Inspector Clueso the cat.

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let me go back a few days, those of you who read my blog, thankyou so much by the way I do appreciate the moral support greatly greatly, greatly. I am inspired by you all. As you know my whole thing is land living for living land. My hands & knees were aching & paining so bad so I knew rain was coming, the joints are never wrong. Don’t think that that stops me working though if anything it just makes me a little more determined or is it panicked I think it depends on the day, anyhoo….

In part preparation for the rain, I say in part as to do everything that needed to be done well lets not go there as overwhelmed I will get. I just do what I think will make the most impact as I go in that moment. The dam was the lowest we have ever seen it in the 14 or 15 yrs we’ve been here sorry I didn’t get photos. I’m 5ft9 & in the middle of the dam when swimming if I touched the bottom & raised my hand my fingers would only just break the surface, with the drought it is waste deep, so really really low.

I had noticed that the path around the top side had actually eroded a bit & was starting to slope away from the dam this definitely had to be remedied so donning my army; chainsaw, block splitter, spade & rake. To work I went.

The dam is to the left where the bottle brush is hanging over the pathway, so I started by breaking off the overhanging bottle brush so it wouldn’t take an eye out while working.

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By working out where my edge was going to be & it is quite slopped & bare at the moment to the right of the path, for safety I dug in a few short posts. I will build a stick log wall along out of the old wattles that I had to cut down. The root system of the wattles could damage the wall of the dam.

In the photo on the right you can see I dug out along & put back (this was actually the top soil) that had drained away with the rains over the years. I will be planting smaller shrubs of fodder trees in this ridge & the trick here is you don’t want too much slope into the dam as creates the same problem all top soil would ebb into dam loosing the path again. Now it is reasonably flat & over time we will get a bit more build up along the fenced edge & in the mean time no drastic flow & loss of top soil.

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You can see how badly we needed rain. Thats all for the moment for that project, its enough to start saving the land. I will continue to plant ground covers & small shrubs over the hill side & steps throughout for ease of access for maintenance.

Getting there bit by bit.

Out of the corner of my eye as the sun was going down I caught glimpse of a slight red glow, the fir tree was in flower so cute. I did have a better photo but goodness knows where in cyber space that landed.

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This tree is actually great fodder for horses & goats & its cute.

Other news I don’t know if I showed you the swing set I built Mum for her 70th (3 years ago) well I can tic another project off the list, its finally painted. Our community market had half a tin of paint & a few other bits & bobs cost me $20 for a few amazing bits & pieces. I had no idea of the colour but it was outdoor paint & around 3litres of it.

Check this out for colour.

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As you can see we wont loose it, ever, & the little windmill on top is just another adorable  gem of a find at the local markets 2years ago.

But wait there’s more.

As I had left over paint & I didn’t want to throw it out. what to do, what to do, sitting near the swing set so from drab to some sort of on the way to fab, the little hen house is now too cuterer, I know it was going to be white with pink trim, I do have another one to paint & there will be more markets. The fab will continue.

On the local front my Boy now grown up just bought his very first new, brand new that is, car a Toyota Yaris, the fella he had helping him out was so great I would’ve adopted him. Home we went high on that new amazing new car smell. That’s the car in the background all parked & shiny ready to go. He’s so clever & he has given his old car to his sister they have their own financial agreement. Love that they look out for one another. So proud I am.

Finishing with the funny.

Mum & I got take out the other day(I know don’t judge) whilst in town & stopped next to our Woolworths, there is a little car park that overlooks a small grassy area surrounded by beautiful trees. There are pretty little pockets everywhere around our town, anyway. Mum happened to glance out her window above the fence top & we suddenly felt very uncomfortable. Inspector clueso of the feline world, we weren’t trespassing or maybe I don’t know ok so we shouldn’t have had take out were sorry. I think we ate a little quicker than usual & left.

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The moral is never give up, Love your family, find the joy in your surroundings & always be aware that someone could be watching.

 

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Manner from Heaven.

We have Puddles People.

