I didn’t believe them when they said, “Once you start, you can’t stop.” I’m referring to this whole, ‘just a few chickens’ business. A few chickens quickly turns into a flock. Then a spur of the moment decision means some ducks get thrown into the picture. Just yesterday, we decided some turkeys would add a nice element of variety to our little farmstead. Did I mentioned there’s now also a puppy? PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support … →
My life creed during my early twenties went something a little like this…. When life gives you lemons, it’s time to whip out the tequila. While this may not be the healthiest of attitudes, it has certainly taught me a lesson or two about life. And I’m all for some sage life advice.
If you had to personally slaughter all the animals you eat for their selective cuts, would you still eat meat? This is a tough question to ask. I know. I’ve asked it of myself many times over. Having done so, I still don’t have a definitive answer. I eat meat. I like the taste of meat. I feel better when I include meat in my diet. And yes, I still identify as an environmentally conscious citizen of this planet. Will I … →
Chickens… aka little reincarnated dinosaurs. You’ll forgive any atrocious behaviours inherited from their reptilian, barbaric, cannibalising ancestors for their a cute feathery disguise and endearing loyalty to you (when you have feed in hand). There are a few things worth noting BEFORE you embark on the wonderful journey of raising your own egg laying chickens. I specify egg laying chickens because raising meat chickens is a completely different ball game. And I mean COMPLETELY. I’ll write up more about them in due … →
Have I ever built a mobile chicken coop before? Hell no. Have I ever built anything before？ (Does that Ikea bed frame I bought back in the year of ’09’ count?) Despite my lack of building experience, I do still consider myself a practical person. I like the feeling of power when you wield a hammer and drill in your hands. It creates a feeling in me like the world is my Ikea catalogue and I could build sh!t. Yeah, that feeling.
FINALLY! The update I’ve been busting to share with you since I arrived at the farmstead. It’s time to share with you what’s been growing and thriving here in our garden at Ginger & Brown Farmstead. Having a full-fledged vegetable garden has been on my wish list for a very long time. We were very lucky to inherit a garden fully enclosed by netting already as the birds, rabbits, wallabies, you name it, live in abundance here. Let’s not forget the original mess we also … →
“I’ve got this.” I can’t even count the number of times I’ve had to repeat this silent chant to myself as I sit in the loneliness of my thoughts. When a blanket of silence has fallen around me, it’s sometimes hard to remember I have a choice to either sit in the peace of the silence, or be disturbed by the relentless mind-chatter.
For a long time I held a belief in my heart that I couldn’t live sustainably unless I was living in a remote off-grid cabin in the woods, growing all my own food, eating by candlelight, wearing my own hand woven loin clothes and basically shitting in a bucket. No power. No internet. No coffee. No connection. I repeat. No connection.