|We have had some lovely sunrises ... probably due to pollution ... smoke haze|
from all the wood burners probably .. we probably aren't helping!
|Autumn and winter misty mornings. I never tire of seeing the different mist|
formations in the hills and bush
|Lenticular cloud over the mountains. This weird type of cloud formation is quite|
common around here. Sometimes we get disc-shaped UFOs hanging in the sky
|Tassies only bullock team at Agfest. I love these great gentle beasts.|
They must weigh nearly a tonne each.
|Chainsaw carving at Agfest|
|Mad Mr Duck being moved in with the bunnies. Just look at those talons! Muscovies|
have webbed feet and claws - this enables them to roost rather like hens. This guy is much too fat
and heavy to fly up to a roost however.
|Bottlebrush flowering at wrong time of year.|
|Dark Mofo was a bit of a let-down this year compared to last year. However, we|
didn't go into what were probably the best exhibits as you had to pay for them. And we are
too tight to pay!
|Weird exhibit of lit bottles with faces on the ceiling which were 'weeping'|
into a dark shallow pool.
|TMAG (main museum in Hobart) glowing in the dark.|
|Typically surreal Dark Mofo exhibit.|
|We've had a lot of fires recently in an effort to tidy up the goat paddocks|
from where I've piled up browse for them to eat.
|I got the ute stuck on a bit of a hillock trying to get past the gum so that it would|
be easier to load. Tried and failed to shift it with Luke so had to give in and ask
Bronte to help. Poor ute sat there overnight looking forlorn and abandoned.
|Once it finally started raining, it didn't stop. It's only in the past few days that we've|
had a bit of dry again. Everything has been so incredibly soggy. This is Rocky Creek
|Crabtree Rivulet swollen with heavy rains.|
|More Huon News photos of Huonville under water. Shopkeepers and residents are|
now calling for levees to keep back the floodwaters. Imagine such a huge wide river
rising by 4m - hard to comprehend such a volume of water.
|Successful drainage project. Luke with his chum from down the road: Angus|
|You can see how yucky this corner of the paddock had become. The water was sheeting into|
the paddock from across the hill to the left.
|Completed channel: worked a treat.|
|Various hides, washed and drying. I've been very lax on the hide front with maybe|
30 or so awaiting attention - mix of wally, goat, sheep and rabbit.
|Bronte cleaned the glass on the wood heater and you could see|
reflections in it for the first time.
|Little burner created for cooking up small quantities of goat, bird or dog|
food, without having to use the gas burner.
|Siphoning some of my noisome fertiliser water out. Luke and Rosie enjoyed|
helping. Its made a massive difference where it's been used. Small patches of grass
are now vivid green and many times longer than the grass alongside.
|Luke, Bronte and Luke's chum Josh did the North-South trail on Mount Wellington.|
Josh is mad keen on cycling but perhaps not so experienced as Luke. Both kids fell off and
Josh was covered in bruises and scratches when they'd finished.
|More fire-starting activities during the school hols.|
|Luke and Bronte went walking on a track we'd not tried before up on Mount Wellington|
and found these unusual rock formations.
|Frosty dude kid with hen. He said the snow was giving him snow-blindness and|
insisted on wearing sunglasses even when the sun wasn't shining. I was singing to him this
morning: 'Crusty the SnowMum, is going to bite your bum ...'
Couple more kid pics. On Hobart climbing wall for a birthday party and as a little
scruff in this year's school photo.
Below is a little 15-year birthday montage for Murphy-Cat. He turned 15 on 28 June. He's doing pretty well for an old purry-cat. He still looks and feels like a sack-of-cat. But his fur is great and he seems happy and well. He does live a life of complete laziness and luxury, barely venturing outside and moving only from lap to patch of sun to heat pad to fire. When I went in for my operation in February this year, poor Murphy suffered separation anxiety and lost a load of fur. All's well again now I'm glad to say.
|Last batch of home-made preserves. This is rosehip syrup. It's lovely stuff|
- a bit like runny honey with a fragrant taste. Great with yoghurt or on toast or ice cream.
We've had a lovely amount of snow this year - although the main falls were during the school holidays when both Luke and Bronte were already at home so they didn't get any 'snow days'. Most of these pics were taken on Mount Wellington or up Jeffreys Track.
|Mrs duck is laying again which means she's always hungry. She's started visiting|
me in the garage again, come rain or shine (or snow).
|Murphy eating snow off the deck.|
We had a terrific storm which brought down a heap of trees around us. Around 5 took down power lines in the hills just above us, cutting us and 4 other houses off. Most of the Huon Valley was off for a few hours, but we got stuck without electric from the early hours of one day through to mid-afternoon the following day. It was quite fun for a time although it got to be quite a trial making food, hot drinks or even flushing the loo. Without electric we don't have water in the house as there is a pump that brings water from the rain-tanks. So we had to bring in creek water for toilet flushing and my gas burner for making tea and heating food. I even managed to rustle up a hearty pasta. Luckily I had a 20l container of creek water in the garage which we boiled for drinking water, because the water coming out the creek taps was brown owing to the run-off from the hills.
|Weird snow bobbles on native laurels up Jeffreys Track.|
|This is an imprint of my face in soft snow!|
|Lone kid. Bronte and I refused to walk any further.|