Saturday, January 28, 2006

After the rains

After the long hot days, we were rewarded with a lovely rain this afternoon. Making the place hot and steamy in the afternoon. Ducks and chooks loved the rain and here is Bonnie my silkie bantam hen looking very punky as she goes about her business.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hot days and lettuces

On the 20th (Friday) I showed you how I was protecting my lettuces from the 42 degree heat. As you can see this worked and all of the lettuces have survived and grown. Even checking them at the hottest part of the day, they stayed crisp and seemed to almost thrive in the heat.

I did loose some of my tomato plants and 1 old chook who made it to the cool change before she died.

Friday, January 20, 2006


It's so hot here that I have put a tarp over my lettuces to try and stop them cooking in the heat. So far it seems to be working.

Thunder clouds.

I took this photo about 7 am this morning. We still have thunder heads above us and in some places we can see the rain falling, but I am sure the rain will be evaporating before it hits the ground.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Its hot here and it's going to get hotter starting tomorrow. It's too hot to pop my lop bunny Nibbles outside to run round in the backyard. So I have him running round in the rumpus room this evening, with the cats watching and wondering what is going on.

Nibbles seems to think the TV and my cuppa tea goes paw in paw.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Harvesting Fruit.

Thought I'd show you the size of some of the pipino fruit I am harvesting, the tomato is a "Tiny Tim". Pat's dad grows these in Whyalla and I have 2 plants as this is a lovely fruit. The plants are growing up a trellis connected to the "people fence".

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Duck run is now back making my next load of duck/chicken litter for the compost bins. I have saved some of the clean baled straw for Flossy my bunny and a small amount for Amy's 2 guinea pigs hutch. The chooks are having a ball spreading the straw around the yard while they are scratching for any tid bits. Saves me doing it.

I use straw bales as I can pick them up for $3.50 a bale and by the time all the poultry waste is added, it makes for some wonderful addings to my compost bins.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Glenelg now a days

Today we took the tram out to Glenelg to have a look round and what we saw was very disappointing. Gone is the old look and has been replaced with high-rise buildings. This look now spoils the area in my opinion and I will be happier to find a less built up area when visiting a beach.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Gardening V House Work

Somehow the thought of pushing our push mower around the back lawn while Pat whipper snips the edges, raking out the duck run getting it ready for tomorrow's fresh bale of straw and tidying up the compost area, after mixing the duck litter with the lawn cuttings; seems a whole lot more fun than cleaning the house.

That is what I did after tea tonight in the cool of the evening. I had lots of helpers with the chooks and ducks wanting to spread what I had raked up into piles. Not that this was a bother to me as I see gardening as playing not work.

I call this "Freedom Road" as Henry and the Girls have to be good to get to this area as its right next to Pat's beloved rasperry canes. It can get a bit on the stressful side if they are caught eating the fruit.

All raked and tidy until the next time in about a fortnight to 3 weeks time. This also coinsides with the composting system I have worked out.

The compost area is a bit like the canteen at work. Everyone loves to hang round it for a drink and chat. Never know what crunchy little critter or slimy fat worm might be hanging round this area. I try and remember to turn the compost and transfer it when the chooks are in their run locked away. Saves fighting them off as well as the ducks.

This is the duck run all nice and clean for tomorrow's straw to be spread about. I'll also clean out Flossy's hutch at the same time. I was using the dog kennel for Clancy while she was broody, but she didn't do too good sitting on her eggs and we had no ducklings. So the kennel is going to my nephew for his Border Collie "Bear".

The box with the thick garbage bag in it is for my sister-in-law as she needs some poultry litter for her own compost tumbler. Nice having contacts and getting some poultry litter when needed.

Well that is about it for me today. And yes the tea dishes are still there waiting to be washed. Wonder if the gang would like a bed time story, so as I can put off the cleaning of the sink a bit longer?????

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Duchess relaxing after a hot and humid day here. I know we have to have hot weather, but I am a winter person and can't wait until the cooler weather has arrived.

I have been letting the chooks run with the ducks of late, due to the hot weather as they can all take shelter under the apricot and plum trees in the duck run.

Latest happenings

I have decided to try this blogging as that way I can pop my "Latest Happenings" here and add to it as the year goes by.

This will be a trial and error with me and you can read and chuckle as I learn how "Blogging" works.

The main idea of this site is to be able to post thoughts and going ons in the garden and with the animals.

Also you can interact with me.

I hope to grow here and improve my skill with letting you know what is happening.