Saturday, 22 August 2015

New projects and other things we have been up to.

We have had a fairly hectic schedule of late, but we are slowly ticking jobs off that giant list we have drawn up and are constantly adding to.
One of the major projects hubby wanted to do was to erect a tall fence around our newly established orchard and cover it completely to protect the fruit from the parrots and to also incorporate a second chicken coop within.
The first job was too remove a rusted  metal water tank out of the area before the fence went up. The new chicken coop will be placed there. We had thought( and silly us did not check) that the tank was empty, only to find after moving it  that it still held a panel of water. at least  that  small area of paddock got a good watering.
Next he collected some tall wooden posts from up on our hill and then combined with some recycled metal posts we already had  ,dug the holes and started the tall enclosure.

He then  used a recycled screen door for the gate, and has  put one section of  netting around at a metre high.
We  also purchased some new fruit trees, as a couple of the ones  that we bought last year failed to  grow. we bought a new peach, apricot, pear and nectarine, all ones selected specifically for their taste and  suitability for canning or preserving.
We  were offered the use of a neighbours spray unit on the back of his truck, so we decided to mix molasses, seasol, seaweed, and worm pee into the 1000 litre drum and spray our small feed crop which has been growing really well.We are hoping this natural fertilizer will work a treat and boost the growth, and we are expecting rain in the next couple of days.
The sheep love it when hubby puts them in afternoon for an hour or so, they sit at the gate waiting for him to open it up for them (who says sheep are silly) .
Our seed potatoes  that we had purchased (Nicola Variety) need planting, so hubby used the old rotary hoe and ploughed up trenches between the fruit tress in the orchard and  planted them. I think he said he ended up with about 50 something  seeds after cutting a few that had multiple shoots.

We  have had a lovely visit last weekend  from our older daughter and  our two little granddaughters  one aged 2 and the other 8 weeks. .Miss 8 weeks is such an adorable baby, and  this nanny just wanted lot's of cuddles.
The  2 year old was just such an amazing help to her poppy( who she funnily enough  calls Pierre  for some unknown reason.)

They  watered the garden every morning with  their yellow watering cans,
She helped him build a new small seed raising  greenhouse,
We have planted  a few starter seeds, just to see how we go, and she helped poppy water them in as well, I love the concentration on the job.
We attended a  local agricultural field day at Gunnedah , we have wanted to attend for many years but have never been able to.
It was a huge day, lot's of walking as the  exhibition was spread over 26 hectares.
We saw everything from gigantic  air seeders,
to sweet little seeders that would be hubby's dream to own  for our little acreage.

And then there were the  massive tractors on tracks,
 And the  display of beautiful old girls
  that we fell in love with. There was a great display by the Gunnedah  vintage farming group that had stationery engines working  in weird and  funny  ways.
Hubby and I were lucky enough to be given tickets for our birthdays to an Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison tribute concert show, and we had a night in Dubbo with dinner out, the show and a nice motel for the night.
We bought a new safety screen for the fire, so that there were no worries when the  grandchildren  are here. It is great, has a locking bar across the back( not in photo) so it can move forward to far or fall over, and you can access the firebox through the front door that is hinged to open, but we are unable to use the oven when the screen is in use. We will fold it up and pack away when not in use.
I have been baking a little in the oven, we made a lovely salmon quiche  the other night which  cooked beautifully and was very tasty.
Another project that began yesterday was  our first attempt at hatching chickens out in an incubator.
Our  kids had given their father the  incubator for his 60th birthday, and we have only now  been able to set it up and use it. A neighbour had borrowed it and has  had 2 batches of chickens  hatch out with success.
So the neighbour brought down 2 dozen fertile Isa Brown chicken eggs and we supplied  nearly 2 dozen hopefully fertile  Light Sussex eggs and we loaded it up for our maiden  incubation trial.hopefully we will hatch out some  cute little chickens in about 21 days.
Wish us luck.  :-)  :-)
I went for a drive the other day to a nearby town for some appointments, and when driving down near the park near the river I had to stop to let these gorgeous geese cross the road,
I was so entranced by them , that I suddenly realized I was going the wrong way in a one way street.
we have also had a daily visit from this pretty Rosella  and it's mate ,  the pair have been looking for their nesting box that hubby  temporarily removed during renovations, and he has now replaced.

