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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
Jerry

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....

Pawpaw....

Bananas.....

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 Rob Collings on March 4, 2017 at 17:39

Beautiful Lissa ... I think Jack's waiting for your to throw the camera.

Comment by Pollyanna on March 4, 2017 at 15:19
Lovely garden, sort of like yours, but industrial sized ;-).

The tiny mystery hen is a black laced 'wine dot'. The mystery plant is a mystery to me too, it the leaves look more like a coleus to me. Always good to know of another bee plant, hopefully someone knows what it is.
Comment by Sophie on March 4, 2017 at 14:26
Awesome! And such pretty hens!!
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 4, 2017 at 13:42

Cool spot! Get those Dragon Fruit! We've harvested 17 with another 9 buds.

Comment by Lissa on March 4, 2017 at 13:30

The site wouldn't let me post this blog. I had to copy and paste it into a new blog.

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