Week 4 December 2010:


Rain = 31.8 millimetres. 

Monthly total = 211.5 millimetres.  Monthly average = 88 millimetres. 

Yearly total = 1055 millimetres.  Yearly average = 795 millimetres.

We were well up on rainfall this year.

Two plants of note flowered this week. Pelargonium rodneyanum is a small relative of the Geraniums and has pink flowers. Melaleuca alternifolia is a tall shrub or small tree. At this time of the year our plants are covered in white flowers. The extract from the leaves is the source of the famous Teatree Oil.

Some bird observations this Christmas week included: A pair of Bronzewing Pigeons on our road, a pair of Channel-bill Cuckoos flying around early in the morning and a flock of Swifts zooming around late in the afternoon.

Used our grey water to irrigate new plantings.

Two thirds of our family arrived to celebrate Christmas. Apart from Christmas lunch a number of activities were undertaken. These included a walk to our Little Dam on our new track. Plenty of tadpoles in the dam and a few Eastern Dwarf Tree Frogs (Litoria fallax) around the edge.

We all spent a day travelling east and visited Wollombi Falls and New England National Park. We were rangers in the park last century and our children attended Ebor School. This was a very pleasant day and brought back lots of memories.

The family travelled back home at the end of the week.


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