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Beautiful weather to be checking out Amanda and Mark's lush garden this morning - thank you for having us :) 

Lots of bananas, citrus, rosellas, pawpaw, pumpkin, pepino amongst others. Gorgeous chooks cleverly housed using the kids tramapoline and cubby house for cover above, plus some beautiful ducks.

Below: Elaine chatting with Amanda and Jack. The cubby house provides a roof for the chooks at night.

Below: The trampoline is also used to provide the chooks with cover.

GBelow: Vanessa checking out the chook pen.

Below: The girls themselves.

Below: Amanda's ducks.

Below: The lush backyard from the verandah. Chooks live under the cubby house and trampoline. Ducks live in the run to the right.

Below: Vanessa, Amanda, Christine, Mark and James

Below: Amanda uses this clever water protection for her Star Gooseberry in the duck run, which also slow waters the plant.

Below: Amanda making soda water to go with Vanessa's home made Rosella cordial. James's brought some of his delicious home made wine and icecreams to try.

Below: The beautiful smiling Molly saying goodbye.

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Thanks for a lovely visit Amanda.  Such a beautiful garden.  Good luck with your wicking beds!

I think they're really going to happen. Mark was scheming a scheme with Steve involving a weekend of cider and shovels... Sounds good to me!

Cool report Lissa! Lovely garden visit this morning, thriving garden with lots of permanent plants. Super hospitality :-) and delicious samples of James, Vanessa and Amanda's home-made goodies.

Thanks everyone who made the trek. It was lovely to put a couple more faces to names.

I'm pleased the visit wasn't a couple of weeks ago when everything was super brown and crunchy. Thanks Lissa for doing such a lovely report and making my garden look so cool :)

Your garden is way cool! lol Think of all the lovely edibles you're going to have from your many varieties of bananas and other fruit trees in a year or less.

I did leave the Winter Melon behind without cutting it to share so guess it's all yours. Lots of stir fries perhaps? It  may still be sitting at the bottom of the stairs if you haven't already found it.

(ooxx to Molly)

Thanks heaps for your hospitality Amanda and Mark, LOVED!!!!! the cider Mark ----you'll have to join Andy's group," Home Grown Liquors "  then we've got all bases covered, LOL. Made it to the tennis group and succeeded in getting into a team for this season, so good day all round.

I'm as grumpy as hell that I missed it Amanda.  James very kindly rubbed the salt into my wounds around lunch time.  I'm so damn tired from work that I just slept through the whole thing.   I'd even made a bottle of White Caramello for us all to sample.  

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