snake wrangling, scorpians & help arrives !!

After loosing Fluff the cat and taking into account the regular visits from wild dogs and dingos, we decided to get a puppy (Ridgeback Cross Mastiff) called Safari.
He is the most 14610781_1768528263414489_277683317_n.jpggorgeous dog, full of love and trouble.  He has been such a beautiful addition to our family !!

A few weeks ago my friend 14543536_1768526333414682_97364620_nAmy & her partner Jerome moved into the camper van to help me on the property.
In the first week they’d organised where additional edible gardens were going, 14593487_1768602550073727_1503287972_n.jpgstarted two 28 day compost piles, fixed the wiring & battery on my shower and set up a camp for themselves.  I feel blessed to have
two such beautiful caring souls here helping !!  They also brought face paints and hula hoops back into o14585553_1768526456748003_1941694242_n.jpgur lives.14568931_1768531613414154_565079729_n.jpg

We had a bit of an adventure with a couple of night tiger snakes (brown tree snakes) which kept coming around the van.  One we managed to catch & relocate, another one we gently moved off right back into the bush. I also had another run in with a scorpian, 14331699_1757364357864213_1251179970_nit didn’t bite me this time, just hiding in the washing & gave me a fright !!

One Sunday when Jade & I were couch-bound with gastro, Maia got out with battery drill and starting making her own cubby house using timber from the old 14331678_1757364407864208_377697472_n.jpgchicken coup and whatever she could find lying around, love my girls !!  14625454_1768523110081671_1485140306_n.jpgMaia turned ten in August and we took a trip out on the Kuranda Riverboat with her georgeous friends from school, looking for wildlife in and along the river – no freshwater crocodiles to be seen though (probably for the best).

I also managed to get two trailer loads of River of Gold Slate (beautiful colours) from Ravenshoe for my floors, hopefully this will do the entire space – can’t wait to have flooring !!  14580608_1768529036747745_163141438_n.jpg

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glass bottle walls, windows & markets…

My sister came up from Melbourne for a spontaneous trip & we had a ball !! cobbing and tripping around Cairns & Cape Tribulation and lying on the beach at Fitzroy Island, bliss !! 14593174_1768527646747884_699825179_n.jpgNice bit of time off !!  14627859_1768525593414756_295921312_n.jpg

After a lot of trialing cutting glass bottles for the walls with meth covered string & lighting it up to cut 14593657_1768526266748022_2146175799_n.jpgthe glass (which the girls loved), we found a great little machine that scores the glass then you pour boiling water over it and it cuts it beautifully !!!14593589_1768531126747536_1815637661_n.jpg

We also installed our first windows, I used large panes of glass from Bunnings (12 mm pool fence) – one square and one round window – a team effort to get 14348846_1757366044530711_1249790290_n.jpgthem up into place, very heavy !!
We had a 14331523_1757365661197416_1578631770_n.jpgvery successful one day working bee with about 10 people turning up, made heaps of progress while drinking sangria and listening to good tunes with yummy fresh food from the garden !!  14607905_1768530873414228_1933910109_n.jpg

Had my first stall at the local markets to sell my screenprinted designs (PASIFIKA) – tropical fruits & designs
handprinted onto tshirts, tights and calico market bags : soursop, jakfruit, taro, coconut, durian as well kids designs gecko, crocodile, etc. I 14627712_1768527693414546_865384351_n-1also took an assortment of 14580607_1768602023407113_1797476540_n.jpgedible plants to sell – different tropical spinach, herbs, lemongrass, passionfruit etc.. Maia also made beautiful earings with unusual beads and guinea fowl feathers, so proud !!