Yeah, that’s right…at the moment I am beavering away studying and am not typing this email at ALL. I thought that I would give you all an easy read today and so I have decided to just shoot a few photos around the property and share where Serendipity Farm is at right here…right now
First up…could you please all load and play the Youtube link below and just click “repeat” ok? We need some music for this post…
(Elevator music “tick”…proceed…)
Firstly my A.W.O.L. self would like to share a link with you that might give you a bit of a laugh. As we were searching the internet for how to search the Internet (got to be some kind of irony there…) we were required to follow a set of instructions that was so hopelessly out of date most of what we were required to do wasn’t possible any more. There was one interesting exercise that involved going to the site below and adding website links to tell you how the website ranked. It also has a most interesting feature (amongst lots of other interesting features I need to add…) whereby you can see what a site is “worth”. Now I am guessing this is its bankability rather than its intrinsic worth (spoken like someone who checked and whose sight is worth about tree fiddy…) but if you are like me, and you could care less about honing your site to the bone in order to make it an amazing you beaut money spinner to send your kids through college (SO lucky my kids are all adults! 😉 ) then check it out…
Someone once told me that chickens were descended from velociraptors… I would have been inclined to agree up until yesterday when I kept hearing a very loud commotion out in the outdoor enclosure and headed out (visions of quolls dancing in my head!) to find this…
“I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with…BOLLOCKS!” That white goshawk is back!
Not only was he back, but by the look of that stomach he had been pick-and-mixing himself a few of our poor long suffering orphaned chicks! I am starting to get the feeling that our chooks are living in a kind of Final Destination movie…
By the way, this is our chooks view of the Tamar River. Some high end real estate for our girls, no expenses spared 😉
I found out why spear thistles are able to grow like topsy just about anywhere in the world…I almost sat on this!
Living with Earl and Bezial has its challenges. I shared a video with you yesterday that showed a dog that was remarkably like Earl. He is a complete loveable larrikin and if I was to think of someone that reminded me of Earl it would have to be…
He even has the same hangdog expression as Earl! If Earl could have tats he would 😉
Then we have Bezial who unlike Earl is NOT sociable in the least. He would rather be alone and asleep or be fed copious quantities of treats and shuns “the media” (that would be me…) in order to maintain anonymity and for the sake of a quiet life. If I was to choose someone that epitomised Bezial it would have to be…
Yeah I “Pity the fool” who tries to get Bezial to do something that he doesn’t want to!
I know what these marks are for! I KNOW! I actually learned something already from my printing course! 🙂 (If you want to know what these marks are for you can head off and do a bit of research…it’s good for you! 😉 )
Earl cam…2 of the younger chooks who make a break for the outside world every morning
Earl partaking of an egg that I tossed onto the ground to check if it was past its use by date…according to Earl it wasn’t
This is a pile of rocks. This is what most of Serendipity Farm looks like except some kind previous owner hasn’t piled them up. By the way Stewart and Kelsey “you are on your own!” 😉
Lots of piles of rocks. Not entirely sure what we are going to do with them but for now, they can stay where they are
Those posts are the gateway to the back (bush) block and that’s my veggie garden 🙂
This is a native hibiscus. For all of you horticultural genii out there, it’s a “Idontcare whatidis”
This is closely related to that flower above in that it’s botanical name is something that I really am not interested in at the moment but it is a bit of a weedy species but it is one of the only trees that has done really well on the property. Might be time to reclassify “weed” 😉
Another example following on from last weeks post of things that survive long hot dry conditions and things that don’t. That lonicera (yes…I care about that one 😉 ) is growing well where that brown thing used to be a hebe.
The view from the front gates of Serendipity Farm. Directly over that road is the river
I wonder where little red riding hood is? It would appear a big bad wolf is roaming in the forest!
Ok…so this is little red eh? I don’t think she has anything to worry about ;). Note the squint, “its too bright outside!” he is angling for some designer shades…
More of the tea tree garden
Stopping at their favourite tap for a drink…this wandering around Serendipity Farm to take photos is thirsty work!
Almost time to battle the possums and the rats for a few of these
This fallen tree knows that its days are numbered so it is growing again from the root. Isn’t nature amazing?
Nerines are just starting to flower…that means autumn is really here!
Our crude attempt to prevent the wallabies from inhaling Steve’s weeping maple collection. That worked but we still haven’t worked out how to stop them losing their leaves due to heat stress 😦
We walked the boys around Bonnie Beach early on Sunday and Steve took a few photos with his phone camera
A tiny woman being dragged by a small dog
She is still being dragged but at least she is smiling 😉
Another drought survivor…pelargoniums and their close relatives geraniums are idea for anywhere that is going to be subject to very little water and no frost
Foraged acorns (from Glads enormous trees next door) and damsons (just up the road) that I am going to attempt to grow and that pink flower is a Belladonna lily aka “Easter Lily”
This was a “SQUEE” moment on what was otherwise a sad day…the day that we voted the Liberals in to govern Tasmania :(. I didn’t vote Labour this time like I have ever since I signed up to vote when I was 18. I voted for Clive Palmer because ANYONE had to be better than the rest! He didn’t get in BUT while I was voting I noticed a little plants stall out the front of the local hall and they were selling potato onions for $2 a bag…look what lucky narf7 got! 🙂
This is rich yeasted dough
This is a raw beesting cake
This is a cooked beesting cake
This is a cooked beesting cake filled with crème patisserie and whipped cream. It was just about to wend it’s way down the road to Jan and her brother Peter’s house in order to be appreciated by happy Germans who adore good cake. I am glad to say it went down well 🙂
Poor Serendipity Farm is looking a bit the worse for wear at the moment but hopefully a bit more rain might give her a bit more character
At least the deck steps look good 😉
Leftover spaghetti bolognaise mixed with pasta which then got covered in a rich three cheese sauce and cooked…sort of Pastasagne. Whatever it was Steve loved it 🙂
Steve found and foraged these walnuts when he was in town the other day. I have taught him well!
And last but by NO means least, this was what Steve had for his tea last night (only they were cooked when he ate them…) 2 large Cornish pasties made with homemade cheesy shortcrust pastry.
That’s all for today folks. Not a lot of words but plenty of photos. Have a great week and like my old mate Simon Townsend (television presenter) used to say “The world really is wonderful” 🙂