Week 3 August 2007:  Rain = 87 millimetres!! What a great change in the weather. Gentle rain fell over a period of two days. We had runoff into our dams, the tanks were filled & the rain soaked into the ground. At Yallaroo we are now set for a great spring.

A Hakea multilineata burst into bloom this week. This is a beautiful species from Western Australia and this is the second year that this plant has flowered.

This week we found a handsome, red-flowering, feral Grevillea. The plant is growing on a rocky slope, together with other ferals, to the west of the house. We have a number of Grevillea seedlings coming up in various areas. We prefer to see them than thistles, horehound and stinging nettles that used to appear in large numbers before we started to manage the area around the house by mowing and planting gardens.

One morning we disturbed a mob of about 20 Grey Kangaroos on our way down to collect the mail. This is the largest mob we have seen for some time.

This week there has been a pair of Striated Pardalotes around the house. We hope that these delightful small birds will take up residence in one of the nesting tubes that we have placed under the eaves. We also heard some Spotted Pardalotes in the Eucalypts south of the house. They scour the foliage for sweet-tasting Lerps.

We have a number of White-browed Scrub Wrens that spend their time in our dense shrubberies. This week we noticed that some individuals have brighter face markings than other members of the flock. We referred to our bird books and found that those with brighter markings are males.

We will still keep with the avian theme. This week Yellow-faced Honeyeaters returned to the garden. A flock returns every year. They must feel that our garden is the safest place to nest.

We potted on more struck cuttings this week. Grevillea Amethyst and Grevillea confertifolia cuttings have taken root. Also an unknown (to us) Grevillea collected on a trip to Sydney has also struck.

This week we attended a memorial service for Robert Boyd. Robert passed away early in the week. He was a senior lecturer in the Botany Department, at the University of New England, for many years. We used to prepare material for Robertís practical classes. He was one of natureís gentlemen.


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