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Best wishes

to Tom and Heather at Caravantasia…. it’s a wonderful new caravan site with a difference that has started up in Crohan nr. Killenaule outside Thurles.  You’ll just love the quirky vintage caravans that have been lovingly restored and each has its own beautifully colour co-ordinated deck area.

Yellow Vintage Caravan

Yellow Vintage Caravan

 

Red Vintage Caravan

Red Vintage Caravan

We spent a lovely few hours at Caravantasia yesterday… and the weather JUST managed to hold off for most of the day.

We enjoyed sessions with Wesley on how to make your own organic charcoal…. real easy when you know how :)

Charcoal making

Charcoal making

The afternoon was spent with Gary learning how to build a clay oven, so hopefully our own will soon start to take shape!  The plinth for it has been ready for quite a while. :)

Loved the wooden-framed bicycles from Woodelo and the chainsaw wood-sculpting was pretty amazing too.

Woodelo wooden bike frames

Woodelo wooden bike frames

 

Wood Carving

Wood Carving

I was so busy chatting and catching up with folks from Tipperary Green Business Network that I didn’t really get to take many photos – besides the fact that I let my camera fall and have damaged the lens, which I am praying frantically can be fixed.  However, lets not dwell on that today.  It was really great to catch up Brian (Biofinch), Sean (Cloncannon Biofarm) and Kate (TGBN).

Our best wishes to Tom and Heather on their new venture.

Friday Photo

The original best friend – Buddy

The original best friend

The original best friend

RIP 18th July 2010

I’ve been berating myself lately that I haven’t written any posts in a while…. I’ve just about managed to keep on top of the Friday photo challenge.

This afternoon I spent some time in the polytunnel weeding, and there is nothing like pulling weeds to give you a bit of perspective :)

I realised this afternoon that I have about two dozen blog posts half written on here, half written in my head, or lined up on one of the endless lists.  So the bottom line is that it’s not my blogging mojo I’ve lost…. it’s my time management mojo that’s gone missing.  And again that’s not true when I reflect upon what’s been happening here in just the past week, it’s no wonder I’ve not been on the computer much.

Oldfarm piglets settling into their new home in Galway

Oldfarm piglets settling into their new home in Galway

Friday last:   deliver 3 pigs to Moycullen (Galway) and 2 chooks to their new home in Galway.

Saturday:      Clean and tidy house in preparation for the arrival of some AirBnB guests – oh, and cook dinner for them too.

Sunday:         See guests off after yummy breakfast.  Start the washing and cleaning routine.

Monday:       Routine day of feeding animals, fencing, menu planning for next guests.

Tuesday:       Welcome AirBnB guests who are staying for 3 nights and prepare dinner for them.

Wednesday:  Morning spent with TV crew here (big secret which will be revealed in time). Managed a bit of time for some computer work/website updating, etc.

Thursday:     Said good-bye to guests and caught up on some indoor and outside chores again.

And in between times emails are answered, fruit harvested, jams made, meals prepared, pigs fed, fencing changed, ducks and hens looked after, orders taken and shipped out, courses planned – the list goes on.

My advice…. take time out to smell the roses, or even do some weeding… it gives you time to think.  And there is the added bounty of the harvest.

home grown french beans

home grown french beans

Really we are not as lazy as we think we are :)

So how has your week been?

 

 

Friday Photo

Warm from the oven and the pot :)  Delicious

Fresh scone with homemade raspberry jam

Fresh scone with homemade raspberry jam

This is one from my photo workshop with Zwartbles back in May.

Garden Tools

Garden Tools

You’ll all have been blown away by the lovely photo of Molly and her babies last week.  Well I’m glad to say they are thriving :)

She’s even taken them to the pond…. scared the living daylights out of me.  There are cattle in the field too.  She took on two of the cows who attempted to get close to babies…. and she won :)

Lifeguard on duty

Lifeguard on duty

When we had our chick born here last year I enquired locally about buying chick feed – the technical term is ‘chick crumb’ – the smallest bag I could get was huge!  And was full of gm maize and corn so I resorted to making my own.

When it came to feeding the ducklings I didn’t even try to buy stuff, I just went on the old ‘google’ and did some research.  Ducklings can tolerate a slightly different feed to chicks.  So I will share the recipe I am using.

As an aside…. I am buying the seeds and dry fruits in our local Aldi store.  I am sure when the high powered Buyers and Marketeers sat down and decided to introduce this new range of seeds…. Duck Feed was not on their list.  I would love to know their reaction :)  It makes me giggle at the thought of them sitting there in their suits… thinking healthy breads and breakfasts!  Not Duck Feed!

Seed mix for ducklings

Seed mix for ducklings

Ingredients:

  • 200 gr  Rolled Barley
  • 200 gr Porridge Oats
  • 70 gr Sunflower Seeds
  • 70 gr Pumpkin Seeds
  • 70 gr Lentils
  • 50 gr wheatgerm
  • 50 gr sesame seeds
  • 20 gr linseed/flax seeds
  • Sprinkling of dried fruit

Method:

I know – I’m probably just being fussy – but I blitz down the first four ingredients…. the pumpkin seeds are the hardest to blitz.  Then just add in the rest of the ingredients.

When I made the first batch it lasted almost the entire week.  This week – there are 11 ducklings – I am making it every second day.  So next week I may resort to making a bigger batch at a time.

Have you guessed that I am a little besotted with these ducklings?

 

Friday Photo

This week I am testing your imagination.

Loch Ness

Loch Ness Monster

You may need to wait til this evening, and have a glass of wine…….. but can you see the Loch Ness Monster?  Tis the view from our stoop… and I am pretty sure tis him in those trees :)