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Thank-You so much Gayle for inviting us into your home and garden today, you were a wonderful host, we all felt most welcome. Thank You Gayle these are the Flowers I left on the Sink at Home.

We had a lovely spread for Morning Teas, Homemade dips, a lovely Turmeric infused with Cumin, a Pumpkin Dip, Homemade Labna w/ Sweet Chilli Jam and one with Dukkah, there were slices & cakes etc. Thank-You everyone you always do us proud. The Swap Table was filled with cuttings, fruit, books, seeds and more. James had on offer a sampling of the many ways he turns his Chokos into delectable delights, Fo-Pears, Fo-Candied Ginger, Pickled Chokos and More.

James Demonstrating the Latest Dance Craze

The day started off a little overcast and cool though it did soon warm up whilst we were there. We enjoyed our tour around the garden. Gayle has been very busy, especially since having to remove the retaining wall at the back of the property as there is a new development going on where the farm was. So there are ongoing changes happening. You will find many Fruit Trees, Fig, Miracle Fruit, and a Lemon Tree laden with fruit. Salad Greens grow happily amongst the Herbs and Assorted Vegetables.

Gayle Showing us around the Garden and Giving us an Informative Narrative.

Lemon Tree, Very Pretty

Everyone Listening so Intently.

All manner of Native animals enjoy the Garden, the Ringtail Possums doing the selective pruning of the highest trees and bushes. Bluetongues and other lizards enjoy the sanctuary of the areas in the leaf litter under the trees. There are Swallows nesting and other birds enjoy visiting the leafy branches of the trees.

Potted Colour to Brighten up Winter

In the Shadiest part of the garden Maidenhair and others ferns thrive. The pond has higher plantings around it so as to deter Toads from taking a bath. Native Fish live in amongst the very healthy pond plants eg (Water Chestnuts).

Pond with Higher Plants Around the Base in Garden to Deter Toads from Having a Swim.

Thanks Again to Everyone, so this has taken so long to get on the Site but can you believe it I lost the Site about 5 times, and 5 times I had to redo the photos, luckily I had saved the text on Word.

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Sorry I missed seeing the changes in your garden, Gayle.   We were called out today, and unable to make it.  Your garden looks very natural and I love to see flowers in winter. The native plants look healthy too.  Hope you all had a good time.

Yes we had a good time Christa and Ian, we missed you today, we reminisced about Daley's and teased Susan about still having food in her hand today. See you next time.

Thanks Dianne! Were you going to take those flowers to Gayle?

Good to see the changes Gayle has made since I visited last.

I had some issues with logging in again today but got in by typing the Ning address. Weird. Wrote to them reporting it.

Yes, the flowers were for Gayle and it wasn't until we were half way to Bridgeman Downs and I said "Oh my Goodness, I have forgotten the Flowers", Graham would not turn the car around. I picked them from the garden this morning, amazing what you can find in the garden in Winter...

I had no Rozie this weekend.  It meant I was swamped and caring for mother and son.  Typical isn't it.  And the damn visit was just down the street!!!!

We missed you and Rozie, maybe next time.

I was  explaining to Cathy how :- " It was just a jump to the left "

Thanks Gayle and Ken for your hospitality, Christine and I enjoyed the morning.

What a lovely visit we all had - James efforts with the choko "pear" and "crystallized ginger" were really convincing and tasty. Many of us went back for seconds and thirds. The pickled choko was really delish.

So nice for me to be able to blend and chat - thank you again Dianne for taking over organising the group.

Big thank you to Gayle for having us over to visit. The garden is coming along wonderfully - you use each area with it's different aspects so well. I always love to check out your veg growing area. 

Good to see some new faces along with the regulars we now get at most visits. A real social outing to look forward to.

I'll save the seed from the Qld Blue pumpkin if anyone wants some. Though to be honest, I had some roasted for dinner last night and while the colour was good I was disappointed in the flavour.

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Thanks Gayle and hubbie for putting on another interesting garden visit. The hospitality was first class as was the great food offerings available. Gayle, you have made good use of your good soil and have an interesting array of plants and growing methods for all to see. I especially liked the chance to talk to chat to everyone about their gardens and ideas. Loved the choko based savoury and sweet titbits that James brought along, they were very tasty and it just shows what can be done to a fairly ordinary tasting vegetable with a little bit of enthusiasm and ingenuity. Thanks to all who brought along such a good array of items to giveaway. I opted for (would you believe), a white choko. a green choko, (and some chillies). Lissa, I managed to kill the last white choko that you gave me (so much for a green thumb). I will treat this one with a little more care and attention. 

Don't beat yourself up too much over the death of the white choko Roger, they are a tad more touchy than the green ones.

The Madagascar Bean plant smothered my choko vine and I've had trouble establishing another choko ever since. Checked yesterday and the last one I planted has finally sent up a shoot. I know I am guilty of treating choko with a bit of laissez-faire, expecting them to perform for me without much love or attention.

Thanks for report and the flowers Dianne - and I will be putting in those cuttings today for more flowers here.  I aim to always have a couple of different flowers at any given time for the bees.

This is what I want to do to the pool  The lid, not the cells.  Only trouble he is in Perth. Maybe I'll find someone here who has done the same.


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