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Silkie chicks

November 10, 2015

Over the last 12 months I have converted the kids cubby house into a chicken coop.
Cluck hut

It has been renamed the ‘Cluck Hut’ and we bought 2 silkie chickens. 1 Silver called ‘Pippins’ and a black silkie called ‘Flappy’
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Classed as Bantams their eggs are quite small compared to a “normal” sized chicken egg. So far our Silkie eggs have ranged in size from 38 grams to 43 grams
Silkie egg in an egg cup
The eggs are so small they drop right into normal sized egg cups. I ended up asking my Great Uncle, Bill, to make me some egg cups especially for our eggs. Uncle Bill does wood turning in his spare time and whipped us up a couple of wooden egg cups (I’ll have to post pictures of those at a later date).

So I had a lovely white Silkie rooster for about 12 months and he did his job and Pippins went broody. 21 days later she hatched 4 Silkies. Their birthday is Sunday 8th November 2015.
silkie chick
This chick is only hours old.
Silkie chick

I think this is the same chick as above. 2 days old.

I’ll try and update again. I’ve only just started to blog again after quite a break so it’ll take time to get back into the swing of things.

Until then

My little cowboy

August 29, 2011


School had a dress up day for bookweek and both Conner and Talissa went as cow’folk’ :)
I didn’t get a snap of Talissa yet.

I recently had a delivery

So I had to turn that into this…

woohoo :) Now Bella Barina can stay dry in Winter and hopefully cooler in Summer.

I’ve been working hard in the garden. It is really starting to flourish. Its so rewarding to see it develop and grow.

This morning I started off with a cement path a jackhammer and the remnants of the clothesline and this afternoon I finished off with this

After much perspiration I was very satisfied :)
I thought I would upload an older photo of some garden arches that I whipped up with some garden stakes and electrical conduit. I’ve just planted 3 creepers to grow over the arches. I love how these arches have added height to the garden. It gives the eye a new perspective – something other than planted garden beds.

So there you go. A little update. I will have to do this more often ;)

Recently aquired

May 7, 2011

I’ve just brough a Nicole Pomeroy artwork. It’s a canvas called “She Lives her Life with Love, Beliefs and Dreams”. I think it is awesome and the quote is one that fits my thinking at the moment.

Now I haven’t scrapped myself for a very long time (those who know me understand why) but I haven’t stopped being creative. I have been ‘creating’ my lovely garden. Which takes a lot of hard work!

I have been visiting the local salvage yard again – Hi De youngs :P You have to love finding some odd little bit of something or other :lol:

I do love to fix up chairs. I spotted this one and I knew straight away it has some loving to share :) It looks lovely in my kitchen.
Then I found this old ladder for $5…can you believe that it fit in Bella :lol:

I used one part of the ladder and painted it yellow and cemented the base into the garden. The reason it’s yellow should be obvious to all. No? The ladder at the top of the Magic Faraway tree, that goes through the magic cloud to the land above…is yellow ;)

I might leave my update there for now as its getting late.


March 21, 2011

I feel so proud

December 5, 2010

Today I finished cementing in my last post for my shade sail. I bought this shade sail ages ago to shade Bella Barina from the harsh Aussie sun. As Bella is black she gets very hot!

Once I can attach that last corner (when the cement has cured) I’ll upload a “finished” photo :)

Thanks for lending me the post hole digger Mark! And, yes I dug the hole *groan* 600mm deep and I used 2 *groan again* 20kg bags of cement. I didn’t use the rapid set cement though as I had trouble with the 30kg bags of rapid set – the cement started to cure before I felt that the bottom had water. hmmmm O_o
I did put up a triangular shade sail over Conner’s bedroom window as his room gets so hot in Summer…I thought this might help.

oh yucky! I haven’t done that garden bed yet [the thought of digging all that soil over makes my back groan!] and I must take an updated picture of my other garden beds as they are growing sooooo well!
So in total I am feeling so proud of all the hard, back breaking, work I have done over the last 6 months. I feel that I’ve worked harder to achieve more [that I’m very proud to share] than I have done in the last 10 years. I’ve also noticed that the kids are really enjoying spending time outside now. I have designed the garden to be child friendly and for them to enjoy and they certainly are :)

