Posted on April 21st, 2010

from Helen:
Check out this webiste and see what you think: http://www.threatenedspecies.environment.nsw.gov.au/tsprofile/profile_data.aspx?id=10033&cma=Northern+Rivers

Posted on April 20th, 2010

Let the experts argue it out.. I think it's a (Sphaerospira fraseri) I think they were mating (slowly) (it takes a while for her to come out of her shell).

pictured on our entrance to house
link below
http://www2.dpi.qld.gov.au/health/14366.html

by Lewie on April 20th, 2010

For those of you who go to the trouble of putting photos on the BHC web page. It is very easy to change the file name of the photo and add a tag and caption to suit. This will mean that when the mouse hovers over the image it woun't read ec2333.jpg but will read Rocket frog. jpg
It will help when people are looking for images and a caption and tag is also helpful for remembering where the photo was taken etc.
PS some mischief maker has been altering some of the file names from EX324.jpg to wombat.jpg see if you can find the misplaced wombat....

To alter the image name just go to home/ apps/ photos
/then properties. to see what the photos is called and change the title, caption and tag.

by Lewie on April 19th, 2010

"Beautiful plumage the Noregon Blue" as is the Rainbow Lorikeet in the garden

by Sue P on April 16th, 2010

I currently buy boxes of nuts, seeds and legumes at discounted prices and pass on to anyone who wishes to buy at the same rate.

They are good Australian quality, however not organic (at this stage).
Prices are:

Almonds 500g $ 7.00
Cashews 500g $ 7.00
Cashews Salted 500g $ 7.00
Chick Peas 500g $ 2.70
Macadamias Salted 500g $10.00
Peacans 250g $ 6.50
Sunflower Kernels 500g $ 3.00
Walnuts 240g $ 6.00

If you'd like some please email me at sprideaux@kuma.com.au, Adam and I will be down again on the 1st weekend in May.

Sue

by Lewie on April 3rd, 2010

Found this lovely Rocket Frog in my brew brewing kit area. He/she is rather large, about 60mm long. very placid and with lovely GT stripe along the nose. ready for racing.

I had a look at the range of the Lesueur's Tree Frog ( Litoria lesueuri ) and it doesn't extend this far north. I think it is instead a Stoney Creek Frog ( Litoria wilcoxi ) look at the photo in the link below to confirm.
http://www.ozanimals.com/Frog/Stoney-Creek-Frog/Litoria/wilcoxi.html

by Lindy on April 1st, 2010

There is a new page added under The Wild Valley, with the weed watch list identified at the meeting. (Thanks Garry for creating the list!) As I can, I will add photos, control information etc. If anyone else has any info or links, please add them (or email to me). If you can help identify where there are outbreaks of any of the watch list, or your would like to host a Miracle Day to control them (on your own place or commns) please add in Comments.

Posted on March 24th, 2010

Hi all

Just a reminder that there is a directors meeting this Saturday 27th March at 3pm at the CC.

Posted on March 23rd, 2010

Thanks Brett for minutes so fast! They are now up on the Secret Blackhorse Business Page if anyone is interested in the doings of the Maintenance Committee.

Posted on March 14th, 2010

How about a weed sharing get together and mabon this Saturday 20th?

times?
3pm for weeds
5pm for pizza and soup

Here is some information about Mabon from the festivals section of our web site ....

Mabon
The days are getting shorter and the nights longer, as they approach the balance point. Autumn has begun. The season of full dams, gumboots and leeches, and mowing whenever you can.

Mabon is the Autumn Equinox, the Harvest Festival. It is a time of racing to finish the harvest before the winter, a season of hard work and not enough time to do it. Mabon is a silly festival, a way of keeping your spirits up for the home run, markng the end of the long workdays, and the beginning of the season of long nights, of dreaming and looking inwards. Mabon was the first sabbat we ever celebrated, with the infamous war of the sexes at the Fig Tree. Wonderous as the story is for telling, it’s an impossible act to follow!

Mabon is also a festival of thanksgiving, where we take stock of the bounty the year has provided, so as not to take our good fortune for granted.

