Tag Archives: sunrise

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 26th August

It was a wonderful week, full of variety:  with a cool foggy morning, more rain to add to the floods; and, two warm sunny days which made me look forward to spring.

I considered the future of some pests: lupins, rabbits and black field crickets; and photographed a couple of prickly customers.

There is a lot more obvious bird activity, and I recorded the warbling chirps of the Welcome Swallows as they rebuild their nest, caught a kookaburra catching the worm, and saw spots on the yellow-rumped Thornbill.

The most exciting thing was feeling a baby goat moving inside Midge.  There are only about 10 days to go, so I am checking for signs of impending labour morning and night.  If she has more than 1 kid, she could go early.

The sun rises before 7am as we accelerate towards spring.

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Country Diary for week ending 19th August

Spring had a bit of a false start this week with the arrival of the Welcome Swallows and some perennials bursting into colour before rain stopped play and temperatures plummeted.

I captured images of some iconic Australian species and a rare phenomenon called a Holy Halo.

The sun is rising earlier and sliding round to the south, I was relieved to see just rabbits in the rockpile, but felt guilty admiring our most prolific weed.

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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.

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Country Diary for week ending 29th July

It was a wet and windy week with over 70mm of rain taking us up to 150mm for the month of July which is slightly above average.  The east of the property is under water for the first time in 4 years.

I got my first pictures of a family of red-tailed black cockatoos and a large flock of ibis, and some more pictures of a family of kangaroos.

We made good progress with the new oat paddock with the neighbour ploughing it for us.   I was pleased to see the richness of the soil and almost wept with joy that there were almost no rocks to pick up.

I am continuing my love affair with the sunrise, catching a beautiful silver sun and also caught my first sun setting over the horizon.

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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……

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