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.