Other photo’s to share are from the local shopping centre. They have this picture of an elf stuck to a wall and a competition where you take a photo of yourself giving him a smooch and you have to upload it to their site – to go into a draw to win $500…so I dragged the kids down there and got Talissa to take a photo of me and I took photo’s of them LOL…Talissa was telling me that she felt embarrassed, well she had better get use to it as I love to do things that are kooky, so she has years of embarrassment from me to come :lol:

here’s Conner with Elfie :P

Talissa with Elfie

and finally me with Elfie. Funnily enough I’ve been trying to upload these to the Centro site and I keep getting a woops message. Do you think they are trying to tell me something?
The next photo’s I wanted to share are the Christmas decorations so far…

This is looking through the doorways of the house.

the front door/entrance hall :)

this is our countdown sign [which is now on 19 days!!]

The last photo I had to share is this gorgeous flower from my cactus thingie :lol:

This flower was bigger than a dinner plate! Isn’t it gorgeous :)

Now before I go I have a question.
Would you give a 5 year old billiard balls to take home and play with?
Personally I wouldn’t give billiard balls to a child as toys for a few reasons:
He could drop it on the dogs head and cause the dog an injury.
He could throw the billiard ball and hit another person, big person or another small person I’m guessing could cause serious injury.
He could throw the billiard ball through a window (we have floor to ceiling windows in the lounge).
He could throw the billiard ball at the TV.
He could drop the ball on his foot and break a toe.
Honestly I wouldn’t give a 5 year old a billiard ball as a toy for the same reason I wouldn’t give him a loaded gun if he wanted it :rolleyes:
Then again I could just be over-reacting…I think the lady that gave the billiard balls to the kids is a teacher. Maybe she gave one to all the kids in her class and she had some spares? I don’t know.
Needless to say as soon as Talissa and Conner are asleep those billiard balls will be going in the bin. Lost forever :lol:
Just my opinion and perhaps I am over-protective of my children but I will not be apologizing for that.


Decorating the Christmas tree

November 20, 2010

Yes it’s time for that man in red again. Doesn’t it come around so quickly!
So we watched the Christmas Pageant and decorated the Christmas tree…with the assistance of two of Santa’s little helpers :)

Sorry the picture is a little bit blurry but its still very cute – and what is going on with Conner’s ears? They look like their folded forwards :lol:

I took this photo tonight of Talissa after her shower. The kids both got a reindeer hobby ‘horse’ that plays Dashing through the snow and Talissa and Conner have been playing with them all day. Conner was naked though, so perhaps I’ll get a photo of him tomorrow :lol:

This morning Talissa asked me if I wanted to see her hairy ring.
WTF…? :lol:
She had dehaired her hairbrush and wound the hair around a hair tie and was wearing it on her finger like a hairy ring (of course! How could I be so silly :roll:)
I took one look at her ring and told her I thought it was disgusting but still giggled when she left the room.
I’ll make sure I bring that one up again in about, oh 8 years I think!
:lol: :lol:

In the mean time my poor back is soooooo sore. I could hardly move around all day today and I took the kids to the shopping center for a Christmas hunt. We had to walk from one end of the center to the other to spot 12 stickers *groan* but I made it through the day without too much complaining.

Halloween party photo’s

November 10, 2010

Here are some photo’s from the Halloween Party. The kids and I went to our friends house on the other side of the country Adelaide :lol:
We stayed the night and slept in his sleeper carriage. Yes he has a train carriage in his backyard. I forgot to pack my nexts days clothing so I spent the next morning helping his wife and MIL pick beans in my pj’s (I’m so glad I took the grey ones and not the bright orange ones as I had to drive home in them :lol:)

What awesome little cakes!

The spooky graveyard was excellent :)

Talissa having a go at the pumpkin piñata :)

Conner’s turn at the piñata :)

Our wonderful host. After much complaining a little bit of  asking, Mark decided against wearing the zombie mask.
It was scary and I was worried it would give Tiss and Conner nightmares ;)

Our other hostess – Sue…doing her famous pumpkin carving.
Mark and Sue did an amazing job of setting up their wonderful home with Halloween decorations. It was truly awesome to walk from room to room and see what had been done where :)

Tiss and Conner later in the evening – playing the Wii and eating toffee apples :)

and me :)



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