Sunday, 11 February 2018

... to get in on the act too ...

by Simone McPherson
It appears that fifteen months have gone by since I last posted “… where on earth …” of what had been happening then on our Property in SE Queensland, Australia on Rosellas and Lorikeets, a blog that I started back in 2013 one rainy afternoon.

Now let me see, it is now 11th February 2018 and at 13:00 it is over 38 degrees Celsius on our veranda.  Let me attempt to recall events that have once again placed me at our second “new” laptop, after everything and I mean everything crashed and yes it was lost because “… I’ll do a backup tomorrow ...” And what is it that we are told about “tomorrow”?  Well its true don’t wait for “tomorrow” as it never comes.

However life is always full of hopefulness and we just have to be receptive and keep an eye out for that subtle glimpse into our futures whatever they may be. 

image through Google Search 
In my case I discovered “Neuroplasticity” giving me an explanation and an almost clarification for the way that I now feel and as I read through stories of other people as they recount their journeys to recovery; who also have suffered some sort of head injury I can now understand why I see and feel things differently in my everyday activities and I too now have a better appreciation in the way that I now interact with others.

As life continues here I can look back and discover that on the 16th of October 2016 we were delighted to invite a wonderful, hardworking Japanese girl to our home in exchange for accommodation and food we ...

... showed her a little of our life here on the Property.  “M” ended up staying in this region for eight months or so working for her Australian Visa on one of the many fruit farms in this district.  

We had a lot of fun teaching her English or ...

... should I say Australian ... 

... even exploring ...

... our own region with fresh eyes and in return we got a glimpse into her life in Japan.

In November 2016 Luigi started to be ‘Broken in’ ...

... so that he could start his life working with the cattle.  

The whole process can be a rather long course of action ...

... however having a helping hand along the way can make ...

... all those ‘baby steps’ worth the effort.

We greeted 2017 with a spate of very hot weather on the 14th of January 2017 it was still 39 degrees Celsius on the veranda at 15:30 and it continued through to February.

In March we had another semi-permanent companion come stay at the Property even though he really belongs in a landscape filled with Snow. 

Tags as he is called; is number ‘One’ daughters 12 year old dog.  After “K” finished her university degree she got a job up here in Sunny Queensland moving all the way from Canberra where it is a lot colder than here. 

So Tags became our new talisman as he is really quite old for working and the climate was not to his liking at all …

… however he was wonderful company and learnt to be a good swimmer too.

Then in May 2017 I harvested over 9kgs of Cumquats off my two lovely little trees ...

... yes I made everything you could think off that involved Cumquats – some were fantastic disasters. 

And my chili plants too decided to get in on the act, I gave away so much Sweet Chili, Ginger and Garlic sauce that I almost had a production line going.

Then in May 2017 we had a spate of very wild storms too ... wait till you hear about that ... !