Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bugs, blossom and new leaves

It was a little like being in Japan at sakura - wind whipped petals all over the ground.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Kitchen chores improved watching this

A beautiful looking and very active eastern spinebill has been collecting nectar from the daphne outside the kitchen window. Getting a photo has proven to be difficult so this is a stolen image from here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


At last I'm getting back into real farm work on a regular basis (does mean hefty doses of pain killers at the end of the day, though, to be able to keep moving).  This week I started pruning the pear tree - still loads to be done as I've got to either fall off a very tall ladder or climb the tree.  Cleaned the house and garage gutters - not bad going for someone who is terrified of heights. Pruned some of the olive trees behind the garage - not down (which should be done) but getting rid of dead branches  Chain sawed the last of the gleaned logs for storing for next winter.  For the first time in 10 years we are getting low on firewood.

The boys are managing the feeder really well and as a consequence the mice have moved elsewhere and the feed is lasting forever. 
Angelo doing the feed dance

This beautiful little heron landed on the roof next door (in the city). The photo doesn't do it justice - not very tall at all, fluffy shimmery tail feathers, very alert and I'd say very out of place.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Yet another night of severe frost

And the hot water pipes are frozen!  Not good.
8am - sun has been up for ages

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Frost and sunshine

Two nights of below zero temps and frost followed by two days of glorious sunshine. 

Pretty weeds unaffected by frost

Rhubarb devastated

but looking pretty nevertheless

A little later, in the sun, the scent from these violets was amazingly strong.

The brassicas drooped amazingly then recovered their upright status as the frost defrosted and the sun shone. Harvesting the potatoes was very warm work despite the temp being only 8C - undoubtedly the sunshine added lots of imaginary heat.