Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good Bye 2008

Well another year is about to become history. Pat & I are home tonight, just quietly seeing in the new year.

I went back to the doctor today and its not good news about my leg. Soft tissue damage is going to take longer than what I thought to heal.

Devastating news for me as I am always on the go and doing something or walking somewhere. I can't play heavy in the garden and no using garden forks, shovels or pushing the push mower over the lawns.

Rest the leg and keep up with the inflammatory medication and elevate my leg and stay off it as much as possible. Only good thing is the kids are adults and I'm not needed to chase them around the house.

Just want to tell you how well the poultry did this year in the eggs......

  • chooks laid 1937 eggs
  • ducks laid 412 eggs
  • bantams laid 355
All together they laid 2704. A mighty feat for my little feathery mates.

So as this year fades to the back and a new year comes forth, we at Lucky's Duck Farm wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2009.

Until next year....hoo roo

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Banjo's Babies

Here she is Banjo and her 3 ducklings, hatched out Monday Christmas week.

Oh I just love the little darlings. Enjoying my time with them and hope to find homes ASAP.

The ducklings love their little pond. Bonnie & Clyde are mothering them and often talk mummy bantam talk when they are feeding.

How special is Spring when baby farm animals are born. mrgreen

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Outside My Window

Having turned Amy's bedroom into a craft room, I am able to sit at the window and watch the activities that happen in the bird bath.

This bird bath was given to me by a person who didn't want it anymore. Looks great in the "Friendship Garden" and really suits the area.

Sometimes we can hear the birds drinking and bathing as they chat amongst themselves. Other times like the magpie........ we need to see them to know they are visiting.

Something about a magpie that to me, makes them a very attractive bird. Not sure if its their colouring or their muscular look about them. Some magpies at times look like they work out in a gym.

I love listening to their call as they talk to each other. Its a beautiful way to wake up in the morning.

These New Holland Honey Eaters are such a noisy bunch when they call in for their morning and nightly water come bath. We can hear them inside the house and also while out in the backyard. Finally got a great photo of them from the craft room window.

The amount in the photo is only a 1/4 that call in regularly each day.

Now that Christmas is gone for another year, its time to get back into some routine. Routine is what I sorely need as I try and fit so much into my days.

Millie is back here for about a week, while Ben & Amy are away on holidays interstate. Both Pat & myself have missed her so much. Any excuse to go and visit the kids is jumped upon and we whiz over to see them and cuddle Millie at the same time.

Tomorrow I am making tomato sauce and zucchini slice for the freezer and pantry. Can't get over how successful the tomatoes have been this season.

So there you have it..... the latest from Lucky's Duck Farm.

Its just after midnight here and my sleep patterns are up the creek again. So figured I may as well update the blogs and this will be less for me to do later on.

But then Banjo has hatched some ducklings and you'd love some family photos, wouldn't you? mrgreen

Until next time....hoo roo

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Have A Safe & Happy Christmas.

Our House Christmas 2008

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2009.

From all of us human and animal here at Lucky's Duck Farm. mrgreen

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Amy Is Leaving Home

This morning when I woke I was greeted with Millie on top of Amy's mattress as it was leaning against her bedroom window, all ready for the big move.

Last night was Amy's last night sleeping in our home... she's now moved in with Ben. As I wasn't really expecting this till Saturday at the earliest.... I burst into tears.

Even though we have know this to be happening before its here.... its too soon.

Millie moves out tomorrow afternoon.... how will I couple without my 2 girls near me?

We all know our children have to leave the nest at some stage..... its part of growing up and us as parents growing old. The only thing that is keeping me calm this afternoon is, she isn't going where I'll never see her again..... just 6 km away.

I can still remember the feeling I had when we brought Amy home from hospital a week after she was born.......23.5 years ago.

All I can say your child like there is no tomorrow...... Pat is more like....... help your kids pack... then they are gone

Until next time....hoo roo

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Haven't A Leg To Stand On

Its been quiet posting here as the garden is feeding us nicely and from the photo, you can see I haven't been too good....leg wise.

