Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hippy Birthday!

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I just realised that it’s the blog’s second birthday! Bit weird to think it’s been so long as it doesn’t feel like it at all. And kinda appropriately I’m uploading a pic of two duck eggs that I meant to do as a PS last Friday:

 

I found these two in one of the wood sheds when I was carting wood in the house. They must be really old eggs as Mummy hasn’t laid any since the ducklings have hatched so they must be ones from the old flock. Just thought they were so gorgeous sitting there (haven’t removed them yet heehee). Silly ducks, told you they didn’t like laying them in the coop! Mummy has probably stopped laying for the winter as they weren’t laying when I moved in last winter. Probably a good thing as it was -1 last night – first minus temp of the year brrrrrrrr!

Fiddy cent in da house!

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Check check it ouuuut! Fiddy cent in da house!

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Huh?? Well… More like on the house – my door and window to be specific ;). This lil guy comes every night to feast on the moth and bug buffet that I so generously provide by keeping my curtains open at night when the lights are on. I call him Fiddy because he’s only about the size of a 50 cent coin so he’s only little (about 3cm or 1.18 inches for those non 50cent havin folks).  And that’s me assuming it’s a he… um… no idea how to detect the difference if you get me. All pics can be clicked upon to make them bigger if you want to see him in his full glory.

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So last night he decided to drop by with his girl du jour (some hussy from the pond no doubt).

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whadup (tappin on the window – check out my biatch yo)

I had to close the curtains because it was freezing last night but next to the window is my front back door which has glass inserts and they adjourned there for some alfresco fine dining. You can kinda get a bit more of a better feel for how big they are in the pic below too.

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I got up the nerve to slowly and carefully open the door to see if I could get a pic of their backs (I was having visions of them jumping off into the house or in my face! Thankfully they restrained themselves from doing that to me) and eh voila below is what they look like:

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No idea what kind of frog they are apart from cute. And I had no idea that frog’s eyes glowed in a flash until now. I can add him to the Spot the Wildlife list. I’m trying to get some pics of the Black Cockatoos (aka Pterodactyls) that have taken up residence in the pine trees nearby. They have the strangest bird call I’ve ever heard (hence the Pterodactyl) and a really beautiful shape when they’re flying as they have really long tail feathers. I think they’re yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos based on the sounds I’ve googled https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_Cr8uzwMPI as the red-tailed sounds a bit more shrieky than dinosaury hehe.

Weirdly enough I’ve had ‘Scribe – Not Many’ going round in my head writing this… wrong rapper (and probably better *gasp*, Youtube it 🙂 )

FAIL!

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Hmm so I guess you’re here to look at some more fantastic farm pics eh… Well looks like I’ve already failed at following through on this BUT I have a very good reason, it’s been bloody well raining all week! So much so that I’ve been flooded in for most of the week and only managed to get across to work today. I’m keeping an eye on the rain radar as it’s only about 10cm from the top of the crossing so I don’t want to get caught on the wrong side. There’s only so many pics of grey clouds and misty pics I can post before your eyes drop out of your skull in boredom. And of course the only awesome pic I did manage to take is on my other computer so I can’t post that either but I’ll make sure I upload it as a PS tonight.

This week I cranked up the fireplace for the first time this winter as it was freezing earlier in the week. I’m going to have a go at firing up the Rayburn cooker on the weekend too. I was too scared to last winter (no idea why, just a dork) but I’ve youtubed a bunch of videos on how to light it, maintain it and put it to bed overnight so we’ll see how it goes. What I do need to work out is a more efficient way of storing my wood indoors. Will have to percolate on that over the weekend.

One of the jobs I was going to do over the summer, and completely forgot about, is to build a better wood shed. The ones that I have are basically 3 half moons made out of a water tank which was cut in half covering the woodpiles (one of which blew over in a storm and I can’t get it back on so the wood is open to the rain!). It’s not very easy to get wood out of (or in I imagine) as it’s about waist height so you’ve gotta crawl in there. As I was typing all that I was thinking about how I could cobble one together for not a lot of money and just had an idea on how I could make one out of free pallets! Would just need a couple of tall star pickets and hey presto! I already have some corrugated iron I could use for the roofing. I wanted to make a concrete floor for it but I’m not sure if the concrete would set in winter (I know bugger all about concreting btw) so I might just have to use the existing bits of corrugated iron that lines the other ‘sheds’. I have termite issues which is why I need a better flooring for the wood shed btw.

Oh Google you wonderful thing you! Just googled pallet wood shed and this is sort of what I’m looking to make (only taller) AND it solves the flooring issue. AND it could be expandable to make it bigger/longer when needed.

