Saturday, 15 September 2018

Canyon creek trek

We took a trek to the canyon floor and followed the creek East.

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So many great trees with such character and constantly changing.

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These massive fig trees are so majestic with their fanned roots. Lovely!

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After a big hike, we always take time to rest and enjoy the views.

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Oh, and later we enjoyed MORE pumpkin sopaipillas!

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Friday, 14 September 2018

A place to enjoy

We’ve always loved our FAV view near the front gate — now we can sit, relax, and enjoy it (thanks Danny!)

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We enjoyed the bench at Frank’s Lookout so much — we installed one at the FAV too — such a great place to enjoy the area.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Fencing and fun

After several days of clearing and a few days of fencing — Daniel celebrates.

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Daniel and Valentina (from Chile) were always keen to share their pumpkin sopaipillas and happy to cuddle too.

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Here we’ve gone to Tinbeerwah Lookout to enjoy the stellar view — always changing and greatly enjoyed!

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Susan and Vic invited us around for dinner and we were treated to a fantastic piano concert by Vic.

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Sunday, 2 September 2018

Chicken and fences

Our chicken feeder has been keeping the flock entertained and well fed — here Jorge watches over his girls.

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Can you believe that this 20 degree slope is no the steepest section we’ll fence? Quite the challenge!

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Yet after a few days of great effort — its done!

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Saturday, 25 August 2018

Time to relax

Quentin and Daphne were always a lot of fun to have around and cooked up a storm. Here we took the requisite selfie.

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Brett and Jaffa were inspecting the fragrant fish emulsion (Jaffa LOVES it!)

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Susan and Vic have settled into Queensland with ease — here they are full of giggles and fun.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

New bee hive in place

With the garden going gang-busters — we were keen to get our new FlowHive bee hive in place. The garden is adjacent yet they seem more determined to enjoy the spring water — our spring is now always a buzz.

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Frank’s Lookout is a great place to enjoy the view — such love birds!

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Alex managed to rest on the ground and was never bitten by ants — some luck!

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Nick and Jaffa really enjoy their RAV — such fun!

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Saturday, 18 August 2018

After Winter, projects galore....

The vines had grown up around Forest Lodge so in preparation for fire season, it was time to chop them back… Alex was like a monkey in getting into it.

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Quentin and Daphne were re-coating the rear deck to prepare it for Spring rains.

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Somehow, Daphne managed to wear as much oil as she got on the wood… artist in residence perhaps? (This was “after” she’d cleaned up! ;<)

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Monday, 13 August 2018

New friends, sunset friends, and cherished friends herald in the season

Lucky for us, we had several good helpers in Alex, Daphne, and Quentin who helped start new H├╝gelkultur beds just above Forest Lodge.

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Such a majestic sunset from Willie and Jenn’s deck along Noosa Shores — gorgeous and a fun evening too!

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Tezza came up from Sydney in his project car (an ’80’s Subaru Brumby) and had it repainted. Great to have him stop by on his way home.

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Daphne was a whiz with baking — here she prepared a loaf of fresh bread — YUM!

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Springing into a thriving Sunshine Coast

This time of year is among our favourite — the garden is awakening, sunsets (and rises) are fantastic, and our trees are budding in anticipation.

 

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Monday, 6 August 2018

Each day brings plenty...

As I started today, I heard the most exhilarating shrill cry of a group of birds. Nick and I had long thought they were eagles as we’d see them high above. Amazingly today — I was surrounded by a group of six giant (over two feet tall) yellow tailed black cockatoos. I’m not talking about a small bird — as each one was nearly as large as Jaffa the dog. Its easy to see how they are so powerful (and sometimes destructive). They watched from above as I tended the garden. Sadly, this picture doesn’t do them justice — but here is a link to more detail.

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Speaking of the garden, its been doing very well following a wet Autumn and warm Winter. I am amazed at how green and full of life it is — SUCH a joy!

