Well hello there, oh my, doesn’t life just creep up on ya sometimes! Who knew you could get completely hectic mentally, physically & emotionally all at once.
Here are some photos & little stories, just little ones I promise… 🙂
January, February can you believe how fast the year is going, was a time of amazing electrical storms so pretty. Yes it was the beginning of the rains.
So we have My Cuz Fraggles chooks whom are named after Aunties in the family, I can’t remember their names but they are too cute.
How gorgeous is this little cluck house, a little holiday accommodation.
I managed to purchase 2 of them from wonderful neighbour friends of ours. The were pretty much falling apart (not the neighbours) the chook houses, haha, with a little gluing & screwing add some wheels & a bit of rope & bazinga, a mobile Chook home.
Ok, so you have to picture it painted white with pink trims & curtains on the inside of the window. It is the cutest thing just on dark to see the Aunties settling into bed & they will have a little look out the window like their in the kitchen making supper before bed, as their settling. I think I’ll aim for that photo when little house is all done up, too cute.
It does look a little crowded at the minute but I will be adding a wire box that can be attached to where the little door is giving them more scratching room through the day & safety at night. Great for getting more of the yard cleaned up & fertilised, thanks to the Aunties.
Our Walter on his way home from the vets still a little wonky, nothing serious, our local animal welfare group, we don’t have a RSPCA in our town, were giving vouchers for pets neutering. What would have cost us nearly $400 including micro chip & registration cost us only $80. Thankyou so much to animal welfare people. I don’t know how the vets justify that much for a 15 min op, thank goodness nothing went wrong as it is roughly another $200 just for the animals to stay overnight. Anyhoo it’s all done & being the nervous Nelly that Walter is apparently when they put him under he pooped everywhere making a huge mess, haha, Walters revenge.
Yes to all y’all horsey people it is a halter for a harness, I don’t like collars & leads especially if they tend to pull & this way was so much easier to lift him when we needed.
His pet cat Edward searched all over the property & throughout the house for his Walter when Walter went to the vets, when Edward couldn’t find Walter he slept out the front under the car port all day waiting for his a Walter to come home & it was a beautiful reunion & very exhausting apparently.
Excuse my foot, haha
Call me a bad owner all you like, I know of people who get very angry when they hear of dogs like Walter being allowed inside. But I like the element of surprise for would be intruders & really who wouldn’t wanna wake up to this. He was in such a deep sleep his cheeks were flapping with his breathing which is what woke me up. He doesn’t sleep next to me often he knows he’s not allowed, but after his surgery he just had to be close.
Mum managed a walk using her walker through the veggie patch last week, that’s her in the drawing near the Milk & eggs pen (goats & chooks), the second bed down is the mower with the trailer & since Mums walk I have widened the path where the cold mountain corn is planted so Mum & mower can meander throughout the garden & pick & play. Imagine Mum & the mower at play.. such fun…
Its planted out, with all the planning from the Cuz Fraggles & digging & sorting when both of us could, not forgetting to mention the family that contributed to digging & weeding from time to time. Its well, almost completely done. The finishing touches were made sooo much easier due to all the rain we’ve been getting lately.
I am yet to build the chook tractors & instead of wheels I will make them like big sleds (I did this with a mower wagon when the wheels fell off, worked great) much easier on now slightly soggy soil & less likely to damage the garden edges than wheels, with very little to no maintenance required. The garden beds that have over grown with grass I will let the chooks in tractors (haha imagine that chooks driving tractors) do all the hard work, after I have collected as much grass seed as I can as what has grown is a native grass which is much healthier for the horses.
Haven’t built storage for fodder collection using scythe.
It shows the land is in a much healthier state than before. It is Autumn winter planting time for us & I am very excited to see what does well & what doesn’t, we have always been a work with what the land likes family, still being able to grow what we want. Our land goes from dry arid up top to cold reasonably moist in the gully. Cuz put straw out on a lot of the beds which has kept the moisture in using less water & hindered the weeds beautifully.
I have thinned some of the straw out as we have had so much rain it was a little too wet & guess what I found, using the straw to make a beautiful warm dry nest with & burrows throughout the garden.
Can you spot it? This straw was waiting to be spread out & after planting I picked up a lump to sprinkle & from under the pile it hopped, backwards & forwards on the spot for a second as if to confuse the predator, being me, then away it went into the next garden bed & under that straw not 1 but 2. Have you spotted it yet?
Its really tiny.
Sorry for the blur but you can just make out the most adorable little field mouse so tiny so cute, so sorry to disturb. I’m hoping they moved into the fruit tree garden to help clean out the bugs don’t really want them eating the veggies, I haven’t thought of name s for them yet. But they were adorable, & on thinning the straw out on the rest of the beds found their little tunnels throughout & little munch marks on a couple of vegies.
Never alone in the garden. We live our own version of Beatrix Potter…
I’m sorry if I seem to harp on this but look just look, we had drought for a while & look after the rain where the grass came up first. At the base of the tree & so many people still clearing land, why? you can also see the little natural ripples in the soil so it hasn’t all completely washed away if left undisturbed these little ripples are where the grass will continue to grow & hold back even more soil runoff. This is a paddock that I have swales & berms working beautifully.
STOP CLEARING LAND…
That’s enough verbosity from me I hope all you bloggers & readers out there are keeping well & happy, til next I write, happy wanderings.