Sunday, 1 March 2015

... I hope to do the same ...



by Simone McPherson
Last week we had some wonderful rain that swept across the landscape turning the Blue grasses a soft ocean of pale green.


… even the ‘Veined verbena’ – verbena rigida – which is a perennial herb here and classified as a “pest” of which it can be … had taken on a lovely purple hue in the late afternoon overcast light …

…the leaves on the Eucalyptus trees became a washed, soft silvery green, the bark became that wonderful colour you get when mixing Payne’s grey and Yellow ochre rich and earthy and almost a black on some of the Ironbarks.  I love walking the country after rain and seeing the colours of the cleansed countryside in all its splendour …


With the rain it gave me the opportunity to get into my little gardens … 


… I potted up some little succulents that I found …


… and planted out some bigger succulents … 


 … I also potted up some wonderful Begonias … 



… and I pruned what I had been wanting to prune for a while 

… I completely cutback the Basil as it was very much in seed, and I also received a surprise! … by the way that is not an OIL slick …. It’s a …

…. MOLASSES slick! … I got given an old drum that used to be used for molasses for cattle, and I was told by El Ranchero, that, “ …it’s empty, and if there is any left in there it will only be a couple of litres … ? “ I think he meant to say a couple of Hundred litres … so now I have a huge big drum that has been hooked up to the veranda roof and I have molasses water for the little gardens! 

… I pruned the Kaffir Lime; took the fruits off the tree and cut the Thyme back.  The Kaffir Lime leaves I cut up finely for drying … and to use later in cooking …


… the Kaffir Fruit …


… I grated and it too I will use in cooking ….

… the Thyme was stripped of its leaves and along with all the others I put them out to dry along the 'old shearers' bench in the kitchen …

… I also baked an “Egg and Bacon” pie as “ … real Men don’t eat Quiche … “ so El Ranchero tells me … and it may look more yellow than usual, that's because I use Turmeric in the egg mixture … the ‘Real Man's' egg and bacon pie will be then cut up and stored in the freezer for later …


Whilst out and about checking one of the mobs the other day



 … and not before making a ‘Pit Stop’ for Lily-pup …  




 .. and Uncle Max, the Black dog …


… we also came across this little fellow sunbathing … a Frilly-neck Lizard …

And this incredibly ‘Huge’ Snake orchid – Cymbidium suave – It would have to have been one of the largest I have seen … I would have loved to have seen it a few months back when they were all flowering … what a sight that would have been ... My Goodness!



We also came across this beautiful Old Box Eucalyptus …



 … now this splendid old tree had some markings on it …

… that I thought may have been markings from perhaps the Aboriginal Peoples who once lived in this region … I contacted my lovely friend “J” who has knowledge of these things and I emailed her some images that I took … 

The markings on the old Box tree turned out to be just a mutation in the bark … What I was told by “J” is that there are trees found throughout Australia which have had their bark removed by Aboriginal Peoples – Indigenous Australians – The bark is removed for fashioning canoes, shield and even shelters and ofcourse many of the trees were markers indicating boundaries and signs to signpost where water could be found as well as Spiritual and Ceremonial uses.

The trees are called “Scarred Trees” the bark would be removed by making deep cuts into a tree with a stone axe … 


“The area of bark removed is typically regular in shape, often with parallel sides and slightly pointed or rounded ends, and the scar usually stops above ground level. Australian native Eucalypt species such as Box and Red Gum were commonly used, and the scars remain in trees … “ from Wikipedia

 Now this marking here … I do believe was made by the ‘White fellas’ and not the ‘Black fellas’ of this country … it is a marker made back in the 1970’s indicating the Flood depths of the Dam, to which we have a boundary on the creek that feeds the Dam … El Ranchero is wondering about the 'marker' …

The story that “J” passed on to me about the ‘Scarred Trees’ I found totally intriguing and now …
… as we are out and about doing our work I have become more vigilant with what I see around me and I have become more aware of my surroundings. I have also become more respectful of “Those Unseen” who, were here long before my Forefathers were; living on and taking care of this beautiful country of which I hope to do the same ....