As Pat needed to go to our family doctor this morning, I figured I'd get my heel and leg below the knee looked at. With all the trips to hospital and specialists for him...... I only go when I really.... really ....really need too.

I have a tendon problem at the ankle/heel area and a possible cyst in the calf area. Hence the swollen knee and painful ankle/heel area.

I have been told to stay off my leg as much as possible and when sitting, have the old leg elevated. Also I have anti inflammatory medication to take.

My legs are an on going thing since I was a child. Many a night I would cry in pain when I went to bed.

I go back in 2 weeks and I'll take all the family snapshots of my leg/ankle the doctors have ordered over the years.

So no corn will be planted for at least 2 weeks...... no turning soil...... light playing as in harvesting food and that is about it.......redface

I need a hug..................

Until next time....hoo roo

Monday, December 15, 2008

Desiree Potatoes

Desiree potatoes bandicooted from the garden. Three spuds weighting in just under a kilo. Not even the whole bush was harvested.

Much better harvest size wise than the Nicola variety. We're having some of these, roasted tonight with out tea. mrgreen

Lots of food feeding us, from the vegie patch....... just wonderful.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Oh We Had Rain

We have had rain....yes you read it right...rain. Just over 40 mm fell the other day. It was wonderful going to bed listening to the rain, waking up through the night.....still raining. Having breakfast....still raining.......and raining.

So what does a gardener do when its too wet to play outside???? She plays with her new toy. Having fun learning new things and making items I have been wanting for a while now.

So while it rains and I sew..... a scary fish (???) came into my kitchen and bit me on my leg. eek I am guessing with all the rain we had, the poor thing got lost and found its way here.

You'll be happy to know I wrestled it and threw it out the backyard...... I have counted the ducks & chooks and all are accounted for. Haven't seen the feral fish since..... gather it made its way back out into the ocean.

Now if your squeamish.... don't look at the photo....lots of red stuff......scroll down very carefully and check out my ankle......

Off to make more zucchini slice as they are coming thick and fast from the vegie patch.

Until next time...... stay wet and stay happy.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

More Food For Our Plates.

While out collecting food from my little vegie patch I spotted some tomatoes hiding under their leaves.

Grosse Lisse cluster and the photo doesn't do it justice at all. I nearly fell over when I found this garden secret. I had to climb in around the eggplant to take this photo.

Have to keep an eye on these, poxy black birds ate one of my cherry tomatoes the other day. Lovely red cherry tomato I missed. Not happy Jan!!

Oxhearts starting to colour up too. Picked our first one today.

Still haven't picked the Blue Lake Beans yet. Rushed these in so I could show you all. I picked the little eggplant as well, due to the bush not being all that big yet. Tigerella, Black Russian & first Oxheart.

More food variety coming into the kitchen. mrgreen Growing our own organic vegetables is what its all about.

Overcast here all day and the odd few spits of rain. Every so often the house fills with the smell of fresh rain. I still did the washing today and the towels are all in. I didn't hold much hope in the weather man's forecast.

On another topic I have a new blog...yes number 4 is up and running. This one is about me learning to sew. Never used a sewing machine and I'll be buying my first machine within the fortnight.

Named this blog Stitch Selection as the machine I am buying has 50 different ones I can choose from. If I haven't blogged here for a long's due to my fingers being stitched to the machine & material. lol You are most welcome to pop over and have a bo-peep at it. biggrin

Until next time....hoo roo

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

We have had a cute little visitor the other night. Not sure who had the bigger fright this little gecko or Amy as they shared the shower. lol

Considering Amy is terrified of spiders, she took the "showering with a friend", pretty well. She scooped the little gecko up and popped him outside. Can't get over how this little fella made it past our cats. We often find crickets with their legs in the air and a cat fang mark in their gut.

One very lucky gecko with the cats & Amy.

Twice a day we are greeted by dozens of these little birds out in the Friendship Garden. This cast iron bird bath was saved from a trip to the dump and now is a very popular watering hole.

