Homeland

  • It is very noble to drive for sustainability, using permaculture approaches to work with nature and growing as much of your organic food as you can. It’s fun, healthy and [...]
  • H is for honey

    February 25, 2019

    OK this isn’t about a full-on harvest as such. But it’s a bit like picking those first five apricots off a young tree. It’s a bit of a celebration. Especially if it’s [...]
  • A duck in the hand…

    January 14, 2019

    Santa must have not read the fine print… Micaela asked Santa – because he would know how – to let us consider keeping 6 of the 18 ducks we were trying to hatch. But we [...]
  • R is for raspberry

    January 9, 2019

    Last year we basically had no raspberries. Sure, the plants grew well. Sure, the plants had berries – and lots of them. But alas, we also had harlequin bugs (dindymus [...]
  • In the heat of the moment

    January 4, 2019

    We saw it coming days away. It was all over the weather forecasts, with warnings broadcasted on all the radio stations and a total fire bans across the state. 43°C with a [...]
  • Merry Christmas

    December 26, 2018

    I wasn’t going to post something over Christmas, as it was kind of a blur of prepping, eating, presents, eating, cleaning, more eating, more presents, and so on – [...]
  • L is for lettuce

    December 17, 2018

    OK, it was as easy as A-B-C up to now, but now we have to start jumping around in the alphabet. The seasons just don’t produce fruits and vegetables in alphabetical order! [...]
  • All duck or no dinner

    December 13, 2018

    And you’re rushing headlong you’ve got a new goal And you’re rushing headlong out of control And you think you’re so strong But there ain’t no [...]
  • Hive of activity

    December 11, 2018

    In my previous post, I described how the first part of our weekend was a hectic hive of activity to keep the baby chicks cool through the heat wave, with a lot of other stuff [...]
  • Rush and rescue

    December 10, 2018

    Between hosting a year-end function for 20+ people we had to manage the little chicks through a heat wave and on top of that our next batch of “animals” were scheduled to [...]

Dreamland

  • Pre-autumn activity

    March 18, 2019

    Technically we are still having late summer (season of eels *), but we’ll optimistically call it early autumn. We haven’t had any real rain yet – literally just a [...]
  • This season we just seem stuck in A, B, C. I mean you can still call a capsicum a pepper, a courgette a baby marrow – oops, that doesn’t help much; I mean a zucchini – [...]
  • Fowl maths

    March 8, 2019

    I was really intrigued by an image I saw recently that stated a “free-range” chicken needs at least 2sq feet, while a “pasture-raised” hen needs more than 108sq feet [...]
  • RIP Millie

    March 1, 2019

    In a previous post I mentioned we had 4½ Light Sussex chooks… Unfortunately now we only have 4. So what did half a chicken look like? And what happened to it? This is [...]
  • Morning chicken routine

    February 28, 2019

    Every now and then, when it is still early morning, I will go out and softly make my way to the chicken coop.  It is not yet fully light but the chickens are all awake, [...]
  • Freedom!

    February 11, 2019

    Saturday was coldish (for summer anyway), very windy and not the most pleasant day to be out and about. But at Dreamland it was Freedom day! For the ducks, and most of [...]
  • Under-planting a patch

    February 7, 2019

    We’ve been spending a lot of time, effort and also money getting everything right for how we want to operate the ducks and chickens. In fact, apart from switching on (and [...]
  • Amalgamating the tribes

    February 4, 2019

    I have no idea why these seemingly “political terms” keep cropping up as headings for my chook-related posts, as chickens are typically not the most politically correct [...]
  • Addressing gender issues

    January 31, 2019

    OK, the chickens’ genders aren’t really an “issue.” In fact, we have been quite lucky with this lot. But so how did we fare in guessing the chicks’ types and [...]
  • Spreading some comfrey

    January 24, 2019

    Patricia does use some comfrey paste or even a comfrey poultice to spread on when one of us sprain or bruise something. However, this post is about spreading some comfrey [...]