After a long wet period over winter during which all dams overflowed - frequently - and the ephemeral creek is now flowing continuously, ecological changes advise the transition of one season into the next.
Already, tiny yellow-rumped thorn bills (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) are twittering in their nest entwined amongst the tendrils of jasmin. A pair nested in the same location last year however I don't recall the hatching being quite so early - after all, it is still wintry August.
The almonds have already blossomed and the earlier variety has leaves pushing through. The peaches, nectarines and apricots are ready to burst but the grape buds are still snuggled in their sheaths. The Tahitian lime and Eureka and Meyer lemons are bursting with blossoms and the fragrances will soon be wafting through the air. The mulberry tree's fruits are lengthening every day and I remember last year, October was the prime time for harvesting the luscious fruit, leaving a sticky trail of purple juice down our chins.
The sky patterns are changing, too, and there is more colour in the evening and morning skies now.
The magpies and fairy wrens compete for first song honours of the day and it's almost impossible to keep snoozing with a divine cacophony outside the bedroom window. Adding to this symphony is Rufus, the grey shrike thrush (Colluricincla harmonica) who has literally been in our household for almost 12 months. Hatched in an old swallow's nest above the premier farrowing suite, this little hatchling wasn't much of a flier which wouldn't have been a problem except Queen Mama was due to have her babes any day. She has cravings and we were concerned small birds may have been her top culinary priority so, this little nondescript grey bird came to the house and started dining on insects and crawling critters found in the garden. Yes, it would have been amusing to observe a woman on her hands and knees, resplendent with tweezers, carefully capturing slaters, mealy worms, and earwigs...sometimes even a small centipede as a very special treat; all in the name of caring for another life.
Springview Eco-Farm is the most amazing place I have ever lived; the flora, fauna and fungi here are diverse, abundant and forever fascinating. Through using Instagram (L O V E this app) and posting pics from here, the list of followers is amazing, including Sri Lankan Travel, Tourism Australia, Destination NSW, Riverina Regional Tourism and Wagga Tourism. As a result, we've been receiving enquiries from people wanting to visit and isn't this the perfect time of year to do so! Ahhhh - Spring is in the air - and ground - and trees - and water - and rocks - it is everywhere!
|Tort and Tara: first Piggie Gig next week|
In September, the Wagga Permaculture Group are lunching here one Sunday and later in that week, 27 children aged between five and twelve are here for a day during the school holidays. They will meet the piggies (of course!), build cubbies, run through the long grass and help cook their own lunch with camp ovens and fires; this is experiential learning at its finest!
During October, the month-long Taste Riverina Festival, we have five workshops and Open Days here, every Sunday. They are -
Growing and Using Native Produce on the 2nd October
Springview Eco-Farm Open Day on the 9th and 30th October
Brewing Beer - hops 'n all on the 16th October and
Growing and Making Cider and Wine at home on the 23rd October
All events include feasts created from Bush Goddess Paddock Pork products and locally sourced seasonal, chemical and gmo-free foods to showcase the amazing range of products available in our mighty Riverina. It is so easy to feast locally and please join us for one, some, or all of the events at Springview Eco-Farm during October.
If you would like to bring a group, hold a workshop, have a picnic in the bush, enjoy a guided walk to see the wildflowers, or host a poet's retreat, please call and we can make these gigs come to life, just as you imagine them.
Every group is exclusive so you receive our full attention and you will be filled with awe and wonder at the abundance of Nature in the four eco-systems on this 65ha property.
Please direct enquiries to pennie on 0427 44 11 07 or email bushgoddess(at)bigpond.com