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.
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.
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.
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! ;<)
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.
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!
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.
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!
When helping Phillip move from Cooran, we saved an old tree which resembled a bird.
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.
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!
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).
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! ;<)
The trailer which was the inspiration is behind the ute and here the new frame has been painted and ready for decking.
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!
Nicholas and Caroline (a couple helping from San Francisco) had a drone and took some great photos.
The grass is green yet you can see the new Frangipani orchard from above as well as our garden and structures.
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.
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.
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!