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 the very next day perhaps the crazy wind died down and the washing got done and maybe not one but three loaves of bread actually got made. 

I tend to err on the side of honest, here, too. I'd love to think that we were living this completely collected, wholesome, fruitful and deliberately simple life, but I have lots of friends who read this blog who'll call it if I start crapping on like I'm some fabulously child-focussed and endlessly creative peaceful mama. It's just not true. I wish it was, and so sometimes I wave my hands frantically hoping to magic up domestic utopia. If you write it, it'll happen, right? 

Let's give it a go. 

There's at least ten good things going on amidst the hand flapping and the working and the imagining;




1. We've planted three more apple trees plus a cherry tree. Our "orchard" is still a bunch of sticks, but one day it won't be. 





2. Our first lot of 'overlapping' broilers arrives this week. This means the current lot of meat birds, 3 weeks old, go out to the paddock and the next chickens go into the brooder box. Which means we have 140 on the go. For another three weeks until the next batch arrive and we officially have a three stage meat bird program and, gasp, a little bit of a business. This is very cool. Best bit: we've arranged to sell quite a number of them to our favourite local restaurant, The Hungry Duck which takes the pressure off marketing them. Hooray!



3. Feral farm kids. 



4. Pigs. Oh, pigs. There's a fiasco farming story to follow, as soon as we can talk about it. And when I say 'we' I mean Adam. *cough*. Any day now. 



5. Eating stuff you've grown yourself. (Next time will grow from seed and ensure soil is a tad sandier!)


6. Dogs.



7. Beautiful pasture. Even in this long, long dry spell. 



8. Farm cats. (That's where my dressing gown belt went, wee bugger.)


9. Cows. Agisted here. Maybe I can sneak one off to a back paddock? 


10. Homemade bread. 



Can you find ten, ya reckon?

Tell me one? 

Do you think cherries will grow here? Cold enough?

Are you late in getting your seeds out and getting them into trays too? (Or is that just me?!)

And really, where did she put my dressing down belt when it ceased to be a tail?


22 Comments on “ten good things

September 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Does the sign on the apple tree say ‘lapins’? (French for rabbits!)

September 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I could probably think of 10 eventually but as I’m off to bed I’ll give you my just one- sitting on my back verandah overlooking a beautiful expanse of National Park while listening to & watching a lyrebird scratch around in our backyard! I can’t believe I have lyrebirds in my backyard (along with lots of other lovely things) & I live in Sydney??!!

September 11, 2012 at 4:37 am

Your bread looks delicious!

And your dog looks just like Mabel, one of my dogs. Not the same breed, but the same colouring and smiley face.

One good thing? The blackberries are ripe now and today we picked enough for pie and cake. We’ll go back to pick enough for jam.

September 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

You are kidding!! It does say Lapins, thats the cherry tree. But were having a DREADFUL time with rabbits nibbling the roots of the trees weve just planted, we were just talking last night about making some wire cages for the trees!

September 11, 2012 at 7:04 am

i wish it was cool enough here to grow apples and cherries!

September 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

OK, number 2 [good thing] baffles me! I am so city and not country, lol.

September 11, 2012 at 7:17 am

I didn’t feel your last post was a lament. Just realistic, I think. – Good things?: My daughter is no longer afraid of school. We had some lovely veggies in our very small veggie bed, inspired by a certain blog. Have a nice little new tree, looking forward to it changing colour in the autumn! My mother is here on a week-long visit and tackled lots of stuff that I probably wouldn’t have got round to this decade. I, on the other hand, managed to clean up my desk so you can actually SEE that there is a desk. Made jam from some frozen strawberries for which I had no glass jars left when I initially made jam. Just had a lovely night in with four neighbour ladies, all mums with kids at the some school/kindergarten, so lots of gossip, tales of misbehaving/stubborn/insert as required children (glad to hear it’s not only mine…). And another good thing: I’m off to bed now!

