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

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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 ?