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 missed. 

The Chicken Caravan arrived. It is a thing of utter beauty and deserves it's own post if this one can prove I haven't entirely forgotten how to blog.

And the pigs got loaded. Almost effortlessly (the second time) so I hear. Dad turned up with a couple of planks and they trotted straight up Adam's ramp and onto the trailer. 

So, eventually, we have made our first free range pork and sage sausage. It's deliriously delicious, thank you pigs. 

Here below is the Large White (not Great White apparently, yes that is a shark), who we're hoping to breed with a new local boar. These girls have eaten out this paddock on the left, as you can see, and it's just about ready to be dug up and become our market garden. Exciting times. (For them too – they get lots of fresh green pasture finally, having tractored for the last couple of months.)



Our house vegie garden is going gangbusters. The spinach and rhubarb are coming along nicely. That does look suspiciously like a burial mound in the background but it's woodchip from a tree we had to have felled. So I hear. And as far as I know we're not missing any family members. We'll build (I say 'we', I mean 'Adam') more house garden beds in the next few weeks. 

In amongst baking I really must get some seeds into seed trays… or maybe I'll just go have a rest on top of that sweet smelling pile of woodchip. I keep finding the dog on it. Smartest dog in town. 





I made a meat pie that I was so proud of, I turned off all the ovens in the commerical kitchen and went home for lunch the day it was being eaten (I made it the night before). It may have ruined me for bought meat pies forever. Just good local beef mince from a happy cow and a simple onion gravy. Mmmm.


On Friday last week, Adam went and picked up the bees.

It was an exciting day. This is something he's wanted to get set up for ages. He did a two day course a few months ago and has been reading up. 

He called me on the way home (he picked up the hives the week before) with two boxes of approximately 3,000 bees each. He'd assumed the boxes would be sealed. They weren't. The beekeeping guy suggested Adam put them in his boot. We have a station wagon. Another guy also picking up bees offered Adam some potato sacks to cover them, but as I spoke to him driving home Adam estimated a hundred or so bees were cruising around inside the car and he was fine with that, really pretty much fine with that, might get off the phone, don't really want to swallow one.




Bees are so great.

Our apple trees are shooting. Which is also great as I suspected they were dead, they looked very much like inert twigs.



And our meat birds are growing which is great as orders are rolling in. 

We love chickens who grow up in paddocks. 



Speaking of chickens, a friend of my Dad's dropped in two surplus roosters last week, for our disposal. I wasn't there, but Dad told me that Adam despatched them like a champion. Champion apart from a short period of time when one enormous rooster was racing to safety around the hayshed with Adam after him and Holly (the dog) after Adam. Dad said (from his vantage point of fence-leaning), that Adam stretched out an arm and as he hurled himself over a hay bale, caught the unlucky rooster by the neck and took it down in an almighty hullaballo. 

So that's what we missed. 

Hope you're all very well. I missed you lovely folk. Tell me what you've been up to!


23 Comments on “What we missed

Amanda @ mammajoy
September 26, 2012 at 12:41 am

Love reading about your farm adventures 🙂 So happy for you that your biccies are doing well! Do any markets in SE Qld? It’s not too far to drive. (I jest, oh I kid). What have we been up too? School holidays so far, lots of relaxing, enjoying our new chickens, scolding the naughty maltese dog who tries to hump said chickens (really must get him desexed!) Oh and we announced our exciting news on my blog! Twins! Arriving March 2013. We are aiming for mad house status. I may need copius amounts of your biccies with LOTS of tea!! xo Nice to hear from you. xo

September 26, 2012 at 6:01 am

Sounds like things are going very well on the farm and with your bikkies- well done!

September 26, 2012 at 6:33 am

Two more things for your (Adam’s) to do list:
1. build the basic WWOOFER accomdation (my sis and I are planning on taking our collective 4 kids on a wwoofing trip next year, and I would love to help chase your piggies, grow you veggies, collect the eggs,etc, as I am sure many many other WWOOFERS would love too, probably even ones with some really useful skills!); and
2. build the only somewhat less basic farmstay chalets- there’s money in those cashed up city types looking to experience just a taste of your amazing life. I think you could really do well here, have a look at the operation of a friend of my sis in WA

Love reading about your farm, and totally miss it when you are busy baking!

September 26, 2012 at 6:42 am

We loved the bikkies we got at Gerringong the other day. The eggs were great too 🙂 Thank you!! And thanks for this post. Love reading about your farming adventures, and pretending I’ll do the same one day.

September 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

We are heading over to Gerroa this weekend, any chance of a market near by?

September 26, 2012 at 7:34 am

Love this post. Your farm venture is about 18 months ahead of ours, so your posts inspire me to keep going – seeing where the hard work will get us. We finally moved everyone in to our farm just a week ago. Still unpacking boxes, but hoping to get my garden set up ASAP. Have a great school holidays with your little ones.

September 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

Fi – what a totally fabulous post. I hope sometimes you are able to take a breather (or glass of vino) and realise how much you have achieved and how successful you’ve been since moving there. It’s amazing and so lovely to read about it from all the way over here in Autumnal UK. What are we up to? Tana is playing football & tennis, writing comics that involve his Headteacher turning into a superhero, Jetpack Joyride on iPhone (does Henry too?) and riding his BMX. Kaia loves school, having playdates, all animals especially puppies (can I send her to you for a few weeks? She would LOVE your place), fish fingers and skipping. Me – I’m back working with tennis for little kids from age 3 up. It’s fun, rewarding, challenging and exhausting all at once. Lots of love to you all. x

September 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

Another great post. I had been wondering what you were up to and as usual you were not slacking off!

