Present work-site. Fantastic working weather coinciding with September 1. Goanna’s and snakes are making their presence felt and with 2 recently purchased pullets it is an alert time until they learn. Swallows and bower birds very busy.
Cool during the night still.
The slashed and layered lantana …….. into which we are transplanting red cedar seedlings that we find along-side our walking track. Already thirty moved and more to come. They transplant happily if watered for a week. Thistle is plentiful as is the corky passion vine.
Stephen is my Tuesday worker and has adapted so well to the conditions here. Its hard labor and soon we will have to start at day break to avoid the heat. Lots of water and mandarins.
First photos i have posted from the Fujifilm camera. An exercise still challenging my patience adapting to Windows 10.
And with the debate on euthanasia fermenting here in Australia, an interesting read.
Nice to wake up to a dry day. Spent the morning spotting re growth in my first ever zone of regeneration, way back in 1994. This is the new canopy. Busy week just past. Visitors and rain and cooking.
Rereading too, William Burrough’s “Junky”, insight into addiction and then of course my book of the year, Don Watson’s, ‘The Bush’. Today I learnt that the tributary of the Richmond River, named after the Duke of Richmond, was Wilson’s Creek, named after the first family that set up here, the matriarch arriving on a raft with a dairy cow and it is believed, the first Lantana plants which now cover thousands of hectares.
At last the cooler weather and garden maintenance well up to scratch, we ventured back into the border of the emerging rain-forest and the lantana line. Hard physical labour and after 2 hours of slashing we retreated to less energy tasks of pulling sapling lantana, all very satisfying.
While working this morning I recalled Don Watson in his fascinating book…”THE BUSH” when he tells of a Gippsland pioneer named Holmes who said no work required more endurance than ‘swinging a five pound in weight, axe from daylight to dusk, scrubbing down in drizzle, rain or heat”. They called it scrub in those days, even when the top tier of the forest reached 100 metres. Our work is less taxing and as far as working from dawn to dusk, well I manage 4 hours at my best and that is slashing, pulling and layering the much thinner lantana.
But I do agree when the same Mr Holmes spoke of the exhilaration: every day spent in opening up the bush”. I feel a similar exhilaration when I look over at our efforts and see the emerging rain-forest from an area slashed a year or two before.
The rain began as soon as we had walked/climbed to the boundary of Night-cap National Park and had returned to shelter. Through new growth, a mix of rain-forest species following lantana layering and mulching 8 years ago, to a bangalow palm forest. The photos are of our summer regeneration work-site. It will be fun and cool.