October 30, 2011

Still Around!

Thanks so much for the comments on the last post.  I'm still here, still around and still able to comment on other blogs - just not too much activity on this one.  We are limping along, hooked up to the old laptop which has limited abilities. ... which unfortunately includes not having a photo card slot?!?

So until such time as as old/new computer is up and running, readers will have to put up with the limited old  photos that were stored on the laptop.  All very basic I'm afraid!

This is Dexter aged about one year old I would say.  The double chinned wonder holding him is now incredibly tall, lean and handsome (you just have to take my word for it).  He would never be seen in a shirt like this, that's for sure.

I'd like to thank whatever lucky star was shining on me the day I approached my old boss to let him know that I was looking for work and to let him know that I needed him as a referee.  He emailed back to say that he might be able to offer some part time work.

Not really the exact work I've done before, but hey who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks.   Nothing like being thrown in the deep end and pretending you know what you are doing!!

So I'm incredibly thankful for this opportunity and will just wait and see how it pans out.  The downside is that it is a 1.5hr commute each way (!?!?) but I'll be catching the train and catching up on my reading as well.  This situation may or may not work out, but at least it is throwing me back into the current workforce which will look a lot better on my CV.

Chooks, dogs and to a certain extent, family willl have to struggle on the best they can. It may be a wake up call for certain members of the family (not mentioning any names of course).
We have a new addition to the chook yard in the form of a peacock.  Well peahen I think.  It just turned up one day and has made itself at home.  It nests high in the trees at night.  Does anyone have any experience with them?  Would it just be looking for company and/or food?   I've been giving it some grain and it has water access.  I'm guessing though that it is looking for a mate.  We only have Little Dandy the bantam rooster, sorry Ms Peahen.  
Cheers for now - I think I will go back to commenting on comments, it seems more personal.

October 20, 2011

Small Break in Transmission

Hopefully not too long..... but my computer is Fried / Cactus / Kaputt.  Don't think we've lost anything, but I have limited computer access while we decide which way to go with a new one.

Strangely enough (or maybe not) this has coincided with my decision to actively seek paid employment again - mainly for financial reasons!   Flitting around the property taking photos of chooks doesn't pay too well..... and child raising (he is now a pretty independent 16 year old)  isn't an excuse any more.

I recently updated my resume thinking that it had only been 'a couple of years' break.  However, it's actually 5!!  Time flies.  If and when I do find a job, it will only be part time hopefully, so plenty of time for blogging.

So I should be back soon - just thought I'd let you know!

cheers for now - Wendy


thanks for all the gooseberry comments!

October 17, 2011

What was that 'D' word again?

Oh yes .... Decluttering, that's right.  Probably the reason why most people started reading this little blog.  Possibly too, the reason that I started writing it as well.  A way to chronicle my path through the clutter.

I was reminded of this after reading the lovely Fox Lane.  Although Kates' blog  has evolved slightly differently as her family enjoys a really big adventure, my blog too has evolved somewhat.   Now I seem to waffle more about dogs and chooks then decluttering.  This is/was a decluttering blog!

However, today just for something different  I'm showing off my Gooseberries!  Although previous success with Cape Gooseberry escaped us, this year we hit the jackpot.  Well, maybe jackpot is not the right word, but we have some at least.
I'm thrilled to be able to show off my plate of gooseberries.  I love them, and after consulting Mr Google, now know they are high in antioxidants as well.  Not enough to make jam as this stage, maybe if they keep fruiting there will be.  What do you think Gooseberry Jam Karen?
They look a bit rough straight from the garden, and I didn't take a photo of the particularly messy plant in the particularly messy veggie patch at the moment.  It's the end result that counts right?
By the way,  I love to eat them in my porridge (a bit weird?) with my homemade yoghurt (thanks to my thrifted Easiyo and some LSA (linseed sunflower & almond) mix.  Yummo.  After that I'm ready to start on some decluttering.
I have been doing some actually!  Little by little I am working my way through the garage which has seen lots of cluttering over the years.  Nothing too interesting, so I haven't been posting about it.  I mean who wants to hear about all the old books, cassette tapes, broken cane baskets, old sailing and fishing gear?

