Valentine's Day - loving the landscape

Shan and Shane Joyce

Image courtesy of The Australian Women's Weekly

14/02/2014. Valentines Day! And we are in love with the place! Here I am back at the keyboard again after some ten days without computer, internet, etcetera, and so have not been able to keep up the journaling of our new farm… Many scraps of paper with notes are on my desk, and now the task of continuing the story.

Kumbartcho views

Wow how the bird list has grown! Almost every day another new sighting. The additions are; Masked Lapwing, Willy Wagtail, Black Cockatoo, Pale Headed Rosella, Straw-necked Ibis, Pied Currawong, Pied Butcherbird, Royal Spoonbill, Dotterel, Chanel bill Cuckoo, Black Shouldered Kite, Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike, Wood Swallows, Nankeen Kestrel, Barn Swallow, Rainbow Bee-eater.

image of King Parrot on Kumbartcho

Along with this there are at least 2 types of frog around the house and we have started to see Butterflies in the past week, and some Honey Bees.

I am really sure that the use of the Biodynamic preparations has made a fundamental change to this landscape and its energy and this is what has brought the birds.

We have acquired an Indian Mynah trap from the local council, and the four Mynahs that were roosting in the hay shed, have reduced to two. Not that we have trapped any, however I feel that our intention has moved them on!

Quad bike with spray rig

We have acquired a trailer (off Gumtree) to pull behind the quad bike, and I have fabricated from a two hundred litre drum and a small electric pump a Biodynamic spray rig. A one-meter spray bar with three nozzles is fastened on the back of the trailer. All this just in time for our second spraying of the farm.

The flow form is set up in the machinery shed, and this time the whole area will be covered with Biodynamic Soil Activator.

Rain in the month we have been here has been 4.5 mm for January and 1.5 mm for February!

image of kangaroos

The property remains stock free, and our resident Eastern Grey Kangaroos do not have to compete with horses or cows!

The bookcase is a work in progress, and we look forward to having our library uncrated.

The cleanup at the farm is progressing well, with two old sheds demolished, a great workbench installed in the workshop, and many loads of trash to the tip.

Our local tip, Shan was informed by the council, has a one cubic meter per week limit. We have exceeded this many times, and as a contra I bring home from the tip any perfectly good handy bits and pieces!!! A chair for the workshop, a pump jack, a fiberglass tent strut (to go into the tin of hand cleaner), and some steel posts.

Water systems have proven inadequate, and some modifications are planned for the next project.

We have had a previous owner (1980-2005) visit to show us some of the farm plumbing. They had an award winning Holstein-Friesian Stud here and milked some 90 cows, as well as a piggery.

Well that’s our first month, so till next time it’s farewell!