Monday, June 17, 2013

slow days update

winter .... or at least as close as it gets "down under" is starting to hit.  the nights are getting very brisk, but the sun still shines brilliantly during the day. nights bring on the need to huddle under a quilt with a good cup of tea, while the day brings more necessary maintenance on the farm and planning for spring.

there will be much to update soon .... but i thot i'd give you a picture of the slow life these days .... and how we pass our moments.

the piggies are doing an amazing job getting our orchard cleared.
probably another week and we'll move them on.  

hubby has fallen in love with our piggies .... they
have amazing personalities and love getting their daily

the first of my broad bean beds .... have i mentioned
just how much i love broad beans?????
the early season potato bed.  we are moving a chook
tractor in front of it and adding sections as we go, putting
yummy chicken manure in the bottom.  broad beans will
go in the middle of each bed as a companion and
soil builder.  
haven't mentioned our cows lately.  this is stray ... they
are loving the easy life and eat lots of pasture and leave
us with fabulous manure.  both are suffering from a bit of
grass belly right now, so we have added cottonseed
to their diet. they are 9 months ... we will have to start thinking about
processing them towards the end of the year.
the green manure on the front of our future orchard is coming up
nicely.  it makes me a bit warm inside when i think about what they are doing
under the surface!
and of course, where would we be in winter without a bit of planning?  this is the start of what we think is the final itteration for our orchard design.  it incorporates a bit more than just tree's .... and should be visually a delight!

the next few months will be quiet busy for us.  lots of planning and getting ready for spring ... and along with that we should be building our house!  so we will have lots of things to be keeping you up-to-date with!

.... in the meantime .... grab a cuppa, snuggle under your favorite quilt and read a book .... there is always something reading that needs to be caught up on!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

leeks x 2

do you love your leeks???

that divine flavour that sweetens your favorite leek and potato soup????  its one of my favorite winter addictions .... just can't get enuf of them.

want a trick to getting more leek for your buck???  i mean honestly ..... have you seen the price in your local stores or markets?  they run at least $1.50 each .... and depending on availability it can be much more!

so here is my trick.  it will work if you grow your own, or buy from a local market where the roots are still on your little precious jewel.

take your leek that looks like this.

what you want is to cut it just above the roots, where the shaft bulges out a bit.
you'll end up with yummy leek for your dinner and something left over that should look like this.

let it sit for a few days .... no more.  you want the roots to just be drying out .... and 
really thirsty for a good drink in moist earth.

then you take it and trim the roots just a bit ...

this will give it something to, well ... grow into for lack of a better word.
you can also see how the top has started to come back already.

plant this little beauty in the soil .... right back in your leek bed, or wherever you want!  
plant just up to level with the top ... so you can barely see the white flesh through
the thin layer of soil.

and be patient ... give it about a week and guess what?

it's another leek .... 
or as i like to say .... 
two for the price of one!  
how great is that.

enjoy!  and be sure and use a few leeks this winter in some great soups and stews!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Refreshing Reminders

let's take a journey away from the farm.  i have been .... so why not come along for the ride?

last weekend i drove one of our cars down to Sydney to sell.  the market for a late model small cars is better there than in country NSW.   as a treat i took our middle son because he has been really pulling his weight lately and helping out.  boy!  am i glad i did!

it was ... refreshing.  when he is not in the shadow of his big personality big sister or bombastic little brother he really comes out of his shell.  chatter box, non stop talking, questions, all of it .... non stop.

i could say something about how anoying it can be to hear ...

mum.... what about
mum .... did you know
mum ...
Mum ....
MUM!!!!!  this is so cool!

you see ... i was focused on the task at hand.

and then suddenly here we sat in the Sydney Domestic Terminal, T2 to be exact, waiting for our return trip to the Northern Rivers.  eating a subway sandwich (don't go there!  it was better than any other junk food!) and watching the planes take off and land, be loaded and all that.  my boy was awe struck .... fascinated in that utterly boy way by all the mechanics of everything around him.

and i realised, with this great sigh of relief that this is a pick me up .... seeing how my son wants to engage with his world .... watching him grow.  it reminds me of why we did this move in the first place.

a better life
a richer existence
teaching stewardship to our children

all so that we have a world for our kids and grand kids to really enjoy ....

so that's all.  i encourage you to stop and look at your little tykes (or any that happen to be around you) and enjoy how they see the world and be .... inspired.