Saturday, February 27, 2010

Work on the farm continues

As it's best to get the mowing done before the equinox, John and the Ferguson worked hard today and mowed the top two paddocks. You can see the horses in the distance there near the top of the hill.

Before starting, though, we cleared a smidgin of paddock area and gathered some rocks (this farm grows rocks. Really, it does. All the time...) and I used them to make the beginnings of a small walled herb garden out the front. Not really an urgent job, but I just felt like it.

Also in the bottom photo you can see the two young trees that we planted this week: a poinciana and a magnolia, just near the front gate.

Working on the farm

Tackling the weeds!
Here's a nice photo of John on the Ferguson, pulling the slasher, which is powered by a PTO drive shaft. You can see the neat oscillating front axle, which enables it to better deal with uneven ground . Gotta love the Fergie ... (and John!!)

Frangipani falling

... and caught in a strand of floating cobweb. Lovely. Click to enlarge.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Peter's kitchen

... is a beautiful place to be.

While in Hobart for the annual CAUTHE conference I stayed with my dear friend Peter. He's renovating his house and building just about all the furniture (including this kitchen) himself. I met Peter when I was 14, and he was kind, creative and intelligent then... and he still is.

It's a lovely thing, to be friends with someone for more than 30 years.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Vale, dear Neil

Today, my dear and much loved friend, mentor and colleague, Neil Leiper, will be cremated. He succumbed, quite quickly, to very agressive brain tumors.

No flowers, but donations to the Melanoma Institute of Australia, in the name of Professor Neil Leiper.

I'll miss Neil very much indeed ... he had, and will continue to have, a great and positive impact on my life.