Sunday, February 27, 2011

Guinea fowl

The boys are becoming more relaxed - as you can see from front on pics, rather than the previous running away ones.  Undoubtedly due to the amount of time they spent with Claude in the blueberry patch - they were stuck like glue throughout the picking season.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Beating the boundaries

Walked for a few kms near the farm - following the road plant as they widened Sharpes Lane.  The more interesting sights/sites seem to be off limits.  The driveway to number 105 is so overgrown it can't have seen vehicles for years, the gate hangs open - with the ominous sign "Keep Out".  Info from locals is needed.

Intriguing seedpods - click to enlarge the photo

Friday, February 11, 2011

Glorious, amazing nature

We have been under siege by plague locusts - a peculiarity of this wide brown, wet, green land downunder.  It is the landowner's responsibility to spray - so we've invested in some seriously expensive biological product - but when one's neighbours won't admit they have a problem, then it doesn't matter how much you spend or spray.

These gorgeous little eggplants have so far escaped the depredations of locusts - unlike the beans, tomatoes, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, lavender ....

Wasps are making their nests around the house. There have been an amazing variety seen this year - from HUGE black creatures to paper wasps, European wasps (to be avoided at all cost).  This nest is high up under the laserlite on the back verandah - it is secured to the timber by a tiny "bridge" which is about 3mm long.  Truly glorious, amazing nature.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On the deck today

Backhousia citriodora more info here

Euphorbia splendens