Week 4 March 2017: Rain = 126 millimetres. In one week this rain was nearly twice the monthly average of 67 mm. Part of this rain was due to the aftermath of the destructive Cyclone Debbie that lashed the Queensland coast. Our total for the month was 183 mm. Our dams are nearly full and the soil moisture level is very high. This should see us through until next spring. With any rain from now on a bonus.

Our eldest daughter came to visit for a few days. We had a very enjoyable time visiting the Armidale Regional Art Museum (NERAM) and a market day in Uralla.

We finished removing the waterlilies from the big pond near the house. The frogs appreciated the rain and the cleared pond with some calling later in the week.

This week we bought four metal garden beds from our ALDI store. They are 800 mm long x 500 mm wide x 300 mm high. In two of these we are going try dwarf fruit trees later in the year.

This week we picked a capsicum from our vegetable garden. There are a lot developing as well as our eggs plants starting to flower.

We potted on rooted cuttings of Boronia denticulata and a cherry tomato. We are going to try to keep various tomato varieties growing over winter.

Acacia calamifolia and A. iteaphylla are in full flower giving the garden a spring feeling.

Late in the week we had our talkback radio programme. It is 20 years since we started the programme. It is also 22 years since we retired from the University. A friend sent a beautiful framed photo of a Wollemi Pine to celebrate our radio anniversary.

Also late in the week we ordered a Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader. We are avid readers and the Kindle will supplement the books that we borrow from Armidale Library. The library is moving to new premises late in April. The present library is becoming a trifle cramped and crowded.

Wildlife observations: The choughs have been around on many days this week. They are almost becoming permanent residents at Yallaroo. We have a large meat ant nest near our big dam. One day they swarmed where winged male and female ants took flight to establish new nests. The mounded nest was a “hive” of activity. We took some photos but during this swarming frenzy the ants become extremely aggressive and we were attacked by battalions of ants.

 

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