Its important to take time relax, enjoy, and contemplate…
and when you’re done with that — there is always people watching and pondering that next wave!
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!
While Summer is full of sunny warm days and thriving plants — we too have storms.
BIG STORMS — the most severe part (in magenta near Cooroy) is directly above us. I was out dancing in the rain!
We got over 40mm (near 2 inches) of much needed rain overnight. This is the garden area the next day…
The creek in the canyon flows for several days after each down pour and revitalises all.
Nicholas and Caroline expected to help with our permaculture operation — while we did do a bit, we still had many things to move (thanks again for great photos Caroline)…
It’s always great to re-use materials and the axle and hitch from an abandoned trailer will become our new fire and watering cart and the barb wire perhaps a new pen for Jackie the ass.
Phillip retained some of his collection for his new place in Pomona — yet we still had many plants remaining.
What a wonderful place to work!
Since we’ve been here there have been several Monitor Lizards prowling about. Sometimes I catch them eating eggs from the chicken coop, other times they just crawl by.
This is among the larger ones we have at near 2 metres or over 5 feet long. I was working from the Canyon Cabin as it crawled by.
Just days later, Jaffa heard it and chased after it… sadly, Jaffa came out poorly having a bad cut on his front leg and large bite wound on his back leg.
But, as always, Jaffa is undeterred — he still runs about and smiles always. He had to wear the collar for a week and get 8 or so steel sutures removed a week later.
Phillip and I are now growing bromeliads and frangipanis. Though his plants have been moved many times before — with Phillip leaving Cooran for Pomona — it was time to settle them into a permanent home… we couldn’t be happier having them here at YUNDA.
This is us bright eyed and full of energy after the first of near 20 loads of bromeliads… we moved thousands in a few days.
Many thanks to Caroline (from San Francisco, who came to help with her husband Nicholas) for such great photos of just a few of our many bromeliads… What a transformation over a week!
We often wondered what the silver building in a clearing above Mount Cooran we always see from Forest Lodge and the FAV…
Lucky for us — we met the owner Phillip some time ago and often visit and enjoy a look back toward our place.
It has the most powerful view from Noosa Beach all the way around past Gympie (likely 300 degrees of the region down below his 300 metre elevation).
View from our place above and back towards us from his below.
Not to miss are the sunrises and sunsets which are stellar!
Finally, and not least, is Jackie the donkey who is very popular with the locals!