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Leigh Davison’s Story

Leigh Davison’s Story

By on Jul 1, 2013 in Dharmananda | 0 comments

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When Ellen and I joined – we’d only been here six months and we sort of joined – and we thought it’d be nice to build a house and so I picked this spot because of the north facing slope and close to the main house and I’d cleaned up that whole slope, put a couple of cover crops in – and I planted bananas, about two hundred banana plants on that hill. There’s not so many now.

So I wanted to live near my bananas. I love bananas you know, I think they’re just a great plant. We had a bulldozer, Lou Graham the bulldozer driver put in that road – only took him half an hour …went til you can’t go any further, there’s a bit of a gully there. And so we’ll build the house here. Had to get plans approved by the council. So started building in 1981, about June 1981, managed to get a concrete truck across the paddock. That road wasn’t there that we walked up. And put in a slab and you know built the whole thing and that’s now a story, I’ve now got a PowerPoint presentation about that. Fortunately Ellen took a few photos.

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