Spring has sprung on Eyre Peninsula

As a requisite in my role as caretaker of the Nyroca Scout Camp, I am required to update my first aid certificate every three years, as do so many other people in various roles and occupations in the community. And in company with about a dozen other people I attended Port Lincoln TAFE last week for a most enjoyable day. We all succeeded in gaining the certificate for another three years, and  the day included practising CPR manually, and then using the defibrillator. When performing the compressions on the unconscious person I couldn’t quite remember what the formula was by way of compressions per minute, but Peter the lecturer soon put me right by doing them to the beat of the BeeGees great hit song ‘Stayin’ Alive’.

With the onset of spring, accompanied by a few warmer days, there has been the usual swarming season for bees, and I have had a few calls already from people concerned about the swarms settling near their homes. Mostly the swarms are on the move and remain on a tree or fence post for a day or so before moving on. Nonetheless I am happy to collect them and to build the number of my own hives. A few days ago I harvested honey from the boxes at Nyroca and they were well and truly filled to capacity with a strong element of canola honey, obviously drawn from the crops on nearby paddocks.

A couple of weeks ago the local branch of the Women’s Agricultural Bureau came to Nyroca for their regular meeting and it was fascinating to talk to these well informed women who were right up to date with issues such as climate change, rainfall data and mostly of course the rising fortunes of crops this season on the Lower Eyre Peninsula. Lyn Siviour who operates Wiltoo, at Wangary, with her husband Maurice and their family organised the day out.

With such a wonderful month of glorious rain across the Lower EP, the tanks have filled, the creek is flowing and the chooks are looking terrific and laying well.  Weed growth has been outstanding and at a nearby grazing paddock, admittedly they were only lambs, but just their heads were above the grass.


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