Soo…. my lil hiatus is officially over! Did you miss me?? So what have you been up to? How’s the farm and kids? What have you grown lately?
So I’ll be blooging regularly again. I’ve missed writing to you and quite frankly I’m not sure why I’ve been gone so long when we have so much to talk about. Here are some highlights of happenings while I’ve been gone:
Seriously though not much has changed since my last ramble. My place is still on the market, I’ve come close to getting an offer a couple of times but their finance has fallen through. I had an inspection last weekend with a really nice couple and I’m hopeful they love it enough to make an offer. It seemed to tick all the right boxes for them and it’s what they’re looking for so I’ll just have to be patient and wait to hear from them. I’ve got another inspection this coming weekend so that’s plan b I guess 🙂 One of the bonuses to having a house inspection is that my house is so sparkly and clean, it’s a really nice feeling.
Check out the sky the other day, it looked painted after the storm so I had to take pics 🙂
One thing that has changed is that I’ve started Geoff Lawton’s online Permaculture Design Course and totally loving it. I can’t remember if I mentioned wanting to do it here before (I’ll have to read my own blog!) but it’s turning out to be more than I hoped for and I’m seriously inspired and learning so much. I’ve had a few ideas on things to do around the place but I’m still going to move as there are too many things that just aren’t right about the place for me that even permaculture can’t remedy.
BUT I have found a new plot of land recently that would be just perfect to build my straw bale house upon. I’ve even come up with a name for it but I’m not going to share just yet as I don’t want to jinx it. And I need to sell this place first before I start looking too far ahead. I may or may not have looked up domain names and WordPress names for this place and contemplated buying a domain for it… again… trying not to jump the gun too much hehe.
Duck update: I’m down to two – Bruce and Blondie. I had 4 for the longest time and then 3 of them did a little disappearing act but came back a few weeks later after I’d rehomed the drake (Frank) who was left behind as he was stressed out living all alone. The two girls disappeared for a week a short while later and only Blondie came back so RIP Chicken, she always was a big ole scaredy cat. I was almost a grandmother again this year as Blondie went all broody in the coop again this last month but fate stepped in and the weekend that they were due to hatch, the eggs mysteriously disappeared. I have a feeling this big guy:
snuck in the coop and had himself a lil duck dinner. I’d seen him hanging around the house for a week or two and of course now that all the eggs are gone I haven’t seen him back. It’s also starting to get colder so that could also be why. While I love the ducklings cuz they’re so darn cute I really didn’t want them right now if I’m about to move out (depending whether the new owner is interested in keeping them of course) so while it’s sad that they were eaten, it’s also, selfishly, a good thing. The circle of life n all that.
Anyway I just wanted to pop my head in and see how you are, glad you’re well 🙂 I won’t be a stranger, I promise!
Dun dun duuuuunnnnnn!!
I found these things on my pillow this morning, I think they may have come out of my ears!! I’m feeling a bit dizzy and scared out of my mind!
I joke I joke!
They really came out of my nose…
OK fine, I found my first mealworm pupa. But you gotta admit they do look alien freaky. Even managed to get one half way through shedding it’s last skin. They twitch and move around too which adds to the freakyness. Now I’ve just gotta wait til they hatch into beetles which are awesomely called darkling beetles. Then they can make lil darkling babies and we start the life cycle again. Ooh creepy alien goodness 🙂
Update 23 May 2015 – so umm I realised last night that the previous post about me buying 500 mealworms to start breeding them as tasty treats for the duckies back in May is still in DRAFT and not posted and as such unless you have x-ray vision or something you can’t actually read that so the above post might make no sense at all… far out blondie… Here’s a pic of them settling into their new digs, complete with executive cardboard residence (only the best for my wrigglers).
Hmmm so it seems another month has gone by…. how is that actually possible?? Damn you WP for not posting all those kickass mental posts that I’ve thought up in this past month. Geeeez.
I’ve had the last two weeks off work to sort out some shit and during this time I’ve come to a very regretable/sad/kickingmyselfinthebutt/dumb realisation. This place is not “The One”. I’ve almost been here a year and it’s taken me all of that time to work it out. Dumbass.
The fact that I still haven’t fully unpacked and have only just recently unpacked my ‘study’ should have been a clue. The fact that I was so fkn impatient and just wanted to get out of my Mum’s house should have been a clue. The fact that the tidy sum of money that I had saved from the sale of my last place and which I’d intended on using for the renos etc to make this place what I wanted it to be but was wiped out because I had to use it as part of a 20% deposit due to the size of the land should have been a clue. The fact that there is no area for grazing animals should have been a clue. The fact that I should NOT have trusted the agent when he said that the council had been out inspecting weeds and found nothing should have been a clue. I should have tested the soil depth and quality so that I didn’t discover that I’m basically sitting on shale rock with 5 cm of soil on top so I can’t really plant or grow anything unless it’s in a raised bed. The house is functional but needs updating and now that we’re back to winter again it’s really cold and I wryly find myself thinking… wouldn’t be cold if it was a fkn strawbale house dumbass.
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE this place, the seclusion and serenity, it’s just not the right land for what I now know what I want to do. And I’m never going to be able to save up enough money to do the house improvements that I want to do or install solar, or improve the soil or plant an orchard etc etc etc ad infinitum ad nauseum. When I had to give up my little pot of money for the deposit I thought “oh it’ll be fiiiine, I’m not in a rush, it’ll work out when I need to find money to do things”. That day won’t come. There’ll always be something cropping up (like the weedspraying which I still haven’t done and have to get cracking on this winter). So many things I need like a ride on lawnmower/slasher to keep this place under control but that’s not gonna happen either. I should have fkn clued on and said impatience begone! and walked away from it. I do remember having second thoughts about it but just brushed them aside because of the strong strong feeling of just wanting to get on with it and have my own space again. Maybe this is also a lesson in second thoughts and gut feelings for me.
