Farm Life

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“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.”
~ Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

 

If you look closely at the top photo you’ll see a new baby calf taking her very first steps, under the watchful eye of mum.

Here she is a few steps later, looking for her first drink of milk.

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It was a very busy day at the farm yesterday. A new calf at breakfast time. Lots of psychic work and writing in the heat of the day.

New garden beds ready for our autumn crops in the afternoon.

We’ve added three extra herb and vegetable beds, and put in a passionfruit trellis too.

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And then last night as I was making dinner, a big green tree-frog came to visit, landing on our kitchen window with a loud thump.

All in all, a lovely and very productive day.

Sending lots of love your way, Nicole xx

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The Winner of the Chlorite Phantom Quartz

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“Home is not where you live but where they understand you.”
~ Christian Morgenstern

 

I’m so happy to announce that the winner of this beautiful little Chlorite Phantom Quartz Crystal is:

Pauline Longdon 

Congratulations, Pauline! I know you’ll take good care of her, and I look forward to hearing all about your adventures together.

For those of you who entered but didn’t win, thank you for supporting my blog! It means so much to me that you are here, sharing the journey, and being part of my community.

Stay tuned over the next few months as I give away a few more special stones from my personal collection.

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In other news, Ben is feeling much better and so is Harry. My biggest issue will be keeping both of them quiet during their recoveries now that we are back at the farm.

Now I’m off to water my vegetable garden before the heat of the day, harvest my cherry tomato glut, and plan out some kitchen time. I feel the yearn to cook!

PS – It’s so good to be home!!!

Flowers with your Green Smoothie?

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“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”
~ Iris Murdoch

 

Each morning when I venture out to the garden to pick a few herbs or some kale for my breakfast smoothie, I rejoice in the flowers which grow in the tumbling wilderness that is my vegetable garden.

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I have always grown flowers alongside my herbs and vegetables. Flowers attract bees, they cleverly lure away pests, and most importantly, they bring me joy.

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When did a food garden need to be so business-like that there was no room for whimsy, colour or self-expression?

Besides, fairies like flowers too.

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I finally tore myself away from flower appreciation long enough to pick a few leaves for breakfast.

This morning’s green smoothie?

Kale, pear, apple, broccoli and coconut. Delicious!

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