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I am very fond of Dayboro, the folk are down to earth, the scenery gorgeous. It's still close to amenities but feels "country".  So the opportunity to spend, all up, 8 weeks here is most pleasureable. 

I am staying for two weeks at Lynn and Wayne's place first up - actually having my holiday to cover the period, looking after their four puddies, Jack the (adorable, smart Bull Arab) dog and getting out of looking after the chooks as neighbour Andrea has that job. I just get the free range eggs :)

We did a GV here in 2016  for further information.

The house is a beautiful old Queenslander with great airflow and polished wood floors. The garden a quarter acre of flowers, herbs, veg beds and fruit trees. Wonderful. Pretty much my idea of a dream home....apart from the nutgrass....there is a LOT of nutgrass. It's a real challenge for them.

This is the view I wake to in the morning - it's also a great verandah to sit on at night (no mossies) and sip some red while watching the galas fly over.

Lynn's front yard has a large area dedicated to bee attracting flowering plants. There are lots of bees - mainly honey, SNB and Blue Banded. 

Amongst them is this mystery plant which the bees just love! big time. The flowers don't open until it becomes sunny - pale yellow petals with a darker centre. Reminiscent of rosellas and hibiscus....if anyone can name it please.

NOTE: Christa managed to track down the name of this plant which was then confirmed by Jerry C-W. Thank you to both of you:
Yes, Turnera ulmifolia 'Elegans' it is (Turneraceae, Central America). Not very common. Definitely worth saving the seed. 🙂
Kind regards

Some of my charges. Despite being a big intelligent dog Jack is a wuss when it comes to the slightest hint of thunder and needs to be close to his humans.

Sam, one of four cats and surely the most decorative - he has decided my crop basket is a good place to rest.

The chickens are very pretty. I'm not up on chicken varieties but some of the prettiest here are Wyandotts which I thought up to this very moment were called Wine Dots! There are also two regular black laying chooks. One of which has a prolapse.

But the chook with the most personality is fluffy little white Betty. I have no idea what type of chook Betty is (turns out she's a Frizzle) but she lays lovely little eggs and "talks" to me all the time. Vocally asking to be let out of her own little pen in the mornings and following me around when I'm in the backyard, yacking away. Her friend is another small breed I don't know the name of (now know she is a Sebright), very pretty but sturky of me.

Lynn and Wayne have a big range of fruit trees growing on their block - 

Panama Berries - one of my favourite sweet snacks. This is about half of today's crop (rest eaten before I thought to take a pic).

Lots of citrus including this Mandarin...

There's lots of productive orange trees and I think these are perhaps Pummelos or Grapefruit....

Plenty of ripening Dragonfruit.....

Two large figs covered in fruit...

An espaliered orchard with chook run down the middle (chooks are free range in the backyard and can come and go from this run), great idea....



Banks of Rosellas that they turn into jams and cordials.....

Grow tunnel for greens.....

Pumpkins galore.....

And a very productive Coffee plant in the front yard that Wayne makes his own coffee out of.....

Everywhere I go, Jack goes with me. He loves me but I think I must be boring company compared to Mum and Dad who never stop moving and doing stuff. He seems a bit puzzled why I'm out taking pictures when I could be playing catch with him.

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Comment by Lissa on March 20, 2017 at 18:05

There is definitely an up side to it all Cheryl :)

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on March 20, 2017 at 7:08

Lissa, you are now living my dream.  I love travelling around and love seeing how other people manage their gardens -  I feel a small caravan is on the horizon for me.

Comment by Lissa on March 19, 2017 at 11:47

Thanks Peggy, nice words :)

My alternative to sitting was life in a small unit with another b. mortgage. This way I get to experience life in different houses, enjoy peoples gardens and all the hidden treasure they hold and explore around a bit while meeting new people. I will settle down eventually but hope to gain from the experience maybe finding my perfect place to live along the way. 

Comment by Pollyanna on March 18, 2017 at 17:29
Lissa, nice 'glass half full' outlook, and your loss will be my gain, too. Because you post thoughtfully written, photo rich updates, it's like an in depth armchair Garden Visit. I will get to see gardens that might otherwise be unavailable to me. And of course, you get to not just see, but live with them. I know I've learned with every garden I've lived with, things to do/not do, elements I can/can't live without etc, and I'll get your insight into those things and more with each each of your 'garden sits'. And now you see why I was told I'm a bit of a Pollyanna, as it seems are you :-)
Comment by Lissa on March 18, 2017 at 11:39

Apart from the not having my own garden and managing with just the belongings I can fit in a car, and moving house every few weeks or months if I get a long one, then it's not too bad. Craving my own place but willing to make the most of the situation for the next year or two and get as much good out of it as I can.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 18, 2017 at 11:29

Wow.  This house sitting gig seems pretty darn good Lissa. 

Comment by Lissa on March 18, 2017 at 6:12

You should see where I am NOW Andy. On top of a hill looking out over the valley. When I woke yesterday morning all below me was covered in cloud.

You and Roz can come visit one weekend before I move if you like.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 17, 2017 at 20:14

Gold!  What a lovely spot to spend two week in. 

Comment by Lissa on March 17, 2017 at 19:15

You gave me the correct spelling!

I've moved from that sit a week ago, but I don't believe the little Sebright girl ever gave eggs. She was such an anxious little thing always running away from me. The house I am at at the moment (also at Dayboro) has a little "running hen" also, as I call them. Like little lean marathon runners they are. None of the four chooks here are laying eggs at all. Will have to buy some :/

Comment by Pollyanna on March 17, 2017 at 18:42
Oops, didn't see that you had a name for them. Old eyes, tiny tiny screen... Have you had wee white eggs from her? When I have more room, I'd like to have a 'devilled egg' hen.

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