A rooster is just a set of bagpipes with feathers

Hi All,

I just finished my last Saturday’s post where I waffled about sushi and gloves. I must be getting officially “old”…if you read the post; you are obviously getting officially old as well ;). Misery LOVES company…would you like a rooster? I have 2 that love to crow under the deck at crazy hours. The sun isn’t going to be anywhere NEAR up till about 7am today and they are already crowing great guns under the deck at a place that approximates the direct area underneath my feet as I sit here typing at 4.21am. I just finished telling you about Sarah’s amazing gift of a wonderful pair of hand knitted wrist warming finger and thumbless mitts and I am wearing the mitts as I type. They are akin to when your teenager insists on you buying them a specific jumper/jacket and then proceed to cut a hole in said (very expensive) jumper/jacket about 2 ½ inches (or 5cm for we enlightened folk) from the cuff just so they can stick their thumb through it and wear their jumper/jacket as a glove as well as a coat. I love them FAR beyond their physical presence because these gloves are giving me the impetus to get knitting again where there wasn’t even an inkling of a desire to knit prior to their arrival

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You can almost hear the roosters crowing in the background can’t you? 😉

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Early morning on Serendipity Farm with the obvious chance of precipitation 😉

Earl needs a coat. Earl is an amazing creation of muscle and scars and bones that all combine to create something that nature surely couldn’t produce without worrying about the result as soon as she stood back to take a look at her creation. Earl also has a curious lack of hair. He comes from South Australia and to anyone who isn’t an Aussie that means he comes from the equivalent of the Gobi Desert. It’s hot there folks…hot for an extended period of the year…hot and dry and perhaps dogs are starting to go through a form of natural selection that allows them to live their lives with less hair to keep them cooler. The problem is when you move a South Australian dog that has little hair and lots of body mass down to the Australian equivalent of the South Pole and winter hits… Earl loves to walk. He would walk all day if you let him. The problem is that Earl not only has very little hair, but the hair that he does have sheds. He must grow hair like sharks grow teeth, constantly, because I spend my days sweeping our wooden floors and rugs and get the equivalent of a small red and white mammal worth of hair from these rugs courtesy of Earl each day.

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Steve tapping in one of the poles for the fully enclosed vegetable garden

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This shot shows you the area that we are currently working in to build our fully enclosed vegetable garden. You can see the wood shed and the glass house and the existing vegetable gardens in the shot along with lots and LOTS of rocks and the trees that we had to cut down to ensure the garden gets enough sunshine

We can’t not walk Earl…we do so at our peril because when Earl gets bored, he eats the furniture. We have been warned! Knowing almost everyone in your neighbourhood has its perils as well. When you walk daily you become part of other people’s routines. Through the week we walk at roughly the same time every day. We pass the same people on their same journeys to work and school and these people have claimed us as part of their routine…they wave at us now. We have NO idea who these people are, but we are kindred spirits on that early morning journey to and from life. We are peripherals to other people’s routines and lives and as such they think that they own us. We get stopped a lot and called to from balconies and we chat and Earl sits shivering beside us looking up at us imploring us to “MOVE!”. Earl needs a coat. I was tempted to take my newfound desire to knit and render it Earl shaped…I could use up all of my leftover bits and pieces of wool and make Earl his own coat of many colours…Earl would like that. It would last for the first couple of kilometres until Earl found a bit to chew and by the end of the walk, Earl would have unravelled most of it and there would be a long trail of evidence leading from wherever we just walked all the way to our front gate! ”Busted sunshine!”…sigh…

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We are (in our minds) cleverly going to use these 2 eucalyptus trees as a basis for our gating system for our large fully enclosed garden. Here you can see Steve working on another pole and can get a bit of scale regarding the area

I won’t be knitting Earl a jumper any day soon. I am not (despite what I might seem) a stupid woman. We will pay some middle man (most probably from Korea where dogs are prized for more than their ability to guard a house 😉 ) to deliver a waterproof, cotton lined equivalent of a flak jacket made from sensible oilcloth that will lend Earl a sophisticated “Gentleman about town” look. Bezial won’t be needing a coat “thank you VERY much”. He has thick black fur that covers him entirely, courtesy of that small portion of him that shrieks “LABRADOR”. He might look like an American Staffordshire terrier…he might act like an American Staffordshire terrier, but that tiny little bit of Labrador is reflected in his fur, his appetite and his overwhelming desire to seek out water and delight in its comeliness at all times. Forget the coat; Bezial is on Labrador time…

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All of the poles had been hammered into the ground here and this shot is to try to give you a bit of perspective on where the garden is going to go. The existing veggie gardens take up approximately one quarter of the area that the large new garden will give us and are situated inside the parameters of the new garden area

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One of Steve’s newly concreted in poles. The branches from the felled trees are going to become a hugelkultur base for the new garden beds and the wood will be stored for next years firewood…nothing gets wasted on Serendipity Farm if we can possibly help it.

