Just for a change, we've been eating a bit of pork and lamb that we've bought from friends, so not just beef!
Somehow we found some time to mow the perennial pasture and let the cows in to trim it. I was starting to feel uncomfortable about the long dead grass near the house, both the fire-risk and the damage to the pasture of over-resting it. Now we just have to judge the right time to get the cattle out of that paddock, and find the right time to plant the rest of the grass seed!
I am locked in a battle of wits with a certain hen who has found a way to get into my garden and scratch up all the mulch. Every time I think I've won, I find her in there again. At least she doesn't do too much damage by herself. And this photo is proof that chickens eat grass. Actually they LOVE grass and that's what makes our homegrown free-range eggs taste so good!
Cows and cattle
Here are our curious cows and calves checking us out while we have lunch near their paddock. We really need to get them in the yards and castrate the bull calves and put in some fly eartags before summer.
Bees and Beekeeping
We have so many bees we can't keep up with boxes for them! And even though I want to sell some nucs, its actually difficult to organise the timing before the hive gets too strong and needs a bigger box. The other day I was sitting outside and heard a growing buzz, and checked the hives to find one of the larger boxes swarming! They landed in a tree branch, luckily quite low, and we were able to catch them in another box. We also harvested 20 kg of honey from our older hives, its tastes wonderful and I'm selling it in 500 g and 1 kg jars.
I've started to get some summer plants going. Beans and capsicums and tomatoes. A pumpkin has sprouted from the compost. There are lots of silverbeet and kale still growing. I really need some zucchini or tromboncino. I've spotted a choko vine starting too. And there are lots of blackberry flowers this year, is it the rain or the bees encouraging the flowers? I've put photos of the flowers in the garden on instagram and facebook if you want to see more.
The yield of a system is theoretically unlimited (or only limited by the imagination and information of the designer).
I wanted to remind you to get soap and salves orders in before Christmas (guess what I'll be giving everyone for Christmas! Soap!). If you are looking for gifts, the shaving soap in a tin with a nice shaving brush is a good one for men, and the four pack of nice soaps, or the muscle salve (similar to tiger balm), for the ladies. (See my shop below, or follow this link).
And I'm working on another ebook, this time all my tallow soap recipes and some info about making tallow soap. It will be available soon, I've written nearly 40 pages, I just need to double-check that all the recipes work perfectly.
How was your October? What are you up to in November?