Raydon was essentially an Australian bush retreat complete
with 3 large dams, two (20,000 litre, 5,000 gallon) rainwater tanks and two large sheds. Buying
the property in 1989 was a lifestyle choice for me — get out
of the city, onto some acreage, with plenty of native
wildlife and room for a horse or two. Selling the property
in January 2008 began an exciting new stage in my life
Horsing around at the back shed
The front dam was great to swim in. Even the wild ducks
love it. To make it even nicer
for those people not venturing in for a dip, there was a shade house on
the southern side where they could stay cool. (See the front dam on the "At Home" page).
The back dam had it's own "beach" and there
has been many a good feed of yabbies (freshwater crayfish) caught there.
The previous owner had started to clear some of the areas
of majestic, old growth, box gum trees. I put a stop to that
and allowed the bush to grow back wherever it wants to.
Indeed, the great thing about the property was the way the
native bush on the property grew back quickly.
This enabled birds, possums and koalas to take up residence
near the house. There were a couple of mobs of kangaroos that
would come through, with one regularly camping own for the night
just to the South West of the house. A lovely wallaby was
frequently seen down near the front gate.
One of the mobs of kangaroos
that come and visit.
See how well their colour enables them
to blend in with with their habitat.
With no fence around the house area, combined with a
sheep and horses as pets, the large cut area the house sits on
still had no proper garden. Eventually, I would have liked to establish a
native bush garden in that area.
There was a large 7 metre by 14 metre enclosure for the
dogs, just to the west of the house, in the shelter of a
stand of old gum trees. In June 2006, Mick Gardiner and I
covered a 3 metre by 4 metre corner of the enclosure to
provide the dogs with even more protection from the
The Name "Raydon"
I gave this rural retreat the name "Raydon".
My great, great grandfather John Borrett gave the same name to
his property near Langhorne Creek in South Australia back in
the late 1800s. It was also the name my grandfather Robert Lewis
Borrett gave to the house he built at 19 Ward Street, Whyalla,
South Australia in the 1940s. Thus it seemed a highly
appropriate name for my place as well.
Monday, 01 April 2013