Archive for Wildlife
The pictures below show you how our world is coming back. The little ones on the couch were visiting for the day from another shelter – how delightful it was to have those little heads bobbing about again. The wombat and the echidna paid us a visit from the valley and have made their homes nearby so we feed them nightly now. The Nillumbik Council has approved the rebuilding of our Wildlife Shelter and we are delighted. The new enclosures will work better for us and the entire layout will be a huge improvement on what we had before. We are starting to get together pouches, bottles an the equipment we require for the care of the bubs.
We were given a lot of pouches, bottles, etc., just after the fires, but as we had no place to store them, we had to pass all the equipment on to the shelters that were not burnt. So if anyone has any spare pouches we would be delighted to receive some.
It has been 153 days since our world changed and some neighbours have started to return to the properties. They have set up tents and caravans and the rumble of generators can be heard once more. Some neighbours just visit their land for a day or two and return to the city where they live temporarily. The ‘For Sale’ signs are popping up left and right. Our shed is snug and warm and we enjoy every day here.
Alan was asked the other day how we were coping with the cold weather and he replied that all weather was beautiful when you were alive to experience it. Yep, I think we’re going to be fine. We now look forward to designing and building the sheds and enclosures for the new kids – a little way down the track, we know, but sooooo looking forward to having some bubs again. The house plans are coming along and we are sure we’ll enjoy that process too. The house site is ready and the big water tanks should go in shortly. People continue to be unbelievably generous and supportive and we thank everybody once again from the bottom of our hearts.
Love Alan & Stella Wildhaven.
Wildhaven is a St Andrews property dedicated to caring for the beautiful native wildlife of Australia. The animals roam free and are protected by two people that care so deeply for the Wildlife that they changed their life style and, in return, these beautiful animals changed them for ever.
Alan and Stella Reid are continuing their work after the fires in February to care for Australian native animals. Here their photographs show that nature is resilient and regeneration has begun.
For more information and photographs go to the Wildhaven website:
You can help in the effort to rebuild the shelter at Wildhaven by coming along to the Wildhaven rebuilding concert on the afternoon of the 4th of April at Wonga Park Conference Centre. Tickets are available at the St Andrews General Store and details are here on this blog.