In response to: In memory of Eileen Mary Donnison (nee Cain)

Comment from: Boel [Visitor]
Boel

Adam, what a lovely tribute to your mother. She sounds like someone I’d like to have met. My condolences.

Boel

07/05/14 @ 09:50

In response to: In memory of Eileen Mary Donnison (nee Cain)

Comment from: Sarah [Visitor]
Sarah

Thank you for sharing this, she was an amazing Gran and an inspiring woman.

05/05/14 @ 22:28

In response to: Predictions of a Long Hot Summer

Comment from: [Member]
KC

They don’t call the Redbank Nature Reserve the Bealiba Second Cemetery for nothing (mine shafts everywhere…)

23/11/12 @ 15:27

In response to: Predictions of a Long Hot Summer

Comment from: Evan [Visitor]
Evan

“I’ve got a plan for a spot of stress relief.”

Yes, but the ground will be too hard for grave digging…

23/11/12 @ 12:19

In response to: Ducklings - Day 3

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Alas these days, some of the excess boys do end up on the table.

Whilst I end up in the back room pretending they aren’t on the table…. others in the house are less conflicted…

19/11/12 @ 15:24

In response to: Ducklings - Day 3

Comment from: Sally [Visitor]
Sally

I guess they’re not destined for a yummy Duck L’orange when they grow up?

It’s ok - I’m slapping myself - bad Sally!

16/11/12 @ 18:25

In response to: Open for Business

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Oh the conversation was had…..

31/08/12 @ 12:25

In response to: Open for Business

Comment from: Evan [Visitor]
Evan

I dare you to change the sign to say, “Fresh Eggs. Direct from a chooks bum to you.”

31/08/12 @ 12:23

In response to: Doesn't Everybody have an incubator on their coffee table?

Comment from: [Member]
KC

I don’t think temperature has much affect on chook hatchings, mostly it’s a quantity game.

In order to get enough hens we just have to hatch more eggs than we can when “patiently” waiting for somebody to go clucky, stick and stay. We’ve had a couple of chooks recently that just gave up before the incubation period was completed and the goose last year kept pushing the eggs away so she could hatch more straw….. Once she starts laying again in Spring we can get goose eggs into this incubator as well as ducks.

13/06/12 @ 10:48

In response to: Doesn't Everybody have an incubator on their coffee table?

Comment from: Sally [Visitor]
Sally

So chook eggs aren’t like crocodile eggs - the temperature they’re incubated at defines the sex?

12/06/12 @ 22:29

In response to: Time to Lock the Doors again...

Comment from: [Member]
KC

I was going to plant a second run - but I’m bloody glad I didn’t now. We’ve got a few plants that have just started producing now as they were under the locust proofing shadecloth for a while - so they are behind. Either way I suspect we won’t be craving them for a while.

29/01/11 @ 17:49

In response to: Time to Lock the Doors again...

Comment from: Karen M [Visitor]
Karen M

Good work! Mine is slowly dwindling now. But I got a very early start this season. I best get some more in before it’s too late I think.

29/01/11 @ 08:17

In response to: Hanging Around

Comment from: [Member]
KC

I don’t think they’ll do much with the ducks… too high off the ground (vbeg)

14/01/11 @ 12:45

In response to: Hanging Around

Comment from: Evan [Visitor]
Evan

At least they’ll help with the mosquitoes. *Ducks*

14/01/11 @ 12:38

In response to: Christmas Turkey Shopping my way and gardening

Comment from: [Member]
KC

The only problem with the new coffee machine is that the grounds are really sloppy - but we have been using them as well :) Makes for a very interesting smell when you first put them out…..

17/12/10 @ 15:30

In response to: Christmas Turkey Shopping my way and gardening

Comment from: Evan [Visitor]
Evan

You might want to try chucking the grounds from the coffee machine on the garden beds. That’s suppose to keep the snails away too.

Sounds like you’ve been having fun.

17/12/10 @ 15:23

In response to: Christmas Turkey Shopping my way and gardening

Comment from: [Member]
KC

I have been watching your videos and stuff and you do seem to be a long way ahead of us - would your season keep going?

I plant rocket all year here - it doesn’t like the really bad frosts so I just chuck frost cloth over it on the nights where it’s going to be bad - but it survives better than most other salad veg in the winter. Out in the open anyway - the hot house can normally keep going over winter.

