Don’t you just love Spring!

Whats not to love about it ? New life everywhere.. chicks hatching.. self sown seedlings popping up all over the place.. frogs are spawning.. it all happens in Spring 🙂
I have been a little lax with my writing of late, I wish to apologise to my wonderfully, faithful followers… Thank you & welcome to my humble blog.

Spring brings on a busyness all of its own, without what had already been occupying my life prior.. life changing career aspects, as well as study and my other full-time occupation motherhood 🙂
I hope to be back writing in a more regular fashion from now on, although, as we know, there are no garuntee’s in life.

There has been a new addition of 6 Araucana babies to The Araucana Gypsy clan. Marmalade went broody a couple of weeks before the close of Winter (very early), it was certainly the earliest broody hen for us here.
I put 9 eggs under our Marmalade silky (yes, she is Marmalade by nature & name 🙂 One egg was infertile, one was DIS & one she turfed out half way through her incubation time. I neglected to pick it up for disposal that night, by morning it had vanished.. I suspect one of the resident rodent rats claimed it. This indicates to me that the egg quite possibly had a chick at some stage of development, though I will never know this for sure.

Marmalade & chicks

Spike the father has shown his worthiness and capabilities of fatherhood.. which was a slight concern, given the early start to the breeding season.

I have embarked on the exciting journey of fermentation.. beginning with kefir. Stay tuned for my stories regarding, replenishment of the good gut flora. So far it’s all going well, but it has only been 10 days.

The garden is morphing & changing, albeit slowly.. I have a lot I want to do & as per usual, I begin a project only to leave it half done to wander off & begin another. I believe this to be a typical Aquarian trait. Ahh well, I could have worse habits I suppose.
It also requires patience & observation to grow a garden.. personally this I feel is one of the best things about it. Observing nature as it teaches its life’s lessons.

The happy-go-lucky chooks received a visit from an uninvited guest a week or so ago, seven of my much loved hens are now roaming the grounds of the big chook run amongst the stars, including my hand raised pet Einstein.. very sad. But again there was a lesson in this too ..

 

Take care,

Jaacey

Environmental Toothbrush

I would like to say a big thank you to those of you who have commented on my first few attempts at blogging. Your encouragement is received graciously and as some have asked.. yes, I am happy to blog about any topic .. actually, I should say most topic’s, I guess.Just bear in mind that what I write about are my views entirely and they aren’t always going to sit well with all individuals that read them. But feel free to suggest away.. you can send me a pm or email at  thearaucanagypsy@yahoo.com.au

I do have to say, it is funny though.. the way some people react to the written word. It can be elating for some to realise they are not alone with a particular thought or way of doing a particular deed, where as, the very same words can be like waving a red rag in front of a bull to others. I guess it just depends where one’s mindset is at the time. I do find it amusing 😉

The other day I purchased an environmentally friendly toothbrush.. it was the first one I had seen in our local shops. It is made of bamboo and polymers. Now whilst I am familiar with what bamboo is, I was unsure of what polymer was. Even after a google, I am still not quite sure I know what polymer is, but this toothbrush seems to be much more environmentally friendly than what I have previously been using. At just $2.95 at my wonderful local organic shop, the Village Green.. I am sold!

Anyway.. the humble toothbrush was my topic of choice for today.. I will even supply a link so you can check them out for yourselves.. here ya go..

http://environmentaltoothbrush.com.au/index.php/about

Winter seedlings

I have been known to bend a few rules in the garden, from time to time. For instance having tomatoes in by Cup weekend is a rule of thumb most go by and planting garlic on or before the Winter Solstice..  well, I am still harvesting Sweet Bites, that were planted last December, from a couple of faithful tomato plants, still clinging to life.. and it is almost 2 weeks on the other side of the shortest day.

So I’m guessing 2 weeks won’t make much difference to the end result of my garlic that I planted this morning. I only put in around 35 bulbs.. but that will be 35 bulbs less that I will have to buy.. I LOVE my garlic!

The green tomatoes will of course take a few weeks to go red, but they will do so eventually.

I also noticed that I have many little flat leafed parsley and perennial spinach seedlings up too.. Yay!  It’s always a bonus when you let plants go to seed and they pop up new plants the next year. But it’s supposed to be Winter not Spring.. has anyone bothered to tell Mother Nature this yet ?

