Wild ideas form

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR BACKYARD - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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