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Evolving design: backyard farm with permaculture design ideas

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It’s fair to say that I’m still learning a lot about the micro-climate of our back garden after five years of growing here.  I’m also still learning a lot about permaculture by revisiting and thinking about the principles a lot. With the chickens now a new part of it, I did a quick messy sketch, […]

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Branch by branch: backyard chickens

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I can hear it. That sound, of happiness and curiosity that I’ve missed so much. Those dark intelligent eyes and witty ways. Absent from my daily life for five years. Three chickens joined the garden yesterday, and my heart is brim full. Still cautious and alert in their new surroundings, so only a quick photograph […]

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Tree planting day

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********************************* Update- June 2008 Plans are underway in my head to organise a planting this year to add grasses and ground covers to the site. The trees that were planted are looking really great and I’ll add a photograph here very soon to show their growth in the last two years. ********************************* Update- April 2007 […]

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The sky is falling…

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“Well, it’s been a while since I…”  –> this a phrase I’m overly familiar with at the moment, but indeed it has been a while since I wrote. I can’t complain though, it’s a beautiful but time consuming role of mothering a 7 and a half month old that keeps me busy, but I still […]

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Goatee oatee

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Fionna is finally interacting with the animals and vice versa. Mostly this is good. She’s had a one minute long giggle at the dogs, Molly & Elf and she’s seen her first kangaroo.  Merlin has had his tail pulled and Gandalf has had his ear yanked. Also, a mouse has visited her room and a […]

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And then there were 7

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Three new tiny extra tiny calves arrived today, two black heifers and a red hereford/dexter steer. I got home after dark and so have only seen them in these photographs. We’ve named one of them already, the red and white steer who we’ve called Perky – short for “per kilo”. I know. How can we? […]

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Super-furry animals

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The most important survival skill for a furry animal surviving in a human-dominated wilderness is to know where to get extra warmth to sustain you through winter evenings. Example 1 – Molly and Elf demonstrate here that they have adapted well. Example 2 – Merlin understands the basic concepts of fire too. Gandalf, however, grapples […]

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News about new moos

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The new cows arrived today. The friends we bought them from followed us to our place and after a small misadventure to do with our steep driveway and a float-load of cow bulk came the unavoidable need to release the cows half way up the driveway. It looked like we were about to see the […]