Week 1 February 2014: No rain again this week. The drought is deepening.

At the beginning of the week we travelled to Lithgow, a town west of the Blue Mountains. A relative, who is an artist, lives there. She was having an exhibition in the local library. Many family members attended the diverse array of paintings.

We spent three days at Lithgow and stayed with our artist relative. A family of Blue Wrens live in her garden. We were pleased to see these delightful birds surviving in suburbia.

One night we had a family get together in a local restaurant. A pleasant time was had by all.

We also visited the ruins of a large blast furnace within the town boundary. Our relative is doing a series of paintings of the dramatic ruins.

After a very pleasant visit we headed home. On the way we paid a short visit to the Dunnís Swamp area of Wollemi National Park. This is a beautiful area and is the home of the rare Grevillea evansiana. This species has unusual dark red, almost black flowers. Although Grevillea evansiana has very limited distribution, the species is one of the dominant understorey shrubs in the Dunnís Swamp area. Persoonia myrtilloides subsp. cunninghamii was another prominent shrub.

Back home we spent lots of time watering using our grey and bore water. We are spending more time watering this summer than ever before.

There have been changes in the ABC radio talkback gardening programme. I was doing a programme once every five weeks. Now it will be once every three weeks with two other local presenters. Previously there was a presenter from near Sydney and another from South Australia. Neither had any knowledge of the diverse environments covered by the local ABC radio network. The programme will now have more continuity.

With our travelling and then watering we still found time to pot on some rooted cuttings including three Homoranthus species and Grevillea Lemon Surprise.

After six years or sterling service our printer expired. We have ordered a Canon Pixma MG7160 multifunction printer. This model has many more features than our six year old printer but is about $10 cheaper.


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