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!
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 enjoyed a sleep-over with his best mate Andy at our Sistas’… and our helper Rambaud from France watched over our place…
Nick and I enjoyed markets, musicians, antique trucks, and even some beach time.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
It may be end of year but there is plenty to do! Nick and Jaffa dug the large Johnson Grass from around the frangipani orchard. Okay… Jaffa really was just a watch dog!
When there are breaks between projects — there is always cleaning up after the chooks.
Though there is always much to do when building and operating a working homestead — at the end of each day we take time to enjoy the season — and every day is special in it’s own way… the joy today was a majestic sunset!
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.
Nick has finally taken to the goats… they were a LOT of work getting started. Each day they’d eat a new plant or tree that we’d wanted to keep. Now, after building some leads and weights, Nick has them under control (most of the time).
Joy was quite keen on naming the pests -er, adorable creatures as pets.
Jamila (a.k.a. Jam) is Joy in Jordanian Tikkus (a.k.a. Tik “the possessed!”) JoeIan (a.k.a. Little Joe)