Greenery flourishes in superb conditions
Over the past few years, a vast number of trees and shrubs have been planted at Nyroca, and given the remarkable winter we experienced, the prolific growth of the young trees over the past few months has been most noticeable. The plentiful seed pods, especially on the acacias, is another indication of the superb growing conditions, and I have been able to collect a good quantity for onforwarding to Trees for Life for their seed bank.
School camps have kept me busy at Nyroca over the past few weeks, with Ceduna School occupying two consecutive weeks, followed by Wudinna School. Amongst other activities, the students enjoyed catching yabbies from the Woolshed Creek and cooking them up as an added treat. The Wudinna students one evening sat through a lecture on boating safety delivered by Hank Swalue, the Marine Safety Officer, and then sat for the exam to qualify for their provisional motor boat licence.
The Port Lincoln Combined Probus Club came to Nyroca the other day for BBQ lunch, and the group of about 30 people seemed to enjoy the outing.
This week Colin and Diane from Manjimup in Western Australia are staying at Nyroca, together with their eight working sheep dogs. Colin and Diane travel Australia participating in sheep dog trials, and they have a million stories to tell about their adventures. It’s fascinating to observe the eight dogs lying quietly for hours on end, all well behaved – the product no doubt of many hours of training.
I’m not sure of others’ experiences, but thusfar I have only seen one or two snakes at Nyroca. I read a newspaper article which cited a professional snake catcher in Adelaide, claiming that the extreme winter conditions caused thousands of snakes to die, resulting in far fewer snakes coming out this spring. I think he could be right.
On a different matter, I signed my support to a campaign for promoting (posthumously), General Sir John Monash to Field Marshal. The campaign is being led by the Hon Tim Fischer (former deputy prime minister). Monash was a key general in WW1 and served with bravery and distinction. Last year I visited the National Portrait Gallery in London, and viewed with interest a massive painting of the allied generals. If one looked very carefully on the back row, there was the face of Monash squeezed in between others, while the prominent British generals were splayed across the front of the painting with all their accoutrements.