The Jewel in the Crown : Tathra and Kianinny Bay

Tathra is a small coastal township (population 1622) on the Sapphire Coast and is one of our favourite spots! It has the closest beach to Bega and is situated between Merimbula, 25 km to the south and Bermagui, 44 km to the north. It is 446 km south of Sydney via the Princes Highway and sits high on a bluff, overlooking its famous wharf. The 3rd and 4th photos show the view north to Wajurda Point and Moon Bay.

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Tathra Headland
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Historic Tathra Wharf
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Kingdom of the Sea Eagle
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View to the north from Tathra: All part of Mimosa Rocks National Park

The area has a rich aboriginal history, which I will cover in next week’s post (A Slice of History), due to its abundant land and sea food resources. The name ‘Tathra’ means ‘beautiful country’ in the local Yuin dialect, though other sources suggest it has a  slightly different meaning : ‘place of wild cats’!!!

The first Europeans in the area settled to the west of Tathra, illegally squatting on Crown Land in the 1820s and 1830s. At that stage, the area was outside the limits of legal settlement, known as ‘the 19 Counties’. See : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Counties for more information. This rich dairying country is regularly flooded and teams with birdlife, especially water birds. Apparently, in the 1971 Bega Valley flood, water covered the 45 foot telegraph poles all the way along the mile long flat!

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Dairy flats at Jellat Jellat
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Extensive waterways and home of Bird Route No. 1
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Recent flooding this year

An enquiry into transport facilities in the Bega area in 1851 led to the formation of the Illawarra  Steam Navigation Company in 1858. It was an amalgamation of smaller steamer services along the South coast : the Kiama Steam Navigation Company and vessels of the Twofold Bay Pastoral Association and Edye Manning’s fleet. The name was changed in 1904 to the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company. The first cargo vessel, a 50 ton sailboat called ‘Vision’, arrived in Tathra that same year and moored offshore, its cargo being transported on a small boat to Kangarutha, where a store shed was erected at a small anchorage, ‘Stockyards’, later that year.

Tathra started out as a small jetty, known as the ‘Farmers’ Sea Wharf’. It was a shipping outlet for a group of local farmers, led by Daniel Gowing, who were fed up with having to transport their produce to Merimbula 25 km away, especially as the wagons often had to wait for the tide to go out when they crossed the beach at Bournda. Daniel Gowing was a farmer from Jellat Jellat, who opened the first store in Tathra for produce to be shipped soon after from Kangarutha.

In 1860, it was decided that Kianinny Bay was more sheltered for loading than Kangarutha, so a store was built at Kianinny. Cargo was still shipped from the beach by small boats to vessels, like ‘Gipsy’, ‘Ellen’, ‘You Yangs’ and ‘John Penn’, moored in the bay. Bad weather often held up the produce wagons on their way to the boats, so loading was uncertain and the freight costs high.

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Kianinny Bay today

Tathra township was surveyed in 1861 and that same year, the jetty was replaced by a wharf, funded by donations from local farmers and The Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company. Regular shipping commenced in 1862 with PS Mimosa being the first ship to moor. The wharf was designed by prominent colonial engineer, Ernest Orpen Moriarty, and built by R. Mowatt with the help of Daniel Gowing and John Kirkwood. Turpentine logs, from the North Coast, driven into solid rock. It was sited in its current location, due to the protection from southerly winds, though the northerly waves still caused enough damage to necessitate continual repairs, including re-piling and changing the location of the piles, as piling techniques improved. The steep road down to the wharf also caused problems, requiring extra teams of animals to haul the fully-laden carts back up the hill.

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The wharf from Tathra Beach

With the opening up of Crown Lands to free selection in 1861, the population rapidly expanded and the increased trade was reflected in major additions to the original wharf. A cargo shed was built in 1866. In 1868, the Bega-Tathra road was cleared to a width of one chain and in 1879, Tathra opened its first post office in Gowing’s Store, a general store and guesthouse, on the corner of the main road and the road down to the wharf.

