Friday, November 16, 2007

what happened to the duck?

Hello folks!
Where has the duck herder been?
I am not sure what has happened to November......

I do remember that this morning I saw a pair of Rainbow Bee-eaters down by the Molonglo River. This was quite a treat - the first I have seen. Here is a picki taken by Brett Donnald. They are very lovely. Rare? not particularly, but very lovely.

Well, the bad news is that the soil at the new farm is very depleted and sad. The first lot of veggies have done nothing.

The good news is that the adjacent commercial worm farm gifted me with 2 cubic meters of fresh work castings dumped fair in the middle of my garden! Now that's a sure way to make an elegantly frugal gal happy! It got me thinking about another friend Joe, who teases me lots by saying if only all girls could be as appreciative of gifts such as bales of straw, trailers of cow poo, bags of sheep poo, bundles of seaweed and the like.

Anyhoo, once I get over this little hump of work and family commitments, I will be up there! This changing gardens thing has been a bit sad making - this is the first year for ages I don't have vast quantities of potatoes happening. I have managed to put quite a lot in here at home but of necessity - smaller stuff. Having Charlotte and Gretel the serious egg laying chooks back home is working well too. They love being able to free range in the afternoons - even if it is just for an hour or so - they are so rough on the garden.

Kiwi update - well, Mr Kiwi is in full flower, but Miss Kiwi has only 4 flowers that I can count, and the other Miss Kiwi has not flowered at all.

Well, beautiful Kristy from Goblers Run has tagged me for the Picture Me meme! Kate at Our Red House began this MeMe and said the following;
"The rules are simple: post a picture of yourself on your blog. As some may feel uncomfortable posting a current photo, a baby or childhood picture is fine. Post the picture, tell us the story behind it, copy the logo, and tag three others (without forgetting to tell them that they have been tagged!)"

Well, this is a photo from earlier in the year, taking soil samples on a beautiful farm that Mr Duck Herder and I almost bought. Yes I know, my hair is up in a daggy pom pom bun, but it was warm, and I just needed to get it out of my FACE. Part of me will always be sad we didn't buy this farm. It was so so so so lovely, had been so well cared for, in a lovely little valley, permanent water, mountain views, simple, practical infrastructure, a bit isolated - sure, but heaps of potential to live sustainably, warm enough for banana passionfruit, cold enough for kiwi fruit, wet enough for avocados, stone fruit, and all sorts of stuff - perfect. But, alas, dodgy neighbours.
Anyway, I need to have a little time to think about who to tag, and to check what all my imaginary blogger friends have been up to, so watch out! You might be sorting through your "my pictures" file sooner than you think!

Happy Lacuna Sabbath everyone.
Kristy - if you follow this link, it should explain what Lacuna Sabbath is all about!


Sherd said...

We MISSED you!

The Duck Herder said...

ha! concider yourself tagged miss rocket! I expect a photo of you infront of your little shoe box by the end of the weekend!

love xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Kirsty said...

Oh thanks for explaining the lacuna sabbath (I thought it may have something to do with moon worship LOL) and I still don't know what you look like...very clever shot!