Pepper Hill Plushes

I have had my stud name approved ‘Pepperhill Plushes’. I have obtained some seed stock from a plush lop breeder who has been in the rabbit stud game for a number of years – Daffodil rabbit stud. And am now developing three lines of plush lops.

Currently I have two litters of 7 week old plush lop kittens, and have picked 3 to keep based on feedback from experienced rabbit exhibitors. The next show is on 4th March in Goulburn, unfortunately cant make it – hopefully the Corrimal shows.

The composting is going well and I should have my first batch soon! The bamboo is loving all of the bits cleaned out of the hutches.

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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