Thursday, 26 November 2015

Summer's Rhythm

Whilst doing the chores yesterday morning, I noticed the little cluster of apples on the tree had grown significantly, and that they were beginning to blush.
I am met with the delicious fragrance of peaches each morning on my way through the chicken pen.
Two small things, that weren't happening last year, but as time goes on will no doubt become another yearly signal of the changing seasons.
I love how each season has it's own rhythm, and if your mind is quiet enough you will notice all the little things that come together to show that a a new season is on it's way.

Things in previous years that have been part of the beginning of summer here are the noise of cicada during the evening and morning, green tree frogs arriving on the verandah each evening and the mangoes ripening on the trees.

Adding to those this year are the sheep shedding their wool, the joy of harvesting peaches several times a week, the anticipation of those blushing tropical apples. My sourdough starter bubbles to life so quickly in this weather, and I've had to feed it more than once a day to keep it happy during activation.
The zucchinis are going mad in the garden, the passionfruit is trying to take over, the kale and spinach have wilted and there are rosellas sprouting all over the garden.

Summer is my least favourite season, but when I actively observe the things unique to this season I actually quite enjoy summer's rhythm.

What does summer mean for you I wonder?


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Monday, 23 November 2015

The Benefits of Gardening With Chickens

I was driving into my favourite small town recently - it's 40 minutes from our home and is the cutest little village in our area.
It has plenty of heritage listed buildings in it and the countryside is beautiful. Anyway, the little farm to the left as you enter the village always has a sign up "chook manure for sale". But on this particular day that sign read "sold out".
It made me smile. I know that sounds kind of weird, but I was thinking of the garden of the person who had bought that last bag of chicken manure. Of how well their plants were going to grow and thrive, how lush and healthy their garden was going to look.

And then I thought of my own garden at home - of the lush bed of herbs, the corn that's as tall as I am and the cucumbers and zucchinis that are visibly growing by the day.
Like the person who purchased the last bag of chicken manure, my plants are growing and thriving thanks to that wonderful stuff.

The only difference is that I didn't have to buy mine, or shovel it, or manually apply it to the garden. My chickens did it for me.


Friday, 20 November 2015

Dandelions & Lace

I thought summer had arrived, but today it is pleasantly warm, and a little unpleasantly windy. Usually when it's like this at this time of year a cyclone is announced. It'll be interesting to see if there is one sitting off the coast, or it this weird weather has no reason at all.
I'm enjoying a break from the intense humidity today. I find cooler weather so much more productive than the extremes of summer heat or winter cold. Today I've found myself knitting lace, baking chocolate slice, drying dandelion leaves for tea and getting lots of washing hung and dried.

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