Wednesday, November 18, 2009
There were a couple of young bower birds drinking at the verandah bird bath ,,,,,, They get chased away everytime I come and go to the roof to push the lining boards through to the inside ceiling .
Monday, February 9, 2009
The Trees had been sitting in Pots for Quite awhile ,,,,,, A 3 Hour Journey of 100 K winds must be like a Storm to them ,,,,,,, But 1 months down the track ,,, They are happily flowering .
Sunday, February 8, 2009
THINGS YOU SEE ON A WALK TO THE BEACH ,, Jed is Almost totally Blind & Polly has no brain 2 speak of ,,, So it is The Dumb leading the Blind
The Beach is a 500 meter walk through the Nature Reserve and I always try to get in an early morning walk ,,, I always have my camera on my belt for any photo opertunity .
Particularly when you see a little fella punching above his weight .. any thing is possible ...
The Dogs love the beach ,,,
A lot of red bellied Black snakes around this season ,,,,,, Just have to stop Polly from Picking them up as if it was a Stick .
THE BLOODY BEES WERE BACK ,,,,,, I had been warned by Bren before I went to Canada ,,,,, So now 6 weeks later I feared The WORST
When I drove down I was expecting the worst after being away from the place for so long ,, It would be nice to get on with the Building work without having to engage in BEE WARS 2 .
The Hive patterns were very interesting ,,,,,, there was NO honey in the Hive yet ,,, The local Flowers were not blooming yet , So they were making artistic shapes on the window Glass .
So I started as before ,,, Put the Room heater on high and close to the LAMINATED glass to heat up the wax , BEE WAR 2 Had started .
It all appeared to be a small job to get rid of the bees this time ,,,,, But THEN I LOOKED UNDER THE SLIDING BARN DOORS ,,, AAAAHHHH a Giant HIVE
This one was nearly a meter long and 250 mm deep ,,, It was Big ,,,,,,,, The Job suddenly became a Big Deal .
There was an Old Nest Right next to the Barn ,,, It was not a Great place for a Nest and it was usually deserted ,, But when I got rid of them last time they went straight back to it ,,, SO I had to Burn it out ,,, I did it during the Night
I woke up early and I could hear the bee sounds much louder than before ,,,, Then I looked across to the back loft and to my horror I could see that the Window had slid down about a Foot and a Fair amount of bees had gotten in ,,, I grabbed some incent sticks ,,, lit them ,,, and using the smoke as protection ( I was stupidly still in my undies ) ,,,, I went over and Pushed the window up ever so slowly ,,,,,, What a bloody relief when that was locked again ,,,, After awhile I unbolted the rest of the nuts and pushed the Shutter off and down went most of the nest with it .,,,,,, From then on it was just a case of insect spray with soapy water and the Room heater to make the wax melt ,,,,, They moved on .....After I cleaned off all the bees wax I sprayed a surface insect spray all over the shutters and window .
I ties the rope and pulled very hard to move the door very quickly to dislodge the large nest ,,, It worked a Treat ,,, Lots of nest falling and LOTS OF ANGRY BEES ,,
TAKE a LONG ROPE Had worked a Treat ,,, To well ,,, It punched out the end stop & one set of rollers came out leaving the second set hanging
Now that the Bees were mostly gone I was lucky to get the right hand roller back in and it took me some while and a few dozen trips up the ladder to get the left roller back on track ,,, Just when I thought it was hopeless The Island FARIES made it happen .
THIS is just a Little reminder to me of How hard it was to get those BLOODY Roller Doors up there 2 years ago .
I did it by myself with ropes and pully ,, the whole bloody lot in one piece ,,, Because it couldnt go up in any other way ,,, As I was using the centre pole of the barn hoist ,,, So the lift had to be in the Middle ,,,,,,, So if the left one came off now ,,, I would have to get a crane or some other thing to put it back
So with a Length of Rope and a bit of a Fiddle out the Window I managed to get the Shutter back on again ,,,,,,,,,,,,, The Big Sliding Barn Doors were a little harder but finally I had done the job and the bee Wars were over ,,, Now back to Building the barn again .