We had some rain and we are glad of that. Things look so green and nice and that is something to be very grateful for. And here we are... the very end of winter. Our first farm winter. I loved it. The wood fire was going and I still lived outside so much as with the animals and garden, chickens and bringing in wood I am outside a lot. It has been beautiful.
On Tuesday I had a call from Luke. Would I possibly be willing to take another calf? Yes!! I sure would! And so he came to the door and in the front seat of his ute he had a baby boy calf who was tiny. Just a few days old we think. He is so cute!
I named him Loui. He took to the bottle in minutes. Thanks to my animal pantry I had everything I need on hand and had a bottle made up in minutes. He is very easy to feed.
Well I love him! The first day I had him tethered. From then on he has roamed free in the orchard yard. He moved into the little hut made from the rain water tank. He loves it. We added fresh hay.
Now he comes when I call. He runs around the yard leaping and bounding. He wags his tail when he sees you. He is just so cute. He made my week!
So some of the ways I feathered my nest this week included:
I used up cream and made some quiches.
I made a carrot cake and peanut butter biscuits to take to the girls...
I dried Bay Leaves and got them packaged up:
It was an experiment but I bought a meter of pure silk and tore it into strips to make a rustic ribbons. Then I dyed it soft antique colours. It is for antique effects in card making and on sachets (like the ones I made earlier in the top of the picture) and so on. I am really pleased with how they turned out and packaged up some for gifts as well.
The grey blue dye I already had. The others are tea, coffee and the pink is food colouring with a bit of coffee. This was really fun to do and I can't wait to use them on my cards. (hopefully next week!)
Yesterday I made Chloe and Luke a chocolate cake plus one for Andy. Most is sliced and frozen for when needed.
In the garden I have been getting ready for Spring planting and hope to being early planting this weekend. In the orchard the new fruit trees all have buds and are about to flower! They are looking so promising!
Scout is growing like a rocket and is so good. She loves to learn. Her favourite toy is this frisbee...
You have to play with her. She talks you into it. She places balls, frisbees, sticks in you hand then runs and sits in a crouching pose WAITING for you to throw whatever it is. And everyone does. No one has the heart not to!
My chickens are now laying nine eggs a day! This is the most so far and on the way to the dozen a day I am hoping for.
We also made the investment into a bigger freezer. I had a space we could put it in the laundry. We got the biggest capacity freezer we could get for the space. Now if I am offered venison or anything else I have room to say yes please. Lately I could only say yes to what I could cook as I just didn't have the space. I think this is a really good investment.
I needed collars for Laffie and Loui. I need to be able to lead them i.e. from one paddock to another. big leather collars are expensive! I found old leather belts and Andy put holes in the right places and cut them down. They made very stylish collars for free.
Life changes so much with the seasons. I have loved winter and am sorry to see it end but Spring is full of planting and opportunities to set ourselves up for some wonderful harvests. So this is going to be a busy time. I had some practice last year and my garden is already set up, I can just add to it and fill it more. I think being self sufficient as you can be is a good idea. Whatever happens you have produce, possibly eggs, fruit... this gives you a buffer against prices and hard times. It is healthy too. Being in the garden is so much healthier than in front of the TV. We do reap what we sow. Get sowing whether it is in the garden or in other ways from handiwork to something you always planned. Little steps each day really get you there and add up!
I hope next week I can get back to my Nanna series.
How did you build up your home, savings, pantry this week? Have you made any good investments lately or is there one you are planning?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx