Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sticky Beaks



Walking thorough the house I heard the large dog across the road carrying on. Bruno is chained up in the front yard and barking his head off.

There were 2 people calling out to Bruno's owner, trying to raise her attention that they were outside.

I walked past my sewing room and look who I spotted watching what was happening across the road. Three furring little sticky beaks, with nothing better to do with their time, than spy on the neighbour's dog.

Cute little buggers.....

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mates Over For Breakfast

Pat & I had breakfast out the back this morning, with a few feathers friends. While we had juice and toast, they had the last of the multi grain loaf I had made the day before.




Clancy is looking good here...... if someone had their way when they called in.... she'd be no more. I had some people last weekend drop by and wanted to buy Clancy and Banjo, to eat.

No way was I selling any of my little mates for any amount of $$$$.




Duchess is finally over her molt. Boy she was one scruffy lady for weeks. Such a pretty little thing. Duchess is the smallest of my flock and suffers for this. If she's not careful, she can get run over by a pile of hungry webbed footed bigger ducks.




Is the coast clear? Can we come out?




Like seagulls at the beach, when hot chips are around.




They were so excited about having the people side of the garden to roam round in. Lot of quacking going on and bread to feast on.




Today they didn't venture into the vegie patch. Give them a couple more goes at this and they'll be in straight away.

Ducks can't do any harm in my vegie patch as most is ready to be removed and either fed to the chooks or composted. So they can hunt for snails and bugs in the soil and generally have a ball.



Time to go home and close the gate.

While I am posting here. Pat is whipper snipping the area around the small sqaure plot. Then I can see what is going on and remove any weeds and pile in some new compost I have made and sheep manure.

Having breakfast with the ducks and listening to them and the chooks, great way to start the day.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Changes At Lucky's Duck Farm

I have always taken pride in my post on any four of my blogs. I show not only the good, but the bad and tonight/today the down right ugly. Including a photo of Amy's hand (further down the post) that was burnt with hot wax. Just wanted to warn you, before you go too far in reading this.

This summer with water restriction, my leg and that heat wave, has hit me for a six these last 4 months.

Late last year was my really last FAB TAB of a hard play in the garden. I'm talking adding food to the soil and turning over the soil.

I miss this so much and it put me in a dark corner for a long time. Now I can see a light at the end of that very long tunnel. Oh I so hate that saying......pees me off to no end.!!!! Light at the end of the tunnel....pleeezzz.

Lets take a look at 3 very sad photos of my garden before we talk about where Lucky's Duck Farm is heading in 2009. Its taken me a long time to make this decision and to have the honest guts to say it openly.



My little triangle in the just about dead lawn, this is where I'll start first. Was meant to be last Wednesday...but Amy burnt her hand badly with




hot wax and we have been busy taking her every second day to the burns unit in the Royal Adelaide Hospital to get treatment and to keep her out of the operating room.

Was such a relief when we were told she didn't need surgery to remove dead skin or that she needed a skin graft. They were able to remove all dead skin with the help of laughing gas. Except for a little bit that was removed over a period of visits.

So if all goes well, tomorrow will be the big start. If it doesn't happen tomorrow, I'll try for Monday. I won't let this become an issue that it plays on my mind..... I'll get started and plants in the ground, asap.




Now this area....... what is going to be happening to it?? Going to keep the no dig area as it what it is ......no-dig. Hopefully this will help me to help my leg and not have the pain so bad I can hardly walk the next day. Having then to resort to heavy pain killers that knock me about.

I'm a big fan of no-dig gardens and so this area will still be growing vegies for Pat & myself and the animals.


What about the back area that isn't no dig??? Well I'm turning it into a rose garden with heavy mulching to keep those pesky weeds at bay and I'll grow herbs between the roses.

Time I took some time out and smelt some real roses.

Right down the back, we'll have an orange tree growing, near the lemon tree.

So I am not giving up gardening vegies ....just down sizing for 2 people.

So in the up coming weeks, months you will see my backyard change to a more manageable size for me.

Both Pat & I love roses and I think it'll brighten up the backyard and give it a rainbow of colours.

With talk of paying for every drop of water down the track, I have been hearing this a bit. Lack of rain here in Adelaide, the water restrictions we have now and caring for Pat....time I stepped back and had a think.

Some days I haven't enough hours to keep on top of everything..... so I hope you'll watch with interest and if you want to comment.....your most welcome too.

You'll also see like the garden, my blog having a tidy up and prune too.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Big Day Out

Its Felix & Oscar's first big day out. I am popping them back into the hutch each night, as we have a new cat roaming the area in the evening.



Its so cute seeing a duckling and a chicken following Bonnie around the yard.





Bonnie has taken in Banjo's only off spring and is doing a mighty job raising her along with her sister.

I called them Felix & Oscar from the show "The Odd Couple" as these two little balls of fluff look so odd running together.



Last night when I popped them into bed, Felix (duckling) was on the big duck side of the run. Some how she squeezed through the wire fence and I took me 4 laps around the area to scoop her up and pop her into bed with mum & Oscar.

Such a joy having little babies in the backyard. Notice I am being positive about them being little girls?

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday



Like Abby I am looking and waiting for that "time" to arrive.

Mine will be Wednesday, when I'll be out in the vegie garden for the first time really this year. I'm planning on planting out leafy greens outside by the back kitchen window.

I'm excited about this as its been a long wait for the heat to go and my leg to improve enough to be able to play with garden forks and rakes.

In the end it became too much and very over whelming between not being able to really get out in the garden and also the heat wave and no rain. Water restriction were hard on the garden too.

We had a few mm of rain a week or so ago and before that it was 80 days since we last had any rain.

So its dry as here. Going to start off in small patches and build up over the next few weeks.

Then hopefully the autumn rains will come and help to put water into the sub soil and help to water the vegies.


Until next time....hoo roo


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Friday, March 13, 2009

Odd Couple



Is this the new Felix & Oscar?

Bonnie hatched out 1 chicken from her eggs and Banjo 1 duckling. I decided that Bonnie can be a mum to them both.

Just lovely having a couple of babies out the back again. Very cute and tiny to hold.

Talk of thunderstorms over the last few days, but nothing is happening here and no rain is falling.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Rain??


There is a strange sound on our house roof.

Not real loud or fast, but it's not birds with their hobnail boots on.

Even "Turtie" wants to get out and have look and see if its rain.

For the first time in ages I am hanging out for tonight's weather report, with hope in my heart.

Could it be the break we have been waiting for. If it is I'll be getting soil ready for the new seeds.

Stay tuned.

Until next time....hoo roo

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