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!

Weekend away to Brisbane

Nick and I seldom leave the property for much time together so a trip to Brisbane for a friend’s birthday party and catching up with a few others as we drove along the gorgeous Sunshine Coast was a great mini-holiday!

Jaffa Andy dogs

Jaffa enjoyed a sleep-over with his best mate Andy at our Sistas’… and our helper Rambaud from France watched over our place…

Brett Rambaud Nick

Nick and I enjoyed markets, musicians, antique trucks, and even some beach time.

antique Ford truck ute

Jazzie Smith musician

Juzzie Smith, a Byron Bay based street performing musician, sings while playing several instruments at a time… quite skilful and his tunes eclectic – highly recommended!  Check out a music video at the end of this post…

Maria Ken pool party feast

We caught up with our friends Ken and Maria and enjoyed a feast prepared by her celebrity chef Mother (thanks again!) After an hour or so we could not help ourselves and enjoyed a splash and play in their pool.

Ken Maria kids pool party

First visitors of 2019 and a flower filled season

Ange and her family came through while on a Queensland holiday and we enjoyed lunch together. She and Nick always strick a pose and do a jig!

Wattle blooms

This time of year also sees many Wattles blossom and plenty of pollen in the air. While it’s difficult sometimes for those with hay fever — it really is a wonderful time to enjoy the flowers and fragrances.

bee swarm tree

This being Summer time sees our bees buzzing with activity. Though not quite as floral as Spring, between hot days and many flowers — they are swarming regularly. Luckily, they so far are returning to their hive.

flowhive bee inspection window

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

Barn roof back on!

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Jeff came out with Catarina Friday arvo and wanted to come back and help — help he did… we got the barn insulation, roof tin, and ridge cap on (all secure). Within 30-minutes of him leaving, we had the BIGGEST storm we’ve experienced here to date — near 100 mills / 4 inches in 20 minutes and thunder to rattle the bowels of hell! NO leaks — yet the walls are a tad airy and need work.

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