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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:45 pm 
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Glad they looked after you Faye, Must see them about smaller GREENLINE stickers though, but it looks good, why is the deck bending in? may have to lift it up a bit, but nice looking machine :D only 460hp short of the last John Deere you drove 8-)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:51 pm 
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pistolknight wrote:
why is the deck bending in?

may have to lift it up a bit, but nice looking machine :D
only 460hp short of the last John Deere you drove 8-)


Point 1. I may have mowed closer to trees than I was supposed to :sad2: oops
2. Must be built for comfort, not for speed! :thumb:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:56 pm 
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A few weeks ago we visited our son who works at City Farmers and bought some Delaware potatoes, white ones, good for chips and mashing. They should go well with the fish.
Anyway I cut them into as many pieces as I could, after dreaming the night before about planting potatoes. I decided to use a raised bed, so that i could easily add more layers as they grow. Firstly I lined the base with newspaper to control the gum trees roots initially and to stop the moisture and goodness from leaching away into our gutless soil. I added some soil and placed a worm tube in the centre, and layered some green organic matter, then the potatoes and sheep manure for the worms to feed on. I had also bought a booster box of worms and added half ofthem to the top of the manure, then more layers of soil and peahay. I reckon this could double as a worm farm and I can't wait to harvest the potatoes down the track. As this is right outside the back door I will be able to keep a close eye when the new shoots appear, before adding more layers of sheep manure and peahay. They should get water from the winter rains. If not the fish tank is not far away.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:57 pm 
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Voila! A work in progress the "Spud Farm".

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:inspect: Still no shoots from the potatoes planted a couple of weeks ago. After listening to Eric the entomologist :god: talk about bark at a recent garden meeting ,I armed myself with the DSLR and went on an excursion around the property to take photos of the trunks of my Eucalypts.
We have quite a few species and I would like to identify them, particularly interested to see if we have Eucalyptus rudis which koalas eat, and would love to be able to supply fodder for them.
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This treee is easily my favourite, it has a majestic presence and doesn't seem prone to dropping branches. We spotted an owl in it one night and on another evening when the sky was filled with rainbow bee eaters on sunset, an amzing sight to behold they came to rest in that tree. Honestly there were hundreds and hundreds of them chirping away and dead quiet once settled.
Eric said that certain different types of funghi are edible an if they are growing on a eucalypt that he felt it would be safe to eat.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:57 pm 
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What an Enchanted tree! We have plenty of Eucalypts, none as Majestic as that though.
I love Rainbow Bee Eaters, we get heaps up here in the NT, but none around or block,I dont know why?


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Don't think that's rudis, quite different to the pics I can find online..

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:28 am 
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This treee is easily my favourite, it has a majestic presence and doesn't seem prone to dropping branches.

Do you know the variety of that tree Faye ?

I have exactly the same one at home, about that size too, but unfortunately it is starting to die :anger:

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chillidude wrote:
Do you know the variety of that tree Faye ?

I have exactly the same one at home, about that size too, but unfortunately it is starting to die :anger:

Not sure yet, but when I find out I shall let you know CD!
Well today I discovered my first flower of the season for the apricot tree. Fingers crossed we get them before the birds.
Being winter, got to find something to appreciate since half the garden is dead or leafless from frost :sad2: At least trout love the conditions and so to the aquaponic system which gives me joy daily, except for its current lack of bugs, not counting the slaters below the media that the silver perch love as they slowly sink below the water surface. Anyway todays feature has to be the wattle trees. I have been waiting weeks for the blossom to burst on the Acacia purpurea and today it was there, I hope you can just smell it when you see the picture. Aaah the perfume brings back memories from long ago. Not only the scent and the picture but there are bugs x two types as well as yet another phenomena- the mistletoe- a parasite which gets pooped in by the misteltoe bird and grows on the host tree.

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Snapped this pic, just before drinks time as the sun provided back lighting. Managed to snap a picture of a pardalote (small bird) never heard of them before we moved here. This property is just like a homework book sometimes and opens up more questions than answers. Actually as I type this it reminds me of reading a book as a child that discovers a beach fuilled with shells and the sense of discovery is ever so exciting. Discoveries of bugs, flowers, birds and their relationships with each other, it is more fun than learning it in a classroom.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:11 pm 
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Wow, Amazing Faye, you need to include some of these in the Photography Thread. :) Incredible :)


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chillidude wrote:
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This treee is easily my favourite, it has a majestic presence and doesn't seem prone to dropping branches.

Do you know the variety of that tree Faye ?

I have exactly the same one at home, about that size too, but unfortunately it is starting to die :anger:


My money is on Lemon scented gum.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corymbia_citriodora

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This is the beautiful bark on my favourite tree. Dave (OB1)loved it when he visited last week and and thought it would make a great background one day
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Spring is in the air and today we saw dragonflies mating while dipping their tails :wink: in the raft channel to lay eggs, at the BYAP shop. This red dragonfly was hovering at the front of our property, a long way from water sources.
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This pic reminds me of a John Denver song aaah Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.

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Great pics :thumb:

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But wait there is more. If you look up the tree there is a birds nest, a mega birds nest. Not sure of what, but I do know there is a whistling kite in the areas as well as wedge tailed eagles, fingers croseed it is one or the other,
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Some days the colours in the garden just look extra special and they seem to have a blue hue, maybe it is just my rose coloured glasses again.
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We had bees swarm and move out of the nest box today, to a more convenient part of the garden for removal if Burnsy still wants them. Anyhow they are settled for the night.
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