Week 4 February 2004: Rain this week = 32mm.
Back home again this week. On the way we spent a night with our other daughter and her family. They live on the Central Coast, north of Sydney.
The suburb, where they live, has plenty of trees and Bellbirds are constantly calling around their home. We saw two adult Bellbirds feeding a chick. They were perched in a Eucalypt at eye level. This was an unusual sighting because Bellbirds spend most of their time in the treetops.
Our son-in-law has constructed a small pond in the backyard. So far they have identified three frog species visiting their pond. We took some photos of one species. This was the Red-eyed Tree Frog.
On the way home we stopped near Strickland State Forest and collected some cuttings of Grevillea oldei. A number of this small, sprawling shrub grows on the roadside on the way to the State Forest. Grevillea oldei is a rare species with great horticultural potential.
Everything was ok at Yallaroo. Our simple watering system keeps our hundreds of tube stock alive. The system consists of two sprinklers, a 12-volt solenoid and a simple timer. The timer switches the solenoid on for two 15-minute periods per day. In the cooler months the solenoid is switched on for one 15-minute period when we are away.
Late this week we spoke to the Tamworth Cottage Garden Club. Over 70 members attended and there was a good response to our talk about (surprise, surprise) native plants.
Towards the end of the week we saw a Bronze-winged Pigeon on the lawn and a flock of White-winged Choughs passed through Yallaroo.
Continued planting in the Correa and Lawn Gardens. We also mulched as we planted.
The bushland, around our hill, is a blaze of Cream and White. The Cassinia quinquefaria plants are in full cream flower and the Bursaria spinosa (Blackthorn) are covered in white blooms.

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