Friday, 26 June 2015

Vege Garden Update

After 38 mils of welcome rain last week the vege garden has suddenly had a spurt of growth. Our little patch has been very productive during the winter months and there is nothing nicer than going outside to pick some fresh produce. Broccoli and silverbeet are now ready to start picking and beetroot is not too far off now. Today has been a cool but sunny day, a good day to get the camera out and shoot a few shots and since there is a fence or two and a bit of sky I will share them with Good Fences and Skywatch Friday 

At the moment we have broccoli, red cabbage, silverbeet, carrots, turnips, parsnips ,onions, beetroot, chilli, capsicums, peas, garlic, parsley, lettuce and rocket growing.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


Nothing beats a show of Camellias in the garden at this time of year. As my pinkish purple one finishes flowering my red/pink one takes over. This one sits right outside my front door.
Linking today with Ruby Tuesday Too

The one below has just about finished flowering now

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Donnelly River Reflections

These photos were taken on a cruise down the Donnelly River on a cold, reasonably  still morning. It meandered along a 12 klm section of the river down to the Great Southern Ocean. This section of river is only accessible by boat, a bush fire devastated the area about 4 years ago with many trees littering the riverbank.
Linking today withWeekend Reflections

Evidence of bush fires

Limestone cliffs at the mouth of the river

Cold and wet when we arrived
After morning tea at the Ocean it was back along the river for the return trip.

Thursday, 18 June 2015


Visitors to Bailingup certainly won't miss the Visitor Centre with these brightly coloured attractions on the front verandah. Bailingup has many art and craft stores and each August hosts a Medieval Carnivale. A lot of alternate lifestylers have made this town their home.
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

White Tailed Black Cockatoo's

The  orchardist in Donnybrook where I stopped in at to get some lovely fresh, straight off the tree apples and nashi pears  was probably not as enthused as I was to spot these beautiful specimens.
Linking today with Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Wildlife At Donnelly River Village

Donnelly River Village is an old timber mill town now used as holiday homes. It is a very popular spot in the Karri Forest to just get away and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. There are no TV's in the cottages, no mobile phone coverage, no internet. If someone needs to reach you they can leave a message at the General Store and it will get passed onto you. Board games are the norm in the evening rather than being glued to the TV, bush walking during the day or just sitting back with a good book.  The wildlife  roam freely around the village, visiting each cottage to see what is available for dinner.  This great spot is like a step back into the 1950's or 60's. The cottages have retained that feel, but with a few mod cons such as microwave and electric cookers. All have wood burning stoves for that snuggly winter feel. Here are a few of the animals that visited our cottage.
Linking today with Eileen's Saturday Critters

This emu headed straight for our table and tried to take a scone. The caretaker came to our rescue with a broom in hand, apparently the emus don't like the broom, maybe they think they will be turned into one.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Making Honey

I recently spent a few days down at Donnelly River which is an old timber milling town, now used as holiday homes in the forest.  The apiarist from Nannup Brook Farms had relocated his bee hives in a paddock where the marri and karri trees were in flower. We came across them removing the honey. I just had to buy a jar when I saw it on sale at the General Store. It is one of the nicest honey's I have tasted, so thick, not at all like the runny commercially produced honey. Since there is a flimsy wire fence in these photos I will link to Good Fences. The pics may be a little hazy as they smoke the bees out to collect the honey

The finished product

Some of the  local wildlife were watching us as we were watching the bee keepers.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Nannup Fence

I found this brightly painted fence in the South West town of Nannup. It certainly stands out from the crowd. What a great idea for a project.
 Linking with Good Fences