Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy birthday Evie!

 Evie turned 8 yesterday, on a cold wintery day, good for being inside.  They day she was born there was a frost- I remember because the back deck was slippery on our way out to the hospital.

 A musical marble run will be the highlight of the school holidays I think, it has little xylophone segments that can be slotted in in various combinations.  They play a note as the marble runs over them.
It can go together with her basic Quadrilla set, to make a bigger one.  There are endless possibilities with this game, and it should keep them entertained for years to come.  Happy birthday Evie!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lake Elizabeth

 Yesterday, we completed the Lake Elizabeth loop walk for the first time.  We've been there at least 3 times before, started the walk, and turned back as we weren't sure how long it was, and hadn't allowed enough time.  Perhaps because the sign says 3.5 hours return.  We did it in less than 1.5 hours, and we didn't rush.
 There is some spectacular scenery there, as the lake was formed in 1952 when there was a land slide caused by record rainfall.  Lake Elizabeth is situated in the Otway Forest, near a town called Forrest.
 Platypus are plentiful here, but you have to arrive early in the morning, and perhaps take a canoe ride for a chance to see them.

 We saw lots of fungi.

Friday, June 20, 2014

In the garden this week

 Kale, radishes, leeks, lettuce, all chugging along

 Chilli's still adding some colour, as well as garlic, mature leeks, raspberry canes that need taming and a trellis
 Winter colour
 A new front fence that Andrew has been working on for the past month, with some help from my Dad.  They've done a good job haven't they?  There's still a few bits to finish off, and a passionfruit to grow along the wires.  We now have a no junk mail sign.

 Lots of little oranges
 Silver Princess blossoming
 The 2 new chickens, I think they're about 15 weeks old now.
 And a new back fence went in yesterday (as well as 5 new fruit trees!)  Our neighbour had a big canopy of plumbago and something else with an orange flower, that was growing over our side, pushing over the fence, and creating lots of shade for us.  With the canopy now gone, and a new fence up, we've been able to fit in some trees on dwarf stock.  There's 2 new pears (Corella and Conference), an apricot Trevatt, which fruits after the 2 Moorparks we already have, an apple Cripps Pink, otherwise known as Pink Lady, and a cherry Lapin, which fruits after the Stella we already have.  I'll gradually mulch this bed with the chook straw I clean out every week
I've done another fruit/nut tree count, and now we're up to 33, which doesn't include the kiwi vines, the passionfruit that will go in, or any of the berries.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

What happens when you don't have a no junk mail sticker

We've been replacing our front fence for the last few weekends, and our new letterbox went up this afternoon.  I don't have a new 'no junk mail' sticker yet, so look what happened within a very short time.  20 catalogues!  A small part of what is wrong with the world.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Etsy sale

I'm having a little sale until the end of May, use the code MAY25OFF at checkout to receive 25% off all orders over $50 AUD.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

In the garden this week

 The 2 new chickens are doing well.  They get to free range for a little while, and they go back into their little house when they've had enough.  Very well behaved for now.
 I pulled out the rest of the carrots before sowing more seeds.  I didn't realise there were so many hiding underground!
 I green raspberry- I think we'll be hit with cold again this week, so not much chance of ripening.
 My tub of garlic
 Row of radishes- I haven't grown them before, but they were very common in salads in England, so I thought I'd give them a try.  World's easiest and quickest crop to grow.  We have grown daikon radishes before, but not these little ones.

A row of kale, and about 75 little leeks.  I planted some leeks a few days after Christmas, and have started harvesting them, these will grow over winter.  I prefer growing these to onions.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

This is what we enjoyed for breakfast this morning, Andrew worked on them yesterday, and baked them this morning.  You can't beat a homemade croissant, they were made with spelt flour, lots of organic butter, and buttermilk I'm trying to use up before I make more butter.  I even had a small glass of fresh squeezed orange juice from homegrown oranges, squeezed by Andrew and the girls.

I've been watching a couple of Youtube clips, which despite their length have been fascinating.
The first one is on GAPS (1 1/2 hours)
A great introduction and easy way to understand gut flora, leaky gut and GAPS diet, probiotics and how to get them.

The second one is by Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, speaking on What is a traditional, healthy diet?  How to prevent disease.  This one goes for nearly 2 hours, but well worth it.  Just press pause when you need to leave the computer.  I folded washing while listening to some of it so I wasn't sitting still.

Happy mother's day, mothers!