Sunday, 27 October 2013

Bucketfull of Sunshine

As I had already picked the lower lemons which were within my reach, I asked hubby to pick me a "few" as I wanted to make some more lemon butter. A full bucket was not what I had in mind. The shadows from the tree are perfect for a Shadow Shot Sunday2 and the lemons are the  perfect colour  for Monday Mellow Yellows

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Changing Colours of the Countryside

Summer must be on it's way. The countryside is now taking on a golden hue. The wheat and canola crops are almost ready to start harvesting. Where green and yellow were the dominant colours a few short weeks ago, the crops have grown and turned to their golden brown colours. Very soon the hum of harvesters working day and night will be filling the air. What started out as being a poor year has now , due to good recent rains, being turned around to an above average year for the farmers.

The changing colours of wheat

Canola crop swathed ready for harvesting

Canola in all its glory in August.

Rolled bales of hay already harvested.

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Friday, 18 October 2013

The Rabbit Proof Fence

This fence lays claim to being the longest  fence in the world. It was constructed between 1901 and 1907 to keep rabbits and other vermin out of Western Australia. In the 1950's myxomatosis was introduced to control the rabbits, the fence still remains and but is now called The State Barrier Fence of WA.  You can read more about it  here

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Skywatch at Lake Ninan

Lake Ninan is a salt lake about 15 klms from town. At the moment there is enough water in it, thanks to some good recent rain,  to call it  a lake. The lake has suffered from water logging and increased salinity levels. The water here can be 6 times saltier than the ocean. Bird life has also decreased but we did find evidence that some were still around even though we did not see them. In years gone by it was a popular for fishing, boating and water skiing. Now you would be hard pressed to enjoy a picnic due to the ever increasing Aussie bush fly.  Enjoy the clear blue sky.

Dried salt on the edge of the lake

Dead trees from the salinity 

An eerie look

Signs that birds still visit the lake

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Monday, 14 October 2013

Monday Mural

I have exhausted my local murals, but found this one that I took a few months ago when I was on holiday  in New Zealand. It is a public toilet block at Opononi in the north of the North Island.
This is the view coming down the hill  into Opononi, quite breathtaking I think.
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Snapdragons in Yellow

I think "snapdragon" is an unkind name for such a pretty flower. These are such a vibrant yellow that I think are perfect for Monday Mellow Yellows

Friday, 11 October 2013

Fridays Fence

My dividing fence between us and the next door neighbours has recently been replaced. Lenny and Lucy, mother and son ( Dogs that is ) can no longer use my yard as a shortcut to escape unseen.  Now that it is done I will have to start planting  along this side. Bottlebrush are now flowering as a backdrop to the fence. The honeyeaters and bees just love these.

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

M is For Making.

MAKING Hay while the sun shines




MAKING Friends

Make the most of your day

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Monday, 7 October 2013

Monday Mural

Our one and only newsagent in town has this mural painted on the outer side wall. Painted pot plants line the main street.  The plants in them are tended by the various shopkeepers and members of "tidy towns". The paintings represent the local wheat farmers and birds around our area.


Our beautiful sunsets and mallee fowl mound

"Twenty Eight" Parrot so called because their call sounds like 28, 28, 28

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Gathercole Reserve

It was such a beautiful morning so we took a drive out to Gathercole for a walk. It is roughly a 3.5  klm loop trail but we ended up doing around 5 klm deviating. Each time we have been here the scenery has been different, gradually colouring as the months have gone by. 

The walk trail is easily followed by markers along the way.

There are numerous rocky outcrops with some interesting formations

 Can you spot the giant lizard, or is it a seal ?

Or the toes

This is Granite Kunzea. It is growing in cracks in the rocks. How it survives, let alone flowers prolifically is beyond me. 

 Granite Kunzea growing happily at Gathercole

Verticordia and tree tree 

Everlastings making a wonderful carpet 

A dinosaur egg maybe?

The neighbouring wheat paddocks are starting to turn golden

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Friday, 4 October 2013

Skies, Fences and Cows

A few typical country scenes involving sky and fences. These were taken on our recent trip to Northland region of New Zealand.

This cow thought I must have had some food for her. She came up to the fence to check out what I was doing. She made a nice subject behind the fence.

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