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Tallula Belle



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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:45 am

I found a nice little quote this morning and wanted to share:

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

Have a lovely week, all. flower
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:41 pm

Yes, what a lovely quote!! Smile

YAY!!! Moving into our house on the 28th... so much packing to do, so little time!!!!!! I'm NOT moving again for at least 10 years....

My brain is in overdrive with all the possibilities..... Can't wait to sink my teeth into it all...
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:18 am

Nice quote Very Happy

Huge congrats on the move BSB. I hear you on the not moving again for ten years, I'm over it too!

Let us know how you are going and what your new place is like.
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Tallula Belle



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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:00 am

Congratulations again, Angie. Smile

Do you have a linkie to the RE ad from when it was online? Can you PM it to me so I can have a lookie?

xo
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BlueSkyBee



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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:27 am

Oh no, sorry, the ads have been taken down now, but I'll have some pics soon I'll share with y'all Smile
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:19 am

Bummer! Looking forward to seeing photos Very Happy

I have some really really sad news.....

4 x platypus found dead in one of the lagoon-like parts of the creek that runs down one of the borders of our land. I want to nail the bastards who contaminated the water.

I am SO ANGRY and SO UPSET. I couldn't sleep at all last night. Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:02 am

Oh dear that is terrible news. Platypus are so sensitive to that kind of thing. It must have been beautiful clean water for them to live there. To lose what sounds like a whole family is very heartbreaking. Are there any more billabongs on the creek?

Me? I have been slack my friends. I was sick with a cold for weeks and have been okay for a week now but I am still a little weak. The cough makes my chest ache and Winter onset here in the mountains isn't helping.
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:28 am

I found out that the platypus died in fishing nets. Really upsetting. I hope they weren't leaving fishing nets further down the creek where there are more platypus in several other billabongs.

I am sorry you have been so sick and sick for so long, Susie. I was sick for weeks and weeks with a flu after Poppi was born (8 months ago) and I'd start to get better then it would come back in force if I didn't look after myself REALLY REALLY WELL!!!! We were all sick.

So we have decided to rent out our cottage in the bush, permanently, to leave me time to grow more, research more, work more and most importantly, enjoy my girls. Hopefully it will create a better lifestyle for us so we are only going down there to enjoy the place, instead of rushing around fixing, cleaning and stocking up the wood pile.

I'd like to get some crops going down there that are reasonably self sufficient. I'd have to fence it off because of the cows and kanga's etc that will eat it. Anyone have any suggestions as to something that is okay to leave to it's own devices to grow? flower
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bugboy



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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Tue May 22, 2012 2:52 pm

Pumpkins! Potatoes, carrots - most root veg i reckon. Fruit trees would be good too Smile

I've been busy busy and should really be in bed right now. Garden is ticking along nicely, got another bed ready on the weekend so I should be able to start planting in there next week. Have started another garden in a third of the chicken run too which is all starting to sprout. I could honestly just sit and watch my garden for hours on end LOL

We've also been doing lots of lantana/crofton weed/ wild raspberry/ stinking johnson removal. I have the scratches to prove it! All in preparation for our dexters sometime later this year hopefully - yippee!
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Sun May 27, 2012 3:48 am

Yeah I was going to say root vegetables too or a fruit orchard. Does it get very cold there in Winter?

Wow Bugboy are you getting Dexter COWS??? Are they going to be for meat or milk?

Plodding along here trying to adjust to the new seasons. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Thu May 31, 2012 12:29 pm

Yep, Dexters. We are going to have a heifer for milk but we will also want to keep some for meat, probably cross bred with black angus as they breed well together.

I'm plodding along too, kind of in-between seasons and crops. Everything seems to be tiny or almost done. Have a new bed ready to plant in but my seedlings seem to be taking sooooooo long since the cold snap last week.
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Tallula Belle



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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:50 am

I am thinning out all of the spinach and lettuce seedlings and giving them to the neighbors across the street. They grow a lot of stuff in pots in there carport as it gets good sun. They grow herbs and vegetables and sell them to the local Foodstore.

Our watermelon seedlings are emerging and the kale should pop up any day now. The latest lot of mixed cherry tomatoes are flowering away. Everything is growing at a rate of knots this week from all the rain/sun/rain/sun. The beans are coming on too.

I have been researching bee keeping lately and wrote an article for living off the grid, about it. http://www.livingoffthegrid.com.au/self_sufficiency/beekeeping.html
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green_dude



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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:44 am

Can I have some lettuce and spinach seedlings? Smile

Go and answer my question in the other thread - where do you live? I take it you live pretty close to us. That sounded really stalker-y but seriously I think sharing out seedlings and produce would work well once we have all got our heads around establishing our plots.

My kids are loving all the time in the backyard we can spend these days that it's not so hot here. The last week has been rainy and everything in the garden is going mental (growing wild).

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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:15 pm

Watermelons? I'm so jealous! I have one watermelon vine that was slow to germinate and I think its gone into hibernation LOL

I'm so over the rain, driving my drive way is like driving a long a muddy river at the moment, my old toyota slip sliding all over the place. The downside is, with sunshine and clear skies comes cold cold nights.
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:29 am


I am back again. Yet again I need to apologise for now being around. I think about logging in to say hi and update but being a grandma is much more time consuming the I thought.

