This past week has been very nature filled. It’s been really glorious spotting the orchids now that the rains have really set in. The winter appears to finally be here as this week we actually had the heat on! Before Mike arrived I was wearing a tank top and shorts most days and wondered if it was going to stay in the mid 20’s for a long time. Nope!
Wesley was not feeling the huge change in weather last night. The tin roof of the house sort of amplifies the sound of the rain falling so it’s pretty loud. To him the noise along with the wind and lightning were just a bit too much! He had his mum and dad with him to cuddle to sleep. I snuck off into his bedroom to sleep alone and woke to see Mike and our wee lamb cuddling asleep at 6.30am. It was such a sweet moment to savour.
It’s been exciting out in the bush, as we’ve spotted 3 new species to us. The hairy stemmed orchid, the coastal banded orchid and a Queen of Sheba (not flowering but soon to be – pictured above). Most of the species were found in a Wandoo forest not far from the farm.
See that ant in the photos above, how unusual does it look? I’ve never seen one with its colouring before.
Wesley has been joining Mike and I together in the bush, and Tessa and I have also spent a bit of time together looking at orchids too.
Nature here is just astoundingly diverse and surprising. You never know what you’re going to see!
Pictured in this post:
- Bluebeard Orchid
- Greenbanded Orchid
- Wandoo Forest
- Strange Ant
- Hairy Stemmed Snail Orchid
- Mike hand building his new beehive boxes (he’s expanding our 5 to 20!)
- Queen of Sheba
- Multiple unopened mystery flowers/orchids
- My shoes and a large fungus nestled between them