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Christmas spirits

    A very big Merry Christmas from us to you! We hope you've had a joyful day of treats and your people and peace. We're with Adam's folks this year, and beloved extended fami…
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therein lies my heart

  See that?  That farm stall is a dream.  An idea tossed around for years before it became real.  A farm stall for a farm bought and paid for by my great great grandfather (Wil…
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spring chickens

  Even though we raise lots of tiny baby chickens, these little tiny baby chickens are a bit special to me because they came naturally. Not out of an incubator. Not from a hatchery at day old. B…
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rooster pastie

  I don't know if you remember me telling you about Adam and the rampant rooster? Well that rooster made an incredibly delicious slow cooked stew with turnips and leeks and cinnamon last wee…
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grow like weeds

    It's been an unexpected weekend.  First: I didn't have to work Saturday, which was unexpected, and as a result of not working next weekend either I managed to swing into …
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calm and real food

So I'm working a few days a week at a new business called The Schoolhouse, a cheesemaking and tea processing place. Awesome. They've hired me to make real food, something they really believe i…
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where I work

A quick series of pictures of The Schoolhouse, Cnr Victoria and Belinda Streets Gerringong! More soon! xxx
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happy things

        # sunflowers in the chicken yard # cows eating leaves # diligent mother hens # handsome fathers # new raised garden beds, with dolomite lime to be dug in # wheat sprout…
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pig in mud

This pig is, in fact, pink. Usually. Except when there's an approaching heatwave and Adam (who loves his pigs) decides to manufacture a mud bath for them. Happy, happy pigs.     …
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fire brigade family

  I grew up in a volunteer rural fire service family.  Where Dad would be just as likely as not to get called out in the middle of Christmas dinner.  When some summer days when someo…
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anyone for a biscuit?

It's been AGES since I posted a bikkie recipe here! I guess there was always the chance it was something that might make it into the Buena Vista Farm repertoire, and so I've been a little cage…
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learning the hard way

First I want to thank you for all the gorgeous comments on my last post. I appreciate every one of them. I didn't actually intend to post, or even to be sitting at the computer. At 5.30am this mor…
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Enough of the spin

  Dear lovely people, hello! As you know, if you've hung around here much, I'm naturally very optimistic. Also pretty positive. Which is why, I guess, when things are a tad grim, I go of…
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Must be almost Summer.

  Life gives us lemons. LOTS of lemons. We love them. We regularly thank Mum and Dad for planting the tree thirty years ago, and right now it groans with yellow fruit.  Life also gives us …
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Just. Like. Magic.

I have a thing about Dark Barred Plymouth Rocks. Adam calls them my bourgeois chickens. (He's very rude.) I think they are particularly pretty. Anyway, my friend Vanessa and I went halves in an in…
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fast food

  Homemade pasta and homemade pesto, fast food? Is she smoking sandalwood, damn hippy homesteader? Obviously has too much time to poke around in gardens and lacto ferment pickles and handmake ev…
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fireman

    Ad's not going to like this post. He's a modest man, and it's hard to even get a photo of him at the best of times. He ducks out of the viewfinder every time.  The id…
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What we missed

    Have you been on the farm this last week or so? Yeah me either. Been bakin' my little head off. Turns out people love our Bikkies. How awesome! Busy!  Here's what we miss…
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more fiasco farming

  Those pigs. They've taught us a thing or two.  Right when we think we've got it figured out, we're officially registered as a pork producer, we've got a market, we've…
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ten good things

A good friend suggested that last post was a lament. Not intentionally. That's the weird thing about blogging, a post is often a static moment in time, caught, wrapped up and frozen, and actually …
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in pursuit of simple

I totally signed up for the simple life.  The living on the farm, living more sustainably, with a smaller ecological footprint, and feeding our family home raised, home grown, dynamically nutrit…
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