Over here we are:

~ Hosting a pirate, bent on the elimination of foxes and the discovery of a buried cache of potato chips. (Gold schmold, the boy would sail seven seas for a chip.)



~ Hosting a laying goose! Our nearest neighbours have three gorgeous geese, and the two females appear to be broody! One started laying a few weeks ago (we were looking after them and, I'm embarrassed to admit, ate one of the eggs because she wasn't sitting on it and didn't lay any more for almost a week. Dufus heads.)

We cottoned on when she lay a few more. Apparently they don't sit on them until there's a good clutch and they're close to hatching.

Anyway, the second female has now started laying, next to our front steps! Adam built her a nest from hay, and she's up to two. Go, goosey!


~ Hosting some special cousins, visiting for the day from Sydney. They helped with egg gathering and tomato picking…






… and some general aunt-heart-melting

Oh my, that small sweet smelling nephew. Truly, would you LOOK at that wee face?!? Would Adam notice just one more little tiny one? Er, yes he would. Repeat after me Fiona, NO MORE BABIES! 


~ Hosting such freakishly warm weather down here that we're playing at the beach! In the middle of winter!



~ Hosting plans to increase our flock again, in fact, more than double it, from 8 to 20! 

Have I told you how much I love my hens?

(And for the record, White Leghorns: still an egg per hen per day, right through winter so far. They are terrific layers. Perhaps a bit flighty, but they're hens, not pets. The kids have dogs they can cuddle.)


 Love my hens. 



7 Comments on “hereabouts

Charley @Secret_Water
August 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I’m a sucker for a cute pirate :)Love the cousins photos; wish my neices and nephews were closer. Looking forward to seeing photos of the golden goose on the nest. Perhaps youcould run a blog giveaway: reader who guesses the correct number of hatched goslings gets one to roast for Christmas? πŸ™‚

josephine hart
August 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

very cute little nest with eggs in πŸ™‚ good luck to goosey! did you make that pirate costume yourself? xxx

August 7, 2011 at 7:32 am

I started off with 2 leghorns. Much flightier than the 2 Isa Browns we bought a week later.
However, they got more and more friendly… one even jumped up into my lap when I was sitting on a deckchair having a chat with my mother. I was so rapt!
Then the next day my mother’s dog killed them. Not happy.

August 10, 2011 at 10:07 am

That is one cute baby!

You’re lucky that you have purebreds that are such good layers. We have Wyandottes and Hylines just coming in to lay at the moment, and have had Old English Game and Australian Pit Game in the past (their laying capabilities weren’t great, maybe 60 a year each). We have great hopes for the Wyandottes though, they are so pretty I hope they lay reasonably well. I’d really like to try some Barnevelders and Araucanas in the future if I can get hold of any.

The goose nest is pretty cool, not everyone can say they have a goose laying next to their fronts steps!

August 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

What a great pirate costume! I’m taking notes to make one for my little guy.

August 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm

No I didn’t Josephine, I pulled it together from stuff in his wardrobe and bits out of the dress up box! (We have a pretty good dress up box, it’s Tilly’s favourite thing.) xx

August 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Oh no! Dogs, hey. Bad with chooks. That’s terrible. xx


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