A Catch up in the Paddock20:13:00
I was going through the archives the other day and it has come to my attention that I need to follow up on a few things around here.
The Windmill Wine-Down
We still have them and they are big, flighty and are all terrified of us. Seriously, every time any of us step foot out the backdoor, they all scatter and run for cover and hide in the safety of the bushes by the back verandah. What they don't realise is that soon they won't be able to hide very well as all the leaves are just about gone.
It really is a serious case of the heebie-jeebies. My diagnosis is concurrent with the movements of the children out in the backyard and in the possibility that they may have chased them a few too many times now. That is one reason why I have not been able to photograph them either; they just won't stay still. Here they are as cute little fluffy chicks...Nawwwww.
To update you on numbers, we did have five Barnevelders and one has since escaped to hopefully what they think is greener pastures than ours or perhaps to the train tracks over the road. Need I say more? The other was sadly taken by the neighbours over zealous Kelpie who only just last month dug a hole under the fence. Poor chookie.
On a more positive note, it was pleasing to finally see old mother hen finally stop her incessant broodiness in the empty veggie patch after the last of the tomatoes came out. Only a bit of high pressure with the hose up the clacker could move her off and Hugh thought this was a very entertaining part of watering the plants. (No chickens were hurt in any of these water practises may I just add. It was merely just a tickle.)
She has once again come to her senses, realising that an old Christmas bauble was not going to hatch and swiftly moved back into the pen and has started laying eggs. We just need her now to pass on her egg laying skills to her Barnevelder darlings. Watch and learn girls. Cmon...
Mother hen has also been spotted scratching in and destroying one of the veggie patches which I have not been impressed about. I don't think she understands my exclamatives or my willing of her to just please wait until the seedlings establish themselves. I might have to get Hugh onto her again...
The chook hideout by the back verandah, and my blueberry bush in the barrel. I didn't get one berry off that bush as the chooks picked them all off when they were green. Next year!
Lots and lots and lots of lemons.
Our trusty compost heap working away and doing a mighty fine job at that.
Iris blooms in May?? Well I never.
It has slowed right down on the growing front and the front garden is a bit of a mess with all the fallen leaves. The trees look about bare now though which is good, as I think Cam is sick of raking all the leaves. The Camellias though slow growing are flowering, Ranunculus, Tulip, Jonquil and Daffodil bulbs are all coming up already and the last of the Roses, Dahlias, Iris' and Chrysanthemums have finished flowering.
A quietening down out front.
Autumn mess - All the leaves are just about gone now
A new Daisy I purchased to fill one of the gaps under the window.
I can still see lots of gaps in the garden beds and though I have tonnes of ideas of what I want to plant, I don't think its to happen now. Ill wait it out and hope that a few of the cuttings of Lavender, Salvia and Roses I have stuck in pots take and then Ill plant them out in Spring. It will also be good to see how another year of growth with some good feeding and pruning will make it all look when the next big growth spurt comes in Spring.
Jonquils and Daffoldils making their merry way
I got a pink one from this Dahlia tuber. The frost got it though so it didn't last too long.
The Veggie patches are doing well and with the lovely warm autumn days and some good rain of late the vegetable seedlings are really getting on and looking nice and healthy. In particular, the Broad Beans, Peas, Beetroot, Spinach and Bok Chuy.
Some Rhubarb which I thought had died has begun to appear and grow, as well as self seeding Coriander all over the place. Unfortunately the Broccholi and Caulies have been attacked by the Chooks and what looks like caterpillars so Im not sure if Im going to have a huge crop in 10-12 weeks time out of these.
Caterpillar damage to the cauliflowers.
I am urging the peas to grow as I can't wait to start my string line for them to grow up on. Remember this post? That was bloody hard work drilling those stakes and I want to see the fruits of my labour in action! Those seeds I planted in the coffee pods did grow but I think I separated them out to early and they didn't last or the chooks scratched them out. Next time.
I ended up wrapping chicken wire around one of the patches and it does seem to be working. Mother Hen has not been frequenting here as much anymore which is giving the seedlings a better chance to grow.
I also grabbed an old rusted, bottomless half-barrel from around the side of the shed and layered old straw from the chook pen, compost and some blood and bone in here; much like a no dig garden bed. I had to find a spot for some extra seedlings and they are growing great guns. Im excited to do this sort of no-dig garden bed in the chook pen and to grow some pumpkins once its pumpkin planting time again.
In the meantime, its just seasol-ing, weeding and checking for caterpillars in the patches, planning another vertical succulent palate garden, passionfruit and raspberry ponderings and......so much more.
They are really well and growing up so quickly. Hugh is three at the end of this month and chatting away like there is no tomorrow. He has a Woolly Mammoth obsession, does not want to leave his sister's side for a minute and has pretty much got this whole toilet training thing down pat. Edith has somehow missed a baby stage of her growth as she is suddenly a very confident, talkative and at times cheeky little toddler. She weighs a tonne and quite frankly she is god damn cute and butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. She loves her farm animal toys and her cows and especially loves her cuddles with her dad. We have some teething issues to grind out at the moment which I anticipate will be done and dusted before #3 baby takes centre stage. I hope, for sleeping sake.
I aim to start taking many more photos of them all, good ones at that and to post more of their funny little escapades and adventures as they meander their way through each and every day without a care in the world. Surely I can manage a good pic at least once a week?
Pics from Cam's and Pauline's I phone.
THE WINDMILL WINE-DOWN
Don't worry I haven't fallen off the wine wagon as I definitely still loooove wine. I have been sharing a bit of stuff and things of interest close to home on the Tarzali Facebook Page and my Twitter feed is loaded with the stuff but as far as time and research goes; its just not happening. I will be keeping this segment though, as the family is in the wine business after all, however I will just post about wine stuff when I have the material to do it, and I will posting it then and there. Im not going to restrict my blog to have certain things on certain days anymore. I just can't manage it that way at the moment. I also told Cam to lay off the WA wine stash if you recall here, otherwise when its time for me to enjoy wine again, there isn't going to be any left. First world problems!!
All in all and I think I have said it before, but Im loving the blogging journey that I am on at the moment. It is probably taking up a wee bit too much time (more than hubby would like id say) and other enjoyable tasks like the garden and non enjoyable takes like house beautification have taken a bit of a back burner of sorts. Finding the balance certainly can be tricky sometimes.
The blogs out there that I continue to stumble upon, the link ups, the inspiration and just a general interest in what is happening out there with all the mums like me is fabulous to see. I have joined in on a few blog and Instagram link ups of late which has created yet another element and interest to my own blog. Along with some great feedback and comments coming in most days and with the knowledge that a lot of the family is loving it too, well Im just going to have to keep on going.
You gotta be happy with that :)
All I can say is thanks for stopping by as its a huge reason why I continue to do it.
Hopefully ill have some wedding pics to put up very soon from last weekend, otherwise I will be laying low and will just have a catch up week here at home leading into a long weekend.
Is there anything else you would like to know about me or what is happening in the Windmill Paddock?
Thanks for visiting today