Saturday, 26 May 2018

Day at the Beach

We enjoyed an evening away with Vic and Susan and morning walk with dogs along Marcoola Beach. Much enjoyed!


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Time to relax


Ellen unknowingly gave us among our favourites gifts before we left Stanmore… this hammock is heaven after a busy day. Thanks Dear!


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018

Home Alone

Its not often that Nick, Jaffa and I have the place to ourselves… This time of year with fabulous sunsets and gorgeous skies makes us love our life!


Saturday, 28 April 2018


There is seldom a day that passes when we don’t find something new on our place…

This was carved into a tree near Black Mountain Road near the top of our property.



Abundant and enormous trees along our canyon and its riverbed. It never ceases to impress.


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Last day for da goats...

We suffered for far too long with the munching munchkin goats. Dozens of trees have been damaged, many plants devoured….

Lucky for us, a lovely couple of grandparents had a good fenced pen and a few grandkids keen to have new pets. Thank goodness and…





Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Another day at the beach...

Jill flies out tomorrow so we had to hit the beach one last time. It was a great day and the water perfect!



Aside from several new trees which we planted, Jill was kind enough to replace Nick’s favourite tool… new shears! Nick and Jaffa smiled for days!


While still progressing — with a few weeks of rain before her visit — the newest cabin was not finished for Jill’s visit. BUT it certainly will be ready next time!


Monday, 16 April 2018

Visiting Linda and Aussie animals

Jill and I were keen to stop in and visit Linda at Noosa Avalon Cottages in Pinbarren. As always, Linda was the consummate host with lovely nibbles than a wonderful drive and walk to see her pets and property. What a lovely day — thanks Linda!



Saturday, 14 April 2018

Hinterland sunny and relaxed.

It was great to have Jill relax and take some time for herself. Little Dog and the goats stayed close by and enjoyed the company.



Nice to enjoy a break!


Jill posing at the FAV and then Nick taking a selfie with Little Dog. Smiles all around!


Monday, 9 April 2018

Forest Lodge

Its been awhile since we’ve had some new photos of Forest Lodge.

Jill took these and its nice that she felt so much at home.



Sunday, 8 April 2018

Jill lands in Sydney

Nick flew down to see his Family and meet Jill who is coming up to see us. Seems they had a great time around the big smoke…



Requisite Opera House shot…


Jill’s namesake ferry…


And finally, Lady Macquarie’s chair back towards the City where you see everything all at once.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Taking shape


Its been a joy to build the Canyon cabin overlooking a bird preserve and sanctuary — every moment the light, breezes, and birds calling changes. It really is a magical place and one to be much enjoyed for years to come.

Laminated timber posts and beams along with the window walls from Frank at Thunderbird. The Oregon timber joists came from our place in Stanmore which I salvaged from the skip before they landed in the tip. Always prefer steel studs when possible — this eliminates termites and makes a sound structure.


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Alien invaders

Jam and Joe have invaded all our tree preserves — sadly, most of our trees now wear their scars.



We hoped to send them on to another world…. This starship landed across the road yet failed to collect them… BUGGER!


Pity, I hear goat kinda tastes like chicken and I’m sure any martian would enjoy chicken.

No — actually this was our April Fools sunset. How fantastic and stellar!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Much to do -- and enjoy.

The Canyon cabin has been progressing well… Frank at Thunderbird had some great Merbau hardwood timber for the deck and interior flooring. Now its looking like a structure!



In season at the moment are a grove of strawberry guavas. They are delectable… especially enjoyed by us AND every other animal (both furry and feathered) around. We collected several buckets full over the two or three week season (thats 60 litres / ~15 gallons this year).



Dunnie was very proud of his lantana mound and new trail along the canyon under the chicken pen. Seems Little Dog quite enjoyed it too! A new stone stairway leading along the step bits was started. So far, maybe 10% to the canyon floor… only 90% remaining!


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Gotta love chooks...

Among our favourite things is drinks and nibbles each arvo. Nick noshes a nice red with boiled eggs whilst enjoying Mount Cooran from our Northern verandah.



Here are our cherished hens who each lay an egg a day — some of which are near goose size! They are free-range (having three 1/3 acre pens) yet are fenced around to keep predators at bay. They LOVE anything green and keep their pens pretty well mowed.



Sunday, 18 March 2018

Mushrooms and caterpillars in mass

We’ve been seeing dozens of varieties of mushrooms around the forest and woodlands. This group of nearly two dozen were near the roadside out front of our place — this one much larger than my cap. A meal for a family — yet never too sure to eat them.


With the sun and wonderful weather — we’ve been inundated by caterpillars and while they have been devouring our new growth on (especially) citrus. We’ve also been enjoying a surge of butterflies as a result. This one… must be planning on flying black and orange colours and in flight soon…