Archive for November, 2011

Not tiny olives but…

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FLOWERS! Even nicer – olive flowers seem to disappear even faster than cherry blossom so nice to catch these.

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Reprieve

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The littlest boy in the dinner queue seemed a bit sick today and nearly got euthanased (ie binned, not eaten). He was lying down in a odd way on the floor of the run. He’s had a sniffle previously.

On seeing the secateurs and plastic bags he made a sudden turn for the better though.His young age means it might be worth medicating him to eat in a few weeks so we’ll give that a go. Much nicer to kill them older and healthy to eat, than younger and sick and just binning.

What this means is that the 5 that were getting the chop (slice really) tomorrow is now 2; sick chicken and the two smaller ones will go all together in around a month. Can’t leave just one alone after all.

Bypass secateurs are my weapon of choice for non-eating kills btw – v quick and clean. I was inspired after seeing proper culling pliers, which look like blunt secateurs.

Shade

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So the genius who built our house ensured that the only time our lounge room got sun was summer afternoons. Not that we don’t love summer but that’s our least favourite bit of the house. So before we can bulldoze and rebuild, we’re ameliorating by planting trees and a bean curtain. Pics below. Next project is a climbing frame for the beans.

No good!

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Anyone know what’s up with our basil? Can’t remember it being this sickly last year!

So good!

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Alpine strawberry, kaffir lime, ladybirds, blackberries, green beans (just planted out).

I’ve been looking for the alpine strawberries for years – these were from seed and are white when ripe. We had these when I was little and the tase really takes me back!

Beans are not just for eating – they will be a green curtain this summer to protect us from the afternoon sun. More on them later.

Tomatoes in

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We’ve reclaimed a bed from the chickens for our tomatoes. This year we started them a bit earlier and they’re looking good so far. One that went in earlier still even has flowers! Also looking good, the baby olives. Basil looks a bit sad, but it was too dark for phone camera. A coming post idea: how not to grow basil in canberra!

Last bottle

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Just opened our last bottle of home made wine. The last few have been a bit yeasty, a function of our technique i’m sure. The process was quite labour intensive so we may not repeat it in a hurry, but it sure was fun.

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