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what the stars said

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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, although no thinking person is actually seriously that superstitious, right? 

Our 2013 was a big year, no doubt, although I'd be lying if I didn't admit to declaring out loud, more than once, that I'd be pretty happy not to remember most of it. 

 

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There was a lot of work involved. And some almost-hitting-the-wall. The should-one-of-us-get-another-job? moments, and the whole weeks' worth of chaotic school runs and lost hats and missing homework. We started successfully wholesaling meat chickens after a rocky start and an almost chucking-it-in. We got a commercial kitchen built and operating and we've almost recovered from an insane December that saw me coming home from sell-out night markets and turning on the oven at 10.30pm to start again. 

We bought a second layer chicken caravan but did not manage to double our egg numbers. Some nasty bug got into one of our beehives and virtually destroyed it. There was an abattoir booking not met because pigs just would not be loaded. We got an organic market garden up and running and planted and then just didn't have the hours needed to keep it weeded (it's our biggest sore point.) We fed the first huge harvest of zucchini to the pigs because I let them get to marrow-size, just not having enough hours in the day to do anything with them. Mum and Dad built a new house on our 18 acres, and moved out of the farmhouse, and we finally moved out of the two-room loft we've lived in for two years and into the farmhouse. 

 

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But you know what? 

No one got sick. We're all still here, and man we eat well. We started a workshop program of on-farm cooking classes and they've sold out until the end of March (this makes us bubble up with joy.) The stuff that the rabbits didn't eat in the market garden is GOING GANGBUSTERS. It's AMAZING soil, you couldn't NOT grow gorgeous veg. Check out these Purple Congo potatoes! 

 

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The chickens are laying, the healthy hive yielded honey yesterday, the corn cobs are bursting out of their silks and we have twenty-four piglets growing fat on whey and green grass as we speak. Which means beyond all the crapola, we're farming. We're growing stuff. We're baking bread and making egg custard and replanting borlotti beans a safe distance from rabbits. We're working with what we have and settling into the farmhouse and watching the kids bounce on the trampoline with a cold glass of wine (us) and tapping the pomegranates and listening. So damn lucky. 

We have friends so dear to us they've become like family in the last year. We've learnt so much that we didn't know we needed to know. You know? We discovered kefir this year and drink it so earnestly we're certain to live to 110, won't we? 

So if 2013 was kind of average for you, I hope with all my beans that 2014 is everything you hope for and more. It's an even year. They're always better. I'm sure it says so in the stars. 

xxx

 

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16 Comments on “what the stars said

Aussie Mum
January 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Happy New Year – looking forward to reading what 2014 will bring!

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Andrea
January 1, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Hi there clever and talented Farmers!

I’ve just discovered your blog via local is lovely and I’m so enamoured with your collective drive, commitment, integrity, humour and wit that I’ve spent the last day reading almost every blog back to July 2011. Can’t wait to hear more of your adventures and I will be making your strawberry jam and coconut slice tomorrow for sure (but with apricot jam as I have a glut of it). Oh and the view from your veggie patch….just outstanding!

What an enchanting adventure! Happy New 2014 Fiona and Adam – I’m wishing us all a wonderful 2014 that, after the blurgh of 2013, will definitely be created from scratch. Here’s to real and lasting happiness and abundance of our own creation! xx

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Jacinta
January 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I had an awesome 2013 so im hoping 2014 is even better! When are you coming to the Canberra markets??? Im sure you would be loved here just as much 🙂

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Lyssa
January 2, 2014 at 2:09 am

Happy new year!!! I’ve so enjoyed keeping up with your farm exploits, through the tough and the good times. What kind of keifer do you drink? Recipe? Looking forward to a better 2014!

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Kathy
January 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

I feel the same as you saying goodbye to 2013. It sounds like you have a great start to the New a year anyway so here’s to good health and happiness. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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Cassie Webster
January 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

I hope, one day, we will make it to your market stall for your sell-out biscuits 🙂 Have a wonderful 2014 xx

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SuzieB
January 2, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Just quietly for the record, I had a brilliant 2013. And I am hoping for an even more incredible 2014 🙂

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Hazel
January 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Here’s to 2014. Happy New Year!

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innerpickle
January 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Of course you did, der. I stand corrected. xx

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innerpickle
January 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Wow, thanks Andrea!

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innerpickle
January 2, 2014 at 8:58 pm

hi Lyssa, I’ll post something about kefir in the next week , but I just bought grains online and ferment in raw milk. That’s it. Sometimes we drink it plain, sometimes as a smoothie. yesterday was a mango and chia seed with kefir smoothie, mental! Such good stuff x

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innerpickle
January 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Hi Hazel! thanks!!

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innerpickle
January 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Thanks, you too!

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innerpickle
January 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Aw thanks Jacinta, can’t make enough to go further afield just yet! We’ve got good friends who all attend Canberra – Far Meadow Lodge, Pecora Dairy – they all rate it!

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innerpickle
January 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Thanks Kathy x

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innerpickle
January 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I hope you do too! Please say hello if you do! x

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