• 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 [...]
  • Meet the team

    December 3, 2018

    You can’t turn your back for one second! So while I was away getting trained as a trainer, this happened… So from the 24 eggs we went to fetch from the other side of [...]
  • The birds and the bees

    November 19, 2018

    The day dawned wet and drizzly. With October having been one of the driest in years, the rain was more than welcome – all 11mm of it! So with it being slushy and muddy [...]


  • 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 [...]
  • In some previous posts I have mentioned that the chooks have been kicked out of the brooder, as if they were second class citizens of some kind. The truth is that there were [...]
  • P is for plum

    January 17, 2019

    One of the established fruit trees we inherited at Dreamland is a beautiful delicious plum, which so far has been bearing very well the last two years. In fact, initially we [...]
  • Range over Dreamland

    January 3, 2019

    On the one hand there was the blur of Christmas, New Year, a good friend’s birthday and a few other social functions all rolled together. On the other hand there is the [...]
  • Ready set coop reno

    December 20, 2018

    Pretty soon the chooks that are currently in the brooder will have to make space for the ducklings that are currently in the incubator. And no, we’re not going to build [...]
  • Going away in late spring / early summer never seems a good idea with so much going on. So naturally I was a bit apprehensive about disappearing for an effective 10 days to [...]