Due to the expansion of  shipping needs and the increase in the size of visiting ships and depth of moorings, major extensions to the wharf were made in 1873; 1878; 1886; 1889; 1903 and 1912, under the guiding hand of another well-known colonial engineer, Ernest Macartney de Burgh. In 1901, cattle and pig yards were built. The route between Tathra and Sydney became known as ‘the Pig and Whistle Line’, due to the transport of pigs, produce and passengers between the two locations. Apparently, as the boats rounded the corner, they would always blow a whistle and the pigs would start squealing!

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View south from ‘Pig and Whistle Lookout’ on Tathra Headland to the point

In 1862, the Illawarra Steamship Company fleet consisted of 3 schooners : ‘Ellen’, ‘Gipsy’ and ‘Rosebud’; a clipper : ‘White Cloud’; and 3 steamers: a paddle steamer : ‘Hunter’ and 2 screw steamers : ‘John Penn’ and ‘Kameruka’, but the sailing ships were superseded by steamers after 1881.

The steamer service was crucial to the Far South Coast, as the roads were very poor and there was no railway service. The Princes Highway from Batemans Bay to the Victorian border was gravel up until the 1940s. Consequently, there was a chain of 15 reliable all-weather wharves up and down the coast, where the steamers would berth and deliver and pick up goods and passengers. Rixon’s wagon left Bega Post Office for Merimbula every Wednesday and Tathra on Mondays and Thursdays to take mail and passengers to and from the steamer. Produce from Tathra included : bacon, cheese, butter, timber, tallow, wattle bark, corn and wool. The boats would also carry prime beef and sheep, horses, pigs, poultry and turkeys, both for the Sydney markets and the Royal Easter Sydney Show. Mobs of up to 700 pigs would be walked to the wharf from local farms. One Bemboka farmer even walked her flock of turkeys over 50km to the wharf by coating her turkey’s feet in tar with a light dusting of sand! Ships arriving from Sydney brought tea, bags of flour and sugar, biscuits, farm machinery and parts, grains and seeds and household furniture.BlogTathraJewelCrown 70%Reszd2015-01-26 21.34.38In 1907, the buildings were reconstructed and the present two-storey structure was built. Spring-loaded wrought iron buffers were introduced to assist the berthing of larger vessels in the difficult north-eastern seas. A mooring buoy was positioned north-east of the wharf, to which ships would attach a spring line. Between 1907 and 1912, there were more major extensions, including a subdeck; a jib crane to facilitate loading; a cattle race; a loading ramp and a passenger shelter. In 1914, soldiers and horses were farewelled from the wharf on their way to fight in the Great War. Here is an old photo of the volunteers leaving for the war, as seen on the noticeboard on Tathra Headland.BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%ReszdIMG_5533The increase in transport by road had a major effect on the amount of shipping trade everywhere, but because the Far South Coast had no adjacent railway line to carry bulk freight to Sydney, shipping trade lingered on till 1954. By 1919, the number of passengers travelling by sea had greatly decreased, so the passenger shelter was replaced by a single storey shed, next to the two-storey building. Freight and cargo became the predominant trade from Tathra. During World War II, enemy activity off the Far South Coast of NSW, including German mines and Japanese submarines, had a further impact on the amount of trading. The last ship to work cargo was the 1929 SS Cobargo in 1954 and the even older SS Bergalia was the last steamer to visit the wharf later that year to remove valuable items of wharf equipment. The Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company suspended trading in 1958.BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%ReszdIMG_5522BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%ReszdIMG_5518Gradually, the wharf structure fell into disrepair and became unsafe, so a demolition order was issued in 1973. Fortunately, an active local group and National Trust banded together to oppose the demolition. The Tathra Wharf Trust was formed in 1977 and launched an appeal for the conservation and preservation of the old wharf. By 1982, only minor parts of the wharf, the mezzanine deck and a few of the more recent buildings had been demolished. The decking was replaced and the two-storey building was restored, the top storey becoming the Tathra Maritime Museum, dedicated to steamer history, and the bottom storey being used for a cafe and tourist outlet.

