Campfire, community gathering.

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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.

Also pictured:

  • 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.

Help Ban Fracking in Western Australia

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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?

Lesuere National Park – Western Australia

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Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 7.28.00 amScreen Shot 2017-11-16 at 7.28.14 amScreen Shot 2017-11-16 at 7.28.27 amScreen Shot 2017-11-16 at 7.28.54 amIt’s no secret that Lesuere National Park is a place that I love dearly.  It’s 2.5 hours North of Perth and only a 15 minute drive to the ocean front town of Jurien Bay.  The park is sprawling, vast and incredibly beautiful as it stretches across 272.4 km² of conserved land.

We are lucky to live only a 25 minute drive from the park.  Which means I get to see it often!

I’ve only just scratched the surface and stayed on the marked trails or along the edge of the lazy 14km road that takes drivers on a slow moving tour of the landscape.

This past Sunday I ducked out alone, to savour some time in the bush completely without distraction.  It comforting to know this place is protected with a Class A conservation status (it’s been protected since 1976).  People will be able to enjoy it’s natural wonders for decades to come!

The full moon shines on us.

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It’s dusk and Wesley is sleeping soundly (for now) tucked into bed.  There is a brilliant light that catches my eye as I turn to face the kitchen.  The moon is looming over the horizon, fat and swollen – it’s gigantic and rising quickly!  I stand still beneath the gumtrees and admire it.

I love seeing the face of the moon, it’s so beautiful.

The August Wrap Up.

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There has been plenty of elbow grease ignited scrubbing glass and cleaning the fly mesh on windows, floors, prepping walls for fresh coats of paint – all the while chasing, playing and splashing around with our darling little Wes.

Right, here is the list of memories before I forget!

  1. Wesley boldly running at the ocean, and I trying to keep one hand on him while he became soaks and covered in sand.  He was stripped to nothing and continued to enjoy the warm, salty, frothy water for another 10 mins before we called it day.  He was obsessed.  We’re investigating swimming lesson’s pronto.  There is a pool in town and as the weather continues to heat up over the next month – he will be definitely getting some practice.
  2. A massive wedge tailed eagle was about 3 feet from my head.  Funny enough, mere moments before it happened I said to myself – I would love to see one of these eagles much closer than I’ve ever been *usually it’s at a great distance and through the lens of my camera.  This bird was flying just above my right side view mirror and I actually was breath taken.  I could see under it’s breast and beak and in the split second that I actually was looking (my eyes had to go back to the road) I took in the under span of it’s wings.  It was truly incredible.
  3. Wesley grinning with flies stuck in his teeth on account of eating them like they are raisins.  I laugh and gag… He keeps finding them!  He also keeps sampling sheep poop as if it’s a treat.  *I shudder when he offers me them too.  Nah mate, I’m alright!
  4. The thousands upon thousands of blue/black wasps that were in the air yesterday afternoon.  I drove a short while up the road and they were popping off the front window glass.  So much that I pulled over to see what it was I was inadvertently killing.  About 10 minutes later they were completely gone.
  5. The soft call of an owl at three am this morning.  It roused me from a rather odd dream and at first I thought it was Wesley calling for me.  I soon realised it was an owl, and crept onto the porch.  From three am to five am it called out, a beautiful sound in the dark along with one frog and some crickets.  The sky too was glowing with the clarity of millions of stars.  Gosh I’ve got to set up my tripod when it arrives and show you what I mean.
  6. A procession of blue tongue lizards lining the roads as I drove to Perth two weeks ago.  It was almost as if they were out to say hello.  There have been a few teeny tiny ones as well which look like they might have only just been born.
  7. We’ve been out to this really beautiful spot called three little springs with a large portion of the community for a remote picnic.  There were fresh yabbies, pastries, salads and even coffee and tea was provided from a billy can cooking session.  There were plenty of kids, and Wesley powered through the entire day playing in the dirt.  At one point all the older kids crowded around him to play in the sand with them.  In return he stole one boys cookies and ignore their efforts to connect.  He was in the sand play zone!  It’s meant to be an event that reoccurs every 6 weeks and it’s honestly so good.  We saw some many old friends and were introduced to some new faces too, though technically we’re new…but old.
  8. Another Wesley moment – I wish I’d had a camera for it.  He was gently holding Tessa’s bear *she’s made a collection of impressive bears and keeps them in her living room – and as we were distracted talking, I caught him out of the corner of my eye illuminated by the golden afternoon sun.  He was backlit, and pulled the bear close to his chest and snuggled it.  Then he gave it the softest, sweetest little kiss.  He’s just beautifully kind hearted.
  9. Climbing into bed after the sheets have dried in the hot sun.  The smell is so relaxing and comforting – those simple pleasures…
  10. The wildflowers are late this season due to very late rains.  There have been a few orchids spotted and plenty of insects are buzzing about pollinating their little hearts out!
  11. The last and most important of all – Wesley has been sleeping through the night for 1.5 weeks.  We are both soaking up the joys of sleeping for long periods of time!  It has been literally life changing.

In about a month we’ll be hosting Mike’s brother Rayden and his sister Stacey for a week and hopefully we’ll have finished some of the major projects built or nearing completion before they arrive.

Rayden had been here a few years back and it’s Stacey’s first time in Western Australia from Melbourne.

We all can’t wait to see them and show them the area.  Wesley is keen to see his Aunt and Uncle – and decide which is ultimately his favourite, ever!  Haha the race will be on!