Our teeny weeny smallholding (*read barnyard looking back garden) now has two new little ducklings. A friend had a few duck eggs and promised our girls two if they all hatched ok. Fortunately for us it all went well and now we have two Aylesbury ducks – [...]
Finally removed the Christmas tree from the blackboard today as I had been thinking about putting up an inspiring quote. Something cool that I would see several times a day and something that my girls would understand. However, being so close to Valentines I decided while they were out of [...]
Especially for Neets! These have become a new favourite made every week and filled with all sorts of ingredients. Our girls favourite is cheese and tuna and these have become the replacement for sandwiches in their school lunches.
We were never sure what to call these as the non-paleo version that we used to make [...]
After being inspired by a lovely friend on Facebook that had painted the wall underneath their stairs with blackboard paint, I decided ‘Why not?!’ afterall is my house and there is no law that says I couldn’t paint every wall a different colour! So off to the paint shop I went and [...]
Reading through a magazine this week, I came across an article with a picture of chicken made from chicken wire. It looked brilliant and thought our lovely our vege patch would look with a flock of these chickens standing by. I figured they couldn’t be too hard to make, well too hard to get a [...]
I think I mentioned a few posts back that we layered up some large pots with the idea of planting some potatoes. We’ve never tried growing potatoes before so this was a huge experiment. We got a couple of seed potatoes from Morrisons and also one from [...]
We’ve just come back from a week in Cornwall, it was our first visit to this part of the UK and we loved it. We stayed at the Cerenety Campsite in Bude. This is a lovely eco-friendly campsite in a gorgeous location above the village of Bude. We [...]
We are getting excited, our vege’s are coming along beautifully, all we need is lots more sunshine!!! Everything looks green and lush and is growing so well. We haven’t added any additional plant food as we wanted to see how well everything will do on it’s own with just the nutrients from the no-dig garden [...]
This weekend while tidying up in the garden we found a rogue potato so decided to chuck it in the last remaining bit of space in our no-dig vege patch. And low and behold to our delight we discovered all of our layers had turned into a lush moist worm filled soil. [...]
We decided earlier in the week that we should host a Jubilee Party for our chickens – and why not as they work hard for us selflessly providing us with their lovely eggs each day. Looking at the weather forecast we decided that Saturday would be the best time, promising some sunshine and hopefully no [...]
We had a couple of spare hours this afternoon so we took the opportunity to put all the seedlings into the garden. I have my fingers crossed that we are doing the right thing! Mike has rabbit-proofed most of the fence around the gardens but the ground is so hard and rocky we’re hoping that [...]
A couple of weeks ago, while Mike was leaning over their fence handing out some bread scraps, Coco for [...]
Despite the changeable weather we did loads in the garden over the two week Easter school holidays. We had aimed to finish fencing off the no-dig garden area so that we could start putting in the hardier plants and feel safe that the rabbits couldn’t touch them. We also wanted to plant an apple tree, [...]
On Monday it started, the largest egg out of the six laid that morning sat strangely coloured, half white, half brown with spots in the nest box and upon picking up appeared to have a very thin shell. It felt fragile to touch but didn’t break. Not so on Tuesday and Wednesday though, [...]
We love chocolate so we’ve decided to make some chocolate egg nests for Easter. We used a recipe out of the Easter Issue of the Morrisons supermarket magazine.
5 large Morrisons Neat Wheat
150 grams milk chocolate
50 grams butter
6 teaspoon golden syrup
36 mini eggs (yum
We – me, Chloe and Millie decided just today that we would blog our Easter craft sessions in case anyone else was stuck for ideas for craft to do with your kids. Our first craft was to make some Easter bonnets and seeing as we are surrounded by fields we decided that it be ok [...]
It’s been four weeks since our newbie gingernut rangers joined our urban flock. And despite a period of vicious hen pecking they have settled in nicely. They are now all laying and roaming together. While we are all so pleased we got Coco and Rhubarb neither Mike or I realized just how much impact on [...]
Well, yesterday it rained like you wouldn’t believe and the chickens bless them seemed to relish standing out in the miserable cold weather. Believe me when I say they have plenty of covered spots with which to shelter but not our fearless chickens. Anyway needless to say at about 4.30pm we decided that they were [...]
We’ve been thinking about getting some more hens for a while now. They just look so right running around our back garden that we wished we had gotten six to start with. And now even though they’re all laying we are finding that we’re eating all their eggs and more! We had thought we’d be [...]
Yee haa the snow arrived on Saturday night. The girls couldn’t wait until the morning to get out in it and we wondered how the chickens would get on. Sunday morning arrived and what a snowfall!!
The girls were straight into snowball fights and building forts while the chickens spent the day figuring out how [...]
Has been on list of things to do like forever!
Our main crop surplus of vegetables turned into kimchi and sauerkraut. Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food preservation in the world and utilised constantly at Zaytuna Farm.
Please share with your friends the 25 Seeds of Goodness Fundraiser…
On the 18th of May in Brisbane and the 30th of May in Sydney Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) and Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) will formally join hands by co-hosting fundraising events. With the aim of the events being to raise funds towards exciting new international projects in Permaculture, the aptly named event “25 Seeds of Goodness” will see the two organisations combine forces and increase the aid and support provided to people in need both locally and internationally.
Guest speakers including Geoff Lawton, a world renowned permaculture expert, Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy, MAA’s CEO, and Yusuf Khatree of the Muslim Charitable Foundation.
Guests will also witness the signing of MAA and MCF’s Memorandum of Understanding – a first in Australia.
Limited number of tickets are available by calling Riyaad Ally of Muslim Aid Australia on 0434 984 520 or Yusuf Khatree of Muslim Charitable Foundation on 0401 246 228.
To purchase Tickets please visit our website
Individual Tickets: $50 http://9nl.eu/25SeedsBrisIndividualTicket
Group Ticket – Table of 10: $450 http://9nl.eu/25SeedsBrisGroupTicket
This is a unique event and definitely not to be missed.
- See more at: www.muslimaid.org.au
Spent a lovely day helping out at Old Sleningford Farm near Ripon on one of their workdays. Got to see an actual food forest! Can’t wait to have one of our own!
Living the view from my office #spring http://t.co/FPM2Nnt5KL
Get the whole picture – and other photos from Katrina Thompson
Anyone know of a farm based eco campsite or gite in northern France for a week in summer? Pls rt