Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Plymouth Rocks Rock!

it's nice to know that good research pays off from time to time.  i have been wondering what would be the best type of heritage chicken to get for our purposes .... and that seemed to be the Plymouth Rock. 

you see, we are looking for a dual purpose bird ... a chook that can meet both our egg and meat needs.  it seems to me that you can find them on both ends of the spectrum ... but there are few heritage breeds left that can give you both meet and eggs.  my research would say that the plymouth rock was one of the last heritage breeds to truly give you both.  sure, they aren't as pretty as some of the others ... but at this point, as much as i love all the beautiful and varying breeds out there ... we need practical.  so the plymouth rock it is. 

and to show how committed we are to this wonderful breed, my family picked me up from the airport from my stay in the Philippines (wonderful trip, worth it's own blog post) and we picked these day old chickies on our way home.

so welcome to JustEarth my fine feathered friends.  you represent the start of a great lineage at our little homestead.  i look forward to seeing which one of you stands out as the best rooster and protector of his tribe ... your lucky future will mean making lots more babies to increase our numbers!  many of you girls will be added to our laying gaggle for num-num eggs .... and the rest of you blessed creatures ...

well, lets just say, i hear dinner calling!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Reality Bites, a few firsts .... and ta-ta!

reality is starting to sink in..... you see ..... in one week i leave to go with our school / church team to the Philippines to do some work there.  our deal was always that we would be living on the property by the time i got back.

egad .... feeling really sorry for hubby right now, leaving him to wear the brunt of the final pack up.  so have kinda stepped it into high gear ..... trying to get the things in boxes that won't be going with us to the property, and chucking out the stuff that hasn't been used since we've been here so it can't be that important anyway ....

yup .... reality bites!

but we've also got a few firsts to celebrate ....

our first strawberry!
i know ... it's only a flower right now .... 
but given they were planted but a month ago, i'm quite happy with them!

and we have our first wwoof'er (of sorts!).  

we couldn't have gotten the shed up without alex .... a keen, willing and able year 8 student who has a passion for farming and learning about how to make good soil.  thank you alex for your great attitude, ability to to be mature beyond your years and generally just being a great kid!  we look forward to having you help us out heaps more in the future!  (promise to include you in the geodesic dome build!)

... and a bit of a ta-ta ..... you see ..... i'm off to the Philippines.  second home, cultural home of my children and a land close to my heart.  going over for 12 days with a team from our church and local school to do some work at the orphanage.  really excited.  one of the cool things for me personally is that as a part of the ministry of the home, i am assisting them in bringing on a sustainable ag / farm worker.  we should be finalizing these details while i am there.  and too .... a mob out of Western Australia is going to be coming across and getting the guys up and running with aquaponics .... so that will be a great step forward for the home with regards to sustainability.

ironically, i leave hubby and kids at home and reckon that i will leave this house, go to the PI and come back to living in a caravan.  lol ..... the PI will seem like luxury compared to what i return to .... but then it is truly living on the land and basking in the reality of "justearth" life ....