there are signs all over the Schatzalp Gardens reminding visitors not to pick the flowers, in fact not to even touch them. So it was rather special that today we were allowed to pick the flowers.
Three weeks ago we were five volunteers, now we are three. Claudia ran off with the cameraman on our second day, Bakhtyly has gone back to her books in Kazakhstan. Our task was to remove the thistles, roots and all, without disturbing the seed heads. Bag them up and cart then down the slope to the compost pile.
Eventually they finished mowing and now we will probably rake it into heaps and cart it to the compost? Not too sure about that.
Thankfully the contractors had to windrow the cut grass and then gather it for compost and silage. This is how they did that.
Watching the driver of this specially fitted truck reminded me of the night I went with Nick, master snow groomer at Hotham, to see how the slopes are prepared for the next day of skiing. On the black runs the snow groomer is tethered at the top of the slope with strong cable and the groomer heads down the run, it's so steep you put your feet on the windscreen. Then at the bottom of the run the groomer pivots around, still tethered and is winched up the slope while still grooming. Mad! And exciting!!