BlogTathraJewelCrown 70%Reszd2015-01-26 21.29.36BlogTathraJewelCrown 70%Reszd2015-01-26 21.29.44BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%ReszdIMG_5523Between 1982 and 2010, road access was  difficult, as one leg of the access loop road was closed by boulders after heavy seas smashed over the headland.These photos show the old road.BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-10 10.56.55BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-10 10.55.32BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-11 13.55.16BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-10 10.57.35It is now the only coastal steamer wharf left on the NSW coast and 1 of only 6 timber wharves still listed for preservation on the Register of the National Estate, as well as the NSW State Heritage Register. It is such a beautiful old building with chunky solid wooden beams and spectacular views and it is a wonderful reminder of our shipping past. The cafe is so impressive and provides top-quality meals, which are beautifully presented. It is also a great venue for selling local arts and crafts – we have some highly creative artists and artisans in the area.BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-04-10 14.41.49BlogTathraJewelCrown 70%Reszd2015-01-26 21.29.38BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-05-01 14.36.12

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Delicious Spiced Chai!

The wharf is also very popular with anglers, as well as seabirds!BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-04-10 15.04.28BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-11 13.09.34BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-05-01 14.28.05-1BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-11 12.34.40BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-11 12.33.44BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-11 12.35.04BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-10 10.47.37BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-11 13.14.01Tathra Beach has been a tourist destination from very early days. It is 3 km long and stretches from the wharf and Tathra Headland in the south to Moogareeka Inlet and the mouth of the Bega River to the north. It is protected from the Southerlies by the steep headland. Beach fishing yields :

  • Salmon, tailor and gummy shark – caught with pilchards, fresh fish fillets and stripy tuna;
  • Bream, whiting and mullet – using beach worms, pippies, prawns and fresh nippers as bait;    and
  • Sand whiting – caught using sand worms and nippers.

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Looking from Tathra Wharf back to Tathra Beach

It is a great spot for swimming with the Tathra Surf Club (formed in 1909) patrolling the beach every weekend from October to April, as well as Christmas Holidays and Public Holidays. Sail boarding, surfing and snorkelling off the wharf are also popular activities. It has been voted one of the cleanest beaches in NSW, which is not surprising, given the progressive and forward-thinking spirit of environmentally aware locals, who are establishing a solar farm in Tathra. See : http://cleanenergyforeternity.net.au/. Another very active local organization is the local volunteer fire brigade, which was established in 1945, with a 2nd new fire station built next-door in 2011. It is one of the most well-equipped fire brigades on the Far South Coast.BlogTathraJewelCrown 70%Reszd2015-01-26 21.28.57BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-02-22 12.13.14

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When full, the blue water drum at the top tips its contents onto unsuspecting kids below!

Another tourism drawcard for Tathra is its proximity to 2 wonderful National Parks : Bournda National Park in the south with 13 km of unspoilt coastline and Mimosa Rocks National Park in the north, which extends for 16 km. I shall be discussing Moogareeka Inlet, Ford Headland and Moon Bay, all within the southernmost section of Mimosa Rocks National Park and 4 km north of Tathra, in a separate post next week (A Slice of History), but will focus now instead on the spectacular Kianinny Bay, just to the south of Tathra.