We got 3 days of rain last week and we are making hay while the sun shines and for once, Mr Jamie Oliver’s overuse of and entirely inappropriate use of the vernacular “literally” is quite honestly a reasonable word to use for our current situation. I started attempting to add porridge oats back into my morning routine now that I have hit my magic “ideal weight” but have discovered that oats give me a headache. I was wondering why I kept getting headaches. I stopped getting them when I reintroduced my morning green smoothies and they started again when I reintroduced porridge. It was the ONLY explanation and as an oat and porridge lover from way back I feel cheated. What could I eat that could take the place of the ubiquitous stomach filling long lasting humble (cheap) oat? I had to take to the internet to find out. I arrived at a few of the more exotic grains that I really didn’t want to imbibe on a regular basis (read expensive…) and bypassed them quickly. What I arrived at can be grown here on Serendipity Farm as a cover crop and loves our temperate climate… “Buckwheat”…the humble soul food of pancake creations made its über healthy self both obvious and noticeable.

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Spot the little wren with an insect she found in the hole that Steve dug

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I stood back to try to get you an idea of the scope of this garden but at the end of the day its just HUGE… 🙂 About the size of a standard tennis court.

Buckwheat? Who eats buckwheat! I don’t really know who eats is apart from the Russians and Canadians but now narf7 eats it as well. I decided to try making it like porridge. I got some raw groats (that’s what they are called folks) that I had in a container in our middle room pantry shelf and I ground them into buckwheat flour in my Vitamix. I then added a teaspoon of dried ginger because ginger makes EVERYTHING better for narf7. I added a couple of generous scoops of cocoa powder because choc-ginger makes a suspicious food a whole lot more tempting and hopefully the combination of flavours might just cover up any strange flavours that buckwheat might offer into the mix. I then tipped this floury brown mix into a saucepan and used some date syrup (the mix that results from the leftover date paste in the bottom of my Vitamix that I am
too lazy to scrape out and just whizz up with the date soaking water to make a thinner sweet syrupy date mix) to sweeten the mix. Date paste and syrup are nowhere near as sweet as sugar but add a subtle hint of sweetness to whatever you add them to along with a big hit of fibre and nutrition (especially iron). I started to stir the floury mix into the syrupy mix and become somewhat alarmed at the resulting gloopy looking mix. After smoothing out the lumps it had a decided slimy sort of texture…not promising folks!

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We are still trying to work out what to do with that little ride on lawn mower behind the trunk of the tree on the left hand side of this shot…any ideas? Using it for it’s original intention isn’t an option due to the steep gradients and rock infested tundra on Serendipity Farm

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You can tell that Steve has done this before…

I suspiciously put the pan onto the hob and stirred it all together with a wooden spoon. I figured it would react like oats do and would thicken…I was right! Buckwheat might be slimy when it is in its unheated form but as soon as the temperature reaches the equivalent of 88 miles per hour (do yourselves a favour if you don’t know what I am talking about there and watch the “Back to the Future” trilogy, thank me later…) it suddenly seizes and turns into cement. My absent minded stirring suddenly turned into a wrestling match between the buckwheat and I for possession of the spoon and I am ashamed to admit, the buckwheat won! What grain is this that can best a well-honed human bicep in an arm wrestling match and claim the spoon eh? Now I was afraid! I was just about to put this creature into my intestinal tract to see if it could tango!

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In a past life Steve used to be very proficient with concrete…a skill that has come in handy more than once since we moved to Serendipity Farm

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Left over concrete mix that we then decided to use to try to fill in some of the worst holes in our driveway (see Kym, we DO think of you 😉 )

I scraped the resulting “porridge” (for want of a better word), still containing my wooden spoon, into a bowl. It sat there stiffly with the spoon poking out of it at a jaunty angle and I eyeballed it closely. It seemed innocuous enough, and after pulling my spoon out of its thick mass with a primordial “schlepp” I considered how I was going to tackle this mound of buckwheat, ginger and cocoa. I decided to eat it plain, without non-dairy milk or kefir so that I could get a true representation of its “flavour”. Flavour isn’t an issue with me by the way folks, I sometimes eat strange things simply because they are good for me as a vegan and I was prepared for “strange” and willing to wear it for the sake of something that would stick to my ribs and last for half a day. I stuck a dessert spoon into the mound and got the distinct impression of when an arrow goes into a dartboard and just “stops”. I had just been warned…

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We got these metal poles for free so Steve cleverly made a stanchion with some offcuts to brace this corner pole and make it a whole lot stronger. We want this fully enclosed vegetable garden to last!

