This is March 2019

What a month of differences. I had some good rainfalls in February but March became quite dry. The dam I use for watering the garden and use outside didn’t receive any run-off and is very low. I am in water conservation mode and back to watering the garden plants sparingly. The pot plants on the verandahs are getting the precious tank water. I have lost a number of my Begonias sadly. I have a number of plants of the same species and nothing has been lost altogether.

The coming of Autumn is usually a time to plant but as the same as last year, there isn’t the promise of rain and soil moisture. I have a number of plants that are now going to re-potted into bigger pots. The best thing is the sunsets this Autumn so this post has a number of sunsets as I couldn’t decide which ones to use.

I haven’t included the photos I have used in posts over the past few weeks, such as the Wedged-tailed Eagle having lunch on the side of the road. I have also put some in reserve for posts to be written later on.

There is a a good selection so maybe a cup of your favourite beverage, a snack and get comfortable to see some of the stuff I found in my world in March.

I was very privileged to be part of a smoking ceremony. A traditional Aboriginal welcome to their part of country. The leaves that were on the fire, Lemon Scented Gum, Cinnamon Gum and another type of eucalypt leaf I can’t remember.
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We stood or sat around the circular fire pit. One of the most amazing part was we were told that the smoke would touch us all. They began playing a welcome tune and the smoke went in a spiral around the circle of people, the smoke touching everyone. Yes the hairs on my arms and neck stood, it was a magical moment.smoking_ceremony_aboriginal_indigeous_players_named_redfern_sydney_march 2019
The leaves had to be put on regularly to infuse the people and the moment which gave us a sense of being part of country. smoking_ceremony_aboriginal_indigeous_loading_named_redfern_sydney_march 2019
One of the murals inside of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence where the NSW Landcare Forum was heldmural_NIEC_named_redfern_sydney_march 2019

The city sunset
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One afternoon, the sun was so yellow bathing the countryside giving an eerie glow to the Grass Tree sentinels that watch over my besties place. grass_trees_named_caniaba_march 2019

I wish I had more time to explore Redfern its streets, houses and gardens. I love this ornate piece on a gate.
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Back at my part of the world, I found a bit of rust.
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One of the jardinieres in the front of a house
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Meanwhile at the beach, the shadows  on the sand caught my attention.beach_grass_shadow_evans head_march 2019

The colours of a Small Common Yellow Butterfly seemed to change as it sat on the lomandra.
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My nighttime visitor who dropped in and commenced doing her laundry. praying mantis_home_march 2019

The early morning rain at my besties on a spiders web.
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The water dropspalm_fronds_dead_water_drops_named_caniaba_march 2019

While on the hunt for spiky things for Beckys March Square Photo Challenge, a purple Spider Orchid said pick me.
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Another angleflowers_orchid_purple_named_lismore_march 2019

Some Eucalypt flowers look spiky but are so soft
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Purple flowers in the morning sun.flowers_purple_named_caniaba_march 2019
Another orchid found at the Lismore Farmers Market where we go most Saturdays for breakfast and get some produce from the growers.flowers_orchid_named_lismore_march 2019
The Desert Rose is also for sale at the Marketflowers_desert_rose_named_lismore_march 2019

After not doing much, the rain came to my besties in March (but not my place) and the bean plants started to grow and flower.
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This is the very first time I have seem coconuts growing on a tree.
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Time for a few bird photos. The cute little Striated Thornbill enjoys dropping into to use  the bird baththornbill_bird_bath_named_caniaba_march 2019
OK….now we are back at the beach. The Crested Terns flew in and sat on the beach with us.crested_terns_sitting_evans head_march 2019

On Macleay Island, the Bush-stone Curlews had a young one.
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Having a drive around we came across a family of Grey-crowned Babblers having a feed along the side of the road.grey_crowned_babbler_named_gore rd_march 2019
One afternoon the sky was filled with a cacophony of squawking Little Corellas, the most Little Corellas I have ever seen in one huge flock. There were hundreds.corellas_little_flying_flock_closer_named_lismore_march 2019
The flock stretched across the sky in the afternoon sun.corellas_little_flying_flock_named_lismore_march 2019
I love the graceful Ibis as the soar overhead.ibis_flying_named_lismore_march 2019

The Black Kites are always hovering and swooping at the waste facility.
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A look at the steering mechanism on a Black Kite.kite_black_steering_named_lismore_march 2019
I am so happy that the Scarlet Honeyeaters are still around the garden at home.scarlet honeyeater_grevillea_honey_gem_home_jackadgery_march 2019
It is always a treat to come across Eastern Rosellaseastern_rosella_fence_named_gore rd_march 2019
The rain at my besties has bought out the happy looking Green Tree Frogs.frog_green_tree_named_caniaba_march 2019
On the drive around we came across an Eastern Grey Kangaroo and her Joey.eastern_grey_kangaroo_joey_named_gore rd_march 2019

