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Country Diary for week Ending 2nd September

The last week of winter was wet and windy, but we managed to get some building work done for some seating and the wood fired pizza oven.    The first day of spring was announced with an asparagus spear punching out of the ground, where it was promptly munched by some red-legged earth mites.

I missed most of the sunrises this week either because it was cloudy or I slept in.  The welcome swallows have finished their new nest and feathered it with the black and white spotted feathers of the guinea fowl.  We turned over the compost bins and planted some shrubs to mark the graves of some of our birds.

The horses were out and about doing their thing, and I photographed 2 very common yellow flowers, one a weed and one a native, and caught the metallic sheen on a hover fly.

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Country Diary for week ending 5th August

It definitely feels like the coldest of the winter weather has passed and spring has sprung.  The morning temperatures are hovering around 10-12 C (50-55F), so no jacket required when mucking out the stables.

There is a riot of yellow down near the dam with the various wattles in flower. We found the first Pink Fairy Orchid in the forest about 3 weeks earlier than last year and six weeks on, the Midge orchids are still blooming.

I took a different track for photographing the sunrise, Bowie is following a different path to avoid the goats, water baby Auspicious took a bath and sort-of-farm-dog Shorty found some rats in the rockpile.

The week was all about increasing our food production.  We fenced in some of the vege beds, the chickens helped with the cultivation and we assembled a greenhouse.

Just click on any of the pictures for the full stories.

Country Diary for week ending 22nd July

I am still in awe of the beauty of this place and taking photos everyday, which even helped me discover a new view.  I got a special two for one sunrise package – with bonus streaker  – and  faced a watershed moment when I decided that an image I took of the sky before an actual sunrise was good enough.

Mama is back to full strength and a few days after admiring her healthy plumage she laid her first egg in 2 months.   Chicken is still being cuddly and Flash is getting fit by jousting with Auspicious.

On the farm, we are thinking ahead and preparing a new paddock for the oats next year, so were busy over the weekend slashing weeds and picking up rocks….again……

Just click on any of the pictures for the full stories.

Country Diary for week ending 15th July

A couple of days after our first frost, we are having warmer than average nights and above average rainfall.  I am still a slave to the sunrise, loving the colours, and trying to capture them all.

The Oats are looking lush and are tempting the horses, which may happen as apparently it is good to graze the oats to “tiller” them and increase the yield.

27 yo horse Bowie was distressed at the start of the week, pregnant goat Midge is starting to show, and young Roo was home alone, then reunited with the others.

I found our first earthstar fungi and our first snail orchids of the year, but the best first was seeing some baby goats being born.

Country Diary for week ending 30th June

This week I got up close (well close-ish) and personal with some kangaroos, spotting a big male one day, then mum and bub pretty close to the house.

We had a couple of light rain days with 8mm each time, but mostly it was a calm and sunny week.  The Oats are loving the combination of sunshine and rain and are looking good.

I captured some beautiful images of raindrops and reflections. The Guineas are courting,  the horses were relaxing in the sun and I bathed a chicken for the first time.    I found some large Laughing Jim mushrooms which are sometimes hallucinogenic.

Country Diary for week ending 17th June 2013

I am feeling a little overwhelmed trying to identify and record all the different species of fungi and we are only 2 weeks into winter.  I have described over 20 already in a rainbow of fungi and there are over a dozen photos waiting in the draft folder.

We had some perfect winter weather with sunny days and still mornings.  4mm of rain fell overnight on Thursday with another 2mm on Sunday.  The oats have started to germinate after 8 days.

The old horse Bowie is still wary of the goats and we are still harvesting zucchini.

Country Diary for week ending 27/05/13

This week on the farm, I found a range of fungi so created a new category for blog posts.

I spent a bit of time at the dam watching the level rise, mourning our scuba diving duck and pondering sustainability.

Leaves are appearing for orchids that won’t flower for another 3 months (if at all) and we found a woody pear.

The goats have settled in, but unsettled the horses.

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