And despite finding this place and loving it, I have to acknowledge that I still have in my heart that need to build my strawbale house that I’d planned before. I should have stuck to my dream and just given myself an uppercut and waited til the right bit of land came along. Instead I compromised. Bzzzt, wrong, thanks for playing.
So I’m going to sell. But of course, in this Part 2 of LESSON IN PATIENCE I can’t do anything for another year because part of my mortgage is fixed (also a mistake) and reading the fine print says that it’s going to be super expensive to break that fixed portion early. AND I’ve still got to find the right land AGAIN. Last time it took me one and a half fucking YEARS to find this place… I just need to have faith and hope that because this time I am doing what I set out to do in the first place that it won’t take as long. I have already started to have a look around and found a nice parcel of land that meets those previous criteria (except there’s no real water on the land except a couple of dams but with all I’ve been reading on permaculture and dam building that shouldn’t really be an issue, just on the wishlist) but I can’t do anything yet.
I don’t want to torture myself too much with looking because financially I can’t do anything til that fixed portion can be changed back to variable but it’s so hard not to. I just feel so dumb about all of this. To be back at the start again. I’m trying to just concentrate on the fact that it’s just a giant lesson in patience and sticking to your dreams and not compromising on what you want.
Check check it ouuuut! Fiddy cent in da house!
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.
(flippin a peace sign, so gangsta)
So last night he decided to drop by with his girl du jour (some hussy from the pond no doubt).
(Do you feel like you’re being watched??)
(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.
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:
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 🙂 )
Sooo this was not an addition to the “Spot the Wildlife” list that I particularly wanted to make so soon. A Red Bellied Black snake.
In the grand scheme of potential venomous snakes that will be around my property this guy isn’t so bad compared to the Brown snake and Tiger snake. I’d just come home and was about to walk indoors when I spied him out of the corner of my eye. Freaked me the hell out of course! And then it started slithering towards me!!! And… actually went under the house so you can imagine how cautious I was all weekend. I’ve been reading up on the effectiveness of those vibrating snake repellers and it seems to be 50/50 in opinion. Considering I’m pretty skint at the moment I think I’ll just invest in some wellies and gaiters. At least they say that if you have blacks then there’s less likelihood of having browns as they fight each other so that’s a bonus. And blacks are more prone to dry biting or injecting very little venom if they do bite. So I’ll be happy with my lil blackie I think!
Another thing to chalk up to the “weird things found on my property” list… an antler.
Just the one, no bones, no fur or nothin. Just an antler in a bunch of bushes in the house yard. Had a funny image of a deer wandering around with just one antler atop his head. It’s actually got dirt wedged in the top part as if someone has used it for digging. Weird. The other thing I found which I have no pic of is a lavender bush in the middle of nowhere… Not so weird but just random. No idea how it got there or if someone planted it or it sprouted on it’s own. Either way I’m going to dig it up and put it in my flower bed hehe. Free plants hells yes! And it’s gotta be hardy to be surviving with no care so that’s a bonus. Might have to propagate it and see how it goes.
I’m getting really frustrated not being able to do anything because of stoopid money. I’m waiting on the sprayer guy to come out and give me a quote so that I can start to make plans from there. And scouring the freebies for things that I need but it just sucks. I need to get someone out to mow all the green areas too so I’m gonna have to bite the bullet and spend money on that otherwise the snake risk increases. *sigh*
Other than that, not too much going on apart from the weather heating up. Borrrriiiiing! 🙂
3 days til I get the keys, 5 days til I move in!! Today is the last Friday before two weeks off… yep I’m hard at work (I’ll pause while you finish laughing). My head is so full of next week’s fun. I picked up the latest copy of Organic Gardener magazine so my brain has been thinking of outside instead of inside. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited to see all my stuff which has been sitting in storage for the last 10 (!!!) months but at the same time I have this yen to just leave it all where the removalists put it and spend my time outside exploring and digging and planting. The plus is that while I have 24 something boxes of books, I don’t have any bookcases to put them in yet so I won’t be unpacking them. Just leaves another 25ish boxes of kitchen and bedroom and study stuff to unpack so that should be a snap!
Can’t wait to have time to meet and play with the new ducks and chicken friends. I’ve bought them some mealworms as “Hi I’m your new owner” treats. I’m bursting with new ideas and things that I want to do to the place. Can’t wait to go hiking for hours to explore my mountain, maybe do a bit of fishing in my river and see what’s in there… maybe build a little smoker to smoke my first fish. Yes yes… optimist remember 🙂 I’ve heard there are trout in my river. Can you imagine that?? My very own home caught, home smoked trout? Bursting with bliss I am and I haven’t even got there! I’m going to be positively unbearable once I’ve moved in I’m sure 🙂
I’m thinking about getting a dog too. I want a friendly dog that barks at strangers if that makes sense. I don’t want a really fluffy dog either, bleh all that fur. And not a handbag pooch either, a proper dog. Nor a traditional farm dog like a kelpie, border collie or heeler because they’re bred to run ALL day long and they wouldn’t be doing that at my place so would turn into mad dogs. Something like a Hungarian Vizsla or an Amstaff is what I want. I’ve got friends with both of them and they’re lovely smooth coated dogs with amazing personalities. Or a pound/RSPCA pup… who knows. The right dawg will find me when I’m ready. I haven’t really been looking lately because I’m sure I’d have fallen in love with a pound puppy and have had nowhere to house him… but in 5 days I will hehehehe.
45 mins left of my working day… hmmm Organic Gardener has a website you say… 😉
And PS… it’s my 60th post!!! Happy 60th!!!