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Earl on patrol

I forced my way into the mass of buckwheat and started to eat. Buckwheat has a nice mild nutty flavour that is quite pleasant and after researching it prior to eating it I know it is cram packed with gluten free nutrition. I ate spoon after spoon of this dense creation with increasing enjoyment when suddenly I hit the equivalent of a runners “wall” or a career forgers “glass ceiling”…half a bowl in and buckwheat made itself known to my stomach in no uncertain terms. It told my stomach “you are now full…do NOT eat any more buckwheat…proceed to go/work and do not collect $200 because you are not going to need it, you are officially FULL WOMAN”. I don’t “fill” easily. I find it difficult to believe that half a bowl of buckwheat was going to fill me up. I foolishly carried on to finish the bowl… the equivalent bowl of porridge oats would have satiated me nicely until lunch time. This bowl of buckwheat spent the rest of the day reminding me that I should have stopped at half the bowl and that buckwheat porridge is the equivalent of eating house bricks in powdered form. I only regained “hunger” at 6pm that evening! I have learned my lesson…I will eat buckwheat porridge on a regular basis but half the amount I ate the other day. “You have bested me again buckwheat! You are a true master of seeds; I bow and concede to your superiority”

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The two grey areas on our driveway were, prior to this photo, very large holes. We are attempting to try to fix the deep furrows on our driveway so that Kym can actually drive up in August, rather than park at the church and walk 😉

Every Saturday, without fail, I inflict Armageddon on the localised population of spiders that live indoors on Serendipity Farm. I guess “Armageddon” might be too stiff a word for it and a more appropriate explanation might be the end results of a very strong storm when it relocates houses and flotsam and jetsam from where they were located before, to a new location. In my case I vacuum and clean on a Saturday. I am particularly careful not to vacuum up spiders. I don’t like killing things because you just never know…reincarnation might just be part of our life cycle and I might have just hoovered up someone’s uncle Ernie. If you were a bit of a deadbeat in your past life you might end up in Serendipity Farms spider population…you weren’t bad, just a lazy person who didn’t pull their weight and who just wasted their life bumming around but because you didn’t actually affect anyone aside from yourself and your long suffering mother (especially if she was Jewish and REALLY wanted a lawyer-doctor-specialist-insert other high paying career here… for a son/daughter), you are allowed to live someplace where you are considered to be part of the ethos and given some kind of “rights”.

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These 2 seedpods have made me VERY happy. This brachychiton tree was on it’s last legs a few years ago but it seems to have recovered now and had flowers for the first time in years this year and it has produced seed pods! Steve and I can now harvest these seed pods and grow some more brachychitons that are especially hardy for our local area

Bad people get reincarnated at my sister’s house. If you cheated, you lied, you broke people’s hearts and you were generally a bit of a nasty piece of work you might find yourself waking up in an arachnid’s body in the home of an arachnophobe. My sister could care less about spiders but her partner hates them…with a passion…any spider stumbling into his pathway is likely to have a VERY short reincarnation adjustment period and will return to be reprogrammed as something equally as insidious quick smart on the flat side of an enormous flip-flop (we call them “thongs” here in Australia BUT knowing that “thongs” also have another connotation elsewhere in the world I wouldn’t want ANYONE thinking that Jason wears men’s string underpants and likes to sit on spiders…kinky stuff Jase…kinky stuff ;)…most probably as a cockroach on Serendipity Farm where narf7 will reveal that cockroaches are one of the ONLY things that she hates with a passion and you will get fed to ducky quick smart…you might want to start mending your ways as after me it gets worse!

