HOME (and other adventures part 3)

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Ugh who has been speeding up time huh? Fess up!! Who did it?? Things have been nuts recently. I’ve hardly had time to scratch my butt lately (and there’s always time for that!). Lemme just get you up to speed on the past then we can talk about the future!

Had a really neat afternoon 2 days ago. the duckies showed me that they’re not dumdums afterall and that they’ve learned how to use the feeders I made! I do however need to make more because it caused a massive fight between Joan and Maisie. The blackbirds seem to have gone but they’ve now been replace by two pairs of galahs. And I think they frighten the ducks! The night before the feeder night I was watching them eat dinner when a galah flew up into the big tree near their pen and squawked and all 4 ducks froze, got their hackles up and stopped eating. Their morning behaviour has also changed in that they don’t want to eat and just want to get the hell out of their pen so I’ve stopped ground feeding them the grain mix (only veg) and just topping up the feeders. Hopefully that will encourage the galahs to bugger off as they’re too short to reach the feeders (haha!)

This is what the feeders look like:

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It’s adapted from an idea someone online had for a water feeder that wouldn’t get mucky and just allows the duck to put their head in to drink (cuz the ducks are mucky drinkers). I haven’t had a chance to get to bunnings to make the Y pipe food feeders but that’s on my to do list for the weekend. I love watching them eat and drink, interesting to see the power plays. The Count picks on Maisie and Joan but not The Snow Queen. Maisie picks on Joan but avoids The Snow Queen and the Count. The Snow Queen does whatever she wants but doesn’t pick on anyone. And they all make the cutest trilling and chuffing noises when they see me coming to feed them. Warms the cockles of my heart it does. Not sure if I can upload video to WordPress but I also caught them having a Sunday bath and took some video of it. If I can work it out I’ll share it with you.

So I’ve had the greatest cold snap in 40 years with temps down to -8, had rainmageddon and been flooded in so what else next… why fires of course! My next door neighbour had a grassfire the other weekend. The sun was going down and I could see an orange glow coming from their property so I raced out to my hill that overlooks theirs and I could see the fireline creeping towards my place. And no one around! The fire wasn’t raging or anything just slowly creeping towards my place and my mind was racing on what the hell to do or who to call. Just as I was about to go and call the local SES someone drove up to the fireline so I breathed a sigh of relief at that one. Not sure if it was a back burn or just a grassfire but will find out soon.

I’ve been having weekend expeditions around my place and they’ve turned into scavenger hunts. I’ve found a massive roll of chicken wire, a smaller roll of grid wire, fencing wire and barbed wire. All sorts of construction materials including clean lengths of wood, some corrugated iron sheets and 2 weeks ago I found some explosives! Yep in the middle of one of the pine forests there were 3 coils of detonating cord sitting in a crater. I’m assuming they were blowing up a treestump for some reason that is beyond me considering it’s in the middle of a pine plantation (and the tree looks like it was a gum of some sort).

On my expeditions I’ve also been playing a mental game of Spot the Wildlife. My very first expedition to the river I ticked off a platypus! So nice to know that they’re in my river and even more amazing to see one in the wild instead of the zoo. On the explosives expedition I saw an echidna rooting around in the undergrowth. I stood very quietly so as not to frighten it into a ball and it just happily went about it’s business for a minute or two before wandering off. I see kangaroos and wallabies every day so they don’t count. Have only seen dead wombats by the side of the road so will add it to the check list when I see a wild one.

Had a bit of a lazy weekend last weekend and couch potatoed Saturday away and Sunday was out mulching the front garden beds and met one of the people down the road who was travelling to the weekenders to help out with some concreting. He stopped in to introduce himself which was really nice. Slowly getting to meet my neighbours. It seems like a great little community.

So that’s you mostly up to date on stuff n things. Next up I’ll start laying out my plans for the place. Of which I have so many my head is practically bursting! Every time I walk around the property I get more and more ideas.

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