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Old gum trees on the bush track.

I’ll be honest with you, I love the garden at Kanturk in winter. The parched grasses and gardens of summer – made worse by 12 years of drought – have given way over the pst two years to a lush vibrant garden in winter.

The first tee on the little golf course looks so lush in winter.

The bush walk looks so inviting, a stroll along it can be so invigorating. 


I love the way the sun peeps through the trees creating patterns on the bush track.

Unusual seed pos (or fungi?) in the bush.

After living here for 12 years we have finally removed 60 massive pine trees – the world’s tallest wick that lead straight to our house and have started a massive planting of natives to encourage the bird life.


The tawny frogmouths love sleeping in the willow myrtle.

We are told an estimated 52 birds live on our property. And the variety we have enjoyed would concur with this. Quite apart from the rosellas, parrots and kookaburras, ducks, finches, pardalotes, willy wagtails and fan tails, (that are so gregarious and tend to follow me when I walk through the bush in the morning) our dogs’ breakfasts is shared with a pair of butcher birds and a magpie or two. It can be quite a battle out there.


The butcher bird waits patiently for the scraps left by the magpie.

Every year we are sure the ducks that nest of the dam return each year. They seem to always know to come up to the chook pen area to get some offerings. And each year, while they are so protective of their new ducklings, they always bring them up to the house once to show them off.


Mother duck loves showing off her little ducklings each year.

Our chooks have found some very cosy spots to roost during the day.

Our chooks love this spot under the jacaranda tree.

As the new plantings of natives take off over the next few years, I can’t wait to see how the birdlife thrives.