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Isn’t our Japanese maple putting on a lovely show this year? Another sign that our trees think we are living in Canada and that it is going to be VERY cold this year

Anyhoo…I vacuum and I tidy and I clean once a week in earnest. Most other days I give a few rudimentary sweeps to stop Earls rapidly shed hair from accumulating too much and forming into a small rodent that might or might not predate my stocks of seed in my pantry but on Saturday I get stuck in and put the boot into the dirt population on Serendipity Farm. I have to lock the doors as Earl hates the vacuum cleaner and tries to kill it if given the chance…only when it is actually on and only when the vacuum cleaner head is off and he can grab the hose and bite it. A specific vacuum cleaner serial killer is our Earl…I have to lure him (cleverly) from room to room and then shut doors and make sure he can’t get in. Earl is clever; he can push doors open with his paws and his nose so we have little latches everywhere so that we can vacuum in peace rather than pieces.

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Steve took this awesome motion blur shot with his new camera and without the aid of a tripod…apparently it’s VERY hard to take a shot like this without a tripod but when you forgot it, and you are 50km away from home, you do what you have to do 😉

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Steve took this lovely autumnal shot when we were in Beauty Point taking some photos for our final Digital Imaging assessment earlier in the week and walking the dogs at the same time. I think it goes to show just how pretty the area that we live in actually is. Tassie…you might be broke, but you are easy on the eye! 😉

If I had the equivalent of hurricane Katrina hit me where it hurts and remove my house and my possessions I would head off to someplace where there were NO hurricanes, no cyclones, no earthquakes, no anything really…the Ozarks perchance…I would head for the hills and I wouldn’t come back because I have a rudimentary brain stem and I can learn things and “FOOL ME ONCE NATURE!”. Apparently spiders are either missing that rudimentary brain stem that allows them a degree of memory and thus choice, or they really ARE lazy buggers from another life who just wait for me to finish and start spinning again…”whew Bruce…that was a close one wasn’t it? She got pretty close to me today…I saw you standing up to her…you’re a HERO mate! Remind me to shout you a fly next time I catch one…” and the cycle goes on…suck down their empire on Saturday and by Sunday they are working on a new one

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Steve put my new craypot (from the progressive garage sale) on the deck rail. We are still waiting for crayfish…none yet…

Steve is digging holes for Queen and country. He needs to dig 8 holes today and has been dreading it for weeks. Hopefully someone up there takes pity on him and makes the soil where he chooses to dig nice and soft and rock free and he returns at lunch time in triumph with his spade over his shoulder feeling pretty good about himself. The sad truth is that he is likely to be still working on hole 4 at 5.30pm when the sun is almost gone and his back and spirit are almost broken. I, in return for him kindly not expecting me to help him dig holes, am doing all the cleaning myself. I am baking him biscuits (cookies to you Americans), I am keeping the fire going and I am going to make him his new favourite Stromboli for his dinner tonight. I have just taken a brief hiatus to type out this final paragraph here because I formulated the second half of this post while I was vacuuming around spiders…it’s a funny world isn’t it folks! Have a great rest of your week and remember, if you suddenly find yourself waking up after being unexpectedly hit by a bus and you didn’t really do very much wrong in your life but you weren’t a shining example of humanity either, you might just find yourself a spider on the wall on Serendipity Farm ;)…I guess there are worse things to be…aren’t there Jason! 😉

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The last of the liquidambar leaves just about to head south for the winter…

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28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. brymnsons
    May 22, 2013 @ 18:41:40

    You had me laughing my head off today Fran. Thanks for that, a good laugh is great medicine. I can’t get Jason out of my head in a thong!!! Thank you for the cement in the driveway too 🙂 x. That buckwheat sounds interesting. I might have to try some when I’m over. I love oats too, and have discovered that maple syrup in them with banana is quite yum. I absolutely know what you mean about cockroaches! It is something that Bruce has to rescue me from as I feel sick in the stomach just looking at them without having to deal with them too. Loved the photos, Steve has a real eye for photography. I checked out his assignment and it looks pretty good to me, I hope your lecturer thinks so too. The Japanese maple is so pretty, I guess it will be bare by the time I see it. It is very cold here in the morning, nice sunny days then freezing nights, so I am being acclimatized for when I hit Tassie lol. Take care x

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  2. brymnsons
    May 22, 2013 @ 18:44:50

    P.S Just saw your assignment and love it too! Especially the bottles x

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  3. Chica Andaluza
    May 22, 2013 @ 18:55:27

    Brilliant! Was chuckling at the thought of you eating the equivalent of powdered house bricks. I sometimes make porridge for two trying to convince Big Man to try it (he stil refuses, don’t know why) and eat two mammoth bowls then feel like a barrage ballon all day. I empathise with the dog hair thing, Luna (Jack Russell mongrel) sheds white hair everywhere but feels the cold. When we were in England we had to buy her a coat for the first time. We got one of those waterproof jacets that looked like she was about to go on a Country House shoot but whenever we put it on her she would just stand still, almost as if terrified to move. In the end a neighbour took pity on her and gave her a Barbie pink knitted pullover (so embarrassing) but it was snug and she couldn’t get it off and happily trotted around town looking like a fame hungry Essex girl 🙂

