Anniversary chickens and our little family farm.

Last weekend was Graeme and I’s 6 year wedding anniversary. We weren’t really going to celebrate because we have a lot going on work and home wise at the moment. On the morning, he surprised me with a pretty necklace and we decided to take a drive out to the winelands. My mom watched the boys and G and I just took to the road with no plans which was pretty nice. We stopped at Warwick, Lanzerac (I think?) and Maison for wine and tapas with lots of giggles in between. We bought a few bottles of wine at each vineyard to start our own little collection at home. Graeme works with some of the people at Maison, and they gifted us a fancy bottle of MCC which I’ve hidden at the very top of the pantry. I still have some wine from Paris, so we’ve got a pretty fancy collection going at the moment. So fancy, that we’ll probably never drink any of it. That’s the point, right?

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I have been nagging Graeme for chickens for MONTHS. I’ve phoned around, trawled the classifieds and asked so many people where I can get a few hens. Eventually we saw some along the trip and I can’t really disclose how or where we got these chickens for YOUR OWN PROTECTION, but we left the winelands with these adorable little chicks that we’ve named “Itchy and Scratchy”

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They are the sweetest, tiniest little creatures. They make the cutest chirping noises and fall asleep on you every chance they get. Graeme has started building a nice big coop and enclosure for them, but right now they’re in the big bunny hutch with Buttons the bunny. They’ve got their own little box in there and Buttons is quite chuffed to have some friends. I’ve separated him from Pumpkin and the babies ’til they’re strong enough to all be together again. We’re also giving Buttons the snip, so him and Pumpkin need some time apart for a bit. The boys are loving the chicks! The big hutch / coop will give all the little animals some access to grass and the garden with a nice big door so the kids can climb in and out to hang out with their pets. Our vegetable garden is coming along so nicely, and one day we’ll get some eggs from these chickens too. Just building a farm here people because food is expensive!

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Noah has been put in charge of watering the veggie garden and right now we’re growing beetroot, sweet potato, cucumber, mieles, tomatoes, chillies, pumpkins, butternut, watermelon, sweet melon, patty pans, lettuce, mint, celery, sage, origanum, coriander and parsley. I have to keep planting as we go so that we have a continuous harvest once it all comes to life. It’s so important for the boys to be in touch with animals, growing food and being close to the earth like this. I can’t wait to watch these chickens grow. They’re so tame and sweet and naughty! The dogs are so confused about all of this, and Jack spends his days guarding and staring at the chicks while Daisy tries really hard to eat them every chance she gets. The garden is looking so nice at home because all the butterflies are out and there are so many trees and nests at the back. The starlings, pigeons and these tiny little green birds bath in the fish pond every afternoon. Our house must be some kind of depot for all the birds in the area because there are really just so many.

The animals and garden has added quite a bit of work for me, because I spend every afternoon watering, fussing, planting and fertilising all of it. I’m helping Pumpkin with the babies and trying to keep her cage as clean as possible while making sure that the chicks are warm and that rodents in the area don’t try get to them. It’s really nice though because I spend more time outside with the kids and less time with screens.

PS Does anyone know if you’re allowed to keep geese in the suburbs? And also chickens.

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