Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Chicken area secure from predators and mice

About two months ago I was horrified to find a mouse in our chicken area. The unfortunate truth about mice is when you find one there is always more hidden from sight. So we decided to take action and find where they were getting in and block the hole.
 
I have always been hesitant to put rat or mice poison out in case the children or dog eat it. Also there is the possibly that our dog could eat a dead poisoned mouse and become very sick. Therefore we have always made sure that our chicken food in stored in metal containers in the shed that mice can’t eat through and that there is nothing to mice to stay in our shed or chicken area. 

When we first made the chicken area, we made sure to put bird mesh (1cm x 1cm squares) underneath the whole chicken area so rodents couldn’t burrow in. Mice will eat through a lot of things, but they hate metal and will stay away. However there were a few breaks in the wire where water had run down the side of the shed and moved soil and the mesh.  

We simply added extra bird mesh underneath the whole length of the shed on top of the pre-existing mesh. We then added a plank of wood to hold it down and secure it from any water runoff when it rains. Finally we added the chicken area floor bedding and straw on top. 
 

Two months later we haven’t had any mice return yet…
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Monday, 27 July 2015

Upcoming Blue Moon July 31 2015

When I was a little girl I was always fascinated by the stars and the moon. My Dad and I would look at the constellations and would always keep up to date with upcoming events in the skies. We would research and try to view lunar eclipses, super moons and meteor showers.

The phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ is colloquially used to suggest that something is very rare. As a child I always wanted to see a blue moon that is mentioned in ‘The Faraway Tree’ stories by Enid Blyton. In the book ‘The Enchanted Wood’ there is a land that only stops spinning once in a blue moon (The Roundabout Land).

I had observed lunar eclipses when the moon turned red, but I always wondered about a blue moon. Red moons are much more common and are caused by lunar eclipses. Well the truth is that you can’t actually see a blue moon; it is actually an event that happens every few years in a lunar and solar calendars.

What is a Blue Moon?
There are actually 2 different definitions of what a blue moon is. The modern day definition of a Blue Moon is when there are 2 full moons in one month, the second of two full moon is the Blue Moon. An older definition of Blue Moon is that it’s the third of four full moons in a single season. This year in July there are two full moons. 

 
Full Moon: July 2, 2015 First Full Moon of month 
Blue Moon: July 31, 2015 Second Full Moon of month (Blue Moon)
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Friday, 24 July 2015

Family trip to Gold Coast theme parks

Recently we took a family trip to the Gold Coast theme parks with our 2 year old. He absolutely loved it. The Gold Coast is in Queensland, Australia and always has warm weather. Here are some snapshots from our trip.
 
 
We went on all the rides and took Joshua on the children rides he was allowed on.
Joshua loved the pools and water areas the most.
 Then we saw the stunt driver show with lots of cars and tricks.

 
Our favourite part was the animals. We saw sharks, dolphins, penguins, polar animals and the tigers! Here are some snapshots.
 
  
 
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Kitchen bench decorating ideas

We have been renovating our house for 4 years now and the kitchen is the last room to be completed. We have started to design the new layout and are waiting for the kitchen cupboards and benches to be manufactured. Here are some ideas and inspirations for how I might set up and decorate our kitchen bench once it is complete.
 
 
 
Here is our cutting board, mortar and pestle ready to go for dinner.

 
Love this basket for holding the cutlery.

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Sowing seeds for Spring in trays

An easy way to save money and always have fresh produce is to grow your own food. If you have a greenhouse, you can grow seeds all year round as the temperature is warmer inside. If not, make a start in spring to give your plants a head start for summer. Determine when to plant seeds. Depending on your climate and the plant variety, planting times may vary. Check the seed packet for details.

First of all choose the tray or container that you would like to use. Our local nursery gives away black trays for each when you buy plants, so I will be using them. However I have had friends use plastic tubs or even old plastic bottles before.

 
Next you need to fill the containers 80% with soil. You can buy potting mix at most plant nurseries that will be fine for most seed types.


Put the soil into the container breaking it up as much as you can with your hand. I am using seeds that I have saved from last year’s harvest. We always save the seeds from the best specimens of each plant at the end of growing season. Here is more on how to save seeds from your vegie patch plants.


Open the seed packet and shake a few into the palm of your hand. Place the seeds at the desired distance apart and place them twice the size of seed down into the soil.

 
Then sprinkle a thin layer of soil on top of the seeds. Tap the tray, allowing the soil to settle into the corners. I like to label the seed trays so I know what is growing in them and see how fast they germinate. Gently water the trays and place in a warm sunny spot in the greenhouse or a protected space in the garden.
 

Here are some plants that I sowed 2 months ago.
They are strawberry plants and some boundary tree seedlings.
 
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