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  4. LyndaD
    May 22, 2013 @ 20:15:02

    You sure do live in the prettiest state of Australia. Great photography. Being married to a tradie i’ve done my share of pole digging for the front fence, the pergola etc etc. Love quick drying concrete, so easy. Im hoping to do a few more for the chicken coop. I envy your land but you would surely envy me my barkless, non hair dropping angel of a dog. He is sitting under my feet right now and will lay on the pillow above my head when i sleep. Obviously not a labrador. You’ll have to go back to my post – “There’s and angel in my house” – Feb 13. Love porridge but dont bother to make it often. You have inspired me. I had polish cabbage rolls with buckwheat instead of rice not long ago and enjoyed them. Cheers and thanks for the laugh, as always.

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  5. Littlesundog
    May 22, 2013 @ 23:31:48

    Thank you for giving me an “Earl” fix this morning!! You know I adore that boy…

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  6. Angela @ Canned Time
    May 23, 2013 @ 05:50:51

    Earl looks so professional ‘on patrol’. Handsome and dutiful 😉
    I loved the pics at dawn, my favorite time of day before the world gets hectic. And your year round veggie area looks fabulous, so envious.
    Taking care of yourself I hope!

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    • narf77
      May 23, 2013 @ 05:55:17

      Its so cold down here and it is only autumn! We are working hard at studies and the garden and not a lot of time for anything else at the moment but I have a pair of long fingerless gloves to be knitted by “moi” hanging around at the peripherals of my “to do” list. Hope you aren’t getting too hot yet? 😉

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      • Angela @ Canned Time
        May 23, 2013 @ 06:01:53

        They are too hot for my liking. 85 here today. We skipped spring and have the air conditioning on already ;X
        Too soon for that…

      • narf77
        May 23, 2013 @ 06:24:13

        Same here! We went from 30C down to 10C in a matter of weeks and now we are hovering around the 0C at nights and it isn’t even winter yet! Frosty the narf7! 😉

  7. nanangofarmerliz
    May 23, 2013 @ 08:22:37

    Roosters just like making noise at any time! I love the bagpipe comparison. One of our roosters figured out that if he crowed in the carport it echoed and he sounded even louder….

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    • narf77
      May 23, 2013 @ 12:27:34

      We have 1 main rooster (The Big Yin) who lives in the roost with the hens and 2 ferals with a little feral hen that live under the deck and take it in turns to drone from about 12am on a moonlit night through till daybreak. We don’t hear it when we are in the bedroom much but when I am out here in the early morning (in the kitchen) they are situated directly beneath my feet as I tap away here at the PC and they obviously know I am up and start chorusing ready for their morning bread and butter tossed from the deck…I am fattening those bagpipes up for stock! 😉

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  8. christiok
    May 23, 2013 @ 14:28:03

    LOL FULL WOMAN! Illustrating the scene with the spoon and the buckwheat cement with Steve’s mixing of garden post cement is genius funny. Did you consider filling the potholes with the buckwheat? 🙂 When I grew up, we called flops thongs, too; I avoid the world thongs now also, for the same reason you do.

    We are alike re: cockroaches as well. Eeewwwwwuuuu! We don’t have them here, but in Texas they are legion. They are so dang FAST.

    Ruby is indifferent to the vacuum cleaner. She can’t hear it that well, actually. But Garfield hates it and runs for his life when I get it out. Ah, I’d much rather vacuum and cook than dig post holes, too! It’s ALL upper body strength with a post hole digger. Hope Steve isn’t toooo sore. Hugs to you both and the doggies, and great sunrise photos! 🙂

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    • narf77
      May 23, 2013 @ 15:15:11

      Glad someone got a laugh out of my buckwheat adventures ;). I actually really like the stuff but it IS like cement ;). We don’t get cockroaches here either, obviously they like it warm and we are most definitely NOT warm ;). It only took Steve a little while to dig the holes and he wasn’t sore at all! I ended up doing all of the cleaning while he finished inside an hour lol! ;). Hugs to you, a cuddle to Ruby and a nice stroke for Garfield and I am still using your original jam jars that you sent me as my date puree jars. I use date puree instead of sugar and every time I get it out of the fridge I think of you :).

