Week 4 January 2016: Rain = 41.5 millimetres of very welcome rain.

Our son and his family were here for the first three days of the week. We played various ball games, picnicked on the banks of the Gwydir River, west of Yallaroo and skipped rocks on our dam to name a few activities.

North of the house we have a huge Angophora floribunda tree and this week it was in full flower, covered with fluffy white flowers. This was the best flowering for a number of years.

Potting on continued this week with Acacia pubifolia, A. cardiophylla and A. torringtonensis seedlings going into tubes. We also potted on rooted cuttings of Grevillea New Blood, G. Jelly Baby, G. enderlicheri and Correa Cardinal Bells.

This week we returned to our three weekly talkback gardening programme on local ABC radio. We had a long break over the Christmas and New Year period.

Wildlife observations: A Bronzewing Pigeon has been feeding on the mown area near the house. A White-necked Heron was observed wading in margins of our big dam. A pair of Silvereyes spent some time demolishing the flower spikes on our Xanthorrhea plant. They are after caterpillars that have bored into the spikes.  This week a Swamp Wallaby was feeding on the mown area north of the house. They rarely feed in the open like this.


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