Late autumn farm babies

The babies are still being born on the farm before the real chill sets in. We have had a couple of calves over the last week, a handful of lambs, and a few bunnies. All are doing well – we just got a load of lucerne to keep the all well fed over winter.

Life on the farm is great now we are in the house. The new road and carpark gives us somewhere to put our cars, and visitors don’t need to park in the paddock any more! The feed was delivered straight to the shed and the driver loved our new road.

Adding a picture of my cute little bunnies who will hopefully have their new bunny courtyard ready to move into shortly.

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The maremmas and the lamb

We found an abandoned lamb earlier in the season so figured that it would be a good opportunity to further break in train Shadow as a livestock guardian. Ghost could help show him the ropes. We had a bit of a shaky start as they both wanted to be inside with me, but….

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In the end Shadow started getting the hang of it. He still has a bit of growing to do though – and has not left the naughty puppy stage.

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Winter comfort food homestyle

Breaking in the new kitchen as the weather starts growing colder seemed like a good idea on this bleak May day. There is nothing like a fresh slow cooked lamb and vegetable soup with freshly baked herb bread to help ward off the chill. It took 6 1/2 hours all up including cooking time (well they don’t call it a slow cooker for nothing), 30 minutes prep, 6 hours for the soup in the slow cooker, 2 1/2 hours for the bread to bake. This was a test to see if I can throw everything together before work and have dinner waiting for me when I arrive home.

Success! Now I just have to put the soup in pyrex dishes for lunches next week….. I love my slow cooker and bread maker.

Introducing Pepperhill Plushes Midnight

Pepperhill Plushes Midnight is another of the kits I kept from the boxing day litters. His parents are the opal butterfly Daffodil Madame Butterfly and Daffodil Agouti Annikan. Currently 14 weeks he is not shy about letting you know he wants food. Does not even wait for you to put it in her bowl – jumps straight into the feed bucket, just like his mum.

Moving in the babies…

Remember those aloes I saved out of the garden in February, two of the best have been promoted to cheering me up – by greening the bathroom! The pots don’t exactly match – but then again, I am no interior decorator / designer. I am just happy if I can keep the plants alive and somewhat green.

My addiction to green things does not just stop at two though… I picked up an awesome stand at IKEA on the weekend – my first ever visit. The succulents that I saved from the garden in February have found a new home. There are a few empty spots – but I will hopefully fill them up as my gardening skills improve (I have been known to accidentally kill Devil’s Ivy – not sure how). I definitely need to get advice on those peace lilies. Check out my indoor plant stand below.

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I am also wondering if my room mates will notice the greening of the kitchen? They don’t get indoor plants – or why I might enjoy them. Maybe they will be more appreciative of some green in winter. The lucky bamboo definitely needs some training…. In the meantime, I will keep the indoor green creep, slowly so that they also become part of the furniture.

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Introducing Ghost and Shadow

Our farm now has two Maremma pups to look after the cows, sheep and bunnies. Shadow is a lot bigger than Ghost was at the same age. But then again Sparky was a big pup and now he is an example of a petite German Shepherd.

When Shadow first came home even the baby bunnies terrified him – and the cows, they had him climbing onto my shoulder. Then again, Ghost was the same with the cows at that age. Ghost still makes me drive the car into the yard to pick her up rather than walking past the cows.

I am currently in the middle of crate training him for ease of transportation and will introduce him to the animals slowly. His previous owners assured me that he has been raised around sheep, chickens and cows….. so should be good.

Below is a picture of Ghost at the same age.

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Scooby adventures

Scooby is one of my bucks that lives a life of luxury on the farm. Last week he got himself into a spot of mischief. After posing for the camera, he decided that he would explore the hay stack…. and not come out when he was called.

So after leaving water and some food at the entrance to his hidey hole I called in backup. After disassembling the hay stack – out comes Scooby, none the worse for wear. He gives me those bunny eyes – “it wasn’t my fault you tempted me with and all you can eat bunny buffet”.

Scooby is now back chilling with the rest of the bunnies waiting for his permanent luxury apartment and adjoining gardens to be built.

Saving Succulents

With the house nearly finished, it is time to start to start to think about the gardens. For the last several years we have had a large garden in front of the house – but given my lack of green thumb and frequent water shortages – it is a bit if a mess. I have been told that I need to start over.

But starting over from scratch seems silly – there are plants that I love. I need to save them one by one. The first, aloe vera, seems useful to keep around  – and after several years it has multiplied like crazy. But the hot and dry weather seems to be trying it very best to kill it.

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So I am going to separate and plant as many as I can before the bulldozer comes in. It seems to be taking well to the pot.

Another plant I am saving seems to be growing prolifically – but the cows love it. They heave eaten it back to dirt several times but it continues to come back. This is great because it is one of my favourites. I am told that it is also an adequate salt replacement when dried, something I can add to my soups. It has a little red flower that the bees love – and it is native! Don’t know its name though.

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Although it is not a succulent, I love rosemary and have been taking cuttings from the well established bush. The twelve I planted last year are going very well, so lets hope this lot of fifteen do as well.

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