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  9. Joanna
    May 24, 2013 @ 07:42:47

    Dog coats are tricky things, we had some made for the dogs after trying on shop ones and ready to wear never fitted their skinny long little bodies. One of them likes the coat, the other one runs and hides and pretends she can’t pee when she is wearing it. Don’t ask me. And I meant to say, now I know where I got the urge to make sushi the other day, and I haven’t done that for years, it was YOU!. It all makes sense now. I love your sunset pictures, the air looks so clean and good and it makes me want to emigrate 🙂

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    • narf77
      May 24, 2013 @ 13:27:48

      Maybe the Tasmanian government should pay ME to get tourists to move to Tassie?! ;). Earl likes to roll in disgusting things, preferably with a pack of friends so that the smell is heightened… I don’t know how he would take to a coat but figured that it might be too bad because he is shivering at the moment and it’s only autumn here in Tassie. Earl hides from his head halter (I need him to wear it because he weighs more than half my weight and can pull like a Mack truck!) and wants to wear a collar on his walks like Bezial but Bezial is 6 and trustworthy and Earl is 2 and an easily excited boy 😉

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  10. teawithhazel
    May 24, 2013 @ 09:15:03

    loved your post..hilarious as usual..mention of roosters makes me pine for our rooster who was eaten by a fox..he was quite an adventurous chap but not one to make considered choices..he jumped the fence once and was bailed up by a german shepherd until i rescued him and then he went under the house and got stuck under the front verandah and i had to jemmy up some of the boards to get him out..

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    • narf77
      May 24, 2013 @ 13:29:04

      I loved your post about the English paper quilting and am going to give it a go as I love hand sewing :). I have 2 spare roosters (so far) that are lovely specimens…I will send them to you if you like! 😉

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  11. dwayland
    May 24, 2013 @ 09:34:44

    I think you are right, we are getting old. But, I’ll take getting old on a daily basis as opposed to the alternative. 😉
    Beautiful pictures as usual. Thanks ever so much! And, good luck with the spiders!

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    • narf77
      May 24, 2013 @ 13:30:06

      The spiders know that they are safe here…when it comes to lazy bollocks who are worried about karma I am RIGHT up there! 😉 I am just hoping that when “I” come back as a hairy legged arachnid I don’t end up at my sisters place! 😉

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  12. athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for.
    May 25, 2013 @ 02:15:32

    Spiders I really don’t mind too much as long as they are not on me. Mice, a different story – that is why we have so many cats. Chris is thinking about getting guineas. I was told they make more noise than roosters. I sleep through our dogs barking, but Chris always has to get up and tell them to stop, like that does any good. So, how he would handle guineas I don’t know. Your nature is beautiful. I don’t think there is anywhere really safe in nature though. We’ve had both a tornado and a couple of earthquakes on our property….luckily no damage. AAffter

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    • narf77
      May 25, 2013 @ 02:38:56

      Tornadoes and earthquakes? I used to have terrible dreams of tornados as a child. I had them right through till I was in my teens and was able to tell myself that we just don’t get tornadoes here in Australia and they stopped. Nature has a way of taking back her space and reminding us of how fragile we are at times. We just get used to thinking that we are the top of the food chain and suddenly we learn to be humble again. Not a great experience :(. I don’t mind mice or spiders but I HATE cockroaches. Not fear but loathing (squishing with a shoe loathing 😉 ).

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  13. athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for.
    May 25, 2013 @ 02:18:46

    After all the rock laying we do, we still haven’t got the art of concrete or motar mixing conquered yet. Our garden is ever expanding, still not as big as yours, so we won’t go to the trouble of concreting the posts in. Chris just started plowing a new areas around what we already have. I hope we have lots of produce to give away.

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    • narf77
      May 25, 2013 @ 02:44:17

      We have problem soil and problem native animals that combine to make it difficult to grow vegetables, crops or trees etc. so we really don’t have much choice but to create a space that works for us and protects what we are hoping to grow. I guess you have to work with what you have and we were amazingly lucky to be given this wonderful space, its up to us to learn how to use it to its greatest advantage :). I am lucky that Steve build roads as a kid (19 – about 23) and knows his way around cement. We are thinking about making our own rainwater tank from ferocement after finding plans for one in an old Grassroots magazine a friend loaned to us. It would probably be a whole lot cheaper to make one than to buy one and in our case, our labour is free and we have more time than the average bear so that is where WE are rich and we have to make the most of that asset :). Have a great Saturday, mine will be mostly gone by the time you start to get into yours 🙂

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