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how to give yourself a heart attack

    A couple of weeks ago I googled 'symptoms of a heart attack'. This was after ignoring left-side chest pain for three days, increased shoulder pain for two and tingling  d…
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Kerchief! Er, bless you.

My niece Georgia showed up these holidays wearing headscarves. And so headscarves it was! Or kerchiefs. Or bandanas. Whatever. They're very Sound of Music and all popping-out-to-the-berry-patch, s…
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Stills: a weekly collection

1. We're harvesting cherries.  2. Fishing for the yabbie living in the well under the windmill, who is burrowing holes in the well wall and causing a leak. Mmm, yabbie. Haven't caught hi…
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cat lady

Hello! If you've checked in here the last couple of days and found the site down, it was! Dammit! My apologies, a technical glitch. Thanks for coming back.  Early this morning we saw off my …
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what the stars said

  I honestly don't think I personally know a single person who had a spectacular 2013.  What's that about? People were speculating last night that it was the "13" thing, …
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Brokeback Mountain Rooster

Maybe you think you've had a bad day. Spare a thought for this rooster (his name is Jack). And let me tell you about his day. First: we keep a few roosters around. All Barred Plymouth Rocks for no…
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the return of the geese

You might have heard we lost our geese. It was only when I went back to find that post for the link that I saw it was MAY! *cough*  Sometime in June there were unconfirmed sightings locally, abo…
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market gardening

It sounds so earnest: growing vegetables organically. Perhaps too earnest for us, dreadful cynics, trading in sarcasm and guffaws. But we gradually traded up from balcony pots to small beds to serious…
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round hereabouts

  Hats off to my homeschooling friends, I'm about to dispatch my smallies to a far distant military academy. Hello second week of school holidays. If I was on holiday too, how much fun we…
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Workshops on the farm!

  We are super excited to be launching our first workshop program today! This is something we've been planning for months, and have tried to figure out the best way to do things, and hestita…
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Honey cake, no refined sugar, sweeet!

  I've been thinking a lot lately about carefully curated online images. About Facebook specifically, and how I think it might be making people lonely and sad. We can't blame Facebook en…
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how potatoes grow

These have been popping up in the paddocks this week. I have two areas of spuds planted – one small paddock next to the house and a long row in the new organic market garden (where I put in purp…
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cake of sunday

I had a bit of a moment last week. Tilly, at bedtime one night, looked me in the eye and said, this family is so busy. Always busy. We never do anything together. Nothing fun. You say we're going …
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inspired by… Cassandra Allen Fox’s Lane Soulemama Whole Larder Love Kristin Kimball Huffington Post Taste Little Eco Footprints Down to Earth This Brown Wren What Katie Ate Local Milk Milk…
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bee amazing

They are amazing, those bees. Adam and I were working in the market garden yesterday and I heard a rising buzzing, and looked up to see a huge swarm of bees come up over the hedge from one of our hive…
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On the phone

Hello!  While some of you might already be following along on Facebook or Instagram, I thought I might do a Friday download of the pictures of the week.  Happy Friday, lovely folk xx Clock…
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upping stakes

So we've made some mistakes. One day, when in the majority our mistakes are far enough back to be anecdotal only, I'm going to write a book called Fiasco Farming. Detailing the debacle. …
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