At the moment, the garden is full of:

  • Capsicum (bell peppers)
  • Heritage, Roma & Cherry tomatoes
  • Italian & Purple Basil
  • Majorum
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Coriander
  • Beet root
  • Chicory
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard
  • Broccoli
  • Nettle
  • BirdsEye, Scotch Bell & Jalape├▒o peppers
  • Carrots
  • Daikon radish
  • Dandelion
  • Eggplant
  • Borlotti (cranberry or pinto) & Bush beans
  • Celery
  • Spring onions
  • Garlic chives
  • Chinese cabbage

Tree seedlings:

  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Lyquat

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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

At long last -- our containers have a covered roof!

Since we moved in, Brett has been keen to have a covered roof across the containers near the garden. The first year here we lost a new large sail tarp which held up well — until Cyclone Debbie dumped 16” of rain in several days. It ripped apart yet also highlighted the amount of rainwater that was lost and made getting a solid catchment roof a priority. Sadly, as all goods things seem to take time, it took another year or so for Brett to accumulate the materials to build, and for a strong helper to return for the construction. Lockie was a real Hercules himself and we strong armed the steel across the containers then began hanging the 12” purlins and later snap locked the tin roof in place. Amazingly, we still have a fair amount of tin left for other projects remaining in the forest.

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The roof is a modular design that uses the cam locks that containers all have which are stone enough to lift the entire loaded building from. We vastly overbuilt the roof using re-cycled steel angle iron 6”x6”x3/8” thats 150x150x6mm so it has great weight and strength — It would take quite a wind to lift them now! Its also increased our water catching capacity significantly — just need to gutter and pipe it into the tank…

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Now we have a safe area to park our ute and RAV under when storms come and the occasional hail falls. Its also a great workspace which we’ll eventually level, gravel, then brick with the pavers we gathered last year from Wille and Jen.

 

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Cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have the roof done — our simple accomplishments, as they’re done through frugal collection, minimal expense, yet great efforts — truly are rewarding and makes us proud as ever of our simple place we call home.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

In preparation for Sping....

We plant many trays of seeds to start seed-stock ready for planting in the garden or trees. This year we have planted dozens of gooseberry trees, another dozen avocados, numerous citrus trees, and a few other natives. We’ve also been eagerly awaiting development of a tree near the tip which we though was a Cherry tree — yet seems now it may be an apricot or peach. We never cease to be amazed of the variety of trees we’ve found from the previous owner. What an amazing amount of effort — and luck that many survived!

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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Across the valley past Cooran

Our friend Philip lives on the hillside we look towards from Forest Lodge. Each day we see his silver shed capture the light differently either glistening or changing hue… its always nice to visit and look back towards our place. What a different perspective from his broad perspective…. seems he’s on top of the world!

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Speaking of visiting… its ALWAYS great to have Lockie around. We enjoyed the views, some nature hikes, and Philip’s amazing bromeliad and other native collections. He’s quite the horticulturalist and a very accomplished landscape designer.

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Ready to go!

Nick has been keen to have wheels since I surprised him with his little RAV4. After a bit of prep and rego — she’s all road ready! It didn’t take he and his little dog to load up and head to our Sister’s place nearby. Jaffa and his mate Andy have a great time - every time!

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And with the wet Autumn now past, our road was a bit tracked and rutted so its another effort of stone work… usually Brett will get a ute load (about 2/3 a cubic meter/yard) of stone and unload it directly into the ruts from the tray top. This time, since we had a touch of money, we elected to get a tipper (dump) truck load of 5 metres/yards of ~70mm/2.5” drainage stone. Its taken some time to put into place — yet our upper flat paddock now has a fully stoned track ready for the dry season ahead and should be well settled as rain returns (hopefully soon!) Things remain green, for now, yet we’ll watch them brown soon….

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Monday, 9 July 2018

This time of year has the most stellar skies!

From a setting sun over the Noosa beaches….

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To our place with the Western sunset glowing like a the clouds are on fire…

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Or perhaps, the cool dampness of a Winter morning, before the sun has prevailed and burned off the night’s grey…

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Every day is magical here and much enjoyed. Here, Jaffa is keeping guard as he hears a neighbour’s dog bark — its a pretty good place to be (especially for dogs!)

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