Our slice of Heaven is a gentle sloping 3 acre block nestled between 2 national parks and the Maclay River flowing just to the left of the Villiage, Bellbrook.We have named it Lavender hill although there's no lavender growing there yet. 3 Jacaranda trees stand guard by the front gate,one day they will drop a carpet of purple flowers. Gaint mondo grass with purple berries and heaps of agapanthus amongst palms and tree ferns. A sprinkle of orange clivia flowers.
A hedge of Murrayas smells sweet of orange blossoms. Oneday the three ficus (Fig) trees will grow tall giving shade and food to many birds. A Vibrunum hedge (below) will one day be covered in tiny white flowers, in spring it will get a light trim taming it into a wide hedge.
Folks are real friendly and always willing to lend a hand, something you just don't find in the cities anymore. Pop 160.We're just a hours drive to the closest beach, so why not have the best of both worlds. We have a old pub, a doctor, a trading store, a school with 40 kids+- and a resident cop.A few cabin for hire, a favorite with canoeists and folk just wanting to enjoy the fresh mountain air. Life's good "Up Rivier"
At night you can see the milkyway clearly, a million stars light up the paddock fringed with large gum trees.A Tawny frogmouth owl visits in a tree close waiting for his meal. Not put off by the wood fire burning to keep us warm drinking a hot chocolate before turning in.Home away from home is a old caravan painted purple, just for the hell of it, ask folks they all know where the purple caravan is.
Maybe oneday there will be a stone cottage standing there, with a cottage green roof, matching the post and rail fence, a veggie garden able to feed us with organic veggies. A barnstyled chookhouse for my hens and a sheep shelter for when new lambs are born. Daisy the goat, will rule by then if given half a chance.
Retirement bring it on.
Until next time
From my Journal:
Just spend nearly 5 weeks at L/hill, weather getting cooler at night but the night sky is wonderful. You can see the milkyway while a tawny frog mouth is doing his thing, possums having a good scrap somewhere. With a few citronella torches and candles in lanterns burning, it looks very bohemian. Half expecting a Gypsy Romeo to come around the corner.
Got plans to build a outside bread/pizza oven to bake fresh bread , smothered with semi sundried tomatoes and olives ..... can't you smell it I'm looking forward to sitting under the grape covered pergola eating pizza (and drinking wine) by myself, just got to get the pergola and pizza oven .....
The kids joined us for the easter break which was just lovely. Cobi caught his first fish with his new little fishing rod, and watched a turtle swimming down by the bridge. The dogs swam circles with George in the river while aboriginal kids splashed around. what a live of country kids .....
Found 3/5 pairs of Aus wooded duck pairs nesting in the trees nearby. The old applebox tree seems to be their favorite tree. Found a pair of Tawny mothfrogs cuddled up on a branch next to a tree trunk catching the morning sun fast asleep.
Maggie the magpie has recovered from her sour leg and has taken up her place on the breakfast table again (we share cereal and anything else going) not sure how she will feel about the cats moving in one day ....
Discovered a spotted pardalote made it's nest in my mountain ofgarden soil I had trucked in. They normally use river banks to dig a long horizantal tunnel and then hollow out a breeding nest, then lined with nest with soft feathers. No it's not a snake hole we saw the birds flying in and out. incubation period 14 days. .....
Planted the vibrunum hedge got pretty white flowers, saw one when we visited Mother Earth nursery at Kenthurst, Sydney and decided I need one just like that. Set up the pond and waterfall with it's solar pump, just have to get a solar panel ........ soon