Meet Doogle

He’s our compost tumbler. Combining our attempt at living more self sufficiently and our rental home has been tricky. Our real estate agent has been awesome, “sure you can have chickens”, “bees, no worries” ( there was a slight bit of miscommunication with the bees, but that’s another story). But I didn’t want to buildContinue reading “Meet Doogle”

Chicken Update

Our chickens are 17 weeks old today.  They should be laying any day now.  Each morning since they were about 14 weeks old, we have been checking their laying boxes with anticipation.  Each morning we are disappointed.  But I go out there, and I have a little chat, they still wont come too close, butContinue reading “Chicken Update”

Foraging

Recently I bought The Little Veggie Patch Co’s guide to Backyard Farming.  It’s a beautifully inspirational book, to give me some basic ideas about when to plant what.  Each chapter shares ‘what to plant’, ‘what to harvest’, ‘what to cook’, an activity such as; growing plants from cuttings or making tomato sugo, and a ‘backyardContinue reading “Foraging”

Reflection, inspiration and excitement

My little home on the Internet has been pretty quiet over summer, you may or may not have noticed. Life has been busy, I mean who isn’t busy at any time of year, but summer always seems to be particularly busy. I’ve spent my summer reflecting, and shifting my focus towards food. When I wasContinue reading “Reflection, inspiration and excitement”

Hunter and Gatherer.

J is an active guy, he’s always out and about.  When we lived in Mount Beauty last year, he would go out nearly every day for a mountain bike ride.  Here, there’s no mountains, it’s a 45 minute drive to the closest mountain bike riding area, so he bought a sea kayak. He loves thisContinue reading “Hunter and Gatherer.”

It’s Done… Chickens Part 3

After we built the frame for the chicken coop we needed to add the chicken wire to keep the chooks inside. Each side needed two layers of chicken wire, because the coop was about 2.2 meters tall and the wire only 1.2 meters wide.  To hold the wire to the ground we dug a small trenchContinue reading “It’s Done… Chickens Part 3”

We’re half way there… Chickens Part 2

I mentioned here my excitement for chickens.  It was pretty great to find an inside coop area where the chickens could live but for the last 12 months I have been to scared about foxes and honestly, too damn lazy, to sort something out. A few weeks ago, we had some friends come and stay, theyContinue reading “We’re half way there… Chickens Part 2”

Ahhh, the possibilities… chicken coop part 1

When we moved into this house, nearly 12 months ago, I was so excited about the massive backyard. We talked about veggie gardens, dogs, chickens… We were going to be wonderfully sustainable. We got the veggie garden in within the first couple of months. Next chickens… We found that there was a space where chickensContinue reading “Ahhh, the possibilities… chicken coop part 1”