Saturday, May 24, 2014

Tea towels and chooks...

I haven't posted much but honestly, facebook is so much easier I tend to go down that path - you can find me on facebook here. But I do have some news... new chooky stuff coming out soon which includes postcards and magnets of the designs above.


I also have my range of new and exciting tea towels coming out soon just in time for the Winter Magic festival in Katoomba. Each design is in 2 different colours and printed down the south coast of NSW. This is very exciting for Mount Vic and Me!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

December in Mount Victoria




The weather has been so warm here in Mt Victoria and we have been enjoying the summer. Despite the threat of bushfires, and with our cul de sac burnt out (but the houses all safe),  I still watch with trepidation about fires in the area. And honestly, I do love winter so look forward to the cold again...

We went out to see the Tyrannasaurus Rex exhibition at the Museum in Sydney. It was such a fun day out for the little girls. They do love the train ride to the city but not sure if I can do the 2.5 hours calmly with them jumping about non-stop!

Our chooks are doing so well. Check out the double-yoker as well as the TRIPLE yoker from our girls!!!

Sadly our little grey girl Betty didn't make it after getting so sick after the heat wave. She is buried down at Bundeena under the trees at Nana's place.


On a happier note, meet Chester - our first ever rooster! We picked this lovely little boy up today at Woodford. He's around 10-11 weeks old now and is crossed with silky (see his feathered feet) so won't be too big a rooster. He's trying to get the girls to be friendly with him but today didn't really happen for him. I went and checked on him tonight and he's snuggled up against Rita or Lana - one of our blue laced gold wyandotte girls who are only around 15 weeks old. Chester has been lovingly raised (he's previous name was Fred) and really friendly.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eggs!


We now have two girls laying! Daisy and Dottie (the bantam egg) are giving us eggs each day. This is so exciting and my kids love going out to collect the eggs. Chooks just seem to be the ultimate pet for little ones and our silky bantams which we recently bought, and now bringing the flock up to 7 chooks, are the favourites. Docile and easy to handle...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mount Victoria is burning?


Halloween here in Mount Victoria. My little girls LOVE dressing up but we don't go trick or treating. Instead there is a fabulous get together in our park with all the local children. The kids do a lolly hunt under the trees and we have a bbq dinner. So much fun and so easy for all!

Our mulberry tree is going ballistic. I really cut it back last year as it was overgrown - after that the mulberries were thin on the ground but this year it is crazy. We have tried so many mulberry recipes. Even the chooks love them!



The bushfires in Mount Victoria seem like a distant memory yet were only 3 weeks ago. We only have to drive around some of the streets here to see the devastation. It's so terribly sad and you don't understand til you have been through it. We had flames across the road from us (see above) and were lucky that none of the houses in our street were burnt. The bush is so scarred in our gully though and I haven't seen the little fairy wrens fluttering around outside. I do hope they come back.

View from Bellevue Hill, Bathurst

 We were evacuated twice during the week the fires raged around us. The Blue Mountains has not seen such a series of fires before and it was terrifying. Having such young children I found sitting around day after day wondering if our house would catch alight or if we'd be evacuated in the middle of the night too much. I packed up the kids and left for Bathurst. We stayed in a glorious old house outside of Bathurst called Bellevue Hill. Other friends joined us, all tired and exhausted by the fires. We ended up with 4 dogs, 2 cats, 4 adults, 5 kids! And still the house had room!


Bellevue Hill, Bathurst

I am still tired by it all. It's hard to just 'get on with things' after being through it. Our gorgeous village has been devastated by it - accommodation venues, cafes (the two that we have), Mount Vic Flicks, the pub and all the small businesses. The media left us burning - telling the world of it all then disappearing rather than sharing that Mount Victoria is 'open for business'. 

We want people to come back to the mountains - support this beautiful part of the world. x

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

MV&M goes to Leura Village Fair


This weekend is the Leura Village Fair - a fabulous not-to-be-missed event! It will go over two days in beautiful Leura and I hope you can come down and say hi!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Feeling frazzled? Just go out and hang with chickens and do some gardening...

 Daisy scratching around a newly planted hydrangea near the new 'Taj Mahal' chook coop.

What a beautiful day it is today! I think it's probably a hot further down towards the city but 25 degrees C here with a fresh breeze. Perfect... I have been wondering how our mountains girls would be going in the heat, but going to check on them today, they seem fine.

Daisy bumbles off while tiny Dottie keeps scratching amongst the hydrangea.

We now have 5 chickens but I fear my fetish of unusual breeds grows. I have been eyeing off Anconas, Aracaunas and Plymouth Rocks. I'm too frightened to buy anything unvaccinated though via backyard breeders... especially as our young chookies grow. We have 11 week olds and 15-16 week olds now - so I gather we'll be getting eggs before Christmas!


Our 2 year old is 'gardening' here - ie. ripping off the flowers from each plant as she walks by. This lower section will become a bit of a cottage garden. Still got a long way to go with new plantings and my hubby's newly constructed pathway through the garden but it will eventually be fabulous!

The garden has taken on a new life now... I can't wait to see as it grows and grows. I must say gardening is definitely the best therapy going around - as well as good exercise.

Lately I've been feeling so peeved about big tourism bodies up here not responding to me about Mount Vic and Me art cards. Nothing. Zilch. And how wonderful small businesses have been in supporting me. Thank you lovely businesses! But I must say, when I get discouraged, I just head out the backyard and feel so much happier!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Taj Mahal of Mount Victoria


'Banksias' - Mount Vic and Me, 2013 - one of my recent designs in cards and gift tags - and is available now! 
I just love these beauties!

Spring is here! It's looking so beautiful again outside with blossoms everywhere (I should really take some photos), our new chickens are now here and it's warm enough to be outside again. Of course, this was a mild winter really and seems incredibly dry so far. I guess it will make for good bushfire weather again?

'Cuppa Tea' - Mount Vic and Me, 2013

Now to show off our new girls...


These are my 5 chickens. We have 'Hattie' the blue leghorn, 'Daisy' the wyandotte/brahma, 'Dottie' the gold laced wyandotte (though her colouring is pale?), 'Lolita' the New Hampshire and the friendliest pullet and 'Buffy' the Buff Sussex.



I wanted to get old heritage breeds, not pump-em-out chooks. These girls are from a breeder down near Windsor/Richmond and she really got that I wanted lovely chooks.


My hubby built this 'Taj Mahal' to house them and they want for nothing. They are 7 weeks and 2 others are around 12 weeks so we have a wait yet til they lay but they are worth the wait. Great fun and highly recommend for small kids!

 'Daisy' and 'Buffy' following behind...


'Hattie' checking the place out with 'Daisy' and 'Lolita' in the background.