This past week held a few milestones for me. Some of of the tasks worked well and some were a bit of a fail. Either way, in taking these tasks on I’ve learned quite a lot and grown even more confident in what I can accomplish.
- Drove on my own for 1000km over the course of 6 days. To Perth and Back and then to Geraldton and Back. My solo venturing for longer distances is giving me this sense of freedom and adventure that I really love!
- I picked up a large table and 6 chairs from Perth with Wesley. Strapping the set on and driving 6 hours was a huge day but so worth the adventure! At one point I had zero battery on my phone (no charger despite topping it to 100%) and it felt like I was in mission impossible driving up the highway wondering if I was going to find the house before the battery died. It made for an exciting last 25 minute stretch of road.
- I removed a screen door from the front of the house and then helped Mike me install the new door and lock.
- Caught a photo of a baby mulga.
- Fertilised the lawn with organic lawn feed – but completely over measured and put the entire bag onto the grass (despite using a scale to weigh out a small portion). The good news – we hope is that organic fertiliser is a lot less likely to burn your grass/garden as it’s slow release. Fingers crossed!
- Strapped on a screen door and drive 4 hours to bring it home. When I undid the strapping it had sadly been punctured through the box as I’d strapped it too hard!
- We dug in and installed a brand new line of sprinklers which will seal off the grass in our yard to fill in the edging.
- Tomorrow Mike is going to attempt to harvest his first ever batch of honey from his 5 hives that have been placed on a farm 20km up the road in a dense patch of Red Gum Trees.
Wesley has had some firsts here too! His past few weeks the words have been spilling out and he’s starting to connect two words together now. Here are some of the latest words:
Blue, Blue Fish, Eyes, Nose, Hair, Up, Down, Shiny, Yellow, 1,2,3 Down, Yah, Bye Bye Daddy, Roll, Frog.
We have some ongoing projects at the house at the moment, one of them I work on each week Mike is away – and that involves painting the trim and doors of the interior of the home. That’s really freshening up the decor, I love seeing it all come together. The project is taking a while but I am enjoying taking the time to put love into each project.
Till next time!
We’ve been away from the farm for two weeks in New Zealand. I’ll post more about that shortly, but for now I’d like to highlight some of the cool moments from the past few days back on the farm.
First Wesley has jumped into his groove and is a happy little chap running around playing with his bike, the chickens and swimming at the pool.
Last night we witnessed an incredibly beautiful lightning storm come through the region. We woke this morning relieved to see that there were no lingering fires on the horizon.
I also managed to spot this rather impressive jumping spider, a female Sandalodes Superbus (Superb Jumping Spider) on the back gate of the house.
The chickens were very well taken care of during our trip, but sadly we’ve had to kill 5 roosters (saved the meat for the freezer) as they had completely destroyed several of the females. We’ve got the numbers down so that the girls can recover and the balance of male to female will be appropriate.
We’re stoked to be home to enjoy the quiet space and the ease of life here in the country. It’s clear to see that Wesley while he enjoyed New Zealand – loves his time here on the farm too.
On our second day home he pulled me close to him and said to me “I luh you” which oh my god I’ll never forget. It was just so sweet and so beautiful.
This week Mike and I passionately worked to complete our chicken complex. The idea originally came to us when we first moved in, that summer was particularly hard for our last lot of chickens due to the sun exposure of the last pen.
We tore down the old space and placed our 16 chickens into a temporary shade sheltered pen for the past 5 months. In the mean time Mike, Ashley and I have worked together to meticulously measure, concrete and assemble a sustainably recycled shed and pen for our little chooks.
It’s just in time as these birds will begin laying soon.
When we first got them they were teeny tiny chicks. Wesley harassed them quite a bit with love during their time in the back porch and I was more than happy to take the chicken poop smell outside and while I can’t speak on behalf of the chicks I feel they might have been relieved to be away from prying fingers too.
This pen has ample room and a large shed for the birds to roost and lay their eggs in each day.
We’d love for them to be free range, but learned the hard way a few years back that fox and wild cats are always looking for an opportunity to get to birds left out in the open. There is already evidence that they have tried digging and also pulling on the chicken wire.
The concept for fox proofing the space involves laying the chicken mesh in two layers about half a foot below the sand and two feet away from the structure.
Quite a bit of sweat went into this project and I think it’s one of the biggest projects we’ve undertook as a couple together. I call it a sustainable effort because we salvaged the mesh doors and built the hut entirely from other peoples left over metal. Pretty awesome way to recycle and save some $ too.
For now there are three roosters testing out how fox proof the space is. Tonight is our third night and I really believe they will be safe.
The other night I heard some terrible screeching outside by a fox and took a headlamp to investigate. I found it climbing up a fig tree! The sound is similar to cats fighting.
Speaking of figs, we are now collecting fresh ripened figs in the quantities of about 20 a day. It might be time to make some jam.
- 1 tiny chunky jumping spider
- 1 large crevas dwelling jumping spider (the spider with the white line)
- A three inch long little lizard
- Beyond the bamboo and gumtree there was this wonderful creamy sunset.
Life on the farm is simple, minimalist and starting to shape itself toward being a sustainable little treasure. We’re excited to now see progress as we take the small but inevitable steps toward a life with less and more good wholesome home grown food.
Our chicken coop is nearly finished, the lawn is drought hardy, the compost is heaped to the brim and the plans for the next phase are nearly under way.
Lately I’ve helping the community rally together against the Fracking Industry (as that fight is unfortunately still ongoing and will be a long process) in partnership with Lock the Gate, immersing myself in the joys of raising Wesley, copywriting from home and learning alongside Mike that the potential to make inner change is huge.
We have both been reading a number of books on mind development, cognitive decision making and positive communication.
Do you ever read books like this? What’s a book you’ve read and felt really resonated with you?
For me the #1 is The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer – it’s simply given my mind a real shake up.
This is another year that is going to be filled to the brim with love, adventure, open hearts, cuddles, dancing, singing, photos, hiking and plenty of learning.