Apr 23 2018
At my work I’m known as “the egg lady” because I occasionally bring in our excess eggs to sell. The eggs are very popular and fights have been known to occur over the last carton in the fridge. As a result I am often sought out by people who are “thinking about getting chickens”. The questions are always the same, so I thought there are probably other people who would like to know about this too. I firmly believe that there are no stupid questions about chickens. When I first moved in with my husband, Pete, he already had chickens, and I clearly remember being surprised that they needed to be fed grain. I must have thought that they lived off vege scraps! So it’s not long ago that I was also a chicken novice with very basic questions!
Apr 16 2018
We eat eggs for breakfast every morning whenever possible and I do notice the difference if I don't have them, as I get hungry earlier in the morning. When I have to stay away from home for work, the one thing that miss the most (apart from Pete, the dogs and the other animals) is fresh eggs from our chickens. I usually order eggs from the hotel for breakfast each morning, but they are not the same as my home eggs. They have a darker orange yoke and a funny taste. Even store bought organic free-range eggs do not taste as good as our home-raised pastured-fed eggs, and here's why.
Apr 09 2018
On a recent trip to New Zealand I was tempted by some beautiful yarn. Both the colours (blue, green and brown) and the texture attracted me. Woven from merino, silk and possum, it is soft, light and incredibly warm. You did read correctly, in New Zealand the possum was introduced from Australia and is considered a pest, so it is quite common to find possum pelts for sale, as well as possum fur woven into yarn. This is a win for everyone, it controls a pest animal while making lovely yarn! Having bought this yarn I really wanted...
Mar 15 2018
I first came across Gaia's Garden in 2013 and although I had tried to read other permaculture books before that, this was the one that really helped me to understand the concepts, both what to do and why. Toby sadly died recently, so I thought it was a good time to review the book in detail. Toby made an enormous contribution to permaculture and I'd like to remember him by reading his book again.
Mar 08 2018
Feb 26 2018
I know there is a bit of confusion around cattle and horns. I've heard a few people say that they thought only bulls had horns. I suppose that makes sense... but its wrong!