I am working on Saturday and the times are a bit fuzzy - so I'll see you when I get there. helen

Posted on March 9th, 2010

ping pong, pizza and stone soup

this friday night
@
Black Horse Community Centre
5pm onwards

bring: ingredients for pizza and/or stone soup
and musical instruments if ur so inclined

pass it on...
;)

Posted on February 22nd, 2010

I have put possible dates in the calendar to celebrate the seasons (festivals) for the remainder of the year. I have done this to help me plan my diary for the year and so I can let family or friends who like to join in, of the likely dates we will be celebrating what.

These dates are suggestions only. The calendar year is awkward when working out when we should be celebrating what and to try and keep the celebrations 6 -7 weeks apart and also have them on a Saturday. Some dates are closer together than others. I have intentionally put Yule early - 19th June - as the real date is mid week and the 19th doesn't clash with the Lismore lantern parade.

As I said these are suggested dates only, feel free to change them.

Helen

by Helen on February 21st, 2010

After Saturday night: playing table tennis, cooking and eating pizza, talking, playing music and sitting round the fire at the community centre I thought we need to think about a couple of projects that my further enhance the community centre.

We have talked about creating a storage room by possibly relocating the water tank and building a room in the space taken up by the tank stand and tank. I know that is a big project as the tank is old and may not survive being moved, however someone may have other ideas or a spare tank or something. At a recent meeting it had been suggested that we have a 5000 gallon tank at the community centre as we are moving into dryer times and such a move would ensure we have sufficient water in times of scarcity.

I think we need a hose at the community centre for safety and also for convenience when using water to clean out the community centre.

Extending the floor to under the skillion roof out the front and a ramp for ease of access also come to mind as projects for the future.

Any other ideas? or ideas on how to improve the access and to resolve the need for storage space.

Garry, thanks for organising the working bee on Saturday - some of us rearranged the kitchen gear - Garry supplied us with plastic boxes, and Garry and others worked on improving the toilet facilities.

Helen

Posted on February 20th, 2010

Hi all

just to let people know that there is a get together today, Saturday 20th February at the Community Center for a clean up, table tennis, and pizza. Short notice but definitely worth attending.

SECONDLY: It appears that all of the rotten rock I filled the pot holes with has simply washed out and we are back to square one. I don't mind doing it again if anyone can inform me of the procedure and we can get hold of the correct filler.

THIRDLY: I have purchased a lock for the poison storage container we talked about at the last meeting. John mentioned that we have a case, so we just need to get the spray pack and the relevant poisons. I will call Jelly and take it from there. Hope to see you all today!

ciao, Brett

Posted on February 15th, 2010

Just wondering...our so called "secret Black Horse business" doesn't seem to be very secret. Isn't there supposed to be a password or something to see that page? At the moment our meeting minutes and treasury report etc are out for all the world to see. Is that really how we want it?

by Lindy on February 13th, 2010

I'm looking for a recipe for Witches Kitchen for turkey stuffed with bananas.

by Lindy on February 11th, 2010

It's a while since we last did Lammas tributes, but I was thinking while mowing today that there are some big thanks due: Brett (I presume it was?) for filling the potholes, specially the big muddy one near the front gate that used to get me in my good clothes! John McWilliam for the new tap on the tub in the Community Centre, which is absolutely perfect for the purpose. Lewie, for doing road patrol with a mattock in the rain and getting water to run off the top road. Thanks guys.

by Johanna on February 3rd, 2010

Saturday the 6th of February
at the Community Centre
at 3.00pm
Before Paddy's Party

by Lindy on February 1st, 2010

I'm all for building a proper cob oven at the community centre, but if we wanted to go really fast and bodgie, this design looks interesting:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2010/01/build-a-pizza-oven-out-of-a-weber-grill/

by Lewie on January 23rd, 2010

I think this is an Australian Owlet-nightjar also called A Little Nightjar, Fairy Owl or Moth Owl.
It is using the bird box given to me (Lewie) by Michael as a Yule gift last year.
You can see it if you come half way up the hill in a Brush box tree on the left.
It will come out if there's a bit of noise in the afternoon to have a look at what's going on.
If someone has any other suggestions of what the bird is please let me know but that is what i think it is.


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