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We’ve finally had rain & rain & rain not enough for flooding but almost 2 years, not as bad as some farmers, but no decent rain well it has poured for the last 3 nights & off & on throughout the last 3 days & good soaking rain. Everything seemed to hang on to every drop for as long as possible.

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The sun reflecting the promise of warmth & nurturing.

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During the rains it was a time to snuggle in front of the fire with your favourite pet so Turbos favourite pet is her human William.

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When the suns out theres a mischievous glint in everyone’s eyes. Its time to play & stretch.

Henry stretching off to the dam instead of pooping at the front door.

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Whatever we could find to collect the precious rain was put out.

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We never stopped praying & preparing & with hope & promise it rained.

A see ya later, A welcome, A friend.

See ya later Squirt, our little Shetland has gone to a new home on 40acres with plenty of grass an old companion horse & a beautiful new pet to call her own. Squirt was wrecking our fences & we are in drought with very little feed, yet! (self sufficiency doesn’t happen overnight). Funny story sort of on the way we had to stop as someone thought it would be funny to loosen the wheel nuts on the float, so we pulled over tightened those on the way & then further up the road we had to come back for the spare tyre that had fallen off the float & rolled into a nearby paddock thankfully not hurting anything or anyone.

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Our newest rooster club, for the gentlemen of the species. Well the names don’t match but they are gorgeous & will increase our flock beautifully, let me introduce you, so on the top your left side is Denise (the menace), next down is Ginger meggs & at the bottom not that he is in the bottom of the flock by any means is Simon. So imagine what the offspring will look like from one of the gentlemen with glorious Greta, cant wait.

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Next we have; we have the sweetest little markets at a local hall & grounds, once a year. We walked in saw these 2, I don’t remember much else as the whole time I was procrastinating, yes? no? maybe? should I? yes? no? Well my Mum did for me on the way out, we bought them.  Meet Victoria, the pretty caramel on the ground & Albert on the pallet, they are adorable & just behind Albert you can see their swimming pool, (not the frying pan lol) they will eventually be introduced to the dam, but for now I need to organise Henry & Eloise (our other drake & duck) & make sure everyone is happy & safe.20190611_123513

Sunset through the trees from the                       Forget the flamin trellises winds                   verandah.                                                                  & lazy me not getting enough                                                                                                              ready. Small posts & string it is!

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I know by designs I have looked at & read about compost bins can be made rat proof but out here there really is no point as our rodents go underground for access or chew through wire. So here it is. It will have 3 sections, so the first section you see there is faze 1 & I’ll add to it as we accumulate. You can see in the background well & in front how dry it is at the moment.

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I love the coziness of winter I am never cold, apparently more importantly neither are the animals. Snuggly warm Walter & his pet cat Edward.

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It can even hang a gate. Never doubt twine. Having bought round bales for the horses for the last few months, yes mould can be an issue, we found a lovely fussy man & if we get a mouldy bale he replaces it for free which we haven’t had to do yet. Anyway its rolled & tied with twine, as is a small bale of hay. Here you see it can; & I will use it for anything. Its great if you are not sure the placement of something is going to work or not. If not cut the string if so replace with permanent fixtures. Even a gate.

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I have done it….. My whole life & I think if you have never made one you have not lived. I made a scarecrow, yes my first I had so much fun & I’m not sorry that I may have conversed a little too much whilst in the making. With a touch of character & a bit of whimsical fun.

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Hitchin a ride                                                     Chasin the ride

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Or dancing in the field

Just a warning to yall, once in place every time you see it out of the corner of your eye you may be susceptible to fits of shock & fright as my son & I did for quite a bit whilst wondering in the patch.

Sorry to the little field mouse that fell out of the boot, hope you find a happy dwelling again, as really where else would you want to live, but here.

 

 

 

 

Its late in the Arvo

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I don’t know the names of all of the plants the majority of them are native our land never ceases to put on a show,

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We have our own winter wonderland, the little caramel chested robins still visit & the honey eaters arrive early in the morn as the morning freshness provides plenty of sweet dew from the flowers. The little red finches aren’t as frequent in their visits now & the Jenny & Blue Wrens are still busy but only really in the warmth of the midday sun….