Kianinny Bay is a protected bay with immediate access to the ocean. It is sheltered from Northerly winds and is an incredibly beautiful spot in all weathers, as seen in these photos taken from Chamberlain Lookout above.BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-02-22 13.38.51BlogTathraJewelCrown 80%Reszd2015-01-26 21.28.51 - CopyThe coastline between Tathra Headland and Kianinny Bay includes steep cliffs and rugged rock masses, providing wonderful opportunities for rock fishing, using cunjevoi, abalone guts and cabbage weed to catch Black Drummer, Silver Drummer, Leatherjacket, Groper, Luderick and Banded Morwong all year round. From December to May, Bunito, Kingfish, Tailor and Salmon can be caught with live baits.BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2014-11-07 14.26.35BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-04-10 14.36.47BlogTathraJewelCrown 20%Reszd2015-10-10 10.46.21Tathra really is a fisherman’s paradise with its beach and rock fishing, reef and bottom fishing and estuary fishing, as well as all the freshwater streams and dams. The closest reef section is 6 km south of Tathra, 800 m out from White Rock and extending several kilometres out. Fish caught here include : Snapper, Morwong, Flathead, Leatherjacket and Gummy Shark. We found this flathead in a rock pool left high and dry on White Rock after the tide receded – a very easy catch (though we didn’t!)BlogTathraJewelCrown 40%ReszdIMG_2149BlogTathraJewelCrown 40%ReszdIMG_2146Boats leave Kianinny Bay to drift fish the outskirts of Tathra Bay, catching Sand Flathead and Tiger Flathead, using flesh baits and plastic jigs, and Gunnards and Gummy Sharks. Little wonder that Kianinny Bay is home to the Tathra Fishing Club. There are excellent boat launching facilities : a concrete boat ramp for vessels up to 7 m long; plenty of parking; areas to wash down the boats and tables to clean the fish, as well as a BBQ and picnic area and playground. Sting Rays regularly cruise up and down the shallows, competing for fish scraps with the local sea gulls and cormorants, and can be a little disconcerting for swimmers! Snorkelling and spear fishing are also popular. These photos show a very relaxed swimmer, two very large, friendly sting rays and a sea hare.

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Summer Days

The first garden post of 2016 and what a wonderful Summer we are having! Apart from a few scorchers, followed by recuperative rain, the days have been long and sunny and in the very civilized mid-twenties!!! Perfect for eating ice creams, swimming at the beach (or pool, if the thought of swimming with sting rays doesn’t appeal! See Caro’s great photos below), sun baking, feasting on plums, seed saving and …. making Mint Jelly, of course!!!

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My daughter’s icecream cone- a selfie of sorts!
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A lovely afternoon at Terrace Beach

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Our local swimming hole, home of the sting rays below
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Swimming companions
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Who wouldn’t want to swim with them?!!!
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Our resident Blue-Tongue Lizard sunbaking

Our mint, like the pumpkins, zucchinis, sunflowers, tree dahlias and hydrangeas, was indulging in EXCESSIVE growth, so my son gave it a severe haircut and brought in 2 massive jugs of Garden Mint and Peppermint. The kitchen smelt divine!!! I tied the latter into bunches for drying in the shed. We love our Peppermint Tea!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-26 12.06.26BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-26 12.06.47BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-26 13.11.05And obviously, Mint Jelly was the way to go to make the best use of that beautiful Garden Mint, but we had no pectin and the apples, which we had bought before Christmas, were looking far too old to have much pectin in them still!!! Luckily, we have lots of new green apples ripening on the tree, so I picked a basketful from the lower branches. Ross had been wanting to prune them, as they were scraping the ground, but I had wanted the apples first, so it was a win-win situation and now there is much more light under the tree for the camellia to grow.

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Pruned at long last!
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Still plenty of apples!
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Home-grown ingredients for Mint Jelly

I found a lovely recipe for Mint Jelly on the internet. See : http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/mint_jelly/, though it only yielded 2 jars (compared to the 4 jars cited)and I did have to suspend the muslin bag of mushed apple & mint over the bowl overnight. I boiled the juice and sugar mix for a full 20 minutes and was VERY impressed with the jelly formation!! It’s a beautiful golden colour- I decided not to add green food colouring, which is what gives commercial Mint Jelly its green colour! Can’t wait for a leg of roast lamb now!!! Don’t you just love these preserving jars- a Christmas gift from a dear friend.

