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

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/

 

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.

I’m dreaming of a white Troopy!

Our Toyota Rav4 in summer grass

Out to pasture

It’s always been on my bucketlist to own a ‘ute’ * or a 4WD where you can sleep in the back with a swag.

So far we’ve had the swags and our trusty, but small, Rav4 ‘Buggy’. Otherwise it’s our camper trailer hailing from the 1970s, complete with dark faux-timber panelling and brown and orange striped canvas!

But since my recovery, the canvas (read mozzies*) plus putting up and down ‘the marriage tester’ camper are a no-go. It’s a 2 person job.

So we were looking around for an Avan camper trailer, which has hard sides. Then that would mean a heavier 4WD to tow it…Before we knew it, we were ringing Queensland to Tasmania!

Long story short…last Friday we bought an old, bare bones Landcruiser Troopy!! Woo hoo!!

A white 1995 Landcruiser Troopcarrier

[Photo credit: Lee on carsales.com.au]

We’ll use it for day trips and over-nighters with our camping gear in the back at first. Later on down the track, we’ll kit it out for longer road trips when I’m up to it. But nothing too soft!! Heh heh.

I’ve been scribbling lots of sketches of fit-outs on serviettes* and the backs of beer coasters! Bed here, seat along there, fridge box there. I’ve got that twinkle in my eye!

What’s that about the journey and the destination?….Both are good!!  ♦

Tag along on Daytripper Sippers for our Troopy travels.

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*ute – utility or pick-up truck

mozzies – mosquitoes

serviette – paper napkin

Photo taken 17 November 2015 with my old Canon Powershot A550

at Boambolo Rd, off Wee Jasper Rd via Yass, NSW, Australia. It leads down to a tree-lined picnic spot on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.

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.