September 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

So appreciate the honesty in your blogging. The ‘simple life’ is not all that simple – it is a lot of hard work! Sharing your ups & downs makes your blog all the more relatable. So, thank you : )

September 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

It might not be cool enough here either! Ever optimistic. x

September 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

and vegetarian?! xx

September 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

Those wabbits are nasty wascals, same problems here. Even easier is some thick ag pipe, sliced down the middle and then popped onto the trunk (a bit like a glove if that makes sense). Once the trees are more established you won’t need them. I too appreciate your honesty, it does help to know that others have days that are a tad trying also – puts it into perspective. Enjoy today!

September 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hey where did all my apostrophes go??!

September 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

So many good things, but all the good things take work – which is what your last post was about right? The way my mini orchard looks this morning in the spring sunshine and a smidge of mist is definately a good thing – but it took 3 hours of hard work cleaning it all up and removing the old agapanthus on the weekend. That is the beauty in this simple life – we work hard and then we see the beautiful results. And often, we get to eat/wear/continue to gaze upon those things because we did it ourselves.
Keep smiling!

September 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

My one good thing is having my brother and girlfriend coming to stay and a less hectic than normal week to enjoy their visit.

Darren (Green Change)
September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I finally got the shelves (big, industrial warehouse shelves they were getting rid of at work) put up in my shed (blog post soon!). Yeehah! The good thing was the beer I enjoyed on the front deck afterwards, grubby, exhausted, watching the cows go about their business. Beer always tastes best when you’re grubby and exhausted.

That Adam-and-the-pigs story will make a second good thing :-).

September 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I don’t think you were lamenting. Being honest is more important than painting your life all angelic clouds and sailing through without your feet touching the ground. Some days are harder work than others, but keeping sight of what you are achieving and why you are on the path makes all the difference. And it is still inspiring for others to read about 😉

My one thing at the moment is my chickens. After dreaming about having them for 3 years, to finally have them a reality, and being successful looking after them, brings a smile to my face. Even on cold wet days, going down to feed them, talk to them, collect the eggs and rake the coop is a bright spot in my day. And the joy of sharing the excess eggs, and cooking wonderful meals with them, is icing on top!

Good luck finding the tail. Under the bed would be my guess!

September 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I wonder if your dressing gown belt is in the same place as my pastry brush ! – last seen outside near the sandpit.
Those are 10 very good things. I am getting a mama only ski day tomorrow – yeeha that is good.
On a random note – have you read moon over martinborough blog – 2 American guys on a life style block in nz – very funny especially their sagas with franciose the chicken – your mention of pig fiasco reminded me.

September 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I love your blog and your honesty! My most favorite ever post? The one where you share about going to the spa! I think about it every so often and smile!

1. I have ordered a DSLR camera and I’m awaiting it’s delivery! 2. I have started grinding my own grain. 3. I am awaiting a “free” sourdough starter from the Oregon Trail, it’s over 150 years old! 4. I planted a beautiful lantana. 5. Fall is almost here, can’t wait to have temps below 100! 6. It rained again this week . . . A great thing when you are in a drought. 7. My neighbor is sharing his pile or beautiful mulch for our fall gardens. 8. My starter seeds were planted last week and most are up already! 9. Our new bees are doing great and growing! 10. I’ve found a wonderful store to buy bulk supplies at great prices.


September 12, 2012 at 6:56 am

Thanks! Ill check it out!

September 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Like Julie’s first comment, mine is camera orientated. A new one, and I love, love, love it!!
As for your cat’s tail…have you looked inside her pillow case, under the pillow. Frequently where I find a ridiculous amount of things.

September 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I am SO late in planting anything this year. I got some peas into a pot, but that’s it. The grass in the garden is knee high and I have self sown cauliflowers that need beating into submission and kale that requires a good soap bath to rid it of aphids.


September 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Are your bread recipes on the site somewhere?


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