My chickens are doing well. I was worried about them with the cold but they are doing well.

Tallulah I can tell you that an orchard is a good idea depending upon what you decide to grow. I have grown lots of different fruit trees if you want any of my advise. Hopefully I may be able to help.



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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:12 am

Hi Susie!

Glad you are back. Yeah, I am finding that 'real life' stuff is very demanding of my time right now. Your grandchildren and children are lucky to have you.

Thank you for the offer of advice about growing fruit trees. I am interested in apples and have been researching away. The thing is, you need to do so much research, don't you, before you put any infrastructure in place?

I am going out today to buy some dwarf apple trees for the back yard. Two varieties that flower at the same time for cross pollination purposes. flower

We are also going to fence off a 60x60 metre area at our place in Northern NSW in order to plant out an orchard. flower

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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:20 am

I think my daughter and son are lucky to have me! Smile I get a huge buzz from the "Grandma, Grandma" excitement when I turn up, and to be honest, it is lovely to be able to turn up and help for a couple of days then return home. I don't remember how I could have had enough energy when I was younger to mother my children full time. But I guess I must have had so much more energy in my late twenties when they were little.

Did you end up buying your apple trees, Tallulah?

An orchard sounds lovely. Will you take some photos for us? Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:51 am

I wish my kids had a grandma close by for those days when you are not feeling well or if you have to just get stuff done. Grandpa is a very busy man so he cant really help out. The other grandparents live O/S.

I bought:

1 x rainforest pearl finger lime
1 x barbados cherry tree (so yum!!!)
1 x pomegranate tree
1 x brown fig tree, that already has fruit on it about the size of an oblong golf ball.

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1wilson



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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:57 am

Hi everyone,
i am newish here, and have enjoyed reading about your gardens and chickens.
I have 8 chickens, 4 brown iser, 2 plymouth roc, 1 white silky and 1 grey/brown silky.
They keep us well supplied with fresh eggs, with enough to share with family and
friends. I am a nana too, all my children (3) live within 15 minutes drive from our house.
So we see our grandchildren heaps, which is lovely. I babysit all the grandies (3)
all at the same time, every Monday so our eldest daughter and daughter in law can work.
Works out well, i get to spend time with the little people, and their mothers get some
child free time. But i agree Susie, not sure where my energy has gone that i must
have had when my own children were little,.....i sure am tired by Monday evening. Laughing
I also work 3 or 4 days a week, so garden time never seems enough.
Tallula Belle, those fruit trees sound yummy. I want to plant some fruit trees
out at our farm, but really need to do some planning on how to protect them
from the cows and where would be most convenient for when we get around
to building a house out there.
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:56 am

1wilson your daughter and daughter in law are lucky to have you. I love you

How lovely that you have 8 chooks. Our Rose died a few weeks back and we bought a new Rhode Island Red and Australorp to go with our Isa Brown. At first I thought there was going to be death and carnage but all seems okay now. They are getting along quite nicely thanks to some hard yakka that I put in erecting a chain wire fence along half their pen so they were separated but could still see and get used to each other. Phew.

Fruit trees really need to be fenced off from cows. Actually all new trees need to be fenced off because they are always too darn nosey or busy trampling everything. We went down to our land to fence of a orchard and there was a dead heifer in the way who passed during calving. The smell was so atrocious that we decided to look elsewhere. We eventually settled upon somewhere closer to the cabin down there that is least likely to suffer from frost. I assume frost is only an early morning thing, so where the sun touches the earth first is probably the best bet.....I hope. What do you all think?

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1wilson



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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:45 pm

HI Tallula Belle,

Chooks certainly aren't very welcoming to newbies are they Very Happy
My grey/brownish silkie bantam has hatched out two chickens.
I got 4 fertile eggs from my daughter's chooks and set her, only
two of the eggs were any good, but they are pretty cute.

You are absolutely right about cows and gardens, they wreck
things so quickly, if they don't eat it they rub on things and break
them off, or walk all over everything. Cows can be heart breakers
if they get into a garden. Look after your new trees when you
decide where to plant them. Depends what you are planting
re the frost, it doesn't seem to bother deciduous trees, but can
be vicious on some of the evergreen ones.

Was it your heifer that died? such a loss.

Take care
Wilson
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til&mike



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PostSubject: newcomer   Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:11 am

you are all very inspirational with your growing tips and tricks. I am currently renting in the hills and unable to realise our dream of sustainable living but reading forums like these are very inspirational and get me excited for when we are able to begin building our dream Smile
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PostSubject: Re: General Chat   Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:03 am

1wilson, no it wasn't our heifer, but the farmer's next door. He said that he had a number of heifer's that were born from the same cow that just "cant birth well".

Chooks are all in together now and getting on fine. It took 2 weeks of having the chain wire fence up between them to get them used to each other. Interestingly, it is now the point of lay chooks that are ruling the roost.

Til&mike, I am sure you will have a lot to contribute. Particularly when you start your journey to building your own dream.

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