Me? Trying to get back into blogging as my increasing size limits me more and more. I love being pregnant but hate the “can’t do anything” problems I encounter (and a super vigilant husband watching my every move).

I am still dreaming of veggies gardens and chicken fences but sadly no $ (still) to achieve said dreaming.

Glad to hear from you again!

September 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

love to read your posts- they are encouraging, entertaining, and draw the reader into the landscape. I feel like I’m leaning on the fence with Dad.

Darren (Green Change)
September 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Megan loved catching up with you at the markets the other day – and we all very much enjoyed the output of your labours, those delicious, delicious bikkies!

I’m so jealous of Adam’s bees – I’m hoping we might get ourselves ready for some next year. We’ll see.

September 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Oh, what a glorious picture you paint, but I can imagine the long hours and hard work going into your idyllic sounding farm. Glad that it’s all progressing so well for you though. I’ve just started the seeds for our summer vegetable patch (much smaller than yours) and our happy hens are still gifting us eggs, although they have dropped off a bit this last week. The warmer weather perhaps? School holidays are here and I’m just planning on catching whatever sunshine and fresh air I can, before taking a big breath for the final term of Primary School and Year 9 that are ahead of us!

September 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

What great adventures you and your tribe have! Great news on the bees. Have you ever considered native bees? Or tried their honey? OMG, on a totally different planet.

Cassandra Allen
September 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Can I come and live at your place? Happy to sleep on the wood-chip pile.

September 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Oh Fi, you make me laugh! Caitlyn asked me to read out your blog to her so she knew what you were doing and there were some passages I was doing that inside laughing thing so much that I couldn’t finish a sentence. The mental image of Adam catching the rooster and your Dad leaning on the fence was the main culprit! Keep it up, it’s all great stuff. Hope you are all well. Much love.

September 27, 2012 at 6:42 am

Amanda! Hooray! OH MY GOODNESS TWINS!!!!! Congratulations xxx

September 27, 2012 at 6:44 am

Yep, we’re planning for WWOOFERS/ interns at some stage in the future ideally. No accommodation at present, but working on it. How are you going finding places that are happy to take kids? & Thanks for the link, I’ll go check them out. xx

September 27, 2012 at 6:46 am

Hi Janet, I’m not at a market this weekend, a rare one off! But there’s an eco/sustainable living/food futures fair at Bundanon Trust near Nowra, and our local food co-op, Greenbox, will have bikkies on their stall.

There’s a farmers market stand at the Shoalhaven Heads pub on Saturday morning, they’ll have bikkies, and also one at Jamberoo Pub, also Saturday morning, they stock our bikkies too.

Have a gorgeous weekend in Gerroa!

September 27, 2012 at 6:48 am

Hello lovely, no we don’t really stop and toast achievements, a good reminder! Awesome news on your job, what a perfect fit. Lots of love xx

September 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

Yes, so I’ve heard, I left it up to Adam. He looked at Warre hives and natural hives and decided to go with the old school version for now. These are the same model that Dad’s had on the farm for about 60 years, and he controversially went with plastic version mainly due to the location (in the sea spray.) We’ll start with these and then maybe try the Warre.

September 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Thanks Fi! We are pretty darn excited 🙂

September 28, 2012 at 6:33 am

Ooh the eco one@Bundanon Trust sounds great, last night was channelling ‘innerpickle’ and made batches of ANZACS and one of choc chip coconut and raisin (a’la Retro Mummy) par cooked a quiche, made two batches of jelly but as we will be camping with my 16 yr old Godson and 10 year old son, I can’t see those supplies (and 2 cakes) lasting much past Saturday!

Shame I won’t get to meet you, but will chase up some Buena Vista Bikkies.

By the way, how is the coffee production coming along? We currently buy coffee grown on the Central Coast but yours will be much more local ( only 3hours from CNB)

Have a lovely weekend.

September 30, 2012 at 2:23 am

Oh, your Dad with ‘his vantage point of fence-leaning’ breaks me up! He must just be loving this, every day.
Adam’s amazing, my dear. Was this really your thing, and he just took in his stride, or did he always have a secret hankering for the farmer’s life?
What a lovely lot of news from the farm. Glad it’s all looking so good. I hope you get to appreciate it, much as I know you love that kitchen!
As for here, Henry LOVES nursery school, and I LOVE 15 hours a week without him- I’m so very keen on the homeschooling plan, and wondering if perhaps I can find someone else to homeschool him for me. 🙂
Lauren’s nearly 1 1/2 and fabulous, when we can keep her off the top of the piano, hanging from the edge of the sink, climbing down from her highchair, etc. 6 days into night weaning, and we’re doing okay. There’s a full night’s sleep somewhere in my future.
Not looking forward to the winter, but thinking perhaps we’ll run away south February-ish. Might pop in!
Love to all!

October 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

So many awesome things happening for you. Gets me dreaming… big dreaming and fueling those dreams is always a wonderful thing.
I’m trialing my new Swedish mixer this week, and I have to say am looooving it. 5 kilos of bread dough is a very good thing.


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