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Today

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Today I have been appreciating what we have. We are very lucky to be renting in such a beautiful spot where we have the freedom to pursue our homesteading and gardening goals without first seeking permission and I know many people would love to be in the position we are in right now.

Banjo is still sick but it’s a lovely warm sunny day and I don’t want to stay cooped up inside as Nyah is desperate to finish some of our projects we started in the garden. Thankfully one of the only places he will settle is on my back in the baby carrier so we are free to do our chores!

One of the projects we recently started is a raised bed made up of dead branches Dane pruned off a bush. They were sitting in a pile ready to go to the kindling basket when I had a brainwave to try and weave a garden bed out of them.

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It’s starting to take shape and it’s such a fun project to do with the kids as there’s many jobs involved that are easy for them to handle. This ones a bit chaotic but I plan to do some more around the garden and they are bound to improve. I hope to use this one for some of the medicinal herbs I’m starting so I can make my own tinctures.

After this we surveyed the havoc wreaked by the wild winds the night before. Sadly a few of my makeshift greenhouses had blown over and my seed pots all scattered about. We picked everything up and will replant some tomorrow. Nyah has been asking a lot recently to plant more carrots so we made a sandy little bed with her dutifully carting buckets from her sandpit. We have our fingers crossed  these ones won’t end up looking like mutants!

After this it was time to go in for a break and some lunch. I set Nyah up with some playdough and got stuck into making my own dough for bread and dinner rolls I didn’t use a recipe this time so I’m hoping I’ve done it right.

Back outside and we are checking all the chickens water and giving them some more food we’ve started feeding them less food but more frequently to try and cut down the wild birds as beautiful as they are they bring disease to our flock and tempt the cat (who we have now made catbibs)

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We talk about the beautiful blossoms and how we hope for lots of plums this year. Kisses is hanging around the fence so we let her in and give her some hay and a brush. Again I am struck by the beauty of this place.

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After our cuddles with Kisses we picked some Kale for the soup I will make for dinner where I will open my first pressure canned jar of homemade chicken stock. Now we are in for a well earned rest and later we will go back out check on all the animals and collect our eggs.

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