10 June, 2013

On the Farm

I love these frosty early mornings when I get up to feed the animals they all give me their own little personal greeting noises. Our little hobby farm has grown, to date we have 37 sheep, 2 horses, 16 goats, 4 cows,2 rosters, 6 chickens, 2 cats and 4 dogs and with spring around the corner we are going to have baby fever.

Last season wasn't very productive in the veggie patch well it really hasn't been since the house burnt down but with the family rapidly growing and with friends and family coming up to stay for days on end I need it to be booming.                                  
Hubby cut up the old water tanks from the house for me and I've filled them with compost, manures and mulch from the paddocks. If you look to the far left in the picture that metal frame is going to be my green house, I'm thinking big here now I want this garden to give me the variety, quantity, quality and more. I'm not very experienced at gardening so I'm searching the net and reading up as much as I can to make this happen.

02 June, 2013

More lovely rain!

Another day of rain and cold winds but we all achieved something during the day, I fed and check all the livestock and pulled down the wire on the old chicken pen so the little goats had another place to shelter in out of the rain. My son in-law to be went and did some fencing for me, I have sheep that have been getting out and into my neighbours property as well as feral pigs coming through so that fence needed fixing. The feral pigs have been making a mess in my paddocks and they have been getting closer and closer to the house. I've chatted with my neighbour a few times about the pigs as they have been on his property as well, he said he we will put out a large trap with some sweet corn and try and catch some.

My daughter was in a cooking mood and made bread and cooked  corned beef for dinner. My hubby spent most of the day in bed as he has been sick but spent a few hours sanding back gyprock in the new lounge room him and son in-law have been building.

For mothers day my hubby and family gave me some great books, today I was reading "The good life" by Sarah O'Neil if you haven't heard of it, google it, it is a great read. I've taken in some great ideas and inspiration one being a herb tea garden I don't know about you but I could taste those fragrant teas in my mouth already. I'll have to take photos of my raised beds tomorrow for my blog but I think I'll make one of those beds just for the tea pot.

01 June, 2013

The blessing of of rain and cuddles

At long last we've had a day of rainfall and we could see some more tomorrow. As I was feeding the animals this morning I notice my young filly wasn't coming upto the yard, something was holding her back, as I looked down to her legs I notice some wire was wrapped around her back leg preventing her from walking forward. I had to get my hubby out of bed because this was going to be a two man event. Bella is young and unfortunately hasn't had a lot of handling with her back legs but I was so surprised she was fairly calm. I held her and my hubby (at the other end)cut the wire off her leg, what a way to start the morning off.
Before the rain set in I was able to attend to some of my vegetable beds, I've been bagging up the manures from my paddocks in preparation of my beds for spring. It's funny how the small things can make you so happy  I looking at these bags of manure as it was gold :) I also had time to plant up some herbs and veggies.
As the rain started to get heavier I decided to head in for lunch, I think hot soup was called for such a cold wet day. I love setting up my laptop in the kitchen and look for recipes on the web for the ingredients I'm wanting to use, today it was going to be leek and tomato soup, yummy!
My gorgeous little granddaughter is now 7weeks old, it is such a joy to have my daughter and her family living with us at the moment to have cuddles and playtime with a 7week old and a 2year old is a blessing for any grandma.

Farewell "Buddy Surprise"

Farewell "Buddy Surprise"