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Wagait Beach (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Cox Peninsula (N.T.) -- Periodicals

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Anna Greer

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Wagait Beach


v. 12 no. 10

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The Wagaitear, October 2013 5 BY REBECCA JAMES After a mild winter the spring season has begun to kick in - thats what they say down south - but soon we will be slapped in the face with a build-up and we will remember we are in the Northern Territory! I can feel the humidity return and with some teasing water falling from the sky lately, I just cant wait for that real rain so these plants can have a proper drink. Hopefully you reaped some rewards from your dry season garden this year. It was a funny season with plant growth stalling due to the quick onset of cool weather at the start of the dry. Because of house commitments (and lack of water) I only had a very small garden this dry season. The need to be water efficient was steering us towards a wicking garden bed that is efficient on water but we just couldnt get around to it all! Nevertheless this year I have enjoyed fresh curry leaves, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves in our curries, a massive handful of bananas, cassava, pineapples and the show winning edible cowpeas are just starting to flower. Chillies have been coming out of our ears which the spiralling white flies have inhabited as a major metropolis I have an epidemic. Marks Rural Services & Garden Centre Slashing & spraying Post/plant holes Large bucket & backhoe Taxi truck 5 m tray 8 m lengths on racks back-load rates 5000 litre water delivery any time Tractor and operator from $90/hr Ph 0427 029 966 or text if no answer Matt and Lil Prouse came to Darwin in 2004 and started up the NT branch of Meat Direct in 2006. They were small beginnings but their product knowledge and consistently high quality of meat for a reasonable price has won them a reputation as one of the premium meat suppliers in the NT. What we do is pretty simple we have great meat at good prices. We are not a butcher, we are meat supplier, which is the reason we can sell great cuts so cheaply said Lil. In the beginning Mat and Lil had a limited selection of meat selling only five different cuts. Over the years they have increased their stock and now have a huge variety of beef, pork, lamb, roo, chicken, gourmet sausages and fish. My favourite cut at the moment is rump tri tip, because its so cheap and versatile said Matt. We have just bought a new display freezer, which means we can have our many different cuts on display, it makes it easier for the buyer to see exactly what we have Our meat is vacuum packed which means it is easier for the customer to handle and also it stays fresh for up to a month said Lil. Meat Direct is on Rossiter Street in Rapid Creek but if that feels too far away for Wagait Beachers, you can always call up and place your order over the phone. Matt and Lil can deliver to your Darwin office or meet you at the ferry terminal in Cullen Bay with your order. When asked if they think their child Dusty will be a meat man, Matt replied Dusty at the moment wants to be a helicopter police rescue guy or a footy player. What mum and dad does doesnt really interest him Meat Direct is open 9 till 5 Monday to Friday and 8.30am till 2pm on Saturdays. Remember they deliver, just call or email for a full product list. Resident vegetable gardener shares her patch Lil and Mat Prouse, proud owners of Meat Direct in Rossiter Street Rapid Creek. Ian Hinchliffe, keen sea kiaker said that he hasnt seen any stingers yet. October is when the stingers are supposed to arrive, and it seems this year they are on time. On September 27, Ian, who spends a lot of time on the water, confirmed he hadnt seen any stingers. Work on the jetty resumes A new contractor has been chosen to repair the jetty after Subsea were sacked from the job. CS Services NT have stripped one of the poles in a demonstration of their commitment to a fast repair job. Cameron Stone from CS Services admitted it was a tough job. A cut above the rest when it comes to quality I will need to address them with some white oil. Better get back to it or perhaps just enjoy this sunset with a G&T with limes from our tree and wait for natural control to kick in. Til next time from my patch. Is your veggie patch sad? Bec James will answer questions Email: wagaitear@gmail.com No stingers yet