Each day I work on my ongoing projects. My standard way to tackle lots of work is to do some every day until I get there! So each day I move one wheel barrow load of mulch on to my garden beds. Each day I add one wheelbarrow of manure to my raised garden bed... as I go about my routine I add in habits. On the way to feed the chickens I push the wheel barrow up the hill. I use the fork to dig up several huge clumps of grass to give the chickens and the ducks. I have my bucket of scraps I have collected in the kitchen plus any other weeds I might find on the way. This supplements the chickens food a lot. Due to foxes I cannot let the chickens free range. They wouldn't last a day. But their coop has a huge yard and they get a lot of greens everyday and have a big area to scratch around.
I collect the eggs and bring them back to the house and put them into cartons. If things are going well I get twelve eggs.
On the way down the hill from the chicken shed I collect sticks and pinecones. These go into baskets for kindling. There are pine tress and the pinecones are never ending so I will never run out!
My other big project I am chipping away at is the cubby house (play house). For anyone who missed this, my brother gave me a huge wooden box. Inside was another box! The small one is now a raised garden bed... the large one I am making into a cubby house for the Grandkids.
I am ready to show a little of what I have done so far. It is not finished and doesn't even had a roof yet. We salvaged windows from the old shed where we found the timber for the new raised garden beds.
I began by painting tree trunks. Then I cut out kitchen sponges into leaf shapes and stamped on leaves. I cut out paper napkins with nests on them and decoupaged them on.
The theme is nature, maybe a nature lodge! I am sticking to things that are found here on the farm. For the animals I bought some nursery decals which I have varnished over to water proof them.
A fox isn't a native animal to us but we sure do have them! Same with deer.
We have owls so I included those.
This is the back which is on a fence line...
I am really enjoying it. I just do a bit each day as I can. Then I look at it for a while (as it is outside a window I sit in front of) and plan what to do next.
Because of being in plain sight I thought I better make it something that I enjoy seeing every day as well as thinking of the kids. I have some old telephones so it will have an inside and outside phone on the walls. (To report wildlife sightings, of course.)
One bird I really want to include are the black Cockatoos. I found a decal to use! This one has not arrived yet but I can't wait as these are really a feature on this property.
We made progress too on the cottage project. Some progress on the new raised garden beds... I am so excited about those!
I made three large dark fruit cakes. One is for my Dad's Birthday. One will go away as these keep for at least a year. One is for Andy as he loves them.
During the week I also made scones, apple sauce, little cakes, baked rice custard and the usual meals of course.
I am trying to rotate what is in the freezer and organise it as I go.
After making lots of little bird cards with envelopes I packaged them up into sets of five. These are now in my gift cupboard for future gifts.
I did an experiment in the garden. In each row of seedlings I used a large upturned jar over one plant. After a week these ones were slightly bigger than the others in the row. After two weeks they were noticeably bigger. Since this was taken they are almost at the top of the jar and more than twice the size of the non covered seedlings. So now I will use many more. Lucky I have a lot of jars!
This week I did another trade. This time was four dozen eggs for a little hall table. Yes a very good deal!
Each week I am trying to increase my network and be able to barter more.
It is an exciting time as I am working towards the new chickens coming and baby miniature goats! And having raised garden beds ready to plant in spring!
How did you build up your home, pantry or garden this week? Keep your eyes open for opportunities! Have a wonderful weekend! xxx