Homeland

  • Spring has sprung

    September 20, 2018

    Spring has sprung, the weeds are flung, we spread the dung, the season feels young, and a new song is sung. Don’t you love how spring just brings out the best in nature and [...]
  • A is for Asparagus

    September 18, 2018

    So there I was tinkering away in the shed, still recovering from the flu, but happy to work on the “mobile working holiday home” for the chooks. In fact, I was working [...]
  • Chicken timeshare facility

    September 10, 2018

    As I was studying Harvey Ussery’s book titled The Small Scale Poultry Flock, I was again made aware of the concept of a chicken tractor, or a chicken cruiser as he calls [...]
  • Making use of downtime

    September 3, 2018

    Of course just as I got over the jet lag and knuckled down to the grindstone to get some serious vegetable bed preparations done, the Victorian flu hit me squarely. [...]
  • Back to the grindstone

    August 30, 2018

    So I ended up not getting the horse and organic vegetable farm in Provence… but we can dream, can’t we? After gallivanting through the European summer for two months, [...]
  • I found this post dated 3 Sep 2017 in my drafts – wonder why I never published it? I added a few recent comments and updates in italics. We know we shouldn’t attempt [...]
  • DIY Nitrogen

    June 26, 2018

    One of the elementary inputs we are definitely short of is nitrogen, in its organic form obviously. This post describes the start of our journey using Tagasaste as a natural [...]
  • No, the strawberry terrace and the greenhouse aren’t exchanging places… This project should actually have been called “exchange some of the strawberry terrace and [...]
  • I knew Patricia would really like a fire pit. Maybe it’s that memory of big fire-based barbeques using good old South African hardwoods and vines that was re-emerging… So [...]
  • Autumn hues

    April 19, 2018

    No long stories today – just a photo essay of our goings-ons as we go through the brief patch of autumn between our long summer and long winter. We are still having nice [...]

Dreamland

  • Needs a bit more amour

    August 22, 2018

    After a wonderful whirlwind trip through Spain – where we enjoyed colourful Barcelona, the majestic Spanish Pyrenees and ended at Lekeitio, a quant fishing/beach village on [...]
  • L’art de agritourism

    July 27, 2018

    Only in Provence – or so it seems anyway – can they turn agritourism into an art form. Maybe we were just lucky to spend a few days in a very special place. Maybe it was [...]
  • As I mentioned in my previous post, one of or side goals on this trip was to enjoy some aspects of agritourism and to study how it’s done. This post is more of a [...]
  • Ever since we’ve visited Franny’s Farm in North Carolina in 2017, I‘ve been wondering how we could incorporate agritourism as a potential income stream into the jigsaw [...]
  • Greetings from Scotland! (in a deep heavy Scottish accent) I thought I would only start blogging about our travels once we get to some farm stays later on in our journey, [...]
  • One more cup of coffee

    June 18, 2018

    The last week has been a mad crazy frantic rush to get a lengthy to-do list done. We’re soon off for a two month journey – two weddings, two birthdays and a drive-through [...]
  • Mosaic season

    June 4, 2018

    I got the title from this quote by Stanley Horowitz: “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” As we [...]
  • In our PDC course, we learnt how to make no-dig raised beds from scratch and in our Organic Market Gardening course we covered how to do crop rotation with minimal [...]
  • During my Organic Market Gardening course, our instructor often talked about “opening up a new field”. It sounded so exciting, even though we covered how much work it [...]
  • The Green Path

    May 10, 2018

    So with the first rains hopefully not too far away, the time has come to plant the pathways at Dreamland. Before we get ducks and chooks at Dreamland – planned for the [...]

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