Another Sunday came and went and I didn’t do a blog post but this time it was deliberate as I wanted to film a short video of our property to show you and we were too busy yesterday because we were in the garden rehousing Steve’s disabled chicken “Limpy”. Limpy is an exception to the rule. When she was born she had something wrong with her feet. She has been unable to walk properly since she was a chick but has a fierce determination to survive. All of the other chickens would set on her and peck her but she would hide and would make her way out to the food each morning from where she had been hiding and eventually we decided that we would put her in a safe enclosure because she has the most ferocious will to survive.
She has been living in an enclosure in Steve’s shed all winter long and we decided that after we shuffled the two chickens that had snuck in to the rear of Sanctuary when we had a brief malfunction in the netting (that also let ducky out but we have since recaptured her and put her back in) that Sanctuary would be the perfect safe spot for Limpy and yesterday she was moved in with great ceremony. She was incredibly happy to move and set off to explore her new enclosure complete with lots of lovely greenery and places to hide.
I headed in to check on her this morning thinking that as she can’t use her feet and has to walk on her (chicken alternative to) wrists that she might be upside down in the tenacious raspberry plants but she was sitting next to her enclosure and after being fed some wholegrain bread she was very happy. It makes me happy to know that this little chicken who had such a difficult start to her life but who had such a ferocious will to survive can live out her days in Sanctuary along with our old one eyed duck.
I have been walking Earl a lot lately. Aside from him needing the exercise, so do I, so we have been walking further than usual in our mutual pursuit of fitness. I have discovered that Earl doesn’t like walking in the heat of the day and so we walk early in the morning to take advantage of the cool and shade. Yesterday we went to Paper Beach, Earl and Bezial’s very favourite walk, where Bezial can indulge his desire to trawl for blow fish (puffer fish) and Earl can walk the well trodden and dog sniffed bush tracks. Steve drops Earl and I off on the highway and we make our way to the beach where Bezial is wading in the water happily.
This morning we decided to walk to Bonny Beach and phone Steve and Bezial up when we were halfway to our destination which gives Bezial enough time to splosh around in the estuary before Earl arrives to spoil his fun and Earl enough of a walk to prevent him eating our furniture while we are AWOL at TAFE. Steve is acting in a fellow students film tomorrow and I am filming it. After seeing what the fellow student wants me to actually film I am not so sure that I am the best person for the job but as everyone else is unavailable she is going to have to take what she can get which is “moi” so I practiced filming today and made you all this short film shot inside the house fence on Serendipity Farm. I might even get Steve to mic us up and do a bit of a voice over with the sound gear that we brought home from filming Steve’s film shoot last Wednesday. Filming is fun but hard work!
On our way home from walking the boys yesterday we saw a flock of magpies on the road and slowed down to take a closer look. On closer inspection we saw a crow attacking a magpie on the road. I got Steve to stop and jumped out of the passenger seat to check and the crow flew off when I approached. It turned out to be a baby magpie on the road which the crow obviously thought was road kill and the magpies flapping around on the road were it’s parents. I picked it up to warning squawks from the parents and carefully carried it over to the shade on the side of the road. The parents were readying to swoop down at me when I walked away and back to the car and as I got into the car the parents both started singing to me in relief. It’s the most magical feeling to know that the magpies were expressing their relief and appreciation to me for saving their baby 🙂
The weather is starting to warm up nicely here in Northern Tasmania. The nights are still nice and cold but the days are officially heating up to spring weather. We lag behind the rest of Australia temperature wise as a rule and I couldn’t be happier to be honest. I am not a fan of hot weather and despite my love of tropical fruit, I am most happy sitting next to a fire rather than sweltering in a humid rain forest. I have been most impressed by the way that Sanctuary is coming along since I have been heavily mulching it and have decided that I am going to create a series of keyhole gardens inside the house fence using the following inspiration
Anyone who has prior experience with keyhole gardens, I would be most glad to hear from you. We are going to make them out of tea tree poles cut down and filed off to points on the end and hammered into the ground with green thin branches woven in and out of them exactly like the images in this excellent article that I found on permies.com. I find a lot of interesting and inspiring articles on this forum and enjoy reading about other people’s solutions to people’s problems. I also found a combo keyhole garden combined with a hugelkultur garden that piqued my interest on the same site and thought that this would be the best way to go outside the house fence but inside the house fence I want a more traditional keyhole garden and will be making several of these gardens to populate with herbs and dye plants for future fleece dying and spinning experiments.
I love a good experiment folks and am currently thinking about growing apples from seed as Jane, one of my lovely faithful blog followers shared an excellent tutorial about growing apple trees from seed with me recently in a comment. There is an old abandoned apple orchard in Exeter, a town 18km away from us, that we sometimes walk the dogs in. I am going to collect some apples from these ancient trees and see if I can’t grow some apples from the seed. I am also going to get some scion wood from these trees in winter and am going to graft it onto our little apple sapling that grew from the ancient, long dead, apple tree that was on the property when we moved here back in 2010. I have left a ring of tenacious blackberries around the perimeter of this apple to discourage our furry possum nocturnal visitors from predating it’s tasty leaves and you can be assured that these are the ONLY blackberries that I will be allowing to survive and flourish inside the house fence!
I am typing this blog post while I am waiting for the film clips that we filmed earlier to download so that we can piece them together, add some music to it to share with you all here. Hopefully you will like our little montage of Serendipity Farm filmed from inside the house perimeter in spring in Northern Tasmania 2017. I hope that you are all enjoying your lives wherever you are in the world and that life is treating you well. Catch you next week 🙂
Well here’s the video. I have decided to rename what most people currently call “weeds” to “Beneficial insect habitat” for the duration. I am sticking with it so no pointing out all of the “Beneficial insect habitat” in Sanctuary OK? 😉