It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen…

…well we think it will anyway.

We’ve been told that we’ll be here in Perth until at least the end of the year and who knows what changes will happen over the next 9 or 10 months? The person driving the change could leave the company and the technical department may remain in Perth. Many of the engineers are unhappy at the idea of a move across the country. Or anything else might happen!

We’re off to Brisbane on Monday night for 2 weeks for a recon trip/holiday anyway. We’re both really looking forward to getting away. We’ll catch up with mum and hopefully Paul as well along the way. We’ll do an inspection of our property in Woolgoolga and we’ll look around at areas in Brisbane we might like to live in. We still do think we’ll end up living there.

That was then and this is now…

As promised, before and current shots of the changes we have made to our yards.

Front yard:

Our front yard in August 2007

Our front yard in August 2007

Our front yard at the end of February 2009

Our front yard at the end of February 2009

Back yard:

Our back yard in August 2007

Our back yard in August 2007

Our back yard at the beginning of March 2009

Our back yard at the beginning of March 2009

It looks like we’ll be here until at least the end of the year so it will be interesting to see what growth another 9 months and the winter rains will produce.

A bird in the hand…

3 New Holland Honeyeaters on Corymbia ficifolia

3 New Holland Honeyeaters on Corymbia ficifolia

When we moved into our house, 18 months ago, both the back and front yard were lawn with a few unappealing shrubs. Almost everything (which wasn’t much to start with) in the backyard had been cut right back to almost nothing.

We’re real flora/fauna/nature lovers, but there was almost none to be seen.  We’d get a couple of feral turtledoves and a couple of brown-headed honeyeaters in the yard and that was all. So we started a planting program. We planned out both yards and started planting native plants that would attract birds into the yard.

Our hard work is starting to pay off. The plants are growing and filling in space and the birds have started to appear.

New Holland Honeyeaters on the temporary fence around our rose garden

New Holland Honeyeater on the temporary fence around our rose garden

2 New Holland Honeyeaters in the Eremophila calorhabdos in our front yard

2 New Holland Honeyeaters in the Eremophila calorhabdos in our front yard

2 Brown Honeyeaters in the red-flowering gum

2 Brown Honeyeaters in the red-flowering gum

This morning there was a family of 3 beautiful magpies poking around in the front yard. They were warbling away merrily with their beautiful voices. It’s a joy to hear them after so many years of living where no Australian magpies could be found. Hopefully I’ll get some photos of the maggies soon.

I’ll post before and current photos of the yards soon.