July 11, 2018

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drought, ferals, nuisance, and hard work

All Summer and Autumn I tended to the plants on the farm, hand watering them by fetching and carrying water in watering cans from the bore. We are now in mid Winter and have only recently got some rainfall after three seasons of dry. The clouds would come over and deliver a quick smattering of rain and […]

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January 18, 2018

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tending

  This year, I want to do more ‘tending’. This idea was initiated by an e-conversation with Michael Watson on his blog Dreaming The World. He used the word ‘tending’ and I said that I liked that very much. It implies character, gentleness, and self-care. That led me down a rabbit hole of investigation into how one achieves […]

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January 17, 2018

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gorge

walk with me                 and breathe… the cool air of the gorge               where… flannel flowers line the path           rocky outcrops provide a place for pause                   lichen grows on […]

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January 16, 2018

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14 days

We spent 14 days on the farm over Christmas and New Year. 14 days of no internet, mobile phone, television, or radio. We had no idea of what was happening outside of our plot of land. It was a time where I could observe the rhythm of the land, and it was invaluable. I am grateful for […]

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December 21, 2017

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tree of life

One of the reasons we bought the farm was so I could plant trees. I had quickly run out of space on our suburban block. My husband wanted to keep bees. When we go to the farm I plant trees. And we put our first two hives out there this Spring. Bees and trees look […]

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September 22, 2017

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little lost sheep

We haven’t been to the farm all month. Bee club, soccer presentations, cricket matches, on-campus days, and a martial arts conference, have dominated our weekends. Our neighbour sent us a photo last week … Those white dots up on the hill, they are not ours.  Our nearest neighbours do not have sheep. We are hoping they will […]

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July 5, 2017

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the first half of 2017

Summer We survived Summer. Summer was HOT. One day we left the farm at midday and it was 47 degrees Celsius. We got back to the suburbs four hours later to 49 degrees. At the farm we face West. We have no cooling in the cottage. The iron roof heats up and radiates heat all night long. […]

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January 16, 2017

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the past few months

this is a long post… tractor The tractor arrived early November. And the art of driving a tractor is now a verb at our place ‘tractoring’. The second day of owning the tractor, my husband wiped out a section of the fence for the house yard. And we almost wiped out our family vehicle trying to get the […]

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October 6, 2016

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waiting

patience not one of my strengths I’m waiting … for my head to heal for the flood waters to subside, so I can go back to the farm for the tractor to arrive, so I can get started on the swales for the end of October, so we can purchase some queen bees and their […]

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