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Postcard Home (18th June)

Well it’s been a cold few days to say the least. We’ve had a storm come through over the weekend and not only was it cold, wet and windy, very windy but we even had a few flurries of snow.

I’ve managed to get the chicken coop better wind protected. Chooks can withstand the cold but not the wind and the cold and in order to stay warm they need a draft free coop. Our coop was anything other than draft free. The problem lay at the roof where the corrugated tin met the woodwork. There was not only a gap of several inches at the front but even when that was filled the were gaps with every up and down of the corrugations. As ever water pipe insulation came to the rescue. 2 inch sections stuffed into each and every up along the entire front of the chook house, plus several long pieces cut in half lengthways to fill the gaps down the sides. All of this has to be removable come the Spring when life starts to get warm again.

Sunrise earlier this week. It was actually raining when I took this photo, but the light was amazing because of it.

So what else is there to report?

At the beginning of the week we hosted a cycle tourer. The first we’ve had in Australia. He’s cycling around Australia for the next year but sadly isn’t quite ready for the cost weather. He asked me when it would start to get warmer around here. My reply of September or October came as a surprise to him, as did the concept that it hasn’t actually finished getting colder here yet! He’s now the other side of the Snowy mountains but he’ll be getting rather cold around there. He’s bikepacking which is basically ultra lightweight touring where everything you carry fits into the frame of your bike in bags specially designed for the triangle hole in the frame, plus what you can fit into handlebar bags or saddlebags.

This weekend Liz and Alec came down from Sydney to see us. They stayed at their neighbour’s apartment in Canberra which turned out to be only a few doors up the street from Stuart’s work place! On Saturday they came over for lunch and stayed for some of the afternoon but it was a cold wet afternoon so they didn’t get to see much. Luckily they left before the cloud descended, that meant we were a touch late meeting them in Canberra for an evening meal, but we made it eventually. They also called in on their way home to Sydney on Sunday. Liz has given me one of her spinning wheels which means one I have repaired and service hers, I can have one set up for spinning single ply on, and the other set up for plying. That will make life a little easier. It was great to see them again and I hope they had a safe journey home.

We also managed to make Skype contact with Stuart’s brother, Jon, on Sunday night but not his parents because they are away we think. I even managed to finish his Dad’s socks on Fathers’ Day as well. I’ve just got the ends to sew in and then block them and they are done. Made to size. Handspun, hand dyed from eucalyptus bark and then handmade/knitted. I do so hope they fit (if they don’t, they fit Stuart perfectly ūüėÄ ).

Finally Stuart cooked a delicious Leek, mushroom and bread pudding for evening meal last night!

2017’s Calendar Photos

Starting in 2008, we have inflicted, sorry given all of our families and friends a calendar of photographs taken by myself.¬† This year has been no different and is the 7th such calendar (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 &¬†2016).¬† I have previously posted the pictures we rejected from this year’s calendar; these are the 13 pictures that made it into our calendar for 2017.

The Cover

Cover РThe cover picture, for once, does not contain an image of Stuart and I.  We had nothing suitable, but we do have a juvenile delinquent on our hands who systematically tears apart the tree he is sitting in, littering the ground below with broken branch ends.  He is also known to play peekaboo with me in the morning, hanging off the roof of the sunroom and peering into the room whilst upside down.

January’s Image – Lazy Clouds on Loch Rannoch (October 2015)

January РThis image was taken in October 2015 on our last visit to Liarn Farm Cottages, Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire.  During the 2 week we were there, we were to take the decision to consider coming to Australia.  We were also really fortunate with both the weather and the Autumn colours.  This was one of those wonderful days where we started the day with dense fog and total calm which was gradually burnt off during midday.  If you went out along the loch, you would cycle (we were on our bikes/trike) out of the dense fog and into the glorious sunshine.

February’s Image – The Back Garden, Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

February – February’s image was taken in our ‘back garden’ literally back in July of this year (2016).¬† That was our winter and we had been in the house about a fortnight when I was fortunate enough to capture this shot.

March’s Image – Way Out East, Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

March – Titled “Way Out East”, it is our track and heads out east.¬† To the right you have one of the stable blocks here, behind us is everything else.¬† It was taken at the end of July on another glorious winter’s morning¬† (Yeh, I know, it’s hard getting your head around that one, we are struggling with it as well) and I just love the long shadows and contrast in the shot.

April’s Image – Autumnal Light, Loch Rannoch (October 2015)

April РApril for us will be Autumn and we felt it suitable to have an Autumnal shot in.  Loch Rannoch provided a suitable shot last October with the light reflecting through a silver birch tree against the most amazingly calm loch surface.

May’s Image – Spring Colours, Whitegate Way, Cheshire (May 2016)

May – May’s picture was taken in May 2016, less than a week before we left the UK.¬† It was another beautiful Spring morning on my daily walk along the Whitegate Way, (Cheshire)¬†with Dusty, the Irish Wolfhound our landlady owned, but who I walked, or more accurately was escorted by…

June’s Image – Spring has Sprung, Spring Creek Road (September 2016)

June – In contrast, taken in September 2016, this is the pump house (for our bore water)¬†in evening Spring sunlight in our ‘garden’.¬† I just love the light in this shot and Spring was literally just around the corner.

July’s Image – Frozen Tracks, Rannoch (March 2013)

July РJuly is the middle of winter here for us, and somehow, Rannoch station in snow, just seemed apt.  It was taken on another of our cycling holidays to Loch Rannoch, back in March 2013.  March and Scotland usually mean cold weather and this holiday was no exception.  Cycling along car tyre tracks and leaving pedal imprints in the snow, we were the only people at the station.  This is looking north heading for Fort William were you to catch one of the 5 or 6 trains a day that pass through the station.

August’s Image – Ghost Trees, Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

August – We were struck by the amazingly white tree trunks of these native Eucalyptus Gum Trees when we first arrived in Canberra, but not knowing what the trees were, Stuart renamed them “Ghost Trees” and the name stuck.¬† Here, again in our ‘back garden’ and surrounded by native woodland, this picture was taken back in Mid-winter and somehow seems appropriate.¬† August after, all is still a very cold month here.

September’s Image – Silhouette & Shadows, Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

September – Another from a series taken in very cold mornings, and again in ‘our back garden’.¬† this time a different Gum tree, but it is still a striking tree.¬† We have a number of these majestic trees dotted around the place.

October’s Image – A Foggy Forest, Loch Rannoch (October 2015)

October – A week of fog and glorious Autumnal weather on Loch Rannoch and more of those fantastic reflections on our last visit to Liarn Farm Cottages.

November’s Image – In Reflection, The Road to Rannoch (October 2015)

November РThe road ahead and in the reflection, the road just travelled, Loch Rannoch, last October.  Somehow it just seemed to claim the November spot by itself.

December’s Image – Twinned with… Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

December – Many moons ago, we were camping over Christmas and New Year on a campsite in Glencoe, Scotland.¬† Our Christmas Day walk was heralded by the most amazing hoar frost and there was one photograph in particular that we loved; a picture of two trees backlight and covered in hoar frost.¬† The background was split with rays of sunshine and shadows, that followed the fence line back up the mountainside… It was Christmas Day 2005 and the walk was on the Clashgour Estate, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.¬† Stuart fancied this updated Australian version taken in our Winter as the Christmas photo.¬† We are still struggling to get our heads around Christmas, the longest day of the year, and Summer all being at once.¬† A hot Christmas is just weird (so far!).