We had our second baby lamb for the season  two days ago, I love the Dorper breed with their black heads. This one was born exactly one month to the day after the first one also in the photo on the  right.
I am FINALLY  able to report that the   three areas ( lounge/dining/study  that we have been tiling are   completed , the tiler grouted the last of it this morning and he will return in a few months to complete the kitchen area after we have  removed the kitchen and fireplace, and we have replaced the window and a new glass  back door where the existing fireplace chimney  is.
Although it has been a painfully slow process due to his age and health, we are extremely happy with the finished job and will be happy to have him back again or recommend him to others.
It will be lovely to have our house to ourselves for a little while, I feel like our three  tradesmen have been wandering around for 6 months now, so we will have a little break, I will paint  the  newly renovated areas  before we move on, although we will get the builder out next week to measure it all so we can begin the ordering process for all the needed materials so they will be on hand for when we are ready to continue.
So until we all meet again down the track,
take care of you and your loved ones,
All the best,


  1. Never a dull moment there, Jane. You and hubby work well as a team. I love how you're trying all those new things, it's the only way to do it. Good luck with it all. Rhonda xx

    1. Thanks Rhonda,
      That's why we love this life, everyday brings a new activity or idea. We have always enjoyed our time together, Brian used to work away a lot and we always valued our together time.
      Thanks for popping by,
      Take care,

  2. Your new Grandbaby is so adorable and your 2yr old Granddaughter looks as happy as larry helping out her poppy xoxo

    1. Thank you Karen,
      We think they are pretty cute kids, and her poppy does love the help too.

  3. Your new Grandbaby is so adorable and your 2yr old Granddaughter looks as happy as larry helping out her poppy xoxo

  4. it looks like it's all coming together nicely, can't wait to see it all flourishing, your granddaughters look so happy too! love that crocheted blanket under grinning bubs there, did you make it?
    thanx for sharing

    1. It is slowly getting there Selina, I feel good this afternoon as it feels so nice. Long way to go, but fun getting there.
      No I didn't make that crocheted blanket, my cousin gave it to my daughter as a gift when miss 2 was born, it is lovely isn't it.

  5. I enjoyed your update. Your two little grandies are gorgeous.
    How was the Roy Orbison and Everly tribute? I would love to have gone to something like that.
    Your salmon quiche looks scrumtious. Would you give the recipe?
    I hope the eggs have hatched. I'm sure you will show us in the next post.
    Thanks for sharing the photos of the agricultural field day. I've been to a few in the UK and there is always so much to see and do.
    Keep up the good work,

    1. Hi Lisca,
      We think our grand kids are pretty special, we have four in total now.
      The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison tribute show was brilliant , they were so good, if you closed your eyes you would swear it was them, they sang all the great old wonderful familiar songs. Great night !!.
      The salmon quiche i make is a crustless, throw it all in together recipe that just seems to work. I will pop the recipe as I make it below.

      Crustless Salmon Quiche
      5 eggs
      1 pkt of spring vegetable soup mix
      1 cup milk
      1/2 cup cream
      2 tblspns plain flour(all purpose)
      1 cup grated cheese
      1/4 cup chopped spring onions
      400grms(approx) tin of salmon ( any, cheap or good,) mashed up

      Beat eggs, soup mix,milk, cream, flour, and salmon. Add cheese and onions, pour into a greased flan or dish .
      Bake at 180 deg C (350 deg F) for 30-35 minutes.

      You can substitute corn kernels and asparagus instead of the salmon.

      We often use these two recipes , as I am lazy and can't be bothered with a pastry base.
      Hope you enjoy it,
      Take care Lisca,

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  7. Gosh, you two have been busy. I don't have an orchard but i would love to build a mesh cover over my veggie patch. I hope he used a post hole digger. Looks like a lot of work. I do hope that is a dummy in the bath. Look forward to your posts.

    1. Hi Lynda,
      we want to try and cover some veggies next year, especially the cauliflowers and cabbages to protect them from those dreadful white moths. No Brian doesn't have a post hole digger, he does them all by hand, he has one of those two sided post hole shovels,he is very wary of mechanized diggers as he has seen quite a few accidents with them over the years, .
      That certainly was a dummy in the bath( albeit a naked one ) .
      Thanks for popping by Lynda,

  8. I just love stationary engines - they are hypnotic. Loved this post, what a beaudy!

    1. Stationary engines always call me Phil as my brother collects, restores and displays old lister stationary engines at shows and vintage fairs. We had a great day .

  9. I always love reading your posts Jane.

    The tiling looks great!

    You sound so happy with your life. Gorgeous photo of you both :)