Keeping Busy:

Chris has finished another couple of projects in between the computer challenge.

First, we’ve always hated the scrub around the septic tank. So with the whipper snipper, tree saw and rake Chris set about changing that. The whipper snipper we use on the property is a tough one (would they have anything else?)and the cord can rip through most plant life easily.

 

The reeds and scrub around the septic tank and power piont made it difficult to get near. The tree at the back has gone also as it was dead and dangerous.

The reeds and scrub around the septic tank and power piont made it difficult to get near. The tree at the back has gone also as it was dead and dangerous.

 

We also had the old dead tree cut down as it was an eyesore and getting to be dangerous.
We’ll use the timber for a garden bed for pumpkin, zuccini’s and melons.
If there is any timber left over we’ll have a camp fire.
Someone suggested we cook Kangaroo tail casserole but not many of the boys where happy at that suggestion. Maybe just a damper and marshmellows?

After a couple of hours and a few trips to the dump it has made a hugh difference we think.
No one else sees what we do or even cares. Who notices 2 acres out of 50,000? But the biggest compliment we have had was from Dave the supervisor. This man doesn’t give compliments easily, especially for doing a job that you are suppose to do, but he did say that the camp was looking the best he’d seen it for a long time.

The next project we completed was to make a planter from a pallet. We’d noticed hundreeds of unused pallets at various locations and wanted to try something with them. Chris inserted star pickets inside the planter to hold it up right.

Chris hammering in the star pickets to hold the pallet upright.

Chris hammering in the star pickets to hold the pallet upright.

We then filled it with dirt and potting mix we had bought and then put in seedlings.

Our seedlings and cutting we had bought.

Our seedlings and cutting we had bought.

Normally we’d cover the back with weed mat and only use the front of the pallet but we’re trying both sides and so far so good, the plants haven’t looked back and hopefully we will have a colourful vertical garden soon.
The whole idea would be useful for a patio or small area, something we can use down the track.
Ben, this is something else you could try for strawberries. If you have a look on the internet under Pallet Gardens the ideas some people have are wonderful.

Our vertical garden.

Our vertical garden.

We’ve also salvaged a number of other pallets and this week we’ll take down the annexe and use the pallets for a solid, flat floor that’s well above the moisture that currently finds it’s way in when it rains, especially in the downpours we’ve had recently.

Things are drying out a bit again after about a week of mud and slop. The paddocks are still far too wet for the boys to get tractors on but it’s good to see it starting to dry out.

Four more of the Irishmen left this week heading for Thailand, which means the numbers on the camp have dropped to about 7 or 8 and we can’t see that increasing until it’s dry again.

We have achieved an enormous amount with the programs and it’s going ahead in leaps and bounds as Chris starts to understand the complexity of ASP.Net VB programming on SQL databases. He was terribly apprehensive about his ability to understand it all and he still has days of very high mountains and very low valleys, but he is actually “Getting It”. The first program – the Directory for the Campus Management program – looks really good and works superbly.

We continue to enjoy working for Martyn, our boss, and we still find Koramba farm and it’s people fascinating.
We love our lives here and we also look forward to our trips to Brisbane every 3 or 4 weeks.