greenhouse. The van is in a MUCH wetter and softer soil area — poor van. The compost pile, having finally gotten the dampness it so needed, is beside the wheelbarrow and has started steaming in the early morning cool. That means its finally breaking down and activating all those great loads of goat dung and straw that Nick has been so diligently applying. Well done!

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Garden Update

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The gardens growing wildly now with the combination of warm sunny days and regular rain. We enjoyed our first garden grown tomato with Cat and Jeff. It was teRRiffic!

The veggie tally includes:

  • Heirloom tomatoes                
  • Carrots
  • Tomatillos
  • Capsicum
  • Cucumber                
  • Okra
  • Radish                
  • Broccoli
  • Yellow Onions
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Rocket
  • Mixed greens
  • Mustard Greens
  • Japanese Pumpkin
  • Yellow Squash
  • Watermelon
  • Giant Sunflower
  • Sage
  • Mixed herbs
  • Chives
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Roma Tomatoes

We also have about a dozen varieties of trees and shrubs were growing from seeds to seedlings.

These include:

  • Avocado
  • Pecan
  • Mexican Tree Fern
  • White and Standard Peaches
  • Plum
  • Frangipani
  • Bromliads
  • Lyquot Tree
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Coffee Bean
  • Leopard Tree
  • Various native wattles and gums

Settlement and first day as owners…

After many months looking and several false starts — we finally got everything arranged, in place and approved for closing on 179 Andersons Road, Federal Queensland (a.k.a. 2RP179979 )

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More specifics:

Lot area: 195665.97 hectares (48 acres)

LAT / LON -26 degrees 25’ 15.4” S 152 degrees 48’ 38.0” E        -26.420954, 152.810561

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/qbxTbkNTVD62

There are a few neighbours, most with smaller properties across Andersons Road though none are readily visible once you are past the gate area. The forested area is breezy and shaded so I see why the former owner chose it for his shelters. It has a smaller fenced section separating it from the remainder of the property.

We spent the day cleaning up the debris in the forest around the caravan, carport, barn and getting to know the place better. As the former owner had passed away 10-years ago and absolutely nothing had been done since… it was in a state of decay.

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We stayed from 25 November until early December at Cat and Jeff’s holiday home in Tewantin. It is a 25 minute drive each way so many trips and much time on the road the first few weeks.