🐣 Here are our 2 new-ish babies! Daisy & Petunia ...or Ana & Elsa ( if you’re my daughter ). I picked them up fairly spontaneously but never hurt to ass a few more silkies! ❤️They’re over a month old and honestly look like they’ve seen a lot in their young lives...but I swear they’re being loved!
Yall, this handful of eggs is legitimately a visual representation of goal that has been reached!
Back when we were looking for a house to buy I had said I wanted to live whwre I would be able to get a 'a couple' chickens. You know how that goes 😉
Then when I started researching chickens and found the beautiful array of colors that the shells could be, I had a goal, I wanted a beautiful pallet of colors filling my egg boxes!
The beginning of that dream was over 4 years ago! Kids, life, bills, moving, job changes, weather...all that shit happened. Even though anyone could have went out and bought a bunch of breeds that laid mixed colors and reached that goal, that wasn't in the cards for us.
We started small, slowly built our coop and run, got a couple of hens and built up the flock from there.
And now today, it's not just my hands that are full of beauty each day, my heart is also full! Appreciative for each of these little nuggets, and the small crop of tomatoes and herbs that I got this year. It's not the 'photo worthy bounty' you see in IG, but it's a step towards another goal that has been reached!
Moral of this long ass story, dont give up on your dreams! It may take you 4, 7 or even 15 years to reach them. But it's worth it, all the sweat, blood and moments of questioning it all...trust me, it's worth it.
And I know normally I'm more of the sassy smartass type, but if you've got a dream that you're working towards, I'm totally in your corner!
So, as part of building our community, what is a dream or goal that you are working on? .
🤗This garlics was the cutest!🤗Had to buy some this fine Fall morning! 🍁🍁Got the last of the cantaloupe for the season too! Feeling completely re-energized for the coming week!✌️✌️❤️❤️ #farmersmarket#campbellfarmersmarket
Happy Friday from our berry archway bed with the flowers, berries and peas all doing their thing. This week has been our first real experience of having a wildlife friendly garden. Over the past year we have had a little magpie lark aka peewee as they are affectionately called here in Australia 😂, that has called our garden it's home base. Now this spring it has had 3 little babies and these babies have been using our garden as their training ground for flight and exploration - I bet you all know where this is leading! So, as we have a lot of tall fences due to the chicken Alcatraz structure, this has caused a somewhat difficult structure for the little babies to avoid. Twice now I have had to go out and try help a baby caught in the fence and as the parents naturally do, they have screamed their protests and swooped at me, at the chickens and the dog. Oh the sight the neighbours must be getting through our passionfruit fence that has not quite filled in yet - I can honestly say I can't wait until the yard is completely private to avoid the views of these moments. I have realised the parents only swoop me when I'm in my dressing gown, since that was what I was wearing the first morning I approached the baby to help it. So, if I do my early morning feed routine I take an umbrella (because I refuse to get changed out of my PJs for this) and that sets the chickens off, they hate the umbrella for some reason, which in turn sets the dog off at the fence dying to chase the crazy chickens and the magpies swoop everyone. It's surely a good laugh from above! Only a few more weeks until the babies leave the nest and we can have our peace back 🤣 I'm happy they find the garden safe but boy, it sure makes the daily garden trips a hard one! Enjoy your weekend folks!✌ ps. Can you spot the #doggo ?
This may not be a garden photo or a forest adventure but it is a "real" before and after of what I have spent the past 2 nights completing. I wanted to share this for 2 reasons. First - to show how simply moving your furniture and putting some new paint on the wall can change the way a room feels dramatically. I loved our orange wall, it was the first "big change" we did to the house 4 years ago. It served it's purpose, the vibrant energy bringing a sense of life and vitality into the house even when it felt dark. We didn't have a nice backyard then and did most of our entertaining inside. Now, the wall felt as though it's energy was too loud, too bold and in your face. Our lives have shifted and we needed a sense of calm and relaxation. I am using the Scandinavian "hygge" style as my inspiration with a little of the boho that will always be me, plus the eclectic aspect of the husband thrown in for good measure! It's not quite where I want it to be yet, but almost there. The second reason I shared this was because I wanted to let those close to me know that right now, I may seem distant, cold or as though I am ignoring my "social/familial" obligations however it is only because I too am going through a similar change, I am in my cocoon right now, building and creating the new me for when I am ready. I make no apologies for needing this time or space because it is natural and how I grow, and when I'm ready, I'll be even brighter and more vibrant than before. ✌
Doing our bit to reduce food waste & also keeping our hens happy! Today we took a bucket to Kindy for the kids to add their food scraps to - rather than them just going to the landfill bin. It seems ludicrous that we don’t all make more use of food scraps as animal food, worm food or compost! If you throw food in your general waste, why not get a compost bin instead? It’s so easy these days with lots of cool designs - there’s even some for people in apartments!!
This little girl is just so cute! Can you believe that she was all black when she was born? She's a magical, color changing Shetland sheep. (Or you could say she has an agouti gene, making her color fade to this beautiful brown.)
Wanna build your own natural pool? Book and come visit “Crawchie’s Cottage” in Hervey Bay on Sunday 16 September. (Click and watch more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kovHokHazdQ) “Crawchie’s Cottage” is a small sustainable urban farm that utilises many permaculture principles. One of the most rewarding thing is the development of modular housing to be part of supporting the ageing process in the family.
Sustainable living, nourishing each other and supporting all ages is at the core of what inspires us – Be Kind, Use Less & Have Fun!! The floor plan was designed from scratch. The design of the house used a combination of raked ceilings, efficient storage, positioning on a hill and designing the living areas around a central, internal deck to make the most of small-footprint living.
The small suburban farm includes rotational Dorpa paddocks, a quarter-acre food forest with around 50 tropical and tropical sub-species, an active chicken system in the food forest, veggie patches, ground and rainwater systems, and solar systems.
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For the last week, I've been involved in the #localthirty challenge and I'm loving it.
I am a lover of all food and an appreciator of ingredients from all corners of the globe. It's exciting for me to receive a bag of lily flowers from a friend whose traveled to Taiwan and I relish the deliciousness of it all.
But, when it comes to every day food and what really nourishes me, I always come back to local food.
Local food nourishes me in the deepest, best way possible. I am in touch and connection with my surroundings and my neighbors when I forage for local food. I would rather exchange some garden grown kale from our garden for some eggs from a neighbor. That makes my heart and my tummy happy.
Of course there are things I can't live without (first world problems), and this is my list of non-negotiables during this 30-day challenge... Coffee
Fleur de sel
Seems like a lot but my daughter is gluten and dairy free AND I'm a HUGE baker so I needs my specialty ingredients and unfortunately, Connecticut doesn't provide them.
I'm so lucky to have so many fresh vegetables and herbs growing on our tiny suburban "farm" and to be surrounded by so many other excellent farmers. I plan to post (as much as I have time for) recipes and resources to all the local food available to me. If you want to learn more you can visit @andreabemis the challenge creator and get started yourself...even if you replace ONE meal a day with only local ingredients.