Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas and here's to a new Year!

Hello everyone, it's been a long break from blogging. I've been whirling around in my usual disorganized way, busy with the move and then looking for property and buying one!... and the big build up to Christmas. This is my Christmas present, 15 acres of our own property just ripe for a brand new house, the biggest garden ever and a few farm animal friends. I feel completely blissed out. The kids now think dams are the most exciting places ever, all that mud and big plonky stones to throw in it. I love it all except for the barbed wire that surrounds the place, completely unsuitable for goats which we need to keep the gorse down. It looks like the first big outlay will be to improve the fencing. I've made the complete transformation from city Deb to Farmer Deb. Already I'm getting pitying/confused looks from my city mates.
I'm gearing up for a productive year next year. This year has been one for painful experiences and emotional growth but I feel a change in the air, I'm tentatively hopeful. My New Year resolutions are to spend some time each week blogging, to find some great books for my son the New Reader and to bake some fabulous goodies with my wide eyed girl.

Ps. Last week, going on the 3rd week of Summer, Hana and I were out driving when she looked out the window and said 'I wonder what it would be like to touch a cloud?' We drove to the top of Mount Macedon to find out.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The wonders of nature

The other day, after being awoken by our cat who has developed a very precise inner clock, Hana and I got up and opened the door to be greeted by a misty morn. We stepped onto the verandah and there before us, stretched a spider's web from one tree to the other spanning a distance of about 6 metres. It was bejeweled with dew and at one end was this work of art (below) We wandered about on the lawn feeling the moist mildness of the Spring ground and as we looked up the mist evaporated in an instant, revealing a piercing blue sky. Where there was once a cobweb fairy land, it vanished before our eyes.

A few weeks ago, our mornings were very routine, there was no distinguishing one day from another, but here, every morning brings newness and surprise. It makes me feel so invigorated to see the trees and birds every morning. The magpie we found out the back made my heart sink though, until I walked up to it and it stared at me with one beady eye before jumping to it's feet, ruffling it's feathers with annoyance and stalking away. Phil tells me it's just what magpies do, he's seen it many times on the golf course. It seems to be a magpies' version of a spa and every warm day we've had since, I've seen up to 3 birds all lying face down in the dirt, still as stone.

Yesterday I had to go to the city (Nice to see you Kate!) I took the train and didn't get back home until evening. There was a storm brewing on the horizon, it had been a hot, hot day and as the sun dipped, the clouds were luminescent with a strange platinum glow. Since moving here, my mind is completely occupied with the weather, my garden, the air and the soil, I can't think what concerned me before, what kept my mind preoccupied when we lived in the city.
Over night, lightning flashed and thunder rumbled....and the rain came. It kept me awake but it was so delicious to lie there thinking of all that water soaking into the soil and leaf debris. The storm was welcome but fire restrictions start here on Monday, a sober reminder of the bush fire danger around here. I lay there hoping the ground was saturated, that lightning wouldn't set some remote tree in the forest alight. The bushfire risk is very real and serious here, especially during the drought. But the beauty of the mountain and bushland coupled with an ominous sense of danger makes me feel completely respectful and totally alive

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trick or treat

Hi! How was your Halloween? This is Big Punkin and Little Friend. It was a Halloween of firsts for us this year, our first Jack o'lantern and our first trick or treaters! That evening a ghost and an idol from the lost continent came to visit and much to Kobe's disgust, I had to give away the remains of his packet of Party Mix or risk a trick.

And talk about Tricksters, take a look at these three- Larry, Curly and Mo, the World's quietest cockatoos. It's only taken the wildlife a couple of days to recognise me as 'The One Who Brings The Food'. The moment I open the shed up the back, these guys appear silently in the plum tree waiting to spend a pleasant few hours cracking sunflower seeds on the grass. They really are absolutely chocka block full of personality.

This pet, on the other hand....sadly lacks personality of any kind. All the same, Hana christened him Sparkle the Snail and she updated me frequently on his goings on. Unfortunately he began to... 'ahem'.... do his number 2's pretty much continuously which I took as a rather ominous sign.
I had to put him back outside where it was cooler, I only hope I wasn't too late.

Hana is very much interested in everything that goes on outdoors. Kobe's outdoor recreation consists of running laps around the Hills Hoist for some reason, but his first loves are still the pc and his Lego. He saw something on TV about Egypt not long ago and this Lego Sphinx appeared on the lounge room floor. You can hardly walk from one wall to the other at our house, it's rather like living in a permanently changing Lego exhibition. I wonder if Kobe can help me build a multi coloured brick rabbit hutch?
Well, I'm off to collect some kindling from under the gum trees. It might be Spring but the nights sure are chilly! Ciao!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Hello and welcome back! I'm so glad I've kept this blog, there's been big changes at Saltys place that I need to share with you!

We've relocated to Macedon! This is our temporary house, we're staying here while we look about for some acreage. So far, it's been a great decision, I hadn't realised how much I missed this, I'm so glad we've exchanged the noise and bustle of the city for trees and birds and crisp fresh air. So crisp in fact that we had a frost on our first night here which killed some of my house plants that I had left outside, unsuspecting of the climate.

In between unpacking our seemingly thousands of boxes, we've been out in our yard planting a garden and generally communing with nature.

We've even had a visitor or two!

I hope you will check back here often to see what we've been up to, or drop in for a cuppa soon, I'm sure to try my hand at scones eventually!