|Looking back at our house (dot in the middle), from top of 'Lone Tree Hill' where I was|
installing one of my project shelter belt plantings. There's snow on them thar hills on the top pic.
|Wall of fog across the bottom of Crabtree|
|We have had some fantastic snow days this winter. This shows the blackwood by our|
gate and surrounding bracken and sedge, transformed into fairyland.
|Our drive buried under a carpet of snow. Luke ended up having 4 school snow days.|
Bronte had 2 days when he couldn't get to work. Unfortunately, I was still able to
get to my gardens and had to work in the snow!
|Early morning view south from our upper deck. Magical.|
|Jeffreys Track in the snow. Luke and I went up in the late afternoon in the little|
Suzuki and walked up a side track. It was snowing steadily, the light was fading and it
was so still and quiet. Luke and I were thrilled.
|Looking down from goat hill to the house in falling snow.|
|At the top of our drive, with a strange snow pagoda we built.|
|Faithful Suzuki up Jeffreys Track. It had a sulky fit and refused to go any further up.|
Parking it with one wheel in the air probably didn't improve its mood.
|Another view from our deck - to the north this time. We never got tired of the snow nor|
of taking photos!
|Two little snow creatures on Bronte's car, brought down from the top of Mount|
Wellington. A couple of days' later the Pinnacle Road was closed and remained closed for
about a week.
|Part-way up - long before reaching the snow.|
|The top of Sleeping Beauty looking rather majestic.|
|The boys having ascended quite high up the mountain.|
|Josh, Luke and John reached the East-West track, which is at about|
900m elevation. To reach the summit, you need to walk further along
the track and then up a separate path. By this time though everyone
was very tired and had blistered feet.
|Tired boys on the way back down. The Huon Valley is laid out in the distance.|
|Welcome re-fuelling following the walk.|
|Shocked and stunned youngsters. They'd never seen further than the|
walls of a wooden apple bin before.
|Two-days' worth of eggs from our 12 layers. They gave up laying eggs over|
winter much to my annoyance and then suddenly went nuts.
|Before: Mountain River garden. I was digging out these old hedging shrubs for them.|
The roots were huge and went in all directions and straight down. It was a real job getting
|After: Mountain River garden. Shrubs removed.|
|Hail at Birchs Bay garden.|
|Path at Mountain River garden. The gaps in the paving and rocks at the side|
were jam-packed with weeds. I cleared them all out and filled the cracks with these
little white pebbles with which they were graveling the drive.
|Mountain River garden: this was where I grubbed out all the old hedging shrubs.|
I dug out this trench for the new hedging plants. I dug it down to the clay level.
|Inside Bronte's greenhouse. He's dug out beds, removed all the clay and filled|
them with loam and our own well-weathered compost (hay and goat poo).
|Veggie seedlings left over from planting in the Birchs Bay garden. I stuck|
these containers and installed them in Bronte's greenhouse. They are now outside in the
|Greenhouse packed with Bronte's seed trays - trees and veggies.|
|Another view of the greenhouse and car port.|
|I like this straw bale 'minion' outside a house on my route home from the|
Birchs Bay garden. For those of you who don't know, minions are the little guys from
the 'Despicable Me' films. They are quite cute and do all the bad guy's bidding.
|Murphy-Cat is still going strong. This is him sleeping right in behind the base of the|
wood heater. He squeezes right in there to get the last of the heat from the dying fire. He's
been a real heat-seeker during the cold weather, poor old thing.
|This is my poor, horribly over-loaded ute, full of rubble from some people in Moonah|
who kindly responded to my Gumtree ad asking for clean fill. Luke came with me and we
were determined to take it all and leave the area clean for them, but it meant might
back axle being at breaking point. See how squidged the back tyres are. I'm using the rubble to try
and fill huge wet holes in tracks on the farm. In particular, I need to have all year access to the
area I've got to fence as the main part of my NIGs project (for which I got the grant).
|Rubble in wet area, having made very little difference ..|
|I dropped some huge lumps of rock into one of the wet holes and they virtually disappeared.|
|Fencing in the snow. I had heck of a job getting the Suzuki up the hill in the winter|
especially when carrying posts, wire, concrete and tools.
|My finished fence. I'm very proud of it! I sourced most of the wire from a chap|
on Gumtree on the other side of Hobart. It's second hand but really good quality.
|Another view of my excellent fence - still needing a run of barbed wire along the top.|
|Water flowing down the side of the road following a particularly|
|The amazing pine tree on one of our new paddocks. Each of the branches are the|
size of a normal tree. Several of the branches rest on the ground.
|Result of a black cockatoo attack on one of our small trees up goat hill.|
They pull the branches apart to get at grubs inside.
|Cows attacking my Suzuki. They stick their heads inside, bend the wing mirrors|
and rub themselves against it. Each of them probably weighs more than the little car.
The following photos are of some of our trees in our so-called 'arboretum'. The colours are lovely in autumn now.
|Various veggies, strawberries and little trees ready to be planted out.|
|Barbed wire sculptures I rather liked at the Winterfest.|