I had a wonderful day assisting one of the landowners in the Cambanoora Gorge to plant some native trees at the edge of her property. Peace Valley supplied a mix of trees all grown from local seed including Hoop Pine, Silky Oak and Common Acacia. We had a day of laughter and work combined with sun, shade and rain intersperced through the day. Then a herd of cows came through to complicate matters, showing us the urgent need to put up strong protection for each tree we planted!
Thanks to Hans, Barbara and Peter who supplied composting worms for Peace Valley. For a start they are housed in a ceramic garden pot. As it fills another pot will be placed on top. This worked for me in Germany and the idea should function here too! The compost from worm farms is very good for the garden.
On Sunday two groups of visitors arrived, Barbara, Peter, Wes and Hans, a local farming family and Beryl from Bushcare with her friend Jenny from Brisbane. We had a lovely day exploring Bindarrabi, talking about the Peace Valley project and had a great meal together. In true community spirit we all pitched in with home made Swiss bread, salad from the garden, soup and cheese. I was so busy enjoying the day that I didn't take photos, so please enjoy this local flower instead!
Susanne arrived to visit Bindarrabi with the Brisbane Naturalists and instead of heading off walking into the bush to explore the local wildlife, she joined me at Peace Valley for two days. We tidied, mulched, repotted, set cuttings and erected the shade cloth frame over the garden. The weather was perfect, shade when we needed it, rain exactly on time and sun always peeping out to make everything sparkle. We had no agenda, enjoyed working (or should I say playing!), preparing food, and eating together.
A wonderful synchronicity occurred when Steve was here with his Bobcat with some time on his hands. I took immediate advantage and asked him to come over to Peace Valley and dig a drainage ditch at the back of the camp. He did, in a short 30 minutes, what would have taken days manually. The camp sits in a flood area so some drainage was imperative. Every time it rained heavily the camp got soaked, not anymore as the water can swing past the camp and drain harmlessly into Bladygrass at the side of the camp
Andrew, Ulla and Mike spent time at Peace Valley bringing their energy, friendship and many gifts. It's been a pleasure to have them here and we were very busy. Some of the jobs we shared were planting tomatoes, arrowroot and yacon, repairing the camp kitchen roof, starting to lay the Yurt floor, erect the frame for grapes and shade for the vegetable garden and preparing the new drink water tank for use. They all left inspired and I am deeply grateful for their contribution to the project
A family of yellow tailed blacks have been visiting the camp over the last few days. They have a beautifully wild cry. Their diet includes large grubs found deep inside small eucalyptus trees or bigger branches. To get to the grubs the birds chew the wood causing trees to weaken and later break and fall at the weak point. The moral of this story pitch your tent out in the open!
Over the last few nights sleep has been made difficult by the noisy calling and playing of this opossum here at the camp. This means we'll have to keep everything shut away in cupboards or risk breakages! Also he ate all the baby lettuces so more security is needed for the garden as well.. When I went out to take this photo he was so unused to the presence of humans he had no fear, only curiosity.
After much deliberation and checking out of options Peace Valley bought a 20ft container from Boonah Carrying. They were straight and very efficient about both sale and delivery. However although we had placed and levelled tree stumps to place it on we’d forgotten that the slope of the terrain would effect the deliver truck too. He wasn’t able to place it precisely so we were kept busy after he left using jacks to level it. The container will double as a storeroom and office