Show Grins

Hmmm this is the pronunciation of the Sjogren’s.
Today I had enough of the crazy way my eyes have been..dry gritty always sore and now my mouth is too..went back to the Doc and had a chat…he said considering the history I have with my arthritis and some other factors it was best to check my bloods..he said I may have Sjogren’s…awesome..
I headed up and had my bloods done and go back Monday for the results…I must say reading up on it seems to be very similar..whatever it is I wish my eyes felt better…i am struggling to read and taking photo’s is pretty irritating..
So if SHOWGRINS it is then I hope I can get some relief for my eyes…urghhh..

When things seem so long ago

Trying to clear some of my pics..some 17 thousand or so…arghhhh
I came across some shots from an old Olympus camera not the best shots but they show the things I used to see and now it seems like an eternity ago…when it is not yet three years…time and life march on..we miss some things..but then we embrace some new things..i may not have the Dogwoods..or the Rhododenorons any more or the gazebo where the King Parrots used to visit..but that was then and this is now…and who knows what tomorrow brings ­čÖé

White Dogwood

White Dogwood


View of the Dogwood from our upper level loungeroom

View of the Dogwood from our upper level loungeroom


Looking out the same window..Dogwood and the pink Dogwood also

Looking out the same window..Dogwood and the pink Dogwood also


The Gazeo where the pups used to lie and enjoy the King Parrots

The Gazeo where the pups used to lie and enjoy the King Parrots

Who said we can’t get along just because we are different

Who made the rules about who we should get along with…who decided that certain species don’t get along…isn’t life about learning for yourself who you will get along with and what relationship you will have with them…I defer to the smartness of animals..who decide for themselves without prejudice or mistaken labels and bigotry …these creatures we take for granted so often show a far superior knowledge of how to conduct yourself in a world of difference.

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


 

Sweet sights that lift the spirit

Before I headed out today I was feeling a bit blah┬á still…I had to go to the shops and was really lacking the motivation….so I grabbed my camera and left the house..i went to the car popped my handbag inside then went walkies..it was a lovely Autumn day today and as I started to wend my way down the path I already felt a bit more invigorated…there where birds everywhere chipping chirping and flying about..so busy so intent on their daily routines I envy their freedoms ..imagine being able to fly….

So after stopping now and then to try and grab snaps of the birds I continued on..the mosses and grasses are making their comeback and I can’t wait for the little native Sundews…tiny little carnivorous plants that dot the path to the dam and seemingly all at once bloom with gorgeous white flowers atop their little sticky spiny stalks.. this is one of my favourite seasons..when the dry dust and endless grey/green of summer, ┬áleaves and rewards the earth with colour..the Chocolate lilies..ironically purple..will cover the entire property and grow to waist height…

I get to the top of the hill..mind wandering to the seasons change and spot my Ketchup mob in the paddock that adjoins our property line…they had been for breakfast in our front yard this morning then moved to the neighbours and now were sunbathing and grazing in the lower paddock…our sheep watching on and the neighbours horses happily grazing in with them…harmony of different species says a lot for the human race I think..

I sat down and they became aware of me…they were not that fazed..they have seen me many times and I pose no threat..so there I was..on the grassy ground..sitting on roo poo and near a fox bolt in the sunshine just me and the sheep and the roos and the horses..hills ..fluffy clouds of shale grey and white…..birds swooping and diving in the dam…I had arrived..i was at my motivation..right there on the hill …this is all I need to refresh my body and soul..grounded in the best possible way..

Enjoy a little peek into my world..and bigify as the joey is just the most sweet little thing and he just kept wanting to ┬áget out..this is why I believe I live in the best country in the world..how lucky am I ­čÖé

 

Happy little family with an attempted escape!

Happy little family with an attempted escape!

The miniature pony that shares the paddock with the big horse and the roos

The miniature pony that shares the paddock with the big horse and the roos

How we respect our wildlife visitors

 

Living in a rural area is a blessing…as a nature lover and an owner of domestic animals it is up to us to make sure that the two live in a respectful way.

We didn’t move to the country to urbanise our lives nor did we move here to intrude on the natural environment around us.

We certainly had a culture shock when we moved..yes we had 11 acres of land surrounding us and we knew we would have wildlife…and within the first 10 minutes of me waiting for the keys to our new home the dogs and I met the locals….a mob of roos..the dogs were beside themselves..they had never seen anything like this before..the roos …well they seemed bemused..and as they took off across our front yard the realisation of the work we had to do was abundantly clear!

The 11 acres is fenced..but the house had no yard of it’s own..this was the first priority..we set about the house yard fencing..farm fencing typical of the area..with wire strands and chicken wire.

This gave the dogs an area to wander safely..within a week we had our first snake..this was bailed up by one of the dogs and one of the cats..right on the other side of the new fence!

Again another reality check…since this snake mesh has been put on the bottom and yet still a baby Eastern Brown managed this year to get through and we had an Emergency trip to the vet with Forrest..

We have seen Forrest when he sees the roos..he runs..he jumps…and he could clearly as a bigger dog leap that fence..so we are mid Paling fence erection ..the entire back half of the house yard will be high paling fence with snake mesh at the bottom…this will keep the dogs safe..you see when I go out they are inside the house..so for the last nearly 3 years we only go out for shorter periods of time…money and time required to get the fence finished has been tough with kids getting married and life in general..my point is though we chose to move..we are responsible for not only our pets but the wildlife that we share our home with.

Dogs can be killed by roos..there are fines for allowing your domestic pets to threaten any wildlife ..if your dogs get out and are caught on someones property with their livestock they can legally shoot them..so we are very mindful of the balance of domestic and wild creatures.

Even our fencing around the property we are careful with…roos can jump! and they jump high..but joeys out of pouch often cannot..you see if they jump and can’t quite make it they hang from the fencing..so how to solve this…we have old areas of fencing with barbed wire..these fences we left in place because there are ample areas for joeys to get under or through the strands on it , the majority of the fencing is wire strands without barbed wire…when we did the fencing for the paddocks we made sure some areas had spots to get under…so far we have had no problems..

A stressed roo is likely to have the highest chance of panicking and hitting a fence..so we don’t stress the roos..if they are out the front for a visit I put the dogs in the laundry on their beds…this gives the roos a chance to graze and move on as they wish…we walk the dogs on lead ALL the time…this ensures no chasing….no running in to a bush where a snake may be…we do play off lead with their toys ..this we do after checking for roos..and we always have treats for a quick recall.

Life is a balance..we love nature and as long as we do our part the balance will work..we have 40 different species of birds plus┬álizards,skinks,snakes,sugar gliders,possums,rabbits,foxes,legless lizards,roos,echidnas, scorpions, gekkoes, butterflies, grasshoppers ,ducks,tortoises,yabbies and a multitude of insects..we also have two dogs four cats and three sheep….

We certainly have learnt a lot about respect since we bought our property nearly three years ago….

I hope we are blessed with our wildlife friends for many years to come.

Yesterday mornings young mob visits

Yesterday mornings young mob visits

Mum close by

Mum close by

 

Watching the ones over the fence

Watching the ones over the fence

Boomer watches me..i am on the verandah

Boomer watches me..i am on the verandah

This roo goes through the wires instead of jumping

This roo goes through the wires instead of jumping

Mum has an itch

Mum has an itch