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Roughly chopped apples (no peeling or coring) and chopped mint
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Cooking with vinegar prior to mashing
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Apple pulp suspended in a muslin cloth overnight to strain the juice
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Very impressive jelly formation
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Our very first Mint Jelly ever!

My next task was to make plum jam. There are far too many fallen fruits on the grass below the plum tree. Why should birds have all the fun!!!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-26 12.57.35BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.08.19BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.08.11BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.06.20There was a very quiet Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (hard to believe, I know!), munching into the plums when I took this photo and all you could hear was the slight rustle of leaves and the gentle plop of fruit as it hit the ground! The cockatoo in the last photo kept on eating while we were harvesting plums.BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 11.58.06BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 11.57.13

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Sprung!

There were also a couple resting in the nearby poplar tree- having their lunchtime nap, grooming, surveying the fruit canopies for future plunder and generally minding their own business- for the moment anyway!!!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.34.13BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.06.52BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.41.29BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.35.34

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Perhaps not so quiet!

Last Wednesday, the huge population of Little Corellas suddenly vanished into thin air! I’d love to know where they went to and why then?! It is SO quiet without them (and rather relaxing I must admit) !! We still see the odd little grouping and a few galahs, but the majority have gone. There must have been a great New Year’s Eve Party somewhere else!!!

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Cockatoo cousins: Three Little Corellas

While I was photographing the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos from the verandah, a resident pair of Striated Pardalotes were feeding on insects in the old Pepperina tree. They are such lovely quiet little birds!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.38.31BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.38.55

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Not so quiet either, but quieter than the cockatoos!

BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.43.31And on the evening of New Year’s Day, Oliver decided to pay a visit- no doubt wanting to start the year the way he meant to carry on. Alas, Ross wouldn’t let us succumb to his advances (the King Parrot that is!)!!!

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A very quiet, obviously hand-fed King Parrot!
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Oliver returns to try and retrain us for 2016!
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Such a beautiful bird- how could we resist?!! (But we did !!!)

All fired up with the success of my Mint Jelly and wanting to make the most of the plum crop before those cockatoos ate them all, we harvested the closest ripe plums, then made 6 bottles of Wild Plum Jam, following this lovely recipe : http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/two-wild-plum-jam-recipes-38/.BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 17.45.05BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 17.45.22BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 18.01.05

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Washed plums in water

Because quite a few of the plums were deep red and fully ripe and the rest were soft, we decided to use the 2nd recipe, though we did split the plums, which weren’t fully ripe. It is a very easy straightforward recipe. We had 1.5 Kg of fruit and I used 1 Kg of caster sugar. The most tedious bit (and it really wasn’t too much of a problem!) was fishing out the pips at the end, though I managed to remove many of them during the last stage of the boiling process, using a slotted spoon and long tweezers.

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Warm sugar added and set to boil
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Depipped setting jam
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Bottling
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Wild Plum Jam

Then we bottled the setting jam in my friend’s beautiful jars, labelled them and stored them in the pantry. I love the red glow through the glass. It reminds me of the wonderful image in Salmonberries (the film with the beautiful haunting soundtrack, which introduced us to the magnificent voice of KD Lang)) of light filtering through Summer-made jams on glass shelves in the window of the librarian’s cottage in the depths of the freezing snowy white Alaskan Winter! Quite magical!!!

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Wild Plum Jam
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Late afternoon sun shining through bottles of Wild Plum Jam and Mint Jelly

This week, I also processed all the dried poppy and tulip seeds for sowing next year, though I just couldn’t discard the attractive tulip seed heads. Next time, I will cut them with longer stems, as I think they would look great in flower arrangements! I should have saved some of the poppy heads for this purpose too, but had to cut into the seed heads to get all the seed. Mind you, there were millions of seeds, and there are still a few poppy plants in the Soho Bed, so I will definitely reserve a few flower head stems next time!!! Amazing that those tiny little seeds hold so much life potential and grow into such enormous plants with such beautiful blowsy blooms!!! Nature really is a miracle!!!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 11.09.09

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Processing Peony Poppy seedheads
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Peony Poppy seed

Pity help me when it comes to processing sunflower seeds! The heads are enormous!!!

