Some of the ways we got ahead and built up our home included:
I made progress on the cubby house (play house) I am making from the big box. I hope next week I might be up to a stage I can show you! But not yet!
The smaller box is now set up and in position as my first raised garden bed. I painted it with a weather proof paint and sealer. We lined it with thick plastic that was in the hay shed to hopefully stop the walls from rotting over time. There are big drainage holes in the bottom.
This thing was heavy!
Once in position (down in the orchard near the tap) I began to fill it each day adding something. It is surprisingly huge to fill! I began with logs and branches and since have added shredded paper, hay and sheep manure. I am about half way on that. The goal is be ready to plant in Spring. Our soil here is quite sandy. So this will give me rich soil to plant in.
I let everyone know I am collecting shredded paper and received four more bags full! Some went in to the chicken house and I am finding a thick layer of this in the nesting boxes is meaning clean eggs plus the eggs sink down and semi disappear. This would be very good for anyone who gets any broken eggs or has chooks that eat them if they get a chance as you can hardly see they are there.
The other bags of shredded paper are in the shed ready for my next raised garden beds. This is a case of having a resource I didn't know I had. Now I have realised I am putting it all to good use! If you have access to shredded paper you can make wonderful compost with it!
So.... this week we went off on a bit of an adventure to see if the wood was still in the old shed and if so the plan was to bring what we could home for garden beds we are making out the front.
I packed a little picnic and off we went. And the timber was still there!!! It is old and heavy and some of the planks are about one foot wide. Perfect!
This might look like junk to some but not to me!
We cut the wood to a size that we could fit on the trailer and lift! Boy some of this was heavy! So the length we cut was 3 m. And this decided the length of the garden beds!
Of course I snooped around heaps and there is so much more wood, there are old windows with wooden frames and there is an old bath tub. Also there are patches of stinging nettles...
This is another resource I once would have over looked. I have one bagful to use to dye some wool. Nan did this and it makes a very beautiful soft green dye. Another bagful I am making liquid garden fertiliser. But I have more... if you use stinging nettles will you tell me what you do with it?
In the evening after all of this I started to think about the other wood, the windows and the bath tub and what we could make from all of this!! The things I need most are a new chicken house (for the 12 new chickens that are coming) and little goat shelters (for the two miniature goats I ordered entirely by accident 😊) and nesting boxes. I spent the night on Pinterest and found so many ideas. So it looks like we will build a chicken house with a big window on one side... nesting boxes, a goat play ground, goat shelters and nesting boxes.... and possibly a greenhouse from old windows!
Just collecting all these materials will take us a while but our next trip to do so will be Sunday or Monday. Andy is being shown a lot of helpful and inspiring pictures!
During the week I made a use -everything- up Quiche.
I made Fig and Almond jam from the figs I picked last week...
I made yoghurt and used some of this to coat chicken pieces then crumb them. For some reason this turns out to be so delicious. You can do them on a baking tray, I do them in the air frier.
I had lots of little bird pictures. In the cheap shop I found tiny little cards and envelopes. Perfect! I have been making them up then packaging them into little packs of five to use as gifts.
Now for some animal pictures. Most days I go to check on everyone and usually I take biscuits. So as soon as they see me coming they come running. Laffie is a size now that having her jumping and galloping towards you could scare the pants off someone. haha! Maybe she can be installed as an additional security measure?
I cannot imagine life without animals. Every day Scout takes toys to Eddie. Every day Eddie doesn't play with them. But they horse around endlessly and I managed to capture a moment of this...
This is Scout going "I have a toy and you can't get it!" and Eddie, master of the leaping head butt, in action. This does on all day...
In the background is day one of my painting... the beginnings of trees.
So that is my week more or less. Of course I do all the usual stuff we all do... clean and wash and housework and meals that is all a part of daily life. Sometimes that is all I do in a day. Sometimes I don't even get to the end of that and meal on the table is good enough! But overall I am working and "making hay while the sun shines" on ways to get ahead, become more self sufficient in any way that we can.
With the situation in the world and with the virus we (especially here in South Australia) have a lull and even pretty well stocked supermarket shelves. There are even some things like antibacterial hand wipes, masks, antic bacterial sprays etc available now.
Many are thinking "thank goodness that is over" and becoming very casual about it all. Many are not being careful and I see people shopping in groups as an outing and general unnecessary stuff. While I hope they are right it is all over, I don't think they are.
I think we are all battle weary and our brains are fried from the media and also trying to discern what is true and what is not. Also when there are inconsistencies that do not make sense you start to wonder... for instance being able to crowd in public transport shoulder to shoulder but not be allowed to go to Church. I always think that when things don't make any sense they are either not true or there is information missing.
When the big mobs are telling you complete rubbish it means you have to use your own common sense and you need to be very watchful. If I had a dollar for every time I heard "there is no evidence of community transmission" (remember that? When even we knew and could read this was not true!) I could build a chook house better than the Taj Mahal.
My point is when we are tired and over it this is a dangerous time. We need to try and focus and be more watchful than ever. I pray that God will lead me to be doing the things we need to be doing. And there is so much we can do! Maybe you are like me and have resources you didn't even realise were resources!
Just now I have apples simmering and cakes to make. It is a day of genre rain and mist and the fire is going.
How did you build up your home, pantry or garden this week? What do you feel to do at this time? Do you have projects and goals on the go?
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx