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.


The original township was established around 1856 principally with migrants from Scotland and Germany. These days the ruins are reminders of a Colonial past. Once a stopping off point on the way to the Victorian gold fields, these days it remains very much a rural area with operating farms and a selection of lifestyle properties.

I enjoyed this book  because in so many ways, it is the complete package. A mixture of packaging, graphics and then the writing that tells a story about a journey.
 I was introduced to the book through a series of blogs that Chris Tan had written and posted on the FIABCI website. I read the book in December 2010 and it is a book that I see as a 'catalyst for change' in many peoples personal & business lives. From sensing an opportunity, to creating an opportunity, to capitalising on an opportunity - it is all there and it is all underpinned by a whole of person, whole of company delivery of service!

YackaYacka in Littlehampton has a history of Gorse infestations. In addition to the mechanical means of controlling it there is evidence that one of the biological controls has reached this area.
Hopefully it assists in the control of this weed.

The Stringybark trees on YackaYacka at Littlehampton are some of the more easterly that I've seen around this area. They tend to grow in the higher rainfall areas of the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Over the last 2 to 3 years there have been increasing numbers of them dying on my property and why that is I am not sure. I thought initially it was because of the preceeding exceptionally dry years but the trees continue to die even in a wet year such as the second half of 2010 into 2011.
8/3/11 - Advice from the Native Vegetation Council
'''''  Being more susceptible than other gums Stringybark has been affected with phytophthora (a root disease) over the past couple of years, particularly in the Adelaide Hills area.  This health issue has not at all been helped by the years of past drought.  '''''''

 The first section of the property where I began planting was above and into an old quarry that was in the south western  corner of the block. The plants I selected were native plants with the aim of creating an understory. I used to work away a lot at the time (2 weeks on, 2 weeks off) and it was hard work at the time given the type of terrain in that small area, but the reward was in seeing the growth of the plants.
 I hand watered these plants for the first 2 years to keep them going but the site has maintained itself for a long time now with new seedlings starting to appear and spread further afield. It is an area where I always see native birds as well which is great.