I love compost tomatoes - sounds like a real bonus. And you never know what they are…

One of the feral toms this year is the little yellow grape tomatoes - my favourite grazing food :)

17/12/10 @ 14:19

In response to: Christmas Turkey Shopping my way and gardening

Comment from: Karen M [Visitor]
Karen M

Wow everything looks really good. Never heard of shell grit for snails… Adds to brain bank…

I got started really early this year and some things I think are nearly done already. The crappy weather hasn’t seen me outside much lately so it’s all gone a bit feral. I haven’t planted anything new lately either.. I really must do more rocket before it’s too late. I have enough free compost tomatoes to sink a ship, i hope they all produce.

Good to have an update from you.. Thanks!

17/12/10 @ 14:11

In response to: Limping Ducks and Naked Alpacas

Comment from: Sulari Gentill [Visitor]
Sulari Gentill

Hi Karen

Heartened to know the lame ducks of this world are well defended!!

Cheers

Sulari

26/10/10 @ 18:27

In response to: Limping Ducks and Naked Alpacas

Comment from: [Member]
KC

LOL - you have reminded me about dogs and bandages Jane - our German Shepherd boy had to have his leg heavily bandaged after an operation on his elbow as a puppy and they used a bright pink bandage. We often wondered whether it was the faulty elbow or the bandages that meant he never ever did learn how to cock his leg (or just that the female shepherd house trained him for us :) :) )

25/10/10 @ 11:45

In response to: Limping Ducks and Naked Alpacas

Comment from: Jane Burfield [Visitor]
Jane Burfield

I felt like i was there, strapping duck legs. When our late dog had to have her leg wrapped, my daughter Miranda used multi colours of pet wrap to make a fashion statement, and our dog loved it !

25/10/10 @ 11:20

In response to: I WANT A PONY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from: [Member]
KC

My sister was very much the horsey person in our family - I could dodge horse events and chores for the Universe in those days… It’s amazing the difference when you want to do something as opposed to “have” to do something….

11/08/10 @ 13:45

In response to: I WANT A PONY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from: Evan [Visitor]
Evan

Get a pony! (and I’ll be sending my daughter to your place next school holidays! Win-Win!)

I visited this coffee shop in Brunswick once, that was selling these tshirts that had, “I Still Want the Pony” written on them - which I though was very cute.

11/08/10 @ 13:41

In response to: I WANT A PONY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Yeah

But

If I had a pony

I could maybe get out more

In a jinker cart

Like the pony and cart that a lovely old man rides around Avoca in - seems like a very civilised way of going to the pub to me…..

11/08/10 @ 13:40

In response to: I WANT A PONY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from: Rose M [Visitor]
Rose M

Oh honey, you do need to get out more LOL. What a fun story :D

11/08/10 @ 13:28

In response to: Weather Station, take 2

Comment from: [Member]
KC

LOL - it got much much worse overnight (it’s 0.1 and 9.00amish!)

28/06/10 @ 12:52

In response to: Weather Station, take 2

Comment from: Karen mortensen [Visitor]
Karen mortensen

1.8 degrees!!! So glad I don’t live where you live! Makes me feel warm looking at your temperature. Thanks for fixing your weather station and hence improving my mental state of mind during the frosty months.

28/06/10 @ 02:03

In response to: Tim and the Luck of the Irish

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Hey Jude - we decided on an “us” long weekend which involved lunch in Horsham and a bit of touring around, then a slack day at home, a bit of rushing around on Monday and book club. Needed a bit of down time that’s for sure. We’re around over the next few weekends though I think (no need for shovels he worked out a cunning plan for burying the pipe!).

16/06/10 @ 01:10

In response to: Tim and the Luck of the Irish

Comment from: Jude [Visitor]
Jude

So glad that all is working out well for Tim, also yourselves and when all settles down a bit we would like to join you in a visit to see him also. Will catch up soon I hope. regards
Jude

12/06/10 @ 01:16

In response to: Harvest Time & an Answer to the Dog Under the Doona Problem

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Well technically the two Aussies (Jedda and Clancy) as we are still stopping short of “claiming” Meg - although the idea of giving her back to the neighbours doesn’t appeal :)

You need to share the story with me :)

04/06/10 @ 17:18

In response to: Harvest Time & an Answer to the Dog Under the Doona Problem

Comment from: Evan [Visitor]
Evan

How many dogs have you got, these days?

I must say, I’m becoming increasingly disenchanted with cats at the moment - but that’s a long story.

04/06/10 @ 17:14

In response to: Another year passes, another change in lifestyle

Comment from: Jude and Jan [Visitor]
Jude and Jan

We are only 1 and a 1/2 hrs away if you need just let us know or come on up welcome anytime, chocolates will be supplied as suggested Kaz!…..lol

17/02/10 @ 23:49

In response to: Silkie Girls

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Models???? What are they….

