YackaYacka is the name of the property where John Sexton resides in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia.
It is a home, a retreat, a place to think, a place to travel from and a place to return to.


I heard it mentioned recently that someone had referred to spending a Dog Year in a town. In essence they were saying they did not like it there and that time dragged.
It was this description that made me reflect on how we are all captive at times to our attitudes, how sometimes time seems to fly and at other times it seems to take forever.
So if a dog year is very roughly 7 human years (to use an approximate figure), how is it relevant if at all?
For those in their surrounds unable or unwilling to either escape, accept where they are or put their mind in a different place, time drags. Every second, every minute, every hour feels like an eternity, in effect Dog Years to them  ie time feels like it is taking 7 times as long.
But for some minds, Dog Years do actually fly. So much to see, so much to do. Every sensation, sight, sound, smell, sense, is something to be explored, investigated, experienced. And not enough time to do it!
And so for those people with a natural curiosity, love what they are doing, whose mind is busy on understanding, interacting with & absorbing from those around them & their surrounds – then time is enjoyed & passes very quickly.
With your mindset it can be that time can drag  at the rate of Dog Years or it can fly at the speed of Dog Years.
JX   15/11/2012

Trees for Life sent through an update recently to let people know about a new website with a focus on Native Orchids called OrchidNotes. For those with an interest in Native Vegetation and particularly Native Orchids it really is an exceptional resource!
Congratulations & Thank you to the people who have put this together, are maintaining it and are helping others learn more about these interesting Orchids through sharing!
JX 1/7/12

Written by Philip Jones & Anna Kenny, I came across this book by chance in a second hand book shop in Strathalbyn.
A companion publication to the 'Australia's Muslim Cameleers' exhibition in the South Australian Museum it is a way for others to discover this much unreported aspect of our countries history.
Based around historical records, artefacts and the memories of decendants it provides a sense of the contribution made by these people and how they maintained their faith and their links to their culture in a remote and strange land for them.
A book to be bought or borrowed, read, then reflected upon.

A small tree that looks like thousands of others becomes amazing when there is a focus on individual leaves at a particular point in time!

I collect the shredded paper from our office and put it around some of the trees as a mulch. I have started to see bits of it being used now in the construction of bird nests and even at the entrance of a spiders 'home'.
I am now starting to wonder what bit of writing the birds or spiders can see on the inside lining of their homes!
Updated to add 2 photos of a birds nest that is using pieces of orange & blue Bale twine in its construction.