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Velvety brown ‘Burgundy Spray’ Sunflowers
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This beetle’s colour complements the sunflower head
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Hitching a ride!

They dominate the garden and the lead plant is now taller than the maple  behind it in the photo. I love the way their nodding heads follow the sun – the 1st photo was taken in the morning (flower head facing east- full face on in photo), the 3rd that afternoon (flower head has turned to the south – towards the left edge of photo).BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.02.02BlogSummerDays20%ReszdIMG_3870BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 17.41.12The Soho Bed looks so lovely, now that most of the brown dying poppy plants have been removed and the garden has been weeded. Time for some more mulch!!!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 10.50.15BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-27 12.09.25The roses are still superb …

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Penelope
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Penelope is one of my favourites!
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Cornelia
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Lucetta
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Alister Stella Gray
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Golden Celebration
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Evelyn
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Jude the Obscure

We are starting to really enjoy the produce of the vegie garden. We ran out of our supply of store-bought potatoes the other day and Ross was able to pop down to our own ‘store’ to collect some Desiree potatoes and some small Dutch Creams. I still get such a kick out of being able to pick our own vegies straight out of the garden with maximum nutritional goodness and freshness! The tomatoes are just about ready to harvest too.

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Tom Thumb Cherry Tomatoes
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Rouge de Marmande Tomatoes
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A baby pumpkin forming

We planted Angelica in the cutting garden, pink Bergamot and yellow Geum in the Soho Bed and Sage in a pot by the kitchen door. I love Angelica- not only is it a pretty plant, but it is a great sugar substitute! It will grow much larger than the photo below, so we have planted it at the back of the Cutting Garden.BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-29 10.31.45And the first of the Zinnias is flowering! I love their bold bright colours!!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2016-01-01 11.36.07It is so hard to believe that we have almost been here a full year! The garden has developed so much and we are very happy with the basic design. It is wonderful seeing established beds, as we had envisaged them, compared to the bare lawn when we first arrived. Ross is a fantastic gardener and the resident blackbirds have done a stirling job under his supervision! I am looking forward to seeing the shrubs and hedges reach their full potential, as well as building all the garden structures : the Main Pergola and wooden arches to mark either end of the central path, the compost bays and chook shed & yard and finally the glass house!

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Our garden by the end of 2015
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The Under Gardener surveying the vegie patch
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Looking back at the Cutting Garden from the shade of the Wild Plum tree
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Monbretias lining the side path- apart from the pots, it is much the same as when we first arrived
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Summer is definitely here!

Because we have completed the seasonal cycle for 2015, rather than repeat myself, I will focus on new developments in the garden and special events, as well as perhaps taking a more in-depth look at some of the stand-out flowers of the month. I will leave you with a photo of my neighbour’s front hedge of 4 O’Clock Flower, also known as Beauty-of-the-Night or Marvel of Peru  (Mirabilis jalapa), which contrasts beautifully with her lovely blue house. I love all the variation in colours, especially when combined in the one flower! Another marvellous creation of Mother Nature!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-25 19.00.04BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-25 19.01.16BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-25 19.01.50BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-25 19.01.35BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-25 19.01.45‘Mirabilis’ means ‘wonderful’ in Latin, so on that note….!

All our Love and Very Best Wishes for a Mirabilis 2016!!!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-28 15.47.25P.S. Fireworks over Merimbula to usher in 2016! It’s obviously going to be a year full of music!BlogSummerDays20%Reszd2015-12-31 22.59.55-1BlogSummerDays20%ReszdIMG_4167BlogSummerDays20%ReszdIMG_4165BlogSummerDays20%ReszdIMG_4188BlogSummerDays40%ReszdIMG_4178 - Copy (2)