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

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Two-way Troopy (Micalong Creek)

Before Christmas, we took a weekend break in the Wee Jasper Valley, about an hour from Yass or Canberra.

We stayed in a lovely cottage on Wee Jasper Station, with long views of the steep valley and the Goodradigbee River. (Photos in coming posts)

But we couldn’t play it soft all weekend with the wine and cheese. So one afternoon we headed out for a fish and, on another, for a picnic.

So, the Troopy is a dual-purpose wonder machine!

At Micalong Reserve, the creek was running very high and fast after the recent rain. We had a chat to the ranger when he came along. He told us the creek has brown trout and 3 weeks before someone had caught one about ‘yea’ long, holding his fingers  about 25 cm apart. But it was too hot, and fast, to catch anything now.

Micalong Creek, near Wee Jasper, New South Wales, Australia

Micalong tumbling along

 

Well that was ok, we’d ‘prepared one earlier’ and thoroughly enjoyed our picnic of smoked salmon cutlets with cherry tomatoes, mixed leaf salad and aioli.  ¤


 

The village of Wee Jasper (New South Wales, Australia) is located about an hour from south Canberra via Uriarra Crossing, or an hour from Yass via Wee Jasper Rd. Both roads are tarred.

Billy Grace Reserve and Micalong Creek Reserve are campgrounds in the Wee Jasper valley on Nottingham Rd. For directions and information see the Wee Jasper Reserves Trust website: 

http://weejasperreserves.com.au/visitor-info/

 

Happy New Cheers!

May Riesling 2013 from Dionysus Winery, Murrumbateman, Canberra Region, Australia

Aussie sunshine in a bottle

And a good drop it was too, fruity and sweet, to partner with a platter of ash brie, walnuts, Cheshire cheese and assorted deli meats.

What a way to celebrate!

So here’s cheers to wish you a Happy 2017! May your road be never too long when you’re weary but take you to where you least expect!

CC, the Daytripper Sipper  ¤


 

May Riesling 2013 from Dionysus Winery, Murrumbateman, Canberra region, Australia

http://www.dionysus-winery.com.au

For gourmet meats and cheese platters contact Thyme to Taste deli/cafe, 60 Comur St, Yass NSW, Australia.

https://www.facebook.com/ThymeToTaste/

Vanishing act (Lake George)

Lake George or Weereewa, by it’s Aboriginal name, is a mysterious lake!

When full it’s a wide, pancake of a lake only a metre deep on average.

But in low rainfall, it evaporates to lie as grassy sheep paddocks for many years. Fences stretch off to the muddy middle, parted only by a gently flowing creek.

It’s an on again, off again lake!

Snow storm over Lake George, New South Wales, Australia - Aug 2008

Who pulled the plug?

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It’s a local thing that everyone reminisces about “when Lake George was full”. For me that was the late 80s, before the hugging Sydney to Canberra highway was duplicated.

The waters lapped at the road bank. You could fish from near the roadside rest stops.

Then drier years followed.

Lake George struggled to get much more than the creek and muddy smears for a decade or so.

The constant rains of 2010, and then flooding in 2011, saw the windswept waters partly come back…And just as quickly vanish!

But now after our record wet winter, we have a water wonderland again! Wavelets cover the grassy paddocks. Pelicans and other water birds have returned.

Lake George from Marked Tree Rd, via Collector, NSW, Australia

Wonderful Weereewa!

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It’s not too hard to picture the lakeside resort that was once planned? Or the paddle-steamers that partied on the lake over a century ago!

So it seems, for the time being, the poor farmer has lost his paddocks!  ♦


 

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge : H2O (Evaporation)

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/h2o/

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.

‘The Running of the Sheep’ at Boorowa

THIS SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2016 will be the 20th Irish Woolfest in Boorowa.

Sheep on 'Windouran' property, Burley Griffin Way, near Harden, New South Wales, Australia

Carb loading for Sunday…

 

From the website: http://www.irishwoolfest.com.au :

‘Everyone’s heard of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona but much closer to home in Boorowa, New South Wales you can enjoy the spectacle of the “Running of the Sheep”.

Beautiful woolly Merino sheep are shepherded down the road by Farmer Ashley on his four wheel motorbike and his trusty Kelpies who leap on and off the motorbikes and on and off the sheep’s back.

A magical free country Festival with a myriad of activities including wool and Irish, children’s fun, and a fine Boutique Market displaying Food, Wine and quality crafts.

THE RUNNING OF THE SHEEP COMMENCES AT 12 NOON!!!’

Following this is a Street Parade, Irish bands, and much more. It’s always a great day and I love the feet-stomping, thigh-clapping Irish music!

See irishwoolfest.com.au for more details.  ♦


 

Boorowa is a country town in New South Wales, Australia, 328 kms SW of Sydney and 115 kms NW of Canberra.

It’s a gusher! (Yass Dam)

The wettest September day in Canberra’s records on Friday. The Yass River ran a banker and the dam filled overtop! *

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* ‘…It pelted, pelted all day long,

A-singing at its work,

Till every heart took up the song

Way out to Back-o’Bourke.

And every creek a banker ran,

And dams filled overtop;

“We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,

“If this rain doesn’t stop.”…’

 


 

[from ‘Said Hanrahan’ by Australian bush poet John O’Brien, pseudonym of Fr Patrick J. Hartigan, born in O’Connell Town, Yass, New South Wales, Australia in 1878]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Said_Hanrahan