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…
Drove 40 minutes South to Yandina Markets to pick up our new dog – Jaffa (male Kelpie cross).
Brett planted (sage, lemongrass, garlic chives, basil from cutting, chicory, mustard greens, rocket) and fertilised the garden.
Jaffa is obedient and smart but is suffering from separation anxiety so he won’t leave your side. Tried to leave him in the Goat pen overnight but he cried continuously and ripped a whole in the wire fence and came running into the container and woke us up. Then I tied him to a tree outside the container while I slept in the hammock for a couple of hours to keep him company. When it started to sprinkle at 11 pm I went inside and left him at the entrance of the container on his bed. Surprisingly not much winging after that and then we all went to sleep.
After the last few weeks of work – Arnaud and I have accomplished quite a lot. Yesterday getting the barn framing sorted, prepped and some raised… Yet today, we pushed hard and finished.
It has been a joy to find, that even after a massive tree (over 60cm / 2 feet across) landed on the corner of the barn and it spent near 10-years in waiting… We have restored the barn as it was built — just replacing a single stud, two header plates, and a few repairs. Otherwise, it remained intact. While we saved the original tin framing brackets — we upgraded to the latest in large screws (known as bugle bolts here in Oz) so the barn is stronger and more rigid than ever.
So, after a week of active work — we (of course) went to the beach for some much needed relaxation and fun. Could not have done it without your help Aranud — thank you sincerely.