Posted on December 18th, 2017

Add in the comments any weeds you have spotted and where, and whether they just need monitoring to see if they come back or if they need dealing with. 

by Lewie on September 20th, 2012

Caught this White Tailed Water Rat last night and released him this morning.

Posted on September 20th, 2012

Posted on September 12th, 2012

This is a copy of something the QLd Ambulance Service posted on Facebook (I subscribe to them coz of Casey).  I thought it is a timely reminder we should get the numbering project off the ground.

Support your Queensland Ambulance OfficersMaking it easier to find your address in an emergency!

One of the things that can delay ambulances (and other emergency services), particularly at night, is unsuitable street address numbering.

It is hard to know where to look. Some householders have numbers on the face of the house in brown paint on dark brick, others have the numbers grown over by bushes. Some dont have numbers.

Check your own numbering, particulalry at night, and see if you can see it easily from the drivers seat of your car.

The general rule of thumb is to have numbers on a contrasting background at least 75mm (3") high on the letterbox or on the gate post. Mounting numbers on "v" shapes make sure the numbers are visible form both directions. Having reflective numbering (or illuminated numbering) certainly make locating the address easier at night.

Some local government authorities make numbers available to ratepayers free of charge.

Posted on July 16th, 2012

I know it is hard to know what information to trust about Round Up, and I know (very well!!) how hard it can be to manage weeds by hand.  But there is good, solid, well validated scientific evidence now that Round Up is not benign. It doesn't just biodegrate. This blog post has links to some of the research. You can spend days on it - I have. I know that it is tedious and difficult researching this stuff. But seeing no evil sadly doesn't help.

Posted on June 29th, 2012

Another magical Yule.

by Lindy on February 21st, 2012

125 mm in 3 hours. One of the heaviest downpours ever. Dan was very lucky to not just survive but retrieve his motorbike from the creek. Thanks and congratulations are due to the people who managed the last batch of roadworks. The top road has held up really well, even with some blocked pipes. The cement survived fine, the other steep bit did well with the new drainage from the quarry, the shaping and guttering all worked well. The top road concrete crossing was crossable yesterday morning. Our road looks much better than the council one. Now if we can only get a chance to put the same good designing to work on the front crossing, we'll have as good an access as is possible!

Posted on February 21st, 2012

by Lindy on December 23rd, 2011

Shouldn't let me take the photos! Happy solstice everyone!

Posted on September 17th, 2011

The pizza oven is taking shape! Three work bees so far - one for the foundation slab last autumn, and now we are back into it, one for the rock wall base and today the centre brickwork and formwork. Next weekend all helpers welcome to help mix the concrete slab for the top, which will be fairly quick and easy, then the brickwork for the oven front and chimney the weekend of 1st October, then the mudbrick dome maybe the following weekend. Then rendering the dome, the roof, and the first pizzas, bread baking, Yule goose....

by Lindy on January 12th, 2011

I came across this picture and thought it might be a timely warning. Can't remember the exact date - perhaps someone else can? I think it was about 1989. We had 5 inches (125 mm) rain in 20 minutes. This is the debris at the top flat above the old volleyball court, where the pecan tree is near the top road crossing now.

by John McWilliam on September 30th, 2010

This is John McWilliam (Helen's brother). Yesterday, 28th September at 3 pm I saw a GREAT CORMORANT waddling along the road in front of the Community Centre. I know that it was a great cormorant as I had my Simpson and Day in the car and had ages to identify it. It was unafraid of the car - it took off and flew very low (no more than 2 feet) above the ground for about 50 metres, then waddled along the road some more until I caught up in the car. After looking at it for more than 2 minutes (no use calling everyone on my UHF CB) I had to drive around it. Has anyone ever seen one at BHC before? I looked at records of various twitches over the years, but there was no record. Perhaps the bird was so slowed down because it was sick, but it looked healthy enough.

