Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bridal Veil Fungus


Peter's been mowing the grass and spotted this Bridal Veil Fungus just in time - I tried to remove all the grassy bits but a few have stuck!  We often see amazing fungi during our rainy season, although after all that torrential rain last week we are enjoying beautiful fine sunny weather, while central and southern coastal Queensland, and also the Northern Territory to the west, are both bracing for cyclones.  It's a crazy country - parts of inland Queensland are still in drought.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A symphony of Frogs

The wet season has well and truly arrived although we have so far escaped the torrential rain a little south of us, but the forecast is for a lot more rain to come.  It's such a relief after what must have been one of the hottest, most humid, energy-sapping Januaries for years - now the temperature is much lower and can even feel quite cool while it's raining.

The dam is gradually filling up and the frogs are going mad!  There is an amazing frog-chorus, 24/7!  I took this little video a couple of years ago but the sound-effects are exactly the same.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Breadfruit again

Such a strange season for many of our fruit trees with several which have not produced for years suddenly deciding 'this is our year'!  These are Breadfruit on a huge tree near The Shed.  White firm flesh, very starchy, but sliced thinly and pan-fried in a little oil they make very nice crisps and cut into chunks can be roasted alongside the Sunday roast.  Other trees making a come-back include our one and only Mangosteen, one of our favourite fruits, and one of our several Carambolas (Five-corner, Star-fruit are other names) which hasn't produced for about 10 years.