I’ve got the Sisters in Crime already, so I’m wondering about a set of overseas authors now….

20/01/10 @ 11:17

In response to: Silkie Girls

Comment from: Jude [Visitor]
Jude

They are lovely looking girls,hey Adam you’re really out numbered now. What about top models names?

19/01/10 @ 21:31

In response to: The problem with Silkies....

Comment from: [Member]
KC

He’s still whinging about sweating and having a sore back - and the temperature’s just dropped to below 20C so I “think” he enjoyed it…

16/01/10 @ 22:18

In response to: The problem with Silkies....

Comment from: Sunnie [Visitor]
Sunnie

AAh, teamwork. Did Tim enjoy the experience?

16/01/10 @ 22:10

In response to: Sunscreen Pergolas

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Hi Jude - problem was it wasn’t a let’s do this sort of a job - it took us weeks in the end, just doing a few hours here and there.

Strawbale building is still being contemplated - at least we’re managing to clear the decks to get to that job anyway - you’re on the roster for that I can assure you :) :) :)

06/01/10 @ 12:28

In response to: Sunscreen Pergolas

Comment from: Jude [Visitor]
Jude

Very nice job and you forgot to ring and we would have lent a hand but you managed without the 2 J’s very nicely well done.

06/01/10 @ 03:26

In response to: Hmpppfffff

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Hi Gina - Giant Tomato trees / cool climate sounds really interesting - we may have to discuss a seed swapping campaign :) We’re around on the 9th, although Jedda’s going in for an operation on her knee next week so I’d imagine that keeping faces out of stitches will be a full on activity for 10 days - plus we’ve got Tim here at the moment (Adam’s mum managed to break her collarbone the week before Christmas and she’s stuck in Hospital in Rosebud).

Adam will have to show you his salsa on the bbq recipe - it’s rather (well extremely) good!

02/01/10 @ 11:53

In response to: Hmpppfffff

Comment from: Gina [Visitor]
Gina

Great photos, Karen and Adam!
Hoping you both had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely start to 2010. I’ll be up at Daisy Hill on the 9th for a couple of days.
I’m going to be growing giant tomato trees this winter - very excited to have cool climate varieties growing as I really like to eat tomatoes every day. You can tell I’m an Italian! I may even learn how to make a Mexican salsa.
Love,
Gina

01/01/10 @ 22:11

In response to: Phoenix

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Thanks Jude - it wasn’t our finest week - we miss her dreadfully still - such a quiet girl in her old age.

19/11/09 @ 17:51

In response to: Phoenix

Comment from: Jude [Visitor]
Jude

So sorry to hear that Phoenix has passed away, she was a lady too the end always glad to see you and I will also miss her when next visiting again so sorry

14/11/09 @ 23:08

In response to: Things have been happening - Raised Beds

Comment from: Michelle [Visitor]
Michelle

Love the plant boxes..and the kingswood country girls!!!

11/09/09 @ 22:45

In response to: Settling In

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Thanks Katherine - there are some benefits to living in the middle of nowhere :)

25/08/09 @ 12:43

In response to: Settling In

Comment from: Katherine Howell [Visitor]
Katherine Howell

LOVE the entire family! Fantastic.

25/08/09 @ 00:06

In response to: They've Arrived

Comment from: Jude [Visitor]
Jude

Gee I know I went for birthday celebrations today, but you really had me worried I’m glad there are 9 and I wasn’t seeing things after all and I can imagine the postwomans face because mine was a bit of a study I think too, will look forward to meeting them when next we call…… even from a distance

07/08/09 @ 18:08

In response to: We Were Looking for a book...

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Not only that - the whiteboard’s going to have the property design on it as soon as we finish off a few ideas (and it lifts off the front of the shelves where there are books tucked away behind it :)

06/07/09 @ 20:49

In response to: We Were Looking for a book...

Comment from: Evan [Visitor]
Evan

Starting to look like home.

06/07/09 @ 07:41

In response to: Nor any drop to drink

Comment from: [Member]
KC

Well done you! That’s excellent news - looking forward to seeing that go in.

05/07/09 @ 19:36

In response to: Nor any drop to drink

Comment from: Jude [Visitor]
Jude

Well done, you will be pleased that I have qualified (have been advised) for the Solar grant before it was cancelled and are just waiting for the gov’t to let me know when it’s a go’er then the company will come up and install the lot free……
just waiting!!!!!!

05/07/09 @ 18:27