Working the land made easy

Well getting an excavator in with a wonderful man attached was the best thing we have done in a long time, this has reduced what was easily a years worth of work maybe longer into two days!!

Since we have limited time between stinking hot summers burn off restrictions and then the wet winters..we seem to have a small window of opportunity in which to carry out work on the property.

While we had the guy in to do the post holes for the back part of the fence we got him to also clear the rushes and Gorse from around the dam…they were spreading..very invasive and also they are a place for bunnies to make burrows..i think bunnies are cute but the damage they do here is really pretty bad…

The first day was the post holes and clearing an area for gates ..we needed this as top priority for the animals..no way on earth could even the petrol posthole digger have done this..the ground was like concrete and actually looked like cement mix when it came up…bedrock…

This machine even lifted a few times during the process..no wonder dynamite was used to look for gold..which by the way we found none!

The next day Peter returned..with his machine…off he went down to the dam…now I am no ten pound weakling I work on fencing use mattocks shovels the whole shebang and of course Hubby is no slacker either…but these rushes have roots to China and are next to impossible to get out..we have tried..nearly killed us..but a lack of ready funds meant we gave it a shot..i did manage to hack some down to next to nothing and poison them but they came back up..and in summer I won’t go near them due to snakes and the fact they have damn sharp edges and go through my overalls like darts!

Anywho Peter headed down about 9.30am and by 11.30 when I came down with a coffee and some fresh scones with jam I almost didn’t recognise the area..amazing…

So by 12.30 he had finished..he showed me the top where during the floods just a year prior to us buying the house the dam had overflowed..i can not imagine the whole gully being under water but it must have been..so we will get him back and he will pack the top and get rid of the extra rushes further down the paddocks….it may have taken time to get the money together but it has been well worth it and from what I can gather after conversations with others here the price was really good…the only problem is he lives just down the highway and was telling me his Suffolks are in lamb…oh dear……Hubby said NO!! but wee lambies!!!!!

This is our 'soil'..looks like concrete mix

This is our ‘soil’..looks like concrete mix

The dam three years ago when we moved in these rushes had grown to three times the size since and the water has dropped to much lower levels also

The dam three years ago when we moved in these rushes had grown to three times the size since and the water has dropped to much lower levels also


Forrest wondering where all the rushes and gorse have  gone

Forrest wondering where all the rushes and gorse have gone


Any work requires investigating and of course a swim

Any work requires investigating and of course a swim


The top right side of this is where the dam flooded over..hard to imagine such water

The top right side of this is where the dam flooded over..hard to imagine such water


In the foreground the dead wattles and gorse have been removed..we will replace with less invasive species for the birds

In the foreground the dead wattles and gorse have been removed..we will replace with less invasive species for the birds


Bindi the excavator drivers Jack Russel investigating a bunny hole

Bindi the excavator drivers Jack Russel investigating a bunny hole


The boys investigating where Bindi had been

The boys investigating where Bindi had been


And so winter starts

And so winter starts


Day Two and Bindi takes a break

Day Two and Bindi takes a break


Have never seen this colour in a toadstool before

Have never seen this colour in a toadstool before


 

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20 thoughts on “Working the land made easy

  1. Please send the wonderful man with his excavator to me too :o) We have to build a new fence and our soil is nearle the same as yours (bet it’s imported soil, either yours or ours hehe) and I bet that’s a magic toadstool…

    • Hahahaha I will and he will bring 15 year old Bindi and she can scare off any game 🙂 yes soil is a poor choice of words for the crappola we have! and that toadstool may indeed be magical…hope Bacon doesn’t sniff it out 😉 hugs Fozziemum xx

  2. You have cement soil, we have clay soil and rocksrocksrocks. You have gorse and rushes, we have honeysuckle, multiflora rose (non-natives), and poison ivy…the things nature throws in our way eh?

  3. So much untamed beauty around you there Bev. I can only imagine what it’s going to look like where you’re finished. I bet the Roos enjoy that dam as well and think of all the birds and wildlife that is going to enjoy their visits after you’ve made it ‘home’ for them. Great job and well deserved rest for sure. Stunning shots as usual hon. I haven’t seen a toadstool with that colour as well. It always tells me it might be poisonous. Who knows? Thanks for sharing sweetness. 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥ ❤

    • Oh it most likely is poison hahaa 🙂 the poor roos probably wonder why we took their hidey spots away and the little birds are most likely not happy..they can move just a bit further around until we put the right native species in for them 🙂 now we need to burn this all off…..ah the joys 😉 thanks for the lovely comments sweets hugs and loves Bev xxxx ❤ ❤

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