Monthly Archives: December 2014

Hippies for the hippy

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So it looks like the bushy thing that I thought was an agapanthus turns out to be nothing like an agapanthus. It suddenly started blossoming with these white lily looking flowers. I asked around work to see if anyone knew what it was as the foliage is all wrong for most lilies and it looks to be a Hippeastrum. So the hippy (me) is growing hippies hahahahaha!

 

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I’ll have to take some better pics tonight as it really is quite lovely.

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Aquackulture aka Duckoponics! (aka omgomgomgomg squeeeee! hehehe)

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How did I not know about this before???? I stumbled upon Duckoponics this afternoon while watching some permaculture videos and it’s basically using ducks in the nutrient water system instead of fish (or as well as fish depending on your set up). This would actually solve my clean swimming water problem that I have with the ducks because I’m having a lot of trouble keeping it relatively clean for them. I was going to get a little blue clam shell kiddy pond which would be easier to clean but this would be stacks better as they can keep using the bathtub that they currently use, I just need to sort out a solar pump for it.

Found this video on YouTube by Charlie Mgee that would be a perfect setup for me. Love the idea of using the blue clamshell pools as the grow beds:


I’m really looking forward to the Christmas holidays because things are going to start cracking around the farm. I’m getting 2 IBC tanks which I’m going to cut in half and make my 4 wicking beds to start the veg going. I’ll be taking pics of the whole process so I’ll keep you posted on that. I’m all inspired by the Quackuaponics so I’m going to see what I can do with the existing setup. I might have to move their bathing bathtub from it’s current location though so I’ll have to put on my thinking cap to work out the layout for everything. Just a little bit excited now hehe. My brain has started firing with ideas again after my little lull. And by not doing anything for the last couple of months I’ve saved up a bit of cash so I can set it all up properly from the start.

I’ve also been thinking about getting some miniature goats for goats milk (and just general entertainment and garden helpers). I’ve got the perfect area for them but I need to reinforce the fencing and modify an existing structure to make them a stable. Do goats live in stables? I have no idea what a goat house is called! Goat barn maybe? I dunno. Anyway that’s on the cards too…. maybe some mini pigs as well. Brain firing I tells ya!!

I’m going to be come a *gulp* GRANDMA!!

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Yes yes you heard that right, despite not having any human offspring of my own yet it looks like I’m going to be a grandma to my featherbabies whether I like it or not. And not to the usual broody biatch who has now gone broody 4 times and I’ve managed to break it every time thank Darth Vader. No, no it’s the white duck this time and as she’s the smartest one of the bunch she’s nesting under the house in a part that is too small to crawl under and is juuuuuust out of reach of my rake. She is coming out for food occasionally but is mainly hanging out under there on the eggs so looks like in a month or so I might have some ducklings.

Completely NOT what I wanted thankyouverymuch young lady. Sure they’ll be cute and all that but I’m not going to be able to care for them properly as I’m not at home all day and the ducks roam wherever they want on my property. Their coop is too small to keep them locked up in all day and even if I tried they’d just fly out (which is usually what the white duck does anyway). So I’m sure some will get picked off by the resident kookaburras, snakes and hawks. Bit sad but I’m not sure what else I could do for them because I don’t want to take them away from their momma as she can probably do the daily care better than me. Will just have to see how it all turns out.

And for some good news! My Dad is going to build (and pay for!) a screened verandah enclosure for me! I have verandahs running full length on both sides of the house and one end is going to boxed in with flyscreen and a door so I can sit out there on nice summer nights and not be dessicated by mozzies. He’s coming over this weekend (with a trailer of mulch yay!) to measure it all up and will come and stay with me in Jan to build it. Can’t wait!! Guess birthdays are good for something after all hahah.

I got flooded in again this week as it was just bucketing down all weekend. Apparently Cooma got a record 66mm of rain so I’m not surprised there’s so much water coming down. I’m building up a nice collection of flooded river crossing photos haha.  The good thing is that I got to meet one of my closest neighbour who seems really nice. He even offered to help me chop down the big tree that is dying and in the way of my proposed orchard area so that was really great. I was working from home… and by working I mean pulling up weeds and trying to stop the bloody rabbits from digging up my flower beds. I’m going to have to look into some sort of control mechanism for them as they’re starting to be a nuisance….

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Hope your week isn’t as soggy as mine! Happy 70th post 🙂