The morning sun on the pampas grass seed heads
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The car ferry on the way to Macleay Island was soon overtaken by the catamaran ferryferry_fast_named_macleay_island_march 2019

It was a treat when the yacht owner put up the red sails
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The sunset over the bay made the end of a busy day worthwhile.
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The sunset on the watersunset_water_named_macleay_island_march 2019
The farmer next door ploughed and planted a paddock next to my besties place. When it was ready, he let the cows into the paddock. This cow certainly seemed to enjoy having a snack.cow_licking_named_caniaba_march 2019
The calf kept a wary eye on me.calf_looking_named_caniaba_march 2019

The calf at sunset.
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Another fabulous sunset.sunset_dark_named_caniaba_march 2019

Another day, another sunset. This is the eastern sky
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I think this was my favourite sunset of March
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Probably my favourite sunset photo. Well the suns gone down…..
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…..and our Moon is in the sky, so it’s time to go.moon_named_caniaba_march 2019

I hope you have a had a good time wandering about, sometimes a bit chaotic, in my world. The featured photo is one from Beckys photo challenge which a lot of people liked. Maybe you have a favourite photo too?

Wings

The Weekly Prompt: Wings

I am sure most people would expect me to post some bird wings but this time I have found something different. I was in Sydney recently for a Landcare Forum. I needed to get out for a walk and found these little wings on a gate.

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I am a huge Jimi Hendrix fan. This is one of the most amazing songs, fabulous lyrics and the most mind blowing guitar playing.

Fences

The word prompt from Sue at Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Fences

I like a fence that defines a garden
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Or a fence that disappears downhill with nature growing on its surface
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Or a fence that keeps cattle on one side or the other
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Or an old fence that is built in the bush using posts and wire and is still standing
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Or even a bit tumble down, it’s still a fence
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Or a place for a spider to build a webspiders web_wire fence_named_home_dec 2017

Or one that is…….well just make sure you shut the gate
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Or a fence that provides a post for an Eastern Yellow Robin to sit and look for a snack
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Or in the featured photo, a place for an Eastern Rosella to rest for a while

This Weeks Odd Balls

Some photos you can’t explain. There are quite a few at Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

I found this covering a machine at the hospital. No I didn’t look under the cover
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I love Steampunk fashion. These clothes are for people without arms.
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Thanks for stopping by……would you mind shutting the gate on the way out please
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Fences and Gates

Have a look at all the fences and gates at Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates

Here is my selection of Fences and Gates from around here

One of my favourite gates. A typical Australian house gate from last century
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Some farm gates are meant to be sat upon
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Guess which side of the old farm fence the cattle are on? The fence keeps them from the railway line too.
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Some cattle have no idea what a farm fence is for. I love the spiders webs that are built on the fences and melt away when the morning sun heats up.
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This part of the fence and old gates are on my place. I used to love making gates.
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House Sitting, the Horse, the Cow and the Garden

It was a hot summer….almost too hot to be living in a caravan, which was thankfully under these huge Iron Barks which cast shade over a fair bit of the ground…. unfortunately the setting sun blazed onto the least protected side.

But that has nothing to do with what I was thinking about was it…..a downside of the caravan being under the Iron Barks was that the flying foxes loved the nectar from the flowers….interesting fact number 329:- flying foxes can shit whilst flying….seemingly, and especially on caravans in the bush.

Yes I know……the caravan was on a friend’s place while I was looking for somewhere to live and they had taken off for a holiday. While I was there, I started a vege garden, plus other gardens ‘cos thats what I did….always make a garden if I’m staying somewhere for a bit. Especially veges ‘cos its one thing you don’t have to spend money on….Nannas “lessons” in being thrifty somehow emerged from the weirdly assorted filing system my head seems to possess….plus hanging in the garden with Pop hearing all sorts of stories….like the dangers of worms….once they latch on….phew…..over the other side of the house yard, beyond the windrow, was some good soil to start the vege garden.

The soil was a bit sandy….with a bit of feeding and a good talking to, the vege garden started to come on quite well.

Now the vege garden was a bit vulnerable to the house cow…..a very hippy….at least dairy farmers will know what I mean and those from the 60’s and 70’s will have to think anatomy….hippy with a nice disposition, large eyed, huge lashes softly spoken Jersey. One of those cows where you just have to walk into the paddock with a bucket and stool, milk, give her a bit of a pat and walk back without so much of a fuss….can’t think of her name….oh yeah, that one was Jugs….interesting fact number 583:- don’t get a 16 year old boy to name any animal.

