ffffffffftt fffffffffttt ooh sorry bout that… had to blow the dust off you. Hi remember me? 🙂 Still haven’t perfected that post from my head implant yet. Can you tell? Well so much has happened since my last post. Sadly Mummy and one of the boys (Doug) were taken on the same day. I found Doug half eaten and Mummy was just nowhere to be found so I’m not sure if she flew off and got lost or was taken away to be eaten in private. So now I’ve got two boys (Bruce and Frank) and two girls (Chicken and Blondie) left. I was going to post about it at the time but I think this blog was becoming The Duck Death Blog of DOOOOOM so decided not to. And I really felt the loss of Mummy as did the remaining babies, they were really lost for a couple of days. The other ducky deaths I’ve managed to kind of shrug off but I kept hoping every morning and afternoon when I went out to the coop that she’d be there, that she was just lost and found her way home. But it’s been a couple of months now so she’s gone 😦
Just one other duck update before I tell you about everything else that’s a bit more exciting that’s going on right now… You know how I was hoping that the girls wouldn’t inherit Mummy’s super broody biatch behaviour… This week Blondie started making a particular peep that the broodies do when they’re sitting on eggs and I’ve been watching the coop but haven’t seen any eggs yet so I didn’t think that they were laying yet. She was looking a lil ruffled and manky too and low and behold on Tuesday morning she didn’t come out of the coop for breakfast and was sitting on a feathered nest lookin all pleased with herself. BUGGER!! Luckily for me as I was driving off to work I spied her out of the coop so raced down and locked the coop up to try and break her broody. That afternoon I went to have a look at the spot she’d been sitting in and the sneaky bird had half buried her eggs and there were 15 of them! No wonder I couldn’t see anything. I’m not sure if they’re both laying in that spot or if it’s just Blondie but I’ll have to keep an eye on them now dangit. But the broodiness is broken for now PHEW! Also looks like there’s been a change in leadership as Bruce has always been the boss but since the spring Frank has taken over. He’s grown up to be the spitting image of his dad so it’s no wonder. And just as big of a doofus as his dad too (although he can fly pretty well suprisingly enough!) The boys get on OK for the most part but there’s occasional pecking order reminding going on. Them getting on with their sisters is a whole other topic that I won’t go into now.
But on to more exciting news…. my house is going on the market next week! You know how I’d posted that I’d have to wait and yadda yadda, well I met a neighbour who lives a couple of properties down from me and she mentioned that she’d had a real estate agent round (who sold a place in the valley recently within a month of listing) to give an evaluation of her place and she said that he already had a buyer lined up if she was interested in selling (which she isn’t). So that spurred me on and I contacted my bank to find out what the actual payout figure is to break the fixed portion of my loan and it’s WAAAAAYYYY less that what I thought and something I can definitely afford so I’m not going to wait a year. I’m going NOW!
So lately I’ve been busy packing and painting and doing little cheap cosmetic renos to make the place look really good and the same agent is coming over this weekend and I’m going to put it on the market. Fingers x-ed that buyer is still there at the ready but if not I know it’ll get sold pretty quickly. I found out yesterday that one of the properties that’s currently for sale on my road is under offer and it’s only been on the market for a month or two so my spirits are buoyed! It’ll be great to get moving on this dream of mine and I’m keeping an eye out on the land offerings. So yay for the new blog category “New House 2.0”. SO exciting! I’m excited but I’m still trying to remind myself of the patience lesson… I’ll post some pics of what I’ve been doing next post as I’ve just changed phones and all the pics are on my old phone 🙂
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!!!
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG….. I think I’ve found The One. You remember a while ago I was telling you about my dream property? The one with the unapproved river crossing that fucked everything up in terms of me building my home on it… Well today there was a property listed, with a house, just a bit up the road from it!! The house is ok, the kitchen and bathroom need a bit of updating, but it’s all got a LOT of potential. And the price is right. And it has river frontage. And it has mostly bush. It even has a little caravan with an annex on it as a “guest house”.
I’ve left a message with the agent… just hope he gets back to me today so that I can see it this weekend. How on earth am I sposed to concentrate for the rest of the afternooon?????? I can’t stop looking at the listing photos and dreaming of all the stuff I want to do. Umm… this is the part where I’m sposed to remind myself not to get too excited but fuck I almost feel high!
I hope all this good news will excuse my absence 🙂 Things have been pretty hectic lately but don’t think I haven’t been thinking of you. Au contraire! I’ve thought of a dozen posts I want to post so I promise I’ll make more time for you. Hell I type like a maniac so I promise I won’t stay away so long again.
Particularly not when this could be it!!!!!! It’s got 4 bedrooms, master with ensuite (and walk in robe!) and main bathroom has a clawfoot tub even! No walk in pantry but I may be able to incorporate one with my kitchen reno. It has solar hot water already and does have mains power but I can disconnect that once I’ve got the solar electricity installed. I actually like the fact that the kitchen and bathroom need updating so that I can put exactly what I want in there. Only thing I’m not happy with is the fact that it’s not on a concrete slab. But I won’t hold that against it 🙂
And don’t get me wrong. I still really do want to build my own place but if I can find a place that is pretty bloody good in the place that I want to be with all the other things on my list ticked…. I’m not going to complain or turn it aside. I probably won’t be able to build on that bit of land later on because of all the council shite (I have to cross the same river crossing to get to my property….) but I’m OK with that.
Did I mention the gorgeous grassy picnic area by the river? Or the fact that it’s already got a chook shed and veggie patch? AND satellite interwebs? omgomgomgomgomg!!!! 🙂