Wednesday, 27 August 2014


'Twas an early start Monday morning, to have birthday gifts opened in the presence of all siblings, breakfast eaten and those big girls out the door by 6:30 to make it back to school.  We shared cake Sunday night,

a rather lacklustre affair, I just hadn't given cake a thought until about four o'clock when the troops declared cake must be on the menu while all were at home to share.

I do love how it doesn't matter whose birthday it is, it's open slather on sharing the joy.

Sal entered the world at about 2:30 in the morning, August 25, 2004.  We often joke it probably won't be the last time this one will have us awake at that time of day.

She is the most fiercely loyal of all our children.  Loves the hardest and doesn't hold a grudge for very long.   Her temperament frequently reminds me of the tale of "the little girl with the little curl in the middle of her forehead" ...

"... when she was good, she was very, very good;
                      but when she was bad .....  she was horrid".

Fortunately this ten year old is more times good than bad.  We love you baby girl.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Hermione & Ned

The kids enjoyed a character dress-up day last week.

Hermione's grey skirt was specially made for the occasion, though thankfully Wallace's initial desire to go as Gandalf the Grey was gently discouraged and a robe was therefore not required.  Though I did have to relinquish the bucket normally used for washing milker's teats prior to milking!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Permaculture Part II

Nearly four years ago, inspired by my friend Mare and her successes implementing a permaculture garden set-up following Linda Woodrow's book "The Permaculture Home Garden"

the kids and I created a dome to house our chooks.  That post appears here.  The main gist of the moveable chook pen as per my first post is  "The idea is to create a rotational complex of vegetable garden beds complete with nomadic chickens who do the work for you of digging, mulching, weeding and pest-controlling, in the process providing you with golden-yolked eggs and leaving behind them a fluffed up bed of nutrition in which to plant your vegetables". 

Supposedly light enough for one person to move between garden sites, the dome also proved light enough to easily allow pig infiltration.  With one pig invasion too many, the somewhat misshapen dome's final move saw it relocated to the dump.

My most obliging offsider, with some encouragement, then set about converting an old swing set into a new chook pen for me.

The rectangular pen easier to manoeuvre around the rectangular garden area.  And so it is that finally we are back in production.  Three garden beds currently planted out, with the chooks now working on Site 4 and possibly room for two more shifts, before it will be relocated back to Site 1.

 Chinese Cabbage
 Silver Beet
 Snow Peas
 Sugar Snap Peas
Baby Lettuce
 Rogue self-seeding Cherry Tomatoes
Golden Button Squash

With the installation of the rabbit-proof fence a couple of months back and that beautiful fall of rain over the weekend, things are looking up in the vege patch.

Keep at it girls.  We've corn to go in next shift.

Monday, 18 August 2014

A Start

We weekended at Bottle Tree, the very last of the weaners to come off.  27 most welcome millimetres of rain fell during our stay, no complaints as oilskins and gumboots were donned.

Unfortunately, 27 mils of rain does little for dam levels, bore water now being pumped weekly.

We returned home to empty 28 millimetres from the guage at Rock Wallaby, a wonderful start to what will hopefully be a great season ahead.
Fingers are crossed.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Cakes, Cows, Construction and Kookaburras

It hasn't been all sugar-free apple tea cake and coffee around here.

More's the pity.

My darling old Priscilla's feeling the affects of a cool, dry Winter and will have to have her calf weaned in the next week or two.

She's over twelve years old and may only have another calf or two in her I think.  For services to the team I'm going to let her frolic in green grass for the rest of her days.

I love my milkers.

Just as the big fella loves his dogs.

Though both of us are about over this fencing project.
It's going on longer than Blue Hills.

Though progress is starting to be seen.
Always funny to download photos that I didn't know were on my camera.
From memory, terse words may have been being spoken between the tractor driver and borer operator at this particular point in time.
Funny now.

I think these ones are looking forward to the next project as well.

Show steers have been tied up and are even leading a little.
They're a bunch of characters.

This old kookaburra enjoyed a bath under the sprinkler.
Sprinklers have been on high rotation with country fast drying off.

Painting's not going brilliantly ... but ladders and planks have arrived.
Hopefully big things to report next week!


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