Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Wattle flowers in full bloom

Here are some photos of our wattle tree in full bloom in the backyard of my parent's house. I love when wattle tree's are out, as the smell reminds me of winter in Australia.

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Crushed eggshell and fresh herbs treat for chickens

This is any easy treat to make for your chickens. We always add a little of the chicken’s eggshells back into their food supply, as it boasts their calcium levels and egg supply. At the same time, we are harvesting herbs from our large vegie patch at least once a month (even during winter), meaning we have kilograms of each herb dried in the cupboard. I decided that we didn’t need to stock that much of each herb and that it would be a nice treat for the chickens.
Crushed egg shells contain the calcium (calcium carbonate) that chickens use to make their egg shells. My chickens prefer crushed chicken eggshells to store bought oyster shell.
Simply use the inside of the eggs for your cooking and rinse the eggshells after use. Then allow them to dry for a few days. Once they are dry you can crush them in the blender or by hand. You can also make fertiliser for the garden with your used eggshells.

Then add your dried herbs to the crushed eggshells and place in a bowl.

This amount lasted our 4 chickens about a week, as I only added a little bit each day to their seed in the feeder.
Fresh and dried herbs that are beneficial to chickens:
It is a good idea to plant out extra herbs that are beneficial to your chickens. You can use these to supplement their feed by picking leaves and tossing into the pen from time to time.
  • General poultry tonics and laying stimulants include beetroot, borage, broccoli and cauliflower leaves, chickweed, comfrey, cress, dandelion, fennel, garlic, kale, lettuce, marigold, marjoram, mint, mugwort, nasturtium, onion, parsley, radish tops, rue, sage, silver beet, spring onion tops, thyme, turnip, vervain or wormwood.
  • For intestinal worms you can be fed chooks these herbs on a regular basis. This includes cooked nettle mash, garlic and nasturtium.
  • Another recommended treatment is to add a few leaves of some of the following plants about once a month. Add to feed at a rate of about 20%. This includes elder, garlic, grated carrots, horseradish, hyssop, mustard, onions, pumpkin seeds, rue, tansy and wormwood.  
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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Easy jelly cups for parties

Here is any easy way to make party food that looks and tastes great. Jelly cups are simply jelly in cute little cups. You can make any flavour and any colour cups to suit your party theme. We used these for my son's 2nd birthday party. Here is a link to his party post.
For Joshua's Thomas the tank engine party we wanted blue and red jelly. So we made blueberry and strawberry jelly.

We simply bought 1 packet of each colour and made the jelly mixture. Then we very carefully tipped it into each jelly cup and placed them in the fridge to set. 

The next day or after about 5 hours you can insert the party theme flags.

The last thing to do was to place the jelly cups onto platters or on the party food table ready for the party!

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Old rustic louvre cupboard makeover

Recently we picked up this rustic louvre cupboard for the bungalow at my parents’ house to store spare linen and home wares. However the cupboard had received a few knocks and bumps over the years. What it needed was a fresh coat of paint.

You can see that while the cupboard is structurally sound and in good condition, the paint work is chipped and stained in various areas.

The top of the cupboard also needed to be repainted. The outside of the cupboard had been painted with high gloss oil paint. So we had to give the whole cupboard a light sand. Then we gave it a wipe down and a fresh coat of multi-use primer. Once this had dried we used a low sheen furniture water paint in white.
Luckily the inside was spotless and a nice mocha brown colour. We decided to keep the inside of the cupboard the way it was, as it was very clean. 
Once all the paint had dried, we were able to fill it with lots of things.

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