Moving in

Shan and Shane Joyce

Image courtesy of The Australian Women's Weekly

The time had come then to move on and back to Dukes Plain (which we are leasing for the next five years to continue our beef cattle enterprise), to prepare for the big move. During this time we are living in an ever-increasing forest of packing crates, and I find myself wanting to reference something or other from our library, only to realise that the books are securely packed away!

January 24 the removalist arrives, and I along with a friend have been dispatched to the new farm, complete with another load of trees, and more Soil Activator, to prepare for the arrival of our possessions on 25 January.

It is now January 28, 2014 and we have installed our Radionic Field Broadcaster, an Atreorg (an atmospheric reorganiser....the atmosphere is disorganised due to many factors and the atreorg is a radionic device to reorganise and help with proper cloud formation), and an Ether Toner (from the work of Wilhelm Reicht, another rain making device with helps work in the ethers). Many trees and shrubs are planted in a belt to the south and west of the house. Eventually this will protect us from the elements, and as well shield us from the road, and neighbours’ houses.

image of bare stockyards

All domestic livestock have been removed from settlement date, and we will not stock the property till pastures have sufficiently rested. There have been no substantial rains here for the past six months, and the property, apart from being very dry, is very over grazed.

Our tree planting endeavors have been an exciting adventure in learning of the soils on the new farm. Soils that were bony hard, have become quite surprisingly friable on adding water, and are easily dug.

We are absolutely ecstatic to have found lots of earthworms while tree planting!

The presence of earthworms is a good indicator that the Gnomes are working in the right way.

image of dead tree

It is quiet here! At Dukes Plain we are used to many birds, here there are few.

Birds observed so far have been; Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Galah, Indian Mynah, Rainbow Lorikeet, Glossy Black Ibis, Purple Swamp Hen, Ducks, Double Bar Finch, Blue Eyed Honeyeater, Crow, Grey Crowned Babbler (with active nest), Red Backed Wren, Magpie, Peewee, Grey Grass Wren.

Other wildlife observed; Eastern Grey Kangaroo, and Hare.

As you can see this is a landscape with few “critters”, which in my experience is so typical of over cleared, and poorly managed landscapes.

image of eroded creek line

Fortunately we have creek frontage, and are only a few kilometers from a National Park. I am optimistic that with further replanting, natural re-generation of the native trees, and continued use of the biodynamic preparations, that we will see (as we have at Dukes Plain) an increase in the wildlife.

Butterflies, which were quite common at Dukes Plain, I have not seen at all here as yet.

Farm infrastructure (fences, sheds, house), has all been built since 2005, so there is little work to do in this area.

If you are passionate about landscape rehabilitation (as I am), this is the place to be!

We can engage here our accumulated knowledge, and hopefully fast track the recovery. This will not be a physical recovery only, but will embrace the spiritual aspects of the landscape as well. Engaging with the Gnomes, Undines, Sylphs, and Salamanders, and as well making peace with the previous occupants/ inhabitants of this landscape are all an integral part of the process of “starting a new farm”.

image of windmill

We will engage with some of the previous owners to get a better understanding of the “lay of the land” (stock and garden water pipes, underground electricity cables, water bore capacities and depth, fertiliser history, stock numbers, cropping history, etcetera).

As you may have guessed we were not quite yet prepared to “go to the beach” full time, however the beach is only a short drive away!

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