Thursday, December 20, 2018

I'm signing off......

Merry Christmas to you all and may you have a fabulous new year. 

Love to you and yours.  Leonie xx


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Follow the smell of smoke.....

Down the back corner of my yard there are a group of 3 young gorgeous girls spreading their wings.........


Little independent camping adventures they have had.  Lucky Ducks!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Woody Christmas Idea

Take 7 Meters of KD hardwood timber 50mm x 30mm (I got the lovely man from Pontings hardware to strip down 2, 3.5 x 100 x 30 larger pieces) then grab your drop saw and start cutting.  Tip...sand the larger planks first,  this makes it easier later when you are sanding the little blocks.  I flipped the belt sander onto its back and let it rip.  Saved a heap of hand sanding!

Took about 2 hours, will last for YEARS! 





Woman Child is a Teenager!!

I did feel a little funny about giving my newly 13 year old a double swag but when she said "Mum, I love it".....I new I'd made the right decision.   

I'm waiting for the ........"Can Layla (dog) sleep in here?" NO!



Thursday, November 29, 2018

Open letter to the nurse that said.......


"I'm sorry Mrs Guld, but I think your son is not fit for life on earth".  

Dear what ever your name was, 

Please find attached a photo of our son playing disability adaptive cricket at the MCG!  You would be pleased to know he has a very fill and active life, one that is well worth living.   So, thank you for reviving him one last time when he was a newborn.  I will be forever grateful that you had the ability to listen to his parents wishes. 

That their folks is Finn, man child rocking his fro on the G. 

Proud parent moment. 

(He has just turned 18.  He can now go the the pub.....gowd help us!!)




Quite possibly the MOST annoying bird on the PLANET...........The Guinea Fowl

I have a love hate relationship with this pesky lot.  Love that they chase snakes away and eat all the veggie garden bugs, HATE how they perch in the tree out side my bedroom window and wake me up with their squawking EVERY MORNING.  Cute but not.  They do have the prettiest feathers around though. 


Green Manure Crop Update

Ok folks this is what I have found out so far.......

I last posted here back in April about our progress.  

We mowed the crop 4 times over winter and left the cuttings on the ground.  They looked like big slabs of cow poo.  

After the final trim we rotary hoed...(not sure if we should have because it may have lifted the existing weed seed up from below the sterilised depth).

Then covered with straw and planted out.  Can I say...so far so good....HOWEVER...in the garden on the soil spots that are exposed to the sun, the weeds are still appearing.  

I cannot help but wonder if we should have done a "no till" method.  The straw at this stage is suppressing the weeds but I'm yet to be convinced that it worked completely. 

Without over studying it, the soil looks good.  Heaps of worms, it's holding dampness and it's lovely to work in.  

Compared to where it has come from.....I'm pretty happy.   







Pretty

Fairy Roses


It looks like I'm going back to school........

You could say my educational history is...... not so flash.  I had really good relationships with every school principal.  It's not that they didn't like me, it just that they didn't know what to do with me.  So...I'm all grown up now.  My high school years were long long ago and it's time I gave this education thing another crack.  Wish me luck! 



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

So.....My chook left the nest after hatching the first 2........WHAT TO DO?

We have chickens BUT we had a problem.  Our hen was leaving the nest after the first 2 were hatched,  so we had to save the other unhatched eggs.   Down the road to a neighbour, who is the KING of chook whispering and home I came with a heat box.  Some call it a Brooder box.   It was a fantastic home made contraption that got me thinking......I could make one of theses.  So I did.  Wanna see? 


I know.....POSH isn't it? I'm calling it the Taj Mahal.  Apparently we have to keep the chook sitting by taking the hatched chickens off her.  She will then continue to sit until the last chicken is hatched.  THEN we sneak in after dark and give all her babies back!  Cool isn't!



Rough dimensions.  About 900 x 600 x 300.  Allow the bottom to be a little larger 900 x 606 because I allowed for hinges (this will make more sense in the pictures below).


Put a divider in the middle to seperate the wood shavings from the food and water section. This is 1 inch high.  Make sure the chickens can jump over it. 


A trusty catch as the cats were keen!!


An old party light that creates heat.  "House of disrepute" red is just fine.  The light stays on ALL the time, they look like they are having a party in there.  (Dave helped me with this bit.....didn't want to burn the house down!)


Heat pack from the pet store as additional heat back up if the globe blows


Sturdy hinges.  Note in this pic that I have allowed about a 6mm gap for the hinges.  This is deliberate as it creates additional air flow in the box.


3 Air holes about the size of a 20c piece.  



Rope handles 


Water feeder, food feeder and I melted a candle and sealed the corners  and floor for extra waterproofing (ducklings may inhabit this box in the future and they are a MESS!).   I'm done and it's working a treat.    I've got 5 chickens so far and hope to hatch out an additional 6.  At $30 per bird (Rhode Island Reds) I've made my money back already.  I should have done this years ago.

Thanks for your help Kevie!




Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A gift from an Irishman

I have this cranky Irish friend, who flung a tub of bulbs at me and said "you have-'em their weeds."  OK THEN!  Loving my new weeds!