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A wild storm

Today it was calm and mild and not very cold at all. But then around midday, I heard a strange rumbling sound that didn't quite sound like traffic on the road. It was a bit deeper and had more of a rumble to it....almost like thunder.March 12, 2010
Brownie

Brownie

On Saturday morning we found that another one of our chooks had been killed by a ferret. This time it was 'Brownie'...my favourite chook who was quite friendly. She used to follow me around quite closely out in the paddock and even let me pet her a couple of times. In her time with us she hatched two chickens. She was a nice little chook.May 08, 2010

One!

Oh, and speaking of the clucky hen. She finally got out of her nest box to eat some grain yesterday. Turns out she's been sitting on just ONE egg this whole time. That's right...ONE. We took it away and fed it to the cat because it didn't really seem worth it. The egg was still like a normal egg and wasn't turning into a chick at all. Gibson loves raw scrambled egg so he slurped it up quite readily. Now the clucky chook is sitting on another single egg that one of the black hens layed. So hopefully she'll get off soon and we can take it.September 30, 2009

Good News and Bad News...

Well, the bad news is, I found one of the baby chickens dead this morning. Something ate half of it and left the rest. And whatever it was must have gotten into the crib-house which means it is likely a ferret. It is sad. But somewhat expected. We didn't think all three would necessarily make it to full adulthood. I hope the other two will though!
The good news is, a few days ago I found a nest of 13 eggs! One of the bantams has gone clucky again and has hidden her nest right in the middle of the paddock. We've marked it with a white pole so that we won't step on her. So in another few weeks, we will have more babies!
Update: 12 chickens hatch
November 24, 2009  bantam  clucky 
Spring!

Spring!

Spring is here! And it's springing from every fruit tree with an abundance of white and pink blossoms. The sun is shining and the bulbs are coming up through the grass. And all through the day the native birds sing their melodic springtime soundtrack to welcome the nice weather.September 01, 2011
The First Mouse...

The First Mouse...

Little Gibson has caught his first mouse....that we know of....
He brought it up from somewhere down the hill in the bushes. He kept batting it around and then he lost it for a while and turns out he was sitting on it. He must be doing all kinds of hunting because he's hardly touched his dry catfood. It's been in his bowl for about 3 days now and there is still a little left. He's plump as ever though, so I know he's not on a diet.
October 03, 2009
A Merry Little Christmas Tree!

A Merry Little Christmas Tree!

A Christmas tree made from a Cabbage Tree flower. Might have to become a new tradition!December 25, 2013
Garden tours

Garden tours

Details  As part of the local Cheviot Spring Festival we opened our garden to the public. Being so far out of town we didn't expect a lot of interest but were pleasantly surprised. Friday was a beautiful day and we showed a steady stream of interested people around the garden and food forest areas. Saturday was grey and a little damp but a few adventurous people made the journey and took the time to explore and learn. All up we must have shown 20 people through, many more than I had expected.Date  September 12, 2014

Pear - Beurre Hardy

Details  One of the few pear cultivars compatible with quince rootstock and therefore suitable for creating dwarf pear trees.Propigation method  GraftPrice  $3.00200mm length
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