A sweet, Eastern Water Skink family have lived inside an old stone wall in our Blue Mountains garden for years.
When we were building a new house on the site we had to dismantle part of the wall. My lovely partner Rob decided it was only fair to provide improved accommodation for the disrupted skink family. He created a special opening, and removed some paving so we could landscape the surrounds.
A large ‘sunning rock’ formed the centrepiece, and we added some greenery for shade. I was amused to see Mr Skink arrive for a site inspection. He didn’t appear that impressed really. A bit too sterile perhaps? 😧
RAIN DELAYS AND PLAN B
Oh dear, back to the drawing board. I bought a couple of French lavenders, but unfortunately we then endured our wettest winter/spring for decades. It was ages before the rain stopped long enough for me to even put the plants in. I also transplanted some bee attracting ajuga; a plant tough enough to withstand almost anything.
My associate Editor Des took a great interest as he loves the little creatures. He couldn’t wait to see Mr Skink’s reaction.
Well, he did pop out for a quick ‘raincheck’, but soon returned to hibernation. I can’t say I blamed him.
Against all the odds, the plants managed to flower, but given the extended, inclement weather I told Des it could be Christmas before his skink mates returned. He camped out on the wall, hoping to hasten the festive season be wearing his Santa hat.
As an extra inducement I added a piece of garden art, a little iron chick. Well, why not?
NOVEMBER 26 2022
Finally, a few dry, sunny days…oh joy! And then, while Des was off riding his bike somewhere, Mr Skink appeared.
I must say he seemed extremely pleased with the finished project. After a good look around the garden he headed back inside to give his partner a report.
I’m hoping he will bring the whole family out soon, and Des will be able to have fun with his long term playmates. He has certainly missed them. 💛
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