Easter Monday.

Busy morning with Jayne and I going to work at the Community Hall, to weed the lomandra and dianella bank. No erosion points to consider, following the floods,  with the  removal of a persistent vine the major task.

Autumn and the white cedars are showing it.


And the goanna totem tree.


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Making the most of the better weather with the rain stopping on Good Friday morning, The gardens have bounced back following the rain. Ginger and turmeric bursting above the soil.

Walked the near by valley yesterday with a visitor, to view the new riverbeds created from the flood. Water still running fast in places. The new rain forest area in Zone 1 has seen all the bangalow palm fronds and dried branches released to the ground with the bursts of strong wind we experienced here during the cyclone edge aftermath.  Easy walking too and lots to see at ground level.

Walked and by car, toured the 2 valleys and saw the flood changes. Slips, erosion points everywhere along side Wilson Creek.

Council has been busy too with a sludge with some gravel trucked in to improve the road damage. Road sides mowed too.

I am really impressed at the speed of the services.

The electric lines restored to working in 3 days. The phone line still runs across the lantana so will telephone that in the Telstra.

Poisoned Coral tree still standing.


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Come on Local Greens. Start actively supporting Herbicide Free Volunteer Groups.

In a letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Greens, including many members of the European Parliament, are calling for a ban on Glyphosate. They outline its serious health effects and the corruption involved in America and Europe in its registration for use. (It is the same in Australia).  You can read their full letter at http://extranet.greens-efa.eu/public/media/file/1/5083



Wondering what fish to purchase ?


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Rain moved south to Victoria and New Zealand.

A couple of days when the sun has stayed visible for more than half and hour. The task of drying out, clearing branches and generally beginning the garden restoration work.

Having the lower back discomfort, after twisting myself moving rocks blocking the causeway pipes, gave me a few days to take it easy and begin the down sizing of my library. I put into practice the Alexander technique of putting a couple of books under my head and laying flat on the floor for an hour. It seemed to work and yesterday was able to resume normal outside chores. Sleep too returned so am feeling well relieved.

Lil visited with news from the devastated Lismore where the streets are piled high with flood damaged property.

These beautiful fungi have appeared on a fallen Ficus branch.

After the continuous flow of water through the gardens many tamarillos and yacons have succumbed but yesterday the first yacon flower appeared.



Time for more people to read Fred Pearce’s THE NEW WILD. Pearce, a veteran environmental writer for the New Scientist, used to think invasive species were evil interlopers which set out to ruin natural eco systems. In his study he explores eco systems from the Australian outback to the Thames estuary and finds that our ideas about the balance of nature are now seriously outdated.

A few years ago Nature magazine presented a peer reviewed study that found the common morning glory vine, often seen growing profusely around old tick dipping sites in our region here, was actually detoxifying the heavily contaminated soil that remained from the chemicals used on the cattle. Still we see morning glory being poisoned as an “invasive”.

Pearce argues, with endorsement from James Lovelock, that in this era of rapid climate change and the ecological damage, the dynamism of so called alien species, which usually thrive in the niches humans have created, can help nature regenerate and provides us with a better chance of adapting to the future.

In the recent 700 mls of rain here I was grateful for the 3 Coral trees I have remaining here on my land. Preventing a massive soil land slip as the water poured off the cliffs behind, they held a steep bank intact whereas a nearby sally wattle collapse taking out the power and phone lines. Coral trees in our valleys being the target of an expensive poisoning campaign by Land-care…………….many of which will have ended up anywhere from here to the ocean following our 700 mls of rain. Leeching their poisoning agent as they go.


From Byron Chemical Free Active Volunteers.

A new French study reported today in the Guardian has shown that “Virtually all farms could significantly cut their pesticide use while still producing as much food. The research also shows chemical treatments could be cut without affecting farm profits on over three-quarters of farms.”

One of the research team, Nicolas Munier-Jolain, said “If you want real reduction in pesticide use, give the farmers the information about how to replace them. This is absolutely not the case at the moment. A large proportion of advice is provided by organisations that are both selling the pesticides and collecting the crops. I am not sure the main concern of these organisations is to reduce the amount of pesticide used.”

Read the full report   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/06/farms-could-slash-pesticide-use-without-losses-research-reveals#img-1


Read the full report   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/06/farms-could-slash-pesticide-use-without-losses-research-reveals#img-1

Exactly the same problem applies to the use of pesticides in public spaces and conservation reserves.


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Rain, rain go away.

Just for a couple of days at least. Tamarillos and rhubarb the latest to succumb to being water logged.

The next Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next forthnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 22th of April, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, not far from the Surf Club. We will be working on the South side of the Horse Track beach access, however I will walk through the middle of the site checking for Glory Lily, If you come later, please call 0478272300 to find us.


Last working bee, Saturday the 25th of March, we enjoyed the sea breeze impregnated with the sweet blossom perfume of Wattle.  We worked right onto the South boundary where  the Crownland joins Tyagarah Nature Reserve. You can see this boundary because of the sprayed Bitou Bush along it and all sprayed to the south. It was a joy to stand on the boundary and look back to see how much land we have covered on the past 7 years (5 hectares) with primary and followup work. To witness the emerging of seedlings on the sand  and their becoming trees and shrubs already flowering is to develop a relationship with the land. Yes it takes time. However a friend (Greg Park ) said the other day: “Plenty of people with leadership and great ideas, however no good ideas work without people followship“.


Jayne and Lou…………………..removing jump-seed alongside Huonbrook Road..

Previously targeted with Herbicides Our Huonbrook Herbicide-Free Active Volunteers have removed 100s of kilos of the plant.

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More rain.

Light rain continues to fall. The gardens have lost small vegetables’, like silver beet, lettuces, kales but with every loss there are strong responders. Pawpaw, pineapples, gingers, yams and sweet potatoes radiant.

White headed pigeons flying out east. Early morning.

Turmeric, ginger, galangal, sweet potatoes and yacon beginning to swell in the wet ground.


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