Ok, so our helpX girl left after giving us some breathing space to get things done.
We have progressed with the shed renovations and, thanks to Scott, have gyprocked the second bay. PZ now has the original bay as her preserving and cooking kitchen. Upstairs is also progressing and we will have to have some insulation before the cold weather hits.
I won a spiral staircase on eBay and when installed will save the hassle of climbing a ladder to bed. LOL.
The mixo has claimed all but two of the rabbits, out of a total of 67. It was devastating to have to put down so many to such a hideous disease. Notwithstanding the loss in dollars for initial outlay, breeding and feed etc.
We had to move the horses back into the eastern vineyard because the grass is growing so fast. They join the sheep (24), goats (7) and cows (3) to keep the grass at bay. Angus the angus remains in 'The Big Paddock' by himself. The chooks are in the process of being moved to new yards at the western vineyard, which will leave the barn for storage and sick animals.
Speaking of the barn, the tarp roof was only short term and I have started fitting second hand sheet iron to the roof. Looks good.
I won a good buy on eBay for a coolroom that turned out to have a freezer room as well. Need to prepare a floor area now to install it, then we'll be able to get on with home kills and animal processing, as was always the plan.
Got the old water tank installed to use as a grain silo. Just need to get the grain to fill it now.
Need to progress the bush poles to support the vege garden netting cover.
The corn is gruesome and has grew some.
Like the song "Oklahoma" where the corn is high as an elephants eye. Same as ours, as long as your elephant's eye is 4 metres in the air.
Because of the continued rains, along with the heat, is has been a green summer with weeds and growth everywhere. Good in one regard, annoying in other ways (weeds).
Last night we ate well, with everything except the butter supplied from our own animals and garden. So damn pleasing.
We had a duck sitting on eggs in the poly tunnel and hatched 7 fluffy yellow ducklings. Damn Kookaburras have reduced that number to 3 now. Nice to have native animals around, but must they eat our livestock.
I'll have to try and blog more often, in short bursts. It should be easier to do, and remember.
Enough for now.....
there's shit to be done.