A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Happenings around here

Boy, its been over a month since I last posted.  Slacko!  In my defence though, it has been a bit hectic around here recently.

Last week was my week to visit Brisbane for two days to see my folks and do some badly needed bits and pieces shopping down there.  I needed a new blender/whizzer thingy to make my kale smoothies in the morning; I wanted to buy some fabric, prescriptions needed filling, some clothing items were purchased etc etc.

On the weekend we had the sheep shorn and lice treated so they will be ready for summer.  This gave us a good opportunity to look them over to see who needed to go on a diet and who might be expecting little ones in the near future.  One of the ewes who didn't even look in lamb produced twins the night after shearing and they are the tiniest lambs we have ever had.  Their voices are like squeaks.  There might be another one or two in lamb so we'll keep watching them.  

The smallest lambs we have had to date

Ready for summer
We have had some vehicle dramas - well not us exactly but my step son had taken over one of our utes and when he and his sister were coming up the range to visit us recently the ute decided to give out about half way up.  Of course cars never break down in convenient or safe locations so hubby had to go and give a hand.  There was nothing to be done for the engine so the RACQ were called.  Luckily where the breakdown occurred was within the Boonah response area and the RACQ bloke ran into the Boonah police down in Aratula and they very kindly offered to come lend a hand.  So after some hairy moments, the RACQ towed the ute to the top of the range escorted by the boys in blue after which our mechanic in Boonah showed up with his tilt tray truck to bring the ute to our place here.  It was old home week.

Recently I visited Toowoomba with some friends ahead of the Carnival of Flowers to enjoy some of the colour in the public parks.  We had a great morning complete with morning tea at a local croquet club which was situated within one of the parks we visited.

Glorious spring colour
 We recently bought some pullets from the school hubby works at and they are slowly settling in, although are being bossed around by the old hands.  I give them some special treats every day so they don't miss out on food.  I'm starting to pull out broccoli plants and cabbages that haven't formed properly and giving them to the chooks and don't they love them.
Lower LHS is one of the bossy ones - the rest are of the new girls
I'm seeding up madly at the moment with the weather turning warmer.  We've had 10mm of rain over the past couple of days which was very welcome and the paddocks and yards are greening up.  I'm having trouble with seed germination though which hasn't really been a problem in the past so I'm experimenting with other methods to see if I can improve my germination rate.  Hubby was a little perturbed to see seed trays on the bathroom windowsill though!

My little greenhouse - beetroot ready to plant out on LHS
The veggie garden and fruit area are moving along.  I'm starting to remove the brassicas and will put a chook tractor together to give the girls some fun on the beds.  The no dig bed has been a great success which has inspired me to do another two narrow ones alongside the chookyard and plant things I can toss to the chooks like sunflowers and greens along with some herbs like yarrow, chamomile, coriander, fever-few among others.  Here are some shots from the food producing plants.

Clockwise starting at top left - fig, blossoms on apple tree, grapes, brassica, fennel and garlic patch, blackberry, rhubarb, peas, no-dig brassica bed, plum tree, apple blossom. Centre new no-dig bed beside chookyard.

So, that's a wrap up of news around here.  I hope to post 2-3 times a week now that there's some garden activity, but don't hold me to it!  Cheers, Barb.