Food and cooking
As usual I feel like we are living on a wildlife reserve! We certainly have plenty of permaculture zone 5 (wild), Pete spotted these two galahs eating termites from a nest.
We have also been spending time checking on our bees, which seem to be finding plenty of nectar and pollen and expanding their numbers. We have also been going on lots of walks and drives around the property to see what is flowering and scope out other spots to put more hives as the first hive stand is starting to fill up. Pete has built a stand and fixed up our secondhand honey extractor so we are getting ready to harvest when the bees have any to spare.
A friend is downsizing before going overseas and needed a new home for her chickens, I offered to help, mainly because these two bantams came as part of the flock, aren't they sweet!? As soon as they go broody we will give them some eggs to hatch.
This month I have had to convert the garden into a chicken-proof fortress as we have had repeated break-ins, even with all the shade cloth, they seem determined to get in there and scuff up all my mulch. This has resulted in casualties and I have to try not to get too upset about lost seedlings. At least we will have tomatoes this year! I have given up on tomatoes in the garden and we have the hydroponics running, with added worm wee the tomatoes are doing great.
We have been sanding the kitchen, but trying not to overdo it as full days of sanding really do ruin the weekend (and make you glad to be back at work for a rest!). We have also ordered Pete's shed, and when the shed company said it will be delivered in November we panicked and had to get to work cleaning up the area where it will be built. Its going to be to the left and behind the house in the picture below. I persuaded Pete that we should get a building company to put it up for us, as its going to be 12m by 15m and 4m high, I really didn't think we needed that challenge!
When I see the words renewable resources its tempting to just list all the ways that we use solar panels around our farm (electric fences, bore pump...) this chapter really made me think more broadly about renewable resources and to value what we have on our property. We have a lot of trees and we take for granted all the services that they provide us, firewood, building material, habitat, shade, nutrients, water (through transpiration), honeybee food! Also in designing our house site we considered the position of the house to make use of shade, natural light and breeze.
Here's what I wrote last time about renewable resources.
Its nearly the end of knitting weather, but a friend gave me this wonderful hank of 100% NZ wool and I couldn't resist rolling it into balls and dreaming of what I would knit with it (probably next winter). I'm thinking thick warm socks and long arm warmers for cold nights. I also finished my crochet rug, which I'll share in a post soon.
Country City Cindy
Thanks for dropping in! How was your October? What are your plans for November?