New year and new attractions

While Nick and his trusting PA (pet assistant) Jaffa toil away…

Brett and Rambaud helped our Sistas prepare their hen house for new chooks. They seemed quite happy with their snake-proofed chook house which also sports an enlarged roost, viewing window, extra ventilation, auto-waterer and many other chicken comfort features!

While the evening sunsets have been fantastic — the early morning fog has been great too. The grass is drying due to incredibly hot and sunny days yet the abundant morning fog is keeping things fairly green.

The skies seem like platinum and silver with numerous shades of light, colour, and textures interplaying… what a beautiful time of year!

Holiday visitors

Our dearest Annandale friends (like family) came to Queensland for a wedding and joined us for a few days including Christmas lunch. Our sistas fromBlack Mountain also joined in the merriment.

Jans chook joint sign

Jan was our inspiration for leaving Sydney and finding our very own place to raise chickens. She has long dreamed of doing so herself so I carved this wooden sign for her (which she left for us to look after until she returns). It’s a lovely reminder of the influence and impact of the kindness of cherished friends.

Jose Nick Franks Lookout

Just a few days later we had Mark up from Brisbane with Jose from Columbia. Between beach, sight-seeing, and hiking — we found some time to relax and enjoy a break.

Mark Ashby straddles creek

But only after a hike along the Black Mountain Canyon trail to the creek below. Mark was determined to walkover this pool — and luckily stayed dry (and well stretched! ;<)

Forest and Friends

Our forest area has really come to life with the many Bromeliads we’ve planted and the Glass House (our tiny house) is perfectly placed to enjoy the gardens.

scary garden troll woman

What garden would be complete without a garden troll -er gnome… -er scare crow? This rather scary ceramic statue watched over the forest and in fact seems to keep bush turkey and came toads at alert!

Lasso Brett Franks lookout

We’re always pleased to have friends, family, and guests stay with us… my mate Lasso came up from Byron Bay and enjoyed several hikes, much conversation, and wonderful meals together. From Frank’s Lookout, you can see we’ve enjoyed regular rain and overcast conditions which has allowed things to green and thrive.

Lasso Tinbeerwah lookout

One of my most enjoyable outings is Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout — every visit it’s different and each time it captivating. What a magical place to share with friends!

Brett Tinbeerwah lookout

Cooroora Mountain conquered!

Arnaud and I were determined to climb Cooroora Mountain before he departed… all 439 meters of her!

We got up early, enjoyed a brekkie prepared by Nick and set off. We drove through a new (to us) area of Pomona to the lower “base” car park from where we departed (near 07:00). By 08:10 we were at the summit. The trail was loose at the start, got better, then weaned off to near-nothing but a chain near the top… then nothing but air. We passed probably 70 people going up or down the trek and made it, only two stops for water, and MUCH sweat later!

WHAT A VIEW – all 360 degrees of it! (even stretching to the ocean and beyond). Words cannot express it — yet, neither can the pictures – but here goes…

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What a place!

We occasionally take time to enjoy the area so with our French friend around we wanted to share among our favourite view… We drove through the Noosa National Park and onward to the Tinbeerwah Lookout. While it has a fantastic 360 degree view — photos just don’t do it justice (so we are sharing the view towards our place).

What a stellar place — magical in fact. Volcanic mountains now surrounded by forests and skirted by oceans.

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