Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Our home amongst the trees

I've just been down to our mango trees and, before the Spectacled Flying Foxes find them(!), picked a couple of ripening fruit - our first for a couple of years as last year was a very bad one for mangoes and we didn't get a single fruit from our half dozen trees.

Then I looked up the slope and thought it made a nice picture, looking at the corner of our house.  At the bottom you'll see the top of the hut for the bore pump - all our beautiful water is pumped up from a clear underground spring, just 7 metres down.

Luckily I had the camera with me but unfortunately missed getting a photo of a pair of beautiful King Parrots which I disturbed from one of the jakfruit trees.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jade Vine

Just when we thought our beautiful Jade and Flame-of-the-forest Vines were finished for the year I spotted a flash of green through the trees and found this lovely Jade Vine flower!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crazy mixed-up Malay Apples

Our Malay Apple trees don't know if they are Arthur or Martha!  The weather must have them totally confused - after a very long wet season (over four metres of rain since January) we're now in the heart of an exceedingly dry Dry season.  On this one branch you can see the pom-pom-like blossom, some tiny semi-formed fruit and a few well-formed fruit which will shortly turn bright red.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Some-one's watching me!

One of our beautiful Giant White-lipped Tree Frogs giving me the beady eye!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Magpie Geese

An unusual sound in the valley this morning - the honking of geese.  And there, flying above Stewart Creek, was a flock of Magpie Geese.  Although they are not rare birds they are certainly not a frequent sight here.  No chance to grab the camera so this is a cheating-shot off the internet!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bar-shouldered Dove

On my way to pick the last of the Lychees (after the Rainbow Lorikeets have just about stripped all the trees!) three Bar-shouldered Doves flew up into a tree, so I just managed to snap this one.  Mostly we see them foraging on the ground.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

White-necked Heron

Despite some welcome showers in the past week the wetlands-dam is now rapidly drying out, to the delight of many water-birds.  This White-necked Heron was lunching on tadpoles in the shallow water today (and we really hope they're cane-toad tadpoles!) - with the neck-markings it looks like a juvenile.


Monday, October 22, 2012


Our guests receive a daily complimentary breakfast basket, delivered to their bungalows each afternoon, but if they haven't brought any food supplies with them we have a small menu of self-cook meals.  This is a special tray I made up for folks celebrating a special anniversary - delicious wild-caught Barramundi fish (it would have to be one of the best-tasting fish in the world!), home-grown bush-lemon, mixed salad, semi-cooked jacket potatoes, my home-made carrot cake, plus a bottle of Wine Men of Gotham chardonnay.  (Total cost for two people AU$52)