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Slither buzz and squirt

The last two days have seen us getting up close to animals other than our usual farm ones. 

Yesterday a Damian found a giant brown snake in the process of eating a lizard. After many calls we finally got a handler to come and take it away, though it was less the cooperative about going in the bag. This was our third close encounter with a large brown near the house in a few weeks so we are hoping it was the same snake and now we can enjoy a break.

  
This morning our day started with our first ever attempt at harvesting honey from our Warre hive. Elody and I did very well, the bees did too and it all went very smoothly. Sadly there was either brood or uncapped honey in every comb we checked, so we couldn’t harvest anything.  I need to research a bit more how to manage the Warre.

 

Tonight we shot a kangaroo… our own way….This old mama roo has taken up residence around our house. For years she has spent most of her time near us raising her babies. This year she also has a gorgeous joey who is too big for the pouch but still gets his head in to nurse. Over the last few months she has become very slow and calm and is always right next to the house. Recently, she has become very skinny and we have been concerned about her health. We contacted Wildcare who sent out some experts to assess her. They thought she is just old and in OK condition considering, but they suggested treating her with a spot on wormer just in case. So here is Damian getting as close as possible and shooting the medicine on her… let’s hope it helps!

 

Little garden grows

Today baby Audrey and I did some gardening in the tiny patch in front of the lounge room. Let’s face it, in spite of my big veggie garden dreams, this is one of only 2 small productive areas I have right now… Oh well better than nothing, right? 

 

The goats already had volunteered their valuable services to harvest the kale, I was a bit annoyed but given that it was all grown in their old bedding and manure I figured they deserved a share… But then I added a line of electric wire to stop them demolishing the entire thing!

Today I harvested my first kohl rabi. A weird thing I am not too sure what to do with… Possibly I’ll blanch the leaves for smoothies and roast the body…. I also got some VERY tiny parnsnips as thinnings to leave space for some bigger ones in the future. 

   

But the main ‘crop’ I harvested was grass… I know, that’s technically a weed but the Guinea pigs, bunny, ducks and chooks love it so I decided I don’t mind if it takes over a bit (or a lot!). As I write I have a bunch of very happy critters enjoying some home grown goodness 🙂

I didn’t harvest everything so they can get more in a couple of days. In the meantime I filled the space I made with some seeds. I decided to sprinkle them generously and see if this quick method works 🙂

On the left I put:

  • Radish sparkler
  • All year carrots
  • Snow peas Oregon

On the right I put:

  • Silverbeet bright lights
  • Beetroot burpees golden

Now we wait…