Gone! The flower beds are bare. The shrubs were young and not tough natives. There hasn’t been rain for months, and I just cannot keep watering everything. So I moved the roses – one under a tree, and the others into pots. The one under the tree may have had it. It’s in total shock! … Continue reading Bye bye plants
My neighbour Niven feeds our local birds. Now this kookaburra visits me when I put out the laundry. “Kookaburras kill snakes,” Niven said as he placed small chucks of minced meat on the wall. Kookaburras, magpies, and some others (maybe butcherbirds and plovers?) swoop down. So the idea is that if they’re around, maybe the … Continue reading Snake killer
Mike came back from golf. He called from the door. “Hey, I need your gardening gloves!” Really? Why? “Bunya Bunya, come!” In the car were these massive cones, which had fallen off a Bunya tree. Blimey, wouldn’t want one of them falling on my head. No wonder he wanted my gloves to carry them. Mike … Continue reading Bunya nuts, bush tucker
It’s so hot. I’m ready to give up on the roses, and other plants out in the open. The broms and herbs are okay, they’re all under dappled shade. This Kookaburra was on the gate as the sun was setting. I think my neighbour Niven feeds them. This Aussie sun is merciless. I mean, they … Continue reading Kookaburra, dry days
A strip of iridescent blue, grey and yellow caught my eye in the rose bush. A tree snake with a lovely yellow head was just hanging out in the sun. I would have liked to get closer to take a better picture but I don’t know anything about snakes, so I kept my distance and … Continue reading Tree snake in the rose
There was a time when I worked in London and my son was young, when seconds seemed like jewels. I would park at my local ASDA and mow a trolley down the aisles, grabbing groceries for the week: fresh for now, frozen for later. And I really mean grab, and sling, no pausing to compare … Continue reading Slow gardening
I love the early morning light. My roses had to fend for themselves last year and they didn’t do well. This year I’ve paid them more attention, feeding the soil and watering with Seasol. The kangaroos did make a meal of them during the drought 😕 but they are making a comeback!
It’s so dry now, the roos come very close, looking for things to eat. They’ve started to eat my roses. A lady who runs a nursery in Beaudesert said they’re eating everything at the moment, not just roses. I don’t mind. They can eat anything in my garden if it helps them to keep going. … Continue reading Mummy and Joey (video)
After playing piano at the Kooralbyn golf resort, I was leaving and Nea on reception said: “There’s a beautiful carpet snake just outside.” I wasn’t thrilled to hear that. It was dark, I had to get to my car and didn’t want to step on anything… “I’ll show you,” she said. There it was, on … Continue reading Sleeping carpet snake
My husband Mike is walking around the Kooralbyn Valley golf course following the Pro-Am tournament today. He was sitting on some rocks and a big roo bounced over and started eating the grass right in front of him. He said it was only about seven feet away! Mike took pix with his phone. He said … Continue reading Roo at the Pro-Am today
The Westerlies will be coming soon and I’m sure my lavender cuttings wouldn’t withstand that without some support. Found enough twigs to use. They’re planted a bit close but I really want a dense explosion of lavender going downhill along that wall! I can always prune if they are really battling each other.
Above: Hands-on internet entrepreneurs Michael Hoggett and James Lock (holding fibre-optic cable) KOORALBYN RESIDENT Michael Hoggett wanted fast and affordable internet for “the valley”, as he calls it. His company is Kooralbyn Community Broadband or KCB and its tagline is Better Internet For Everyone. KCB has been up and running for a year, even connecting … Continue reading KCB – internet heroes
I was digging the flower bed outside the wall, then this mother and baby roo stopped to graze. So I took a break. It’s great being on holiday and seeing these guys hang out.
Joanna Beckton has an eye for detail and a taste for the aesthetic. She is the owner of Savoy Truffle, a furniture company making handmade furniture to custom, here in Queensland. I know Joanna because she and her two daughters are my piano students. She is a hardworking entrepreneur, and a hands-on mother. I really … Continue reading Joanna Beckton, owner of Savoy Truffle
I went to the Beaudesert Public library to return a foodie book that Mike had borrowed. Who was standing in the foyer in all her glory, sporting a Queenslander maroon scarf around her magnificent neck? Meet Bullinda Bullguard, the robotic, cotton wool bull! Bullinda was the winner of the Technology Award, in the 2017 Archibull … Continue reading Meet Bullinda Bullguard, the robotic, cotton wool bull!
I went for a walk with Mike, and took this picture. On Facebook, my neighbour Michael said: “Monet in Oz, that photo is.” Another neighbour, Jenny, said: “Needs a bridge.” Michael said: “Exactly. Monet in Oz. No infrastructure.” Too good not to post. I have awesome neighbours.
I let this perennial Mediterranean basil go to seed because the bees love it. It doesn’t taste that nice, bitter and slightly medicinal. So I’m happy someone’s making good use of it.
The Beaudesert People’s Orchestra is ready! The Ramada resort Kooralbyn Valley said this is the biggest event they have ever hosted, in conjunction with the Scenic Rim Regional Council. It’s a free, all-day family event. Entertainment and events start from 10am, wrapping up with Fire On Water and fireworks, in beautiful Kooralbyn! Come! Jeanne and … Continue reading Fire On Water Finale, April 14 2018 Ramada resort Kooralbyn Valley
When I first arrived in Australia, watching television was an obvious way to learn about life here. I loved Landline, with all its moving stories about rural life, entrepreneurship and survival. As I become a piano teacher in the Scenic Rim, I feel very privileged to be stepping into this world, albeit in an oblique … Continue reading Teaching In The Scenic Rim
Roos are not very smart when it comes to crossing the road. We slow the car to a halt. They look at you and wait. As soon as you start up again…they decide to hop across! 🤔
Mike’s going to make Thai green curry, so I can bring some to Miles when I visit him tomorrow 😊. He sent me into the garden for lemon grass, Kaffir lime leaves and bay leaves. My lemon grass looks grown up now! No more thin baby ones.
Patrick, my 8-year-old piano student, drew a picture for me. I mean, the care that has gone into it, I am so moved. Plus they’re great drawings! Thank you Patrick! <3 His mother, Laura, sent me home with a dozen eggs from her own chooks. “The little ones are from the Bantams, they make a … Continue reading Student’s drawings and eggs from his chooks, and homemade pickle
6.15am. about to water the garden before it’s too hot. Love the morning. Here’s my first William Morris rose for Spring <3.
My husband has a favourite place to buy honey. He saved it on his GPS. We drive along a tarmac road, turn here and there. Fields as far as the eye can see. No road signs. No street lights. Eventually we get there. A few months ago a sign said: sold out back in September. … Continue reading Bush honey. Leave money in box
It’s the end of the week. I went to the garden, and there it was. What a fab feeling.
As part of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, Greg Dennis, who is the founder of 4Real Milk, opened up his robotic dairy to the public, and we checked it out today. Mike and I hopped into the car and followed our neighbour Michael (yes, another one) towards Tamrookum. We got behind a trail of cars … Continue reading 4Real Milk, drinking local
It’s sooo hot, it’s supposed to be 42 degrees here this weekend! Yesterday evening I watered down my plants, and found this guy afterwards. I was worried it got a blast of the hose, but later it fluttered off, probably with a massive headache.
This little guy had a lovely pattern on him.