Thursday, October 29, 2009

South Cape Walk

I've taken the French boys down to the Cape. The photos are in sequence, walking out. Enjoy!
Jean Baptiste and Clement
On the button grass plain

Tiny orchid

The bush on the other side of the plain
Freshwater creek
and a little bridge over it
Another creek and the tunnel of trees Temperate rainforest jungle
We arrived
Banksia and native clematis on the shore

Coalface hills Me, nearly blown off the cliff but I was hanging on like these little succulents :-)

At home, on the farm, Paul finally could get on with the work Some more flowers for you :-)
The grapes at few leaves stage.
A very nice couple decided that our farm is a good enough place to settle and start a family here :-) Tow more ducks to feed!?'s a privilege :-)
I could not find them in my bird book, so I would appreciate if any of you could tell me who they are. The male has a distinct blue beak but the body coloration is not matching the one I've found in the book. They are a bit shy but it's not below them to come with the domestic ones at feeding-time :-)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The roof is painted

Jean Baptiste and Clement painting the roof and they've finished the front side today.
We received our "eviction order" :-) 18-th of December. So countdown has started.
Just another busy week otherwise, nothing special...we've seen the sun a few times but not enough yet to drive the tractor onto the vineyard.
Second choocky mama managed to hatch ONE chick! :-) I have no idea what happened to the other eggs, why they went bad...the native birds were more successful with their first clutch, 4 new Gallinula grace our land
And some apple blossoms to send a smile to you, especially if on your part of the world winter is approaching

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The roof is on

The roof is finished, now it just have to be painted. Paul is complaining that this monkey business (climbing the trusses) is not for an old man :-)
My 4 cattle girls left for the market :-( they will be sold tomorrow. I hope they will go to good people, to a nice, lush pasture...The mothers are crying for 3-4 days...I don't like to hear it :-(
The tables in the corner are looking bare but I like their dark colour and this is just another step yet before we open fully...
Finally we had 3 days of NO rain! The soil is drying, so hopefully next week we can do something in the vineyard also.
For a cheerful ending, here are some flowers from the garden:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Bedroom walls

Paul took off the roof section above the cellar.
Looks horrible at the moment :-) This is where the 2 other bedrooms will be built.
We had a shopping trip to town (Hobart IS the town, every other place is mentioned by name :-) eg: I'm going to Geeveston, I've been to Launceston etc), hunter-gathered several tables and chairs, a rangehood, a gas cooktop, a jezzy electric oven which is 2 really, shower components, a toilet and ordered some display cases for the gallery. I'm still in the research stage with coffee machines and dishwashers but the kitchen gear is taking shape now :-)
Back to my written assignments... :-( just SIX more to write...