Weekend Rewind XXXVIII: The aftermath

It started out a really nasty week this week, but the kind words and wonderful support our shellshocked family received turned it into a very good week indeed. The most worrying thing to come out of all of this is that I think my kids might be psychopaths. Such was their ability to get over the slaying of their pet chickens. I honestly don't quite ...

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:: A portrait of my children each week, every week in 2014 ::                         Badoo: This is the last photo we took of our 'girls'.          Maxi: Learning about varieties of plants at Kimbriki.          Cappers: Still can't believe it's sandal weather and it's almost June!                    Joining in with our Jodi. ...

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A terrible find

Early Saturday morning, the Badoo came racing in from outside."There's a dead chicken out there!" She yelled. "Something has happened to the chicken!"It turned out that something had happened to all of the chickens: Mr Fox. He ripped through the coop like fire and I blank out whenever I think of what actually went on that night. The evidence is ...

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The silence of the chickens

If you join in over on Facebook, you'll already know that the little chicks we hatched each turned out to be more he than  hen. One morning we woke up to crowing! And I was so sure that our chicks were waaaay past the 'is she or isn't she?' stage (they were 26 weeks) that I turned to Bart and said, "our poor neighbours must have got a dud ...

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They’re here!

You never did meet a prouder mumma... Benjamin is rather proud of her brood too. In the end only 2 chicks hatched from the 8 eggs we popped under her. Possibly due to all the other hens constantly shoving themselves into the box to lay their own eggs on top of Benjamin.It is pure delight watching this little bantam hen teaching her new babies how ...

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We’re having chicks!

Two weeks ago we schlepped out the back of Sydney somewhere and picked up a dozen fertilised Light Sussex eggs. Cappers carefully marked them with a small X and then we placed 8 of them in the 'unfavourite' nesting box for Benjamin, our broody Wynandotte bantum hen, to discover.She has been in seventh heaven ever since. She's going to be a mum! She ...

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A little guide to keeping chickens

Our first pet may well have been a goldfish creatively called Goldie who lasted all of three weeks, but given my firstborn’s love of animals it was always inevitable that our family would own a pet or two at some stage. The fish thing, well, let’s just say that fish turned out to be less hardy than anticipated. Who knew goldfish kept eating and ...

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Sydney hidden places for kids | New Leaf Nursery

New Leaf Nursery - hidden places for children

There's a lovely place I know that is touched by magic. It's one of our favourite hidden places for kids in Sydney. It's a nursery called New Leaf Nursery out at Ingleside. We first went there over a year ago to buy our first three chickens. The moment we walked in, I knew it was special.   There are chooks and ducks wandering ...

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How to get started with chickens

Are you a chicken fancier? That's apparently the correct term for a person who likes keeping chickens, but it seems a bit full on! Actually, I just googled it and apart from being the correct terminology for a person who likes keeping chickens, the urban definition would have that it is also "An adult male homosexual sexually attracted to underage ...

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Weaving love hearts

I cut back the wandering wisteria vines a couple of weeks ago and then I thought, "Look at all those long strips of vine. I know, I'll weave a love heart for the chicken coop." As you do.So I got busy stripping the leaves and then even busier weaving the vines together to make a rather lopsided heart. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.It's ...

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