Successful Succulents – Labour of Love

‘Succulents are a labour of love,’ according to a gardener from Oxley Nursery, Brisbane. ‘You need time and patience to grow them.’ We enjoyed a nursery outing where we were greeted with an extraordinary collection of succulents at its entrance. They may grow at a snail’s pace, but I was dazzled by the unique shapes…

Cassowary’s Casual Stroll

One morning, a surprise visitor in the shape of a cassowary took a leisurely stroll across our front lawn. He didn’t appear to be in any hurry. The cassowary walked along the grass, parallel to our timber verandah, until he reached the end — some 30m. He wasn’t concerned about seeing us on the verandah…

How to Pollinate Your Pumpkins?

The pumpkins had a bumpy start to their success this year. Bees were late arriving and it appeared there were not enough of them to fly around to all the  pumpkin flowers. My brother and his wife have a bit of a green finger. So I got the low down on how the pumpkins were…

Perfect Pumpkin Scones

“Perfect pumpkin scones!” according to my nieces. As far as kids go, they are the best judge of good quality food. If it tastes good, they’ll be back for seconds. As was the case with these deliciously light pumpkin scones. They sent pictures via mms; the sms version with pics. How technology has advanced from…

The Magic of Paronella Park Lives On

When I heard I could view an historical castle in North Queensland, I  wanted to jump in the car and drive there; many a time this has been done. Over the past 20 years, I have taken family and guided friends towards seeing a unique tourist destination,  Paronella Park, where one man’s dream became a reality. The people featured are my…

A Smokin’ Lunch

Platypus, smoked local meats, homemade jams, fresh baked desserts and lily pads across expanses of lakes were an enticing combination for a relaxing midday outing. The Australian Platypus Park and Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre’s outdoor covered dining area had expanded considerably. I was pleased to see that business was doing well, especially their Smokehouse part. Various meats…

Kangaroo

  I had been sitting on my verandah, quietly enjoying a cuppa, while dabbling in my writings.  Out of the silence, came a loud rustling sound. I looked over at our timber bridge.  Then I glanced towards the rainforest and beyond the creek. I noted: no movement, no stirrings, not even the breeze was about. I…