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Hello! Hello, JULY! Jeepers. Sometimes it feels like a rush from market to meeting to garden to kitchen and suddenly it's school pick up again. Really? It's really three o'clock already?

Some days there's a breakthrough or great big orders then there's a whole lot of baking baking baking, sometimes very late into the night, and a little happy dance, then some more baking. 

It's all great round here, we're a little bit excited. Stuff's happening, we'll catch you up as we go, a bikkie while we chat? 

We borrowed that big guy up above today. A beautiful-natured Wessex Saddleback boar belonging to friends and he's here for a holiday. Wink wink. Check out his smile! 

 


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See that house frame?! That's Mum and Dad's house going up over the back fence. It's super exciting for them, a brand new house designed totally to their specifications!  And for us, every beam is another step towards our family of five moving out of our two-room loft and into the farmhouse! It's going up before our eyes! The builders watch all the activity around the place here. The boar arrived today on the trailer and Dad followed Adam up the paddock to help unload. The builders wondered about the boar and Dad suggested they might like to put some music on for him. Wink wink. If we feed the builders lots of bikkies do you reckon they'll build faster or slower?

 

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There's been a change in our landscape in other ways here, one of the very old trees came down last week in a big storm. One day it was standing, the next the whole root ball had lifted out of the soaking wet ground and the tree was leaning against our loft and threatening to come through the ceiling. Everyone was a bit stressed. 

 

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Instead of calling the SES which I suggested doing, Dad called his mates the local tree-loppers who showed up in no time and managed to drop the tree with no damage to any buildings. It was super impressive. There was some tensioning of cables with the tractor and voila, the tree became fragrant woodchip for the fixed-yard chooks. 

 

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There was no other storm damage, my broadbeans copped it but we only lost a small number, and everything else seems OK. 

Hey speaking of gardens, remember this? The man in the weeds, hoeing out the market garden? 

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Almost there. By hand. He's a legend.

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Garlic's up. Just waiting for it to dry out a bit before a mate comes in with a cultivator over the rest of the paddock. We're ordering seeds. We're bugging our friends who've been doing this successfully for over ten years down at Old Mill Road with lots of dumb questions, but more on the fabulous Fraser and Kirsti shortly!

And underneath the tree that came down, there was this frame. 

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Dad put it up years ago, thinking he might put in a greenhouse. But it was really very shady under that huge old tree and he never did. I think it's now a perfect place for a greenhouse! On the list.

And meanwhile, our baby turned three. THREE! I hope she always finds herself nibbling bikkies in wheelbarrows, gorgeous wee thing. We all adore her. 

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When time's flying, there's nothing I'd rather do than sit down here for a minute and write to you about what's going on. It slows me down and reminds me to celebrate. Thank you for stopping by here. I predict this next six months is going to get even busier as we try new things and build a commerical kitchen (finally!) and start stuff we've been thinking about and talking about for years. We're going to hang on and let our legs fly out behind us if necessary, jump on too, this'll be fun! 

xxx

 

13 Comments on “time flies

Sue
July 5, 2013 at 1:45 am

Oh, I am so with you, bikkies and legs flying and all! I’ve had a little revisit to some random old posts, while missing you lately, and happened upon the one about Adam cycling and running and crazy stuff til 3 am- there’s no weeds that could stop that man! Give him a cheeky little grin from me, yeah?
Love love love the look of the new house, and glad the loft’s holding up for you til the move- scary tree! Did it come down while nobody was inside?
Love all around!

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Just Joyful
July 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

I’ll definitely be here for the ride! It’s such fun hearing all about your adventures.

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Emma
July 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

Thanks for your lovely post. I’m a newbie to your blog, in fact my little family and I are newbies to a small organic farm near bermagui. We’re blindly stumbling through our citrus orchard and 75 free range egg laying hens and all the stuff that goes with it. But we are hoping to broaden our vege garden, produce and customers one day soon. We have also just started looking into a commercial kitchen too (very early stages yet). So thank you for your lovely blog, it is inspiring and informative. I watch eagerly to see how it continues to unfold for you guys.

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Penny Hannah
July 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm

What a huge lot of ‘stuff’ going on – hugely exciting to watch a new house going up and a market garden appearing, not to mention almost lethal trees! Last time we had building going on,I fed the builders regular bacon rolls. When the final bill came in, it was the amount minus ‘half a pig’. AND the build was finished in time.

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Deborah Taylor
July 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Bikkies for the builders definitely. Barry White for the Boar. Excellent work on the weeds AWESOME! Love your blog please write more again soon.

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innerpickle
July 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

We slept overnight in the ‘big house’, Adam stayed on the couch (away from the wall!) in the loft. No one was anywhere near the tree when it came down, but far out the loppers were amazing, it was pretty cool to watch. Biggest branches dropped one by one, then a cut in one side, some specifically directed pulling by the tractor and it tipped over without touching a fence (or a house!). Cheeky grin back from the man xx

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innerpickle
July 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Hey that’s cool! Drop in for a cuppa sometime if you’re heading north!

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innerpickle
July 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Hello again! xx

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innerpickle
July 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

That’s awesome, Penny. What great builders! Bacon rolls, mmmmm.

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innerpickle
July 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Barry White, of course! Hahaha!! Thanks Deborah.

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Kathy
July 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

So lucky that the tree didn’t damage the house and now you have lots of mulch. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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June
July 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I bet the grin was bigger when the weeding was finished! Ooroo from Brisbane

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Claudine
August 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

What a wonderful resting spot in that wheelbarrow. Perfectly suited to a three-year old I say!

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