Saturday, 3 September 2016

... his first day at work ...



By Simone McPherson
As I am jotting down this post the Wattles are now in full bloom with their beautiful bright yellow bobble blossoms dancing …


  in the depths of that beautiful Cerulean blue of the endless skies that we get in our autumn months still, 


 ... we have had some rather blustery days too.  


 As I walked through the groves I could hear the hum of bees busy at work collecting as much pollen as they could before the blooms finish, with that lovely yellow pollen plastered onto their little legs.  I love to see that yellow of the Wattles framed by the Taupe colours of the winter landscape it always seems to make me smile both outwardly and inwardly …

The Hovea’s, although a lot harder to find for they seem to be ...


 ... camouflaged into the landscape are in flower too, with a hint of a purple hue 

… at a closer look, however you will find a lovely little flower whose family …


… you can almost recognise strait away, as that of the Fabaceae family … the Pea family of plants, and this little one is Hovea – graniticola – and a  ‘Native’ plant predominantly growing in this particular region …


 I am even, starting to find the tiny winy little Early Nancy’s – Wurmbea biglandulose - that are beginning to pop their little heads up through the forest floors. This tiny group of flowering plants who are no bigger than your thumbnail and no taller than 3-4cms are from the Family - Monocots … meaning that they have a single leaf as they begin to sprout unlike for an example a pea or a sunflower.   If you were to sprout a pea or a sunflower you would get two leaves coming up from the seed … this little group belongs to those of the grass family with one leaf steam coming through …


 We are still gloating …


 Even revelling to the point of being ...



… totally delighted with all that rain that fell over those two days last week … 


 … and the creeks are still whispering to us as the water now meanders down the creeks, unlike the great gushing that we witnessed earlier on in the past week …


 Though it has given a new lease of life to the Natural world …


 … all the animals too are now full of beans … when we went out to feed the Bulls …


… first having to move the feeders as the ground was too boggy …



 … as Maxi and Lily pup kept an eye out as those Bulls can be very dangerous for they are very large strong animals that fight all the time; as they come up for their Breaky … 


 … so much so that Maxi and Lily pup have to teach them some manners in the ‘Art’ of waiting which is not high in their priorities of mannerisms


…. As they all jostle for the best position in the feeder …


 The ‘first year calvers’ too are looking fabulous and happy with their life and routine now …


 I have even come across the Fallow deer ...


... who we share our property with unperturbed as we come across them in the Bush having a mid-day nap …


… as well as some Pretty face – wallabies who have been busy grazing on all those new grass shoots …


 As the ground is now so wonderfully soft it has been a good time to get some digging done for posts and gateways …


… on one morning of digging holes, Luigi appeared out of the Bush to say ‘Hello’ with Blondie close behind …



… he is looking very well though a little woolly as he is still wearing his winter coat, he did ask us when he will be going to work with Rocky and we reminded him that it will be in the coming New Year, Luigi said he was looking forward to his first day at work and so are we, especially El Ranchero as he has great aspirations for Luigi as a working horse in this hard country of rocks, rivens and gullies …