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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Bird Scarer, Down the Road for Coffee, Dr Seuss Tree.

Isn't it great when you save something from being thrown out - and finally you find a use for it.

Derek saved these old discs from the bin at his work - and last week they became bird-scarers on our plum tree. I'd always had my doubts about the effectiveness of doing this, but yesterday I stewed a trug full of plums that the birds had not touched since the scarers went up, unless the plums fell on the ground.
I have now added more to the peach tree. 

The plastic cases will be reused to house home-written cds.

It looks like we will have a bumper crop of avocados next year. Got to love avocado trees - we are still picking 2-3 fruit off it every week, and it's getting itself ready with the next crop.

I just had to show you these coffees we were served in a local new cafe/restaurant called Down The Road.

I forgot to take a pic until they were half gone!

Weird name, but it's a lovely old 1930's Art Deco style home converted. The coffees were great by the way.

And lastly...our Christmas tree. This year it's going to be fairly quiet, with Katie still in Argentina as an exchange student. This is an eco friendly, no fuss tree from the side of the road. It is a wilding pine - which is a weed here. It was chosen especially because of it's interesting Dr Seuss-like shape. 

With that I'd like to wish my blog followers and random readers a Merry Christmas, and hope 2018 is wonderful for you. We've had a great 2017 and I hope you have too (but I don't know how it goes by so fast).



  1. On my gosh, the girl's face in the coffee!!
    I don't know what's more cool, the coffee or the Art Deco building...I love it!
    I wish I'd planted an Avo tree here the day we moved in!!! Avo's grow well in our area (commercially in fact), yet most places still sell them for $3 each! Grrr!

    1. Yes they're still dear here too. In fact vegetables remain a shocking price - corn cobs were $2 each this week, and pumpkins $6 - $10. It makes a great case for growing your own everything.

  2. I really admire your nice fruit crops. I tried the discs in my strawberries but the birds completely ignored them. Maybe I didn't have them at the right height. I'm glad it's working so well for your wonderful crops.
    The coffee art is just amazing, and I love your tree, especially the starfish. Our tree came from the roadside as well and we are very fond of it. Like yours, it has lots of "character"! Happy Christmas to you and your family.

    1. Thanks Cynthia. Did you have your discs hanging somehow so they could spin? I think that's the secret. I have one hanging near the raspberries since yesterday and no longer hear the birds in there.

  3. Yes, I did have the discs hanging on a string over the strawberries but the robins would land in the lawn and hop right over and under the plants. Smart, weren't they?!

  4. I like your Christmas tree and also how you found a use for those discs.

    1. Thanks Terra and I've just signed on to follow your blog. Happy 2018


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