Monday, December 12, 2011

Wild flowers of WA

 Seeing as it  is such is "shitty " day I thought it was the ideal opportunity to catch up on my blogs. It is rather windy not quite blowing a gale and raining so nobody is out and about much. Often when we are stuck inside due to bad weather I don;t have Internet so it's a bonus at present.

 This blog is mainly about the lovely wildflowers we have seen on this trip. Unfortunately we don't have the names for many of these beautiful flowers.

 We started seeing them in the north of the state where Mulla Mullas and Sturt's desert peas were quite common and as we moved further south the variety just kept getting better and better. Mind you it was certainly the season for them.

 We had a very memorable camp at Tenindewa where we seemed to be in the middle of lots them and from there we were able to go to Pindar where there were plenty of wreath flowers this year.

  When we got to the "farm sit" at Dongara there were plenty of wildflowers on the property , big showy Grevillias and tiny little orchids  as well as lots of wattle and Banksias which the farm was named after. Banksia Dale Farm.

 White plumed Grevillia before flowering

Spider orchid

Geraldton Wax
 Daisies at Tenindewa

 Mulla Mulla  and smoke bush

 White plumed Grevillia in flower 

Sturt's desert Pea

 We saw many more wildflowers and I took lots of photos but it would be boring if a whole blog was taken up with then so this is just a few of the more showy ones we saw. We also went to the  Wildflower show in Mullewa  and the big displays there were quite good but the specimens  weren't well marked with their names.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Banksia Dale Farm and surrounds Oct 2011

 After spending time with the Wildflowers at Tenindewa we finally arrived at the Farm on Sept 1 with a minor calamity as the windmill wasn't working  and so we had only rainwater that had to be carted from the tanks and then once it was fixed there was no wind so it took about a week  or more before the tank was filled. Leaking pipes didn't help.

 among the wildflowers at Tenindewa
  Once things settled down we also settled into minding the dog "Mac" and feeding the chooks and watering the potplants.  fortunately we also had quite a bit of rain which topped up the rainwater tanks and meant less watering of the plants. We also had a few hiccups with the bees swarming into places that werent' convenient.

 Australian boat first in at Geraldton in round the world race

 Generator shed and wind generator


 Peacok on chook house roof

 Lynn and Mac at smoko
  While we were there we took the opportunity to visit some of the surrounding area and even travelled out to Mingenew to the Field Day there. We saw quite a bit of Geraldton as it was our main shopping centre.

 In our travels we went to the Wind farm near Walkway and then out to Ellendale Pool. The wind farm could be seen from our farm/ property and was quite big as wind farms go providing most of the power for Geraldton and surrounding area. At Ellendale Pool there were a few other picnickers and campers being the weekend. However it didn't seem to be a very big area so would fill up quickly.

 The farm had lots of wildflowers when we first arrived including orchids and these wonderful colourful flowers that were a type of grevillia that came out after most of the other flowers had finished.
 On another occasion we went to Greenough and out to Lucy's beach. Depending on where we were going we often took the dog with us and she got so used to riding in the back that she used to look longingly at the back of the truck so that Lynn would lower the backboard down and the she would hop up and park herself for the day if we weren't going anywhere .
 The property owners  also owned the Little Starfish cafe at South Beach and "mac" apparently used ti spend her days at the beach with them so she really enjoyed a trip to the beach and chasing the Kitesurfers which the beach is renowned for. 

Little Starfish Cafe at South Beach Port Denison

Me and Mac at the beach

 Greenough looking towards the sea

Lucy's beach