Ruling the roos

It’s pretty fitting that Big Daddy K has been visiting our block lately! Today is Australia Day so what better than hosting half the Aussie coat of arms in our backyard!!

It’s dark right now, the wee hours, and Big Daddy K is still out there happily munching under the clothesline.

Sorry, I’d have to spotlight him to get a photo right now. He’s a big boy, I don’t want to startle him close up.

But here he is – down the front block, a couple of days ago.

Large male Eastern Grey kangaroo, in Yass Valley, Australia

Big Daddy K on da block

 

Not bothered a bit by the neighbour’s building racket.

Large male Eastern Grey kangaroo, in Yass Valley, Australia

Breakie on the hop

 

Now we know what’s been leaving the cubed calling cards on our sun lounges!  ♦

 


Photos taken with Olympus Stylus s1, Jan 2017

Garden surprises

“Spring has sprung and the grass is ris'” …although very damp and soggy! So every morning I smile through the kitchen window.

But what’s popped up in the garden with daylight?

Yesterday it was these…

Purple and yellow iris

The irises have it!

The other day it was these…

A cluster of scarlet tipped yellow bulbs.

Does anyone know what these are called?

 

But today it was these!!

The neighbours cows in our backyard.

What heifer we here?

They had broken through the wire fence to get at our longish grass!

Well, they mowed it for us, trimmed around the trees even…

Neighbour's Angus cow in our backyard

Better than a 2-stroke!

 

…and fertilised the lawn to boot!  ♦

 


Photos 1, 2 taken with tablet. Photos 3, 4 taken with Olympus Stylus s1.

Turret on turret (‘Iandra Castle’)

 

'Mt Oriel' homestead, known locally as Iandra Castle, via Greenthorpe, New South Wales, Australia

When one tower just isn’t enough.

As a youngun visiting my ‘grandparents’ I was fascinated by ‘Iandra Castle’. Iandra sort of backed onto the family sheep property between Young and Grenfell (central New South Wales) in a huge acres kind of way. I was always hoping for that country road detour to visit other rellies and a drive-by look at ‘the castle’.

A few years back we got to wander around inside ‘the castle’ on an open day! Sadly we weren’t allowed up in the turret. Can you imagine how impressive the view is from up there?  

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Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Cherry On Top’

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Photo taken with my old Canon Powershot A550

‘Mount Oriel’, commonly known as ‘Iandra Castle’, is the elaborate homestead of the Iandra property near the village of Greenethorpe, New South Wales, Australia. The first home was established from 1880 and completed in 1911 in its current form by Mr George Henry Greene MLC, an Englishman by birth connected to aristocracy. Greene bought 32,000 acres of the poor wooded country, clearing it to grow corn and wheat. He built Iandra up into a very successful enterprise and pioneered share-farming practices. He also built the village of Greenethorpe nearby, for his workers.

‘Iandra Castle’ is located on Iandra Rd, 11 kms from Greenethorpe village, NSW, Australia at 34°04′51″S 148°21′51″E.

It has open days on some long weekends throughout the year. See their website for details.

http://iandracastle.com.au/

A very Yassy Christmas!

Christmas cottage lights, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

A Christmas cottage in Yass

Every year I write a Yass-mas Carol for friends and family. I thought I would share it with you at this time of goodwill. So here tis, my carol for 2015.

“Away on a hilltop,
our crib is the best!”
says CC and The Dude
from their high country nest.

The stars in the bright sky
look down where they play.
The dudes in the country
are country to stay.

The cattle are mooing,
the rooster awakes,
but that’s all the noise
that the neighbours do make.

We love our bush garden,
looking down from on high,
so come join our peacetime
’til morning is nigh.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday! And see you in 2016…

Moving, glowing reindeer

Reindeer downunder, a long way from home

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Home among the gum trees

I was born on an acre bush block in a sea of gum trees.River gum (detail), fallen into Murrumbidgee River, Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia

Our little green fibro* cottage was at the end of a long, steep, dirt driveway. The bush surrounded our house to the front, back and left side.

We were only 10 minutes from town by car but we had only one neighbour and an outside pan toilet.

We had bee hives and native birds on the block. Our neighbour had goats, chickens and a horse or two.

As kids, we stayed outdoors most of the time and could walk to the local park at the end of the street to fish from the jetty with hand lines.

Kilaben Bay Park, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

The jetty

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After all the places I’ve lived – in country towns and villages, the bright lights of Sydney, and in Canberra suburbia – the bush has always been my home.

When I lived in the towns and cities we spent many, many hours driving in the country, and camping and walking in the bush.

Now I’m back to my roots – a new home among the gum trees.

Ironbark tree sapling planted 2014

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We live on a 2 and a bit acre block ringed by gum trees and a native garden. We have rosellas, owls and magpies nesting in our trees. Galahs, cockatoos and kookaburras visit to feed. We have an occasional possum growling in the night. Cows and sometimes kangaroos come up to our back fence.

It’s a short walk to the river at the end of our road and a short drive to the town shops.

Again my house is at the end of a long, steep driveway. But thankfully now we have an indoor toilet!  ♦

Our new ironbark tree with views to the ranges

Ironbark with a view

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* fibro – fibrous cement sheeting or cladding boards

To mark Australia Day on Monday 26th January

Christmas lights (Unplugged) 2014

Storm front at sunset, Yass Valley, New South Wales, Australia

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Here are our Christmas trees and Christmas light show … the natural way!

‘Tis the season to be hot and stormy fa la la la la, la la la la!

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To all Daytrippers and Sippers

I wish you a very bright and Merry Christmas!

Cheers! from CC

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Photo taken 1 December 2014, with my trusty old Canon PowerShot A550.

I felt like Winnie the Pooh!

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It occurred to me that the freshly mown grass under the crabapple tree was a very nice place indeed from which to view the blossoms.

The afternoon was warm, the sky very blue, and the blossoms were there just waiting to be admired.

So there was nothing for it but to lie down, face up, knees bent, hands laced together,

and ponder and wonder and mind-wander about nothing really very much at all.

It was such a glorious sight from underneath,

with the blossoms bursting overhead, ruffling white against the blue, blue sky.

And the tree hummed with bees

and smelt of happiness.  ♦

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Winnie-the-Pooh – a teddy bear character in children’s books written by A. A. Milne

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