Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Step back in time

Recently made a visit to an historic site.
In the early 1900's many people lived and worked here, supported by Chinese Market Gardeners. Little remains now of their efforts.

As you can see by the photos the weeds have taken over.

They are flowering very well.

In fact they are the biggest and healthiest I have seen.

No wonder the Market Gardens did so well.

Just to show there were some Native flowers.
All that remains at the site is the beautifully constructed chimney, part of the smelter for copper ore once mined in the area. It was built around 1872 from local hewn stone and bonded with clay mortar, and stands at 16.5m. The smelter was powered by wood which was bought to the site by a timber railway some of which remains today.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Backyard Birds Grey-crowned Babbler

The Grey-crowned Babbler has been a most enjoyable visitor to our yard.
Since the weather has turned cool and a little bit wet at times they seem to have left us, but will no doubt come back when the weather warms up again.
We have had up to 5 Grey-crowned Babbler's at times in the yard.