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Tweed Initiation

We’ve passed the Tweed Initiation! Life has been exciting up here. Thursday (30th March) we had an impressive amount of about 700ml rain in a day – surrounded by water we felt like we were back in our former Scotland

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Local Rocks

Since moving to Chillingham, one of my favourite pastimes has become fossicking for interesting rocks carried by our river, the Rous. Although a complete novice I’ve collected some pretty rocks. I was delighted to discover Alec Chapman at the Chillingham

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Spring Flowers

New rose – ‘Fearless’, iceland poppies, california poppies, snap-dragons. Some of the delights of our garden.

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We have hens

‘Spicks’, ‘Specks’ and ‘Short black’ – have settled in well. ….still trying to get good photos – they love scratching under the trees.                                    

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Green Tree Frog

Yesterday  a green tree frog leapt from the gutter of our shed and fell with a ‘blat’ on the driveway. We were concerned …but he/she started climbing up the wall – clearly hasn’t passed camouflage101 yet!  

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Last mango – 1.5 kg

Our mango tree produced fruit for the first time. Storm early December destroyed most of them …but the few that remained grew sooo big. …and tasted really good. The last one weighed 1.5 kg and lasted us all week for

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My Rous river rock collection

Too many precious stones for verandah …now fairy rings around the oak tree.                         Our masked lapwing residents (plovers) clearly enjoy the fairies! This is their favourite spot in the

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New Years Eve – Great Birthday

New years eve 2015 was a wonderful, memorable birthday. Began with delicious breakfast cooked by Myles, Jane, Rex, Jemma. Then birthday cake cooked by Grahame. Finale – New Years Eve Masked Party at RousHouse …our house-warming party. No mask –

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First Christmas at RousHouse

A full house for our first Christmas at RousHouse. Myles, Jane and Bob the kelpie arrived Dec 24th by car; Hugh and Matt flew in from Pittsburgh Dec 25th; Rex and Jemma flew in from Sydney Dec 26th. Christmas day

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Frogs on the deck

Some of our frogs

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A bird landed on our deck

This beautiful bird – probably a juvenile rose-crowned fruit-dove crashed into our deck railing. Stunned for a while – but flew off happily. Beautiful yellow chest (not quick enough to get picture).

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RousHouse August

The autumn garden bursts straight into spring … oblivious of winter! New leaves appear though autumn hues stay Poppies are on their way. The vege garden is a sight to behold, Greens, herbs, potatoes, carrots and more An owl came

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RousHouse June 2015

In April it rained and rained and rained – our small river became a roaring sea. At midnight a sight to behold but next day just a tale to be told. A calf was lucky to be born next day.

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The House on the Rous

We’ve moved to ‘RousHouse’ – the house on the Rous …river. An elegant stone house, beautiful and well-designed …but there is more, much more. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, it embraces and holds a potent energy. A

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