PS: I would have written a new Post, but don't know how>

Cheers, John

by Helen on September 3rd, 2010

We had a couple of Eastern Spinebills in the grevillea on the first day of spring. This photo doesn't quite do justice to the golden chest of the birds we had here. I heard them early the next day - and now they must have moved on or their distinctive trilling sound is drowned out by the bell birds.

Posted on September 1st, 2010

Young Koala beside the top road about 6pm 31st August 2010.
Very health young Koala

Posted on July 26th, 2010

The next Directors meeting is scheduled for 3pm on the 14th August.

by Johanna on July 2nd, 2010

I don't usually go in for this but surfing the net at random can take you into unexplored terrain. Anyway according to numerology we are all living in a number six house (ie *+*+* = 6). So as we all know each and every house here is as different as the next, so I added this as a bit of light humour.

In a Number Six house, there are rarely any half-measures. It can be harmonious and a place of tranquillity, or it can be the exact reverse; discordant and trying, particularly in matters involving family and emotions. There will always be one member of the family who finds life difficult or unsettled whilst living at a Number Six. It is a house of extremes, nurturing either intense love and harmony or intense dislike and discord. Love and marriage are very important to couples who move or build here, often beginning a new life here because it provides a definite feeling of a love nest.

This is a house of beauty, love, attraction and happiness and there will always be a nice gentle flow of fresh air throughout this home. There is usually very little ambition or drive here because the occupants are too content with their lot; to them, making decisions in this house can become a painful and laborious process.

Home cooking, books, art, beautiful objects and lovely gardens are often created or developed in a Number Six house, which makes it a haven for artists, musicians and creative people. There will always be a variety of things to do at this address and the occupants will either have a piano, home theatre, or an expensive sound system to listen too.

Social Justice will prove very important to the occupants of a Number Six house, either as a profession or through involvement. There may be a well-used study at this address and telephone/internet bills could be excessive due to the constant flow of communication.

However, as I reread this some parts actually fit a bit, (fascinating!) I like to think of our home as the following. “This is a house of beauty, love, attraction and happiness and there will always be a nice gentle flow of fresh air throughout this home." But who wouldn’t indulge in this romantic notion. Though anyone who has sat on our veranda knows that the breeze is not always gentle!

"Home cooking, books, art, beautiful objects and lovely gardens are often created or developed in a Number Six house, which makes it a haven for artists, musicians and creative people." I can think of a few of us in this category, home cooking because it's just too far to go to get a decent feed, books, well who doesn't have them, art ... well Yule makes sure well all have something and gardens just happen here anyway, if you’re not fussy about what is growing where. Well not everyone is a musician here, but I have never seen so many in one place....but all in all I think we are a creative and resourceful bunch of people.

Maybe we are like a big clan, with a few discordant members from time to time. Anyway it was just for fun.

Posted on June 20th, 2010

Hi Valley, the yule 2010 photos are posted. Great night! Brett xx

by Johanna on May 31st, 2010

Photos of weeds (from the weed list) have been uploaded to photo albums.

by Lewie on May 30th, 2010

Sunday night moon rise (30. May 2010)
for those down in the valley....

Posted on May 8th, 2010

Easter Cassia – an environmental weed, a typical garden escapee. Unfortunately we have it here on Blackhorse Creek. Guess where it came from? It escaped from a garden. The botanical name is Senna floribunda (synonym Cassia coluteoides). Common names are Easter cassia to a horticulturist or arsenic bush to an environmentalist.

Botanical species name floribunda means flowers abundantly and it’s certainly what it does. It produces masses of beautiful lovely flowers; consequently it became a favourite garden plant. Its origin is India.

A sprawling shrub up to 41/2 metres tall, it has bright yellow flowers in clusters at the end of each branch and narrow seed pods, up to 5 centimeters long. When ripe these seed pods burst open and fling their seed for a matter of metres around them so it doesn’t take very long for them to be a prolific bunch of shrubs.

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