One day, I had to move Jugs into the paddock that had some good feed in it…..it was the paddock that adjoins the house yard close to the bit of space where I dug a vege patch. I know what you are thinking already, but I am smarter than a cow and had the fence in good order….in fact there was another small fence around the vege garden to keep out the smaller stuff like possums and rabbits. With that task done, a nice cuppa was in order.

I went back to the caravan, which was heating up in the summer sun…..actually what I did was open up the whole of the canvas annex to try and catch a breeze or two. I built a low wall and frame and made the wall of the annex into a roof so the annex size was doubled and then insect screened the opening. Sitting at the table having a cuppa and doing the crossword puzzle in the Post…Mr Wisdoms Whopper….when I noticed that the horse….oh yeah the owners also had a horse. Seemed to have some fancy idea of saddling up and riding out to check the back 40 or down to the dam out the front and riding into the water after a warm day of riding around…..the horse, it appeared, had other ideas of what a nice day on the property meant. You know those horses…you walk towards the fence with a carrot and at once, the horse comes trotting toward you ready to have a snack, a bit of a rub down and the halter fitted.

Well…that wasn’t this horse…….this horse was just cantankerous, nasty and mean…if you ever got close to it, you got a case of “what the hell am I doings” as a bite or a kick was most likely the outcome of a close encounter. This horse was smart….almost too smart…..and no I can’t remember its name…..something like Prince.

Well I saw this horse walk down the fence line…..had another sip of my tea…..pen poised above 5 Down, when the mental picture of the horse became clearer and yes the fence wires were on the other side of the horse!!!

Interesting fact number 211:- a small rabbit fence is no match for a very large horse with a bad attitude……so there you go it wasn’t the cow who munched in the vege garden….the beans took the biggest hit before my “coaxing” had him galloping back down the track to where he managed to get in……an open gate……now I am sure I latched the gate…..OK I am exaggerating the term gate….it was a Queensland gate….loose wires and a stick with a loop on the post to fasten the stick, tightening the wires. The horse just stood there with its evil eye watching while I picked up the gate, refastened it, making sure the bottom of the stick was in the wire loop on the bottom of the post and top loop was tight……I headed back to the caravan and my cuppa.

It was all of five minutes before I saw the horse trotting back down the fence line…..but at least this time, I was still outside, near the clothesline…..have you ever built one of those old-fashioned clothes lines…the posts in the ground and a moveable cross-bar with a prop to hold the wires up when there is heavy stuff on the line…..I love building stuff…..that probably comes from my other grandfather who was a wheel wright….it’s in the genes I guess.

Well as you can imagine I was off in a flash to head off Steven or whatever its name was from getting back into the vege garden….this time he saw the error of his way and turned around and cantered down the track, through the open gate….wait….the open gate….hmmm something isn’t quite right. I refastened the gate and walked back down the track a little way, stopped and hid behind a tree…..don’t think that was an Iron Bark though…more likely to be a Spotted Gum…..well who should walk to the gate but Roger who proceeded to nudge the wire loop with his nose…..I just walked up to the gate and the horse, who didn’t seem to know I was approaching, such was his intent on opening the gate…..this is the only time I have punched a horse….no not a solid whack ‘cos a horses head is rather hard….just enough to release my frustration and to scare the bejesus out of the horse…..now the gate had an added bit of wire to keep it shut…..you have to be inventive don’t you?

A few days later, further into the hot summer, the corn was now looming large with ears that looked very yummy….the silks blowing in the afternoon breeze while I watered and picked off the bugs that were trying to get a free snack…..an ideal scene…..a very tempting scene you think?

During the night, I wandered out of the caravan and down to the dunny…….it was almost a classic out doors dunny….tin sides and an old real dunny door with a wooden seat on a tin….and in the moonlight could make out the shape…..something big down the house yard beyond the windrow and in the vege garden…….JUGS!! I shouted but her intention was obvious…..eat as much corn as possible.

The fence was no longer rabbit proof, other vegetables were either tasted or stomped as this lovely cow, raising her head with a stalk of my corn hanging from her mouth and huge soft brown eyes looking with as much innocence as she could muster, Jugs then went back to her task at hand.

Again, a bit of gentle coaxing….Jugs was a sucker for a bucket of hay and grain…..I had her on her way down the track and back into the front paddock with a now grumpier than ever horse.

Morning saw the extent of the damage……a tomato or two survived as did most of the autumn seedlings….and I had a meal or two of corn.

Interesting fact number 478:- Make a vege garden and they will come!!