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a long overdue post ...... 
14th-Nov-2007 10:41 pm
jarrah rocks
Jeebers i've been slack with this LJ stuff of late .... four weeks since my last confession, and that was just a anti-johnny rant and not much of a report on whats been happening up here in hicksville.

Easier then thinking of what to write about i just uploaded a few pics from the last month that will fill you all in on what i've been up too ...well the stuff i took photos of at least.




First up ...happy birthday for me :)

.....i got cake


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...but earlier had decided to start some regen work at a new clients place for a few hours, despite being my birthday and having the option to have the day off when being your own boss, i just thought i could do a few hours and check out what work was to come.

....in hindsite i wish i'd stayed in bed;


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...the property owner reversed her car and living alone is used to not looking in her rearview mirror it would seem .... everything was covered with insurance and nobody got hurt (because i wasn't in the car at the time, was in fact down in a creek gully at the time, being attacked by hungry paralysis ticks) ....was a complete and utter shit being stuck out here without a car for three weeks, only occassionally squeezing into the ute to go into Tyalgum a few times and a bit of help from some friends.

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Have been doing lots of hiking around the area with the crew of folks i studied with at tafe and now do some regen work with. We've explored along creek lines into the forests, finding these untouched amazing places full of ancient trees and caves, climbed up moutain sides around the caldera and on our last trip went to a spot high up on the ridge behind our farm which has these groves of Antarctic Beech trees that are 2-4000 years old.


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...this last one is the ancient trees ...the top of the lumpy "stump" is where the ground was when this thing sprouted from the earth taht has eroded over time;

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I have been waging war along my creek against my nemesis the Cats Claw Creeper. A total fucking fucked up shit of a weed that strangles trees, spreads like crazy and can only be controlled with serious amounts of hard labour and posions.
We're having an impact on our work sites but it is surrounding us on the neighbouring properties. About to start to lobby the council and others to help us get this under control soon because down south in the Clarence River system they have over 130km of river banks, up to 3km deep of nothing but this covering thousands of dead trees.

This is a before shot ....

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And after we've cut out each vine from the tree and scraped back it bark at the base, then painted with glyphosate ...the top part dies off and the posoin is taken into the massive root bulb, some which are as big as a football ........

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Ok now for some monkeyboy business ....

Biggest news is he's started preschool and knows how to use a toilet (hooray) ...

...first day of school .....

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...working on the farm planting trees ...

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... will be as good in the kitchen as his dad i reckon ...

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...and enjoy eating it all too ....

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...and with turning three in just a few weeks, life is so full on and busy ....

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.....and finally a word of warning that moving north into hippy land can have side effects for youse city folks ......

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.....goodnight :)

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Comments 
15th-Nov-2007 06:40 am (UTC)
I haven't checked LJ in bloody ages... how cool to see your post first!

That photo of Lee and Ant cracked me up.. Ant's always been partial to paisley though ;)

Your photos are gorgeous!
18th-Nov-2007 11:48 am (UTC)

The L&A pic was taken at dawn after our "kid-free" weekend last month .... hence the relaxed look on their faces :)

18th-Nov-2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, yes... I heard about that one... most envious! We are really hoping we'll be able to get up north soon, we were both lamenting the need for a holiday yesterday. I'm crossing my fingers that Matt can get a couple days off in Feb or so and meet you all at Hat Head, or somewhere anyway! xx
19th-Nov-2007 12:44 pm (UTC)

Yes HatHead sounds perfect ... found out about it when i was over at L&A's for lunch yesterday ...fingers crossed here also that you can get some time to come along.


16th-Nov-2007 09:56 am (UTC)
you always bring a smile to my face,thanku!
jarrah is too sqeezable and that is a gorgeous pic of your man and AJ too :)

your hiking looks amazing, enjoyable day out indeed and i love the creek.

big hugs to all
xx

18th-Nov-2007 11:54 am (UTC)

Thanks heaps ...big hugs back at ya :)

When you and MrG are up here next we'll go and check some of these places out ...will post up some more pics for you anyway.

...and yes he is so very much too squeezable at times :)

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