I also  discovered some very healthy, feral aloe vera plants growing.. under a tree in an a place that I divided up a massive pot of them last year. I feel very pleased with my morning in the garden 🙂

The hens are slowly getting back into laying.. plants are popping up all over the place and although it is a chilly, wintery old day today.. Spring is in the air.. and I’m kicking along happily, going by my own rules …

Some of the spinach seedlings, borage growing also in the background.

Baby flat leaf parsley.

These little plants are self seeding in the middle of Winter.

Housework or garden work ?

After a very pleasant morning of lazing around in bed, I decided I should get up and do something constructive.. dontchya just love school holidays, all you Mums out there.. and I guess there’s a few Dad’s as well ?!

I ummed.. and I ahhed.. housework or garden work ??

Well.. silly question really, although I know housework is necessary at times, It is not something I waste too much time with.. I have entertained the thought of indulging and paying someone else to do it, but the thought of someone else going about my personal and very private corners of living, just grates against the very core of my being, besides, it doesn’t take long.. I do a little bit everyday.. well todays little bit might get done tomorrow or later.. whichever comes first 🙂

The henhouse needed some attention first up.. I threw down some lime on all the muddy bits, I had some hay that needed useing up, so I then put that down over the lime. No more smelly wiffs coming from the pens now and the little chicken feet are high and dry out of the mud.

I did notice that a couple of the hens had some crusty bits forming on the legs.. not sure what this is exactly, but I treat them with a manicure of tea tree oil and vege oil a couple of times and it disappears. On dusk tonight I will dunk them all in this mixture and all will be fine and dandy.

Whilst wheelbarrowing the hay from point A to the chook pen I noticed this exquisite smell and vowed to find where it was coming from. So after doing my duty for the chookens I went in search of it.. can you guess what it was ?

… Violets!

Now violets are a great living mulch.. sometimes I find them very invasive in fact.. but when they flower it is just an amazing aroma.. the old fashioned pink ones are my favorite, I guess that comes from being an old fashioned girl at heart 🙂

My bedroom now smells just so glorious.. and all it took was this few flowers!

So now my chook pen and my bedroom smell pretty sweet.. I might go and walk my mad hound and meet with a mate for coffee.. cos I deserve it 🙂

Ain’t life great!

Who’s going to argue with Mother Nature ?

I was going about my business this morning.. actually I was unloading chook feed from the car. I buy some locally made mixed poultry feed.. $18 a bag, tis good tucker.. the chooks love it.

But hey.. I digress..

For a couple of weeks now I have been aware of the Blood plum with buds forming.. This plum normally doesn’t bear fruit until February Each day it seems, the buds would appear more swollen than the previous day.. I found this intriguing as the Winter Solstice came and went.. with this shortest day behind me now, I am eagerly been awaiting the lengthening days with extra sunlight.. not that I dislike cold Winters, quite the contrary actually.. but I do enjoy more natural visibility throughout my days.

.. Wheeling the barrow past the plum tree I noticed one solitary white blossom flower.. it is cold today and raining, but the previous week had been glorious weather. The sun for approx 4, maybe 5 hours of the day had been blissfully warm.. maybe this was just enough to entice this blossom out to face the music…  I’m not sure what this will mean for the Aquarian plum next year.. mother nature has her own plans..

I have been advised that we are expecting massive winds within the next 24 hrs.. I don’t think this lone blossom flower will be with us long..

This bursting blossom bud is not the only early signs of Spring I have been aware of.. there are birds with young, in particularly magpies. They are defending their territory, attacking my very young Araucana chicks.. swooping my dog, when we are out walking. Lots of other little birds are gathering bits and pieces to make their nests.

Back in June, I was driving home from work, I was absolutely astounded to see a wild mother duck with a brood of ducklings casually wandering along the road side.

There is no doubt in my mind that the seasons are moving along on their own.. and unless you have been away living on Mars for a time, you would notice the considerable change in them too, I am sure. For instance, I have in recent years been ready for Spring 4/6 weeks early.. but after what I have recently witnessed, I will be re-assessing this and other factors for gardening purposes on a month to month basis or I can see I will be miss time my future plantings and other outside jobs.

Mother nature is never wrong.. at least, who are we to argue with her ?