Although this was potentially a huge Garage Sale in the making, I couldn't get much interest from The Others, so  I've been carting it off to the charity shop.  My new cause is the local SPCA and they are very grateful. 

I've had to be pretty tough and unsentimental and look at it as a donation to a good cause.  I've had to gird my loins which is a strange expression, but when I looked it up, means to prepare for battle, suck it up  and punch through the pain.  Sigh.   A lot of it is pretty good - so someone is going to have fun. Time to move on in terms of material things.

Our colourbond garage could feasibly hold 3 cars.  At the moment it holds 1.  Get the picture??  Once I've worked my way through there I'll start on the house again, which I will post about.

Cheers for now - Wendy
Waving hi to new follower Angela!  welcome to my little blog

Comments from previous post:

Nelly - glad to hear you have some chooks too.  Good luck with the new pen - and thanks for your help with the Comments.
Kim - I'm kind of new to bantams and am quickly becoming a fan!
Claire - Hi Claire, and thanks for your comment!  I laughed at the ticket dispenser, or should it be chicken dispenser??  I'm actually in the process of creating a separate pen for the bantams, though it all depends on the chooks.  Having said that, we do have a bantam rooster with our other hens.  He seems to manage .....
saving for travel - I thought you were serious about the snake skin actually!  Yes, that is little Dexter in the photo on sidebar.  He looks different all the time depending on his hair cut.
delia hornbook - Hi Dee - yes, it looked a bit like trick photography I thought!
Ali - I wish I could give you some, but I was planning on keeping the hens. ... pity I can't give you a rooster, but I know the rules of suburbia.  What are the chances I'm have more roosters than hens?!?
 Kate - I'm sure your chooks will be happily waiting to hear of your adventures!  Love your blog.

October 12, 2011

Hen Happenings

Well nothing too exciting to report - not really sure why I haven't posted for a little while.  Anyhoo.... I'm back with a few snaps of what is happening around the hen house at the moment.
The hens have all been very busy, back in full swing with the egg laying.  This is rush hour in the hen house some days.  There is of course, several other options available for more comfortably egg laying.

However, this is the preferred nesting box it seems.  Looks pretty uncomfortable to me!  Does make for a funny photo though.
Little Banty is going well with her latest batch of little chicks.  They are so cute, and about  6 weeks old now.  She has decided they are big enough to nest on the perch at night.  So there they all huddle, as close as they can get to her... and a couple under her wings.
 I'm wondering now how many little hens there are in this batch.  What are the odds I wonder?
This little beauty is the last of the previous surrogate batch of Little Bantys'.   Sadly, she is the only survivor as the other 5 have all died.  They met their Maker in (when I think about it) very surprisingly different and diverse ways.   Strangely, I don't think snakes were involved.
Can anyone tell me -  what do you think she is?  I'm assuming just bantam Pekin, but her colouring is lovely.  Such a lovely little creature too, so friendly.  Laying eggs already too at about 5 months.

I call her Little Dainty :)

(I have just re-read all this and realised how many times I have used the word 'little' with regards to Bantams.  Apologies, but obviously they are little and cute!)

cheers for now - Wendy

My comments from previous post :
Fiona from Arbordale Farm - thanks so much for linking up Fiona.  Your morning walk definitely looks more rural than mine!  Do you see any cars I wonder.
Bruise Mouse  - yes it is lovely - wish I did feel more invigorated than I do some days!  I do appreciate it though.
muppy - nice to have some un-cultivated spots I think too Muppy.
saving for travel - let me know about the snake skin if you are serious! I still have it.
sophie...^5  - yes it is an attempt at civilisation anyhow!  Dexter loves his walks.
Suzanne - please do, would love to see it!
Judith - Dexter well behaved - I think not - he is a terror/terrier!  Photos can be deceiving.