This past week we had so many sweet little moments savour. We’d planned a community gathering at the house to enjoy a bonfire and marshmallow roasting. 20 people came out (including kids) and enjoyed a roaring fire (on a cool windy day). There was a bit of a spread of food too – there were cookies, pastries and savoury quiche to have too.
The kids had so much fun chasing each other and enjoying little “Spud” a mix terrier that was brought along to enjoy his first outing. They also enjoyed some mammoth sized marshmallows. They were literally about 4 inches long!
Mike and Wesley and I did a drive to the coast about 20 mins away and found this Arrowsmith Spider Orchid, enjoyed a delicious lunch at the beach and then travelled onward to Lake Indoon on a dirt track. It was on this path that we came across over 200 endangered, Carnaby Cockatoo who were munching away on the bushes quite happily.
As I hopped out of the ute to take a photo, they took flight and oh my god – it was breathtaking.
There are orchids all over the place and each time I get the chance I pull over to see what’s about.
We’ve been also checking a site nearby for the Queen of Sheba orchid – and think we may have found the spot. Fingers crossed it opens soon!
Lastly, Wesley had a little friend sleep over this week and they were having a blast together. They had cots in the same room and fell asleep talking to each other. They also bust into hysterics when I took them for a drive up our bumpy, sloppy, muddy road. Since his mates gone back home, Wesley has woken each day saying “Reuben, where are you?” and searches the house for him. It’s sad, that he misses him that much! We’ll have to do it again – they were so good together.
- This month’s waxing crescent moon (it rises this way each month, this is the first time I’ve been alert enough to grab my tripod and brave the cooler temperature to get the shot).
- A tribonanthes flower (with the native bee pictured) is so fluffy it could be a teddy!
- Wesley enamoured with the tiny puppy
- Two little monkeys jumping in the spare bed
- Catspaws between my toes
- A tiny black mushroom sprouting from the sand.
- Arrowsmith Spider Orchid (opened and closed)
- Some sort of nymph bug – red and strange looking with large antennae.
This past week I’ve been working on an epically large project. The ground has been dug up to about two feet to be lined with logs and fallen timber in a process of soil regeneration called hugelkultur.
It’s a simple concept. You’re taking carbon life forms and placing them into the soil to slowly decompose beneath your garden bed. The results can have a lasting effect for up to 20 years!
The bed I’ve created was lined with logs then filled with jade cuttings and branches from around the house yard. The next layer was compost. Topping that was a huge layer of seaweed which we collected from Greenhead. The seaweed took three trips to cover the entire bed. The last few steps involve topping the green matter with the soil that was dug out, then adding a final layer of compost and hay or mulch.
My body has pulled me through this process – surprisingly with little soreness. Overall exhaustion though was at an all-time high after I singlehandedly dug out the pit! This is definitely a job for multiple people.
Wesley has particularly taken to the pit. He’s also found great joy in all the mounds he can push his little dump truck over.
Only time will tell if the soil retains moisture – we’re going to let it settle and get some more decent rains on it before moving to the stage of planting.
All in all – this has been a thrilling project. I really can’t wait to see how the veggies grow!
It’s been such a beautiful week. We are so lucky to live in an area incredibly rich in outdoor activities. We spent time at the beach, swimming at the pool, enjoying a picnic with a friend and ran amok in the yard as the sun began to set each night.
That being said – beyond our personal activities; today is an important day for the region. The Inquiry into Fracking has now closed it’s scientific submission period.
I’ve written a personal submission and also helped local group P.O.W.E.R Eneabba with their group submission as well. Many other concerned citizens across the region have also picked up pens, and participated in Lock the Gate workshops to prepare and submit for themselves. It’s encouraging to see people have hope and passion to keep on protecting this special place. A statement in the press claimed there were approximately 8,500 individual submissions received by the panel.
The loosely regulated gas industry has been causing disruption in the community since 2012 and are well poised to roll out the invasive gas wells across the region in as near as 2020.
Things are now coming to a head.
We now wait with baited breath to see what the results will be.
Here’s hoping that there are advocates for farmers, the environment and water rights amongst the policy makers sitting in office.
One way you can still help influence positive change, is to sign this petition/.
It calls on the government to impose a full ban on fracking to protect all citizens in the State of West Australia from the risks of water contamination, disruption to the local commerce, agriculture and ecology.
Can you help?