Sunday, January 31, 2016

A mystery solved

I have wondering for some years now why the previous owners of our block lopped the top off the wattles rather then cutting them to the ground. And chatting to the neighbours we found the answer ... it wasn't the owners it was the neighbours who cut the trees.  It turns out their goats love eating this variety of wattle so they were harvesting them from the then abandoned block.  They only wanted the leaves, not the wood, so lopped them off higher up.

Many off them have sprouted again over time like the ones below.  They are coming into flower at the moment.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Welcome Rain

Was not much more than a week ago when I was moaning about the cold wet weather in the mountains.  Well in Mudgee I welcomed the afternoon downpour.  The temperature dropped from 37C to 27C in a matter of minutes.

Back in Clandulla we were wondering when it would be our turn as it was still hot and dusty.  It took a while but did arrive and rained all night.  


Having a rest from putting together the new dining setting.  Flat pack furniture ... ugh.  And the weather is very hot which makes it even less pleasant.   

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A new flower

We were out at the block this weekend and I was so excited to find a beautiful new flower.  It is a Blue Finger Orchid.  A tiny blue speck in the grass.  I thought at first it was a common bluebell, then noticing it had the wrong petals took a closer look.

We are coming up to 5 years at the block and there are still new things to find.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


It's been a while since I posted here.  While there has not been a lot going on photographically we have been doing quite a lot of physical work.

The weather has been a bit of a puzzle.  Instead of the normal hot dry crunchy underfoot summer it has been quite wet so the land has been very green and the grass grew very long.  It has taken me several visits to finish the mowing because the mower has been objecting.

Then over the past two weeks it has been clearly been hot and dry.  We arrived to find the green browned off and the weather much warmer than usual at this time of year.  On Friday 35C.  Then Saturday a cool 17C. And today misty rain.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


That's about it for the current goings on at the Rest.  I pruned this wattle at the entrance.  It was growing a bit tall and I would prefer it to stay small.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Apple Berry

Speaking of apples, one of the native vines the Apple Berry has formed its fruit.  Apparently the fruit is edible though I have never tried it.  I just like their attractive hairy pods.