Wild ideas form
HELEN Thomas never knows what her husband is going to come up with next.
“Everything Noel does is extravagant. He is very creative,” she said with a laugh.
From waterfalls to fish ponds, a rainforest and even a biker named Fred, Mr Thomas’s creative flair has touched every corner of the Monto couple’s backyard.
But Mrs Thomas said she never actually got to know what he was up to until the project was finished.
“I’ll come out and say to him, ‘what on Earth are you doing?’, but he won’t tell me. I don’t take a real lot of notice anymore,” she said.
“Our neighbour always used to say he would get a certain look in his eye when he was about to build something new.
“I think he was right because, soon after he said that, I came home and found Ned Kelly guarding my house.”
Ned was made out of a log, with stick arms and even a wooden shotgun.
It’s hard to believe that when the couple first bought the land, it was nothing but a bare paddock.
They started off building a rainforest, complete with a waterfall and a “little cania dam” at the bottom.
“Noel saw the Millaa Millaa falls up in North
WATER VIEW: Noel Thomas built this fish pond ‘on top of the world’ by hand.
Candy the dog finds shade by the waterfall and beneath the rainforest.