A winter week.

A busy and different week just past highlighted by the visit of my sister Heather and her husband Bruce. Town adventures, shopping and computer problems solved , thank-you Bruce.

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Damp days when my family were here, 3 days of sun-shine has followed. Heavy gales forced us back to the cabin on Friday. Hurling spearing dead branches made edge of mixed forest work dangerous. The roar of the wind in the canopy is a sound I sometimes dread. I am satisfied at our progressing work. Through the mulched lantana many rain-forest trees are growing.

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And the garden where the bees are still busy, monarch butterflies developing visible through their cocoons. No frost yet for the gardens. I am hoping for a couple before the air warms.
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qpening

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cartoon/2014/jul/18/carbon-tax-first-dog

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Tomorrow.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next working bee will be on Saturday the 19th of July, from 9 am till 1:30 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the fire track gate at the end of South Beach Road near the surf club. If you come later, walk along the dog walking track to the beach, head South for 50 m and you will spot us lopping Bitou bush on the front dune. We now finish off our primary work and new volunteers our welcome. We have 15 pairs of loppers, so if you have some spare time and want to learn how to restore the dunes using chemical-free strategy please come and join us.

Please wear boots, a long-sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, a picnic and beach gear. More information please email byronshirechemicalfreelandcare@gmail.com or go to http://www.byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org

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Herbicide-free landcare increasing.

Friends of Success Hill Reserve and traditional owners, the Swan River Peoples, are pleased to announce the success of their non chemical weeding activities at the Success Hill Reserve in Bassendean, Western Australia. Jane Bremmer spokesperson for Friends of Success Hill Reserve said, “The Bassendean community, especially our children, will benefit from the work we have done here in removing weeds without resorting to harmful chemicals. The community and sensitive river ecosystems have not been exposed to chemical spray and vapour drift, there are no nasty chemical residues left behind in the environment and there has been no risk to the health and regeneration of native species. This is a win-win situation for all.” Success Hill elder Bella Bropho said, “Our sacred site already looks better for the work we have undertaken. It is reassuring to know that our sacred areas have not been poisoned with chemicals, an issue we are very concerned about because of the importance of the Swan River and freshwater streams that exist here at Success Hill to our people. It is our responsibility to protect these areas for our culture and future generations.” .

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/11/organic-food-more-antioxidants-study

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Great working conditions.

With low humidity and below 20 degree mornings, lantana slashing and mulching is a pleasant task.
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Satisfied. Great effort, thanks to Steve and Nic.
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Every morning this carpet snake suns it self for an hour then retreats back into the old wood stove.
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Herbicide Survey.

http://weedsnetwork.com/traction?type=digest_html&proj=WeedsNews&sdate=20140627&edate=20140790

Take the survey on herbicide use.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LFZK9Q2

And new footage of animal cruelty. The Minister of Agriculture (B Joyce ) will soon be spruiking banning any footage of animal cruelty as Australia sends even more animals to slaughter in other countries.

http://bcove.me/9rpe85dq

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Survey for the Weed News.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LFZK9Q2

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Sun.

Two invigorating days in the garden. Lil stayed and we harvested the remaining turmeric and sweet potatoes.
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Brassicas and Japanese mustard displaying their colour.
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Yours truly.
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