These little birds make such a racket when bathing and drinking, we can hear them not only inside but also outside in our backyard.

Even though at times bugs and birds will upset the vegie patch, I love our wild animals that find safety in our yard.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tonight's Meal.

Look exciting doesn't it? Fresh organic potatoes, leek, zucchini & a tomato. Most of this will be for tonight's meal to go with a chicken breast.

Making my own individual chicken pies and along side this will be grilled zucchini, steamed potaotoes in their jackets and stupidmarket peas. The leek will be used instead of onion in the pie mixture.

As I am typing this I can smell my bread cooking in the bread maker. Writing about what I will be eating tonight and smelling the bread is making for one hungry gardener.

While out harvesting, I needed to tie up the Cherry tomato plant....again. Darn thing is as tall as me now. This keeps up, I'll need a ladder to harvest the top tomatoes. lol

I often wonder about what it would have been like, if I didn't have a vegie garden.

  • How much extra money would be spent at the shops, to feed us?
  • Would we be eating such a variety of fruit & veg if we needed to buy everything?
I know Pat wouldn't be eating broccoli, as he only eats what I grow. I can put as much and as often as I like on his plate, as long as it's from my garden.

For me I'd not be eating grilled zucchini or asparagus almost nightly. Eggplant...wouldn't even look at it in the shops. I saw it growing in a vegie garden I was visiting once and thought it was unusual. Planted one, not knowing really what it tasted like. Pat doesn't like it but I do.

So many different kinds of food are growing out the back. Some like tomatoes, cucumbers & beans, there are more than one variety on offer.

Besides the healthy food on our plates we get our exercise and being at home most days, its a wonderful interest.

I often say to Pat.....all I need is a cow for milking and a steer for steaks and we'd be right. mrgreen

Until next time....hoo roo

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Friday, November 28, 2008

It's Starting.

I've officially picked our first tomatoes for the 08/09 season.

Four Tigerella and one Black Russian. They are inside ripening in the basket. Not giving the chance for anything to eat any of them, spoiling our harvest.

Also its not long off before I'll be harvesting eggplants. I like these sliced crumbed and lightly fried in a good olive oil.

This one is on the bigger of the 2 eggplant bushes.

This little fella is on a little plant.

I spent most of the day in the kitchen as I made some apricot jam. I scored a bucket full from James' backyard. He moved there just over a week ago and told me about the fruit tree, loaded with apricots.

Isn't he a good fella moving to where there is a ripe apricot tree ready for the picking. lol

Until next time....hoo roo

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Couple Of Awards.

Pip over on Rest Is Not Idleness has given me a blogger award.

Also Rhonda over at SubtropicalHappiness has given me this book worm award.

Thank you both so very much. Sorry I haven't acknowledged these 2 awards, but I have been so busy here.

New Foods

My vegie garden is soon going to be feeding us new foods. It's an exciting time in the garden as I watch colour changes and new crops growing.

Thought I'd show you and tell you about them.

Tigerella is so close to being picked. I actually picked the ripest one in the photo and split it down the middle with Pat. Very nice and I can see us growing and eating these each year. More of them are colouring up as well.

Black Russian is starting to colour up too. Grew this one back a couple of years ago and we loved it. Lot more on this bush that we had last time round.

I have put this down to a weekly feed of worm wee and potassium.

Zucchini can be picked anytime from now on. Have a couple else where in the garden and once they are a bit bigger, I'll harvest them and make a zucchini slice.

Bush pumpkins are coming thick and fast. Due to Pat not eating pumpkin and not having the space to let the bigger vines run rampet around my backyard, I went for the more compact bush variety. I roast these without cutting as they grow about the size of a cricket ball.

Yellow button squash...not looking very yellow. If I remeber rightly, they are yellow from the very start of developement. Oh well....time will tell.

Lots of exciting things are happening and soon our taste buds will be savouring and renewing tastes.

Until next time....hoo roo

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