Bigger farm just outside the city

Little farm in the city is no longer in the city. Yes it’s official we have moved.
After months of enquiring with banks, brokers and ourselves. We decided financially it was better for us, right now at this moment to rent.
I cannot tell you how much our lives have changed for the better, since moving to a bigger home. The boys barely fight, we can eat dinner at our table again and not have to battle my crafting stuff. And there’s a general feeling of contentment.
We are so blessed with the best part of an acre of land.
I cannot tell you the joy we felt when we inspected this property and found a chicken pen and fruit trees and vegetable garden already here.
Rather than me gush on about this sweet little house lets get to the good bits… The gardens

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There’s still more to share, but at the same time so much work to be done. Weeding, planning and the last of the unpacking. So for today I will leave it here.
Happy Gardening

A spring in my Step

After a seemingly fast and surprisingly warm winter, spring has sprung here rather early.
The mulberry tree is flowering, along with the apple trees.
The soil is beginning to warm and I’m ready to begin planting . Each afternoon, while the boys play I dig over a patch of garden. It’s so dry at the moment – nearly a month without notable rain. It’s rather like digging boulders, the clay is set so hard.
Rain has been predicted this week, however those promising looking clouds roll away each evening leaving a dusty haze and a fabulous sunset.
So I’ve resorted to using a hose to soak the soil, hoping I can get the digging fork in even a few inches.

In the chook house, I’ve been gathering a single egg, every other day, for most of winter. I’ve become rather clever at cooking with one egg. But today – oh my there was two eggs. Two!

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The possibilities of what I can do with those two eggs…

How has your garden and chooks faired this winter? Any good advice on keeping up the egg production or do you think it’s better to let them rest?

Hibernating

Oh yes the annual hibernation has hit here.  For the last month I’ve spent way too much time watching movies with the boys, caring for what seemed an endless round of colds, way too much time watching the boys play outside in the weak winter sun, dodging the rain, going on a (grown up only) womens retreat and enjoying the school holidays.

I have no less than 5 posts in the drafts folder waiting for photos or photos to be sent to the computer, finished, edited or just plain uninspiring to me….   *sigh*  There is never enough hours in the day for everything.  BUT….  Over the last few weeks I have created several new pages, have a quick peek just under the header.  Yep there’s a few new ones up there!  I’m hoping to have everything updated by the end of the month; I find big time frames are very helpful right now.

So instead of some fabulous and witty post about the garden I will leave you with a photo of a chook.

Happy Gardening!

 

 

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Just a quick one tonight, we’re still in party mode here.  Two down and one to go.  All I’m asking is please, please universe let the rain hold off;  I cannot contain 10 boys in this tiny house.  Oh no!

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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Things are looking a little funky at the moment, please stick with me for the next few days, as outside blogland things are going to be crazy (I’m turning into party central!)

So between parties and a fabulous dinner with girlfriends, I will be enjoying the lovely chilly weather that has rolled in and wish you all

Happy Gardening!

 

In the Garden

Out In the garden …

::  I’m Love, Loving the very late season cucumbers.  It’s always surprising how far I can push plants into the next ‘season.’  With frost expected early next week, I will pick the last of the cucumbers later  today.  Along with the basil and lettuce.

::  Lots of volunteer lettuce have popped up in my carrot rows.  These tiny lettuce will be eaten whole.  With the last of the cucumber, the last 6 cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar it can be a  ‘Last hurrah to summer salad…’

::  Finally the Calendulas are flowering.  Once there is sufficient blooms I will be making this lotion/ salve.  I.can.not.wait!

::  The back verandah and herb garden are looking miserable. *Sigh*  Some days I need to split myself into 2.  But with a few spare hours this weekend, I will be sweeping, scrubbing, weeding and planning.  Oh the plans I have for this little area!  A Big white table, water feature, rock edging and flowers for winter colour.

::  And finally here is Max sporting a Mama made PJ top (that he refused to take off for a whole day) and his version of smiling for the camera!  It still surprises me he is 26 months old already, how time flies.

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A Newly Hatched Praying Mantis Baby about to be released into the garden!  This is our almost-9yr-old proudly showing it off after waiting 3 weeks for them to hatch!

Chill in the Air

Oh finally the balmy evenings are slipping into the cooler nights of winter!  Hurrah.  Out in the garden rather late garlic has gone in, along with peas, snow peas, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflowers and more carrots.  The gardens are filling up with winter plants.  And the trees are beginning to cover the yard with leaves.  It won’t be long until the oak tree looks like this.

And in slightly more exciting news my laptop is fixed!   YAY!

Happy Gardening!

Creating my Goddess Year workbook

Ok I’m not usually one to advertise on my blog.  But this is something I’ve been using now for the last 4 months and I’m In Love with It.

Balancing Family, Gardening, Life in general and my Pursuits.  Oh my it has been a struggle.  After working my way through this guide I can see what I want to do, want to achieve through out this year.  Leonnie has plenty of info on her site about this guide, so I will keep it short and sweet.  Please if you’re interested in purchasing the guide click through my link, as I will earn a little back.  Many thanks!