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Only thing I’d be worried about with raising it up like that is snakes hiding under there. Maybe I can make a little corrugated skirt for it or something. I do have blocks I can prop it up on and I do need to shuffle wood around this weekend…. sounds like a project! Have a great weekend!

 

Farm Photo Friday – 17 April 2015

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So here we are on the first Farm Photo Friday! Hope you enjoy them. It’s been really misty in the mornings here lately and it makes for some really great pics. You can click them to view them larger if you want to bask in the awesomey goodness.

IMG_0695Sunrise mist pocket in the valley with the roos

IMG_0723Another misty valley sunrise

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IMG_0877One of the gorgeous side effects of the mist, jeweled spider webs

(click to enlarge as they don’t look blurry!)

IMG_0908The sun coming up in the misty trees

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The misty river crossing

IMG_0276And even though it can be a bugger when it gets flooded like this, the river crossing can still be beautiful.

Can you see why I love this place so much? Hope you enjoyed a lil sneak peek at things. And look! not one duck pic hehehe. Hope you have a great weekend!

Getting my ducks in a row!

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There they are, all in a row. Tick! Off the list 🙂  hehehe

Eeep! Just realised the babies are a month old… which means I haven’t spoken to you for a month already! I really need more hours in the day so if someone could organise that, that would be great. Or maybe an automatic blogging feature to plug in to my brain because I often thing of posts and then just don’t have time to type them out!

Anyway just wanted to update you on the babies. Luckily the weather has been turning so it looks like Mr Goanna has gone into hibernation somewhere. I did lose 1 duckling to a predator unknown when they were 2 weeks old and sadly one drowned which is my own fault. I felt so bad about it seeing what had happened but lesson learned. The remaining six are doing SO well! They’re getting so big and just devour any food that comes their way. This week they’ve gotten too big to slip under the coop door so they don’t sneak out to greet me every morning for breakfast (which used to give Mummy a cardiac and she’d be so anxious to get out by the time I walked down to the coop). They all look mostly identical except one guy who is almost all black and the blonde/white one. If I were to judge by size I think I have 2 boys and 4 girls as there are definitely two who are bigger and have chunkier legs than the others.

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(the almost all black one and the blondie)

It’s really interesting to see how similar this batch are in behaviour as the last lot. The way that they run to greet me every time I step outside and how they follow me around. This lot follow me more than the last and I don’t think Mummy likes that very much as she has to race to keep up with them. They also make their distress call when they can’t see me which is interesting so I hope they’re not imprinting on me too much. They’re just starting to get the first dots of their feathers coming in and subtle colour changes. I’m SO curious to see how the ‘blonde’ one is going to turn out. I can see a darker undercoat coming out beneath the fuzz so may not be white after all. Ummm can you tell I’m thinking of keeping them? Haven’t decided yet and keep changing my mind!

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Gotta love cute fuzzy duck butts 🙂

I’ve started taking more photos around the place and to keep a more regular blog schedule I’m going to start a Farm Photo Friday post with images from around the place. And I’m going to look into the WordPress app so that I can write mor posts! I really do have so much that I want to share with you so in those free moments I have and can’t get to a computer I think it would be a great idea to even just get a draft down.

Other than duckling news, things are starting to progress on the veggie patch. My idea was to make wicking beds because the “soil” is just hard shale and being on tank water I think it’s the best way to kill 2 birds with one stone as wicking beds are more waterwise. I’ve been trying to track down someone who has cheap IBC tanks for sale and might have 2 soon. I was also talking to the girl at the stockfeed store and she said that they might be getting in some moldy hay soon which I want heaps of to start making some actual soil on top of my shale.

I got fined by the council for not dealing with my noxious weeds 😦 Basically I’ve been too broke to do it but I’m going to have to bite the bullet and get it done before I get fined again. I’ve got to do the serrated tussock over the winter months and have the blackberry and st Johns Wort done by 1 Dec so I have a little time to take care of the others. It’ll help to split up the payments but I’m worried about the chemicals and the ducklings as they forage around the place. I think I’m going to have to get the guy to do everything except the house yard and just try and take care of the house yard by hand. I really HATE the idea of all the chemicals but I don’t have another option. I even looked at goats and whether they could take care of it naturally but they don’t make a big enough impact on the tussock to prevent future growth. I wish there was a better way to take care of it but my hands are tied apparently. just gotta get it over and done with!

I’ve also had some ideas on how to make a bit of extra cash while letting my creative side roam. But more on that another time 😉 See you Friday!

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A duck mandala!