Before Christmas our apple tree was loaded with fruit ... many more than previous years. This week there were just a few apples left and lots of little ones on the ground. I have no idea why they do this, after all the roadside trees seem to fruit beautifully every year and keep their fruit on. I will be very surprised if any of these stay on long enough to grow to maturity.
I also found this among the grass -- I really don't know but that looks like it could be a Funnel Web spider burrow. I gave it a wide berth just in case, they have a nasty bite that used to kill people until an anti venom was developed in 1981.
The rain not only brought the desirable flowers it brought an explosion of St Johns Wort. I spent a little while each day diligently pulling then up. We are winning the battle, while there were a lot of them there are a lot less than when we first moved in.
We have just spent several days out at the Rest. It's been a month of so since we were last there and it was dry and crunchy underfoot but there have been good rains since and it was a lovely surprise to find the block looking lovely and flowery with Blackthorn shrubs (above) and wattle trees (below) in flower all over the block.