First egg

We have no idea which of our new hens laid this 37 gram treasure, found on the floor of the hen house this morning.

Egg and twenty cent piece

Here, for comparison is an egg from our senior chook. This egg weighs 58 grams.

Small and smaller. 58 grams compared to 37 grams.

Chickens and Aliens

We were sitting in the garden this morning having coffee, while the chickens were having a good time devastating the rhubarb patch.

Next thing our head girl takes off like a rocket to some tree cover.

Turns out that any overhead predator is a danger to be avoided, even if it is a drone.

I’m grateful to her because we didn’t see it at first. We think it was taking real estate photos of a nearby house that is for sale. It was certainly intrusive.

On the other hand, I wouldn’t have spotted the Wedge-tail eagle flying high above if I hadn’t been trying to get photos of the drone.

This afternoon in the garden

This afternoon in the garden, because I was prompted by my niece to show her what was happening in our winter garden.

It is pretty much green all around because hardy leaves such as kale, spinach and lettuce form the back bone of our crops at this time of year.

First up bok choi going to flower and young kale plants and lurking in the background my new favourite tool, a long handled trowel.

My new trowel and an old watering can.

This year’s garlic crop under mesh to stop our neighbour’s cat from using the garden as a litter tray.

The garlic bed and in the background the square compost bins where the Spotted Pardalotes are currently nesting

Here is a before shot of the broad bean bed edged with bunching onions.

Broad beans and bunching onions. At the back you can see the yellowing foliage of the water chestnuts.

A pea plant which definitely needs to be planted out.

The roots of this snow pea are perfect for planting out.

After, the newly planted peas. Special guest appearance of ceramic Gang gangs made by local potter Bev Hogg.

Pea plants tucked in behind the broad beans.

And I even managed a bit of weeding around the perpetual spinach, beetroot and self-sown fennel.

Grass and soft weeds removed!

Good morning garden

It’s rained overnight so all the autumn colours in the garden are quite intense. Our potted yuzu; the Japanese Maple; the pomegranate and some golden Ginko leaves.

Our yuzu is producing only small fruit, but they are big enough to brighten up a gin and tonic
The Japanese Maple. It’s doing pretty well for a plant I bought for $1.
The pomegranate fruit definitely needs to be picked
I never tire of seeing the beautiful golden leaves of our Ginko

Thoughtful gifts

As a keen gardener I am always happy to receive garden related presents. This time my friend