Back from Lismore...

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I’ve just arrived home from a few days up in Lismore, northern New South Wales, where I was dropping off the elderly duck and my two bantam hens to their new homes. Middle daughter and I spent two days constructing a chook (chicken) tractor (moveable pen) out of plastic hose and wire. We were both very proud and very exhausted by the end. We bought a rabbit hutch for the duck and oiled it with vegetable oil. Everybody of a feathered persuasion stayed in a tent until the cage was built and hutch was bought. It worked really well, although I found a cigarette butt on the first morning so I hate to think what they were getting up to in there.
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I stayed with lovely friends on a property at Manilla, north of Tamworth NSW on the way up and back. Rural NSW towns like Inverell and Tenterfield are quite lovely in autumn. Unfortunately it is hard to take photos while driving, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

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There has been rain in northern NSW and the countryside is green and very beautiful...that which isn’t currently under water. Daughter’s share house is up on stilts to put it higher than the 100 year flood level as it is close to the river which floods regularly. There are tropical trees and a jungle feel just around the house, and she suggested we put wire on the cage of a small enough gage to keep snakes out. Not that she’d seen any snakes...until we were putting the thing into place and there was one under foot! Luckily she had her new gum boots (rubber boots) on! Each house is given a chart showing their height relative the various flood levels. When the river rises 8 metres they get a warning, and when higher, advice to evacuate and a map of the roads they can use to get out. Not sure how you see the roads once it floods...

I have also been talking to various real estate agents re selling the house in Sydney. One more to talk with then a decision will have to be made which one to work with. One bright young fellow said his mob play on potential buyers’ “fear of loss”...urging them to up their offer or they’ll lose the view or whatever it is they love about the place. Another said they want people to fall in love with the house. Same thing in the end, but the two approaches certainly feel different! I don’t think I’ll be going with the “fear of loss” guy.

The plot now is to sell before winter (June) then move with the dog (Susie) to Tasmania (Tasmania) and rent until I find my next house. The question is, can I get he house ready in time????

Meanwhile, remembering Tasmania...

This is a statue of Gunn, botanist, in City Park, Launceston Tasmania. Every time I saw him my first impression was that he was texting somebody.