Leaf wrap on the left with a big moonstone cabochon and Chenier on the right with a colour-change Mother of Pearl cut out – both Rings going to Makers Mark in Melbourne . . .
The midlands was pretty sparsely covered by trees prior to white settlement, over-grazing and clear-felling, farmers damming their streams and stealing the water to feed their un-economical centre pivot farming has increased the pressure on the environment + the un-restrained use of airborne pesticides . . . we wondered why the place hasn’t become a desert by 2009? So pleased to share these recent pics, here’s the pano (48Mb download) of Paul Triffit’s house on the left – swing right to the southern tip of the township, the sale yards and the back of old Punch’s place owned by Billy Lodge.
We managed to flex off and spend 10 days in Tunbridge, Tasmania at our pet project . . . 15 cubic meters of mulch delivered and we tended the fruit trees, the native wind-break and planted a grove of silver birch trees.
After 5 months of continual rain the midlands are as green as snowpeas, after 8 years of getting drier and drier it was a welcome scene. If you remember a year ago I posted a set of pics of the Blackman River – completely dry! Here’s a update below: and click here for the .pdf pano download.