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Sheep figuring out the contour, near Sellicks.

I feel like I’ve never really understood winter until this year. When the first rains came, they came hard, revealing slippery, sticky mud and rivulets in unexpected places. The average June rainfall for Second Valley is around 90mm. This year the Bureau of Meteorology recorded over 200mm, and the nearby district of Parawa scored a record-breaking 266mm. Long-dormant erosion gullies were reawoken, creek banks slumped, and everywhere there was the sound of dripping. Now, the days are clearing, the sun has bite and already the kangaroos have joeys in pouch. Here’s some highlights from the wet season.

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April: The first rains come.

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May: Farm Tour at the Marcel Property, Inman Valley, for National Permaculture Day

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May: Piglet at the Marcel Property Farm Tour, National Permaculture Day

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May: One of Sophie’s trial Camemberts. As good as it looks.

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June: Dedicated tree-planters get the first 300 in.

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June: Green hills and green tree-guards.

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July: Hiking at Rapid Bay.

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July: Gathering reveg inspiration, Rapid Bay.

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August: Perfect boating weather.

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August: Gathering more inspiration at Wagtail Urban Farm’s Open Day for Fair Food Week. Check it out at http://wagtailurbanfarm.wordpress.com/

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August: Greens at Wagtail Urban Farm Open Day. Check it out at http://wagtailurbanfarm.wordpress.com/

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August: Asher inspects the last remaining seedlings for planting, throwing or emptying onto the ground.

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August: Green roof, Hay Flat.

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The sun through rain. Strange and murky skies near Sellicks.

Thanks to all those who have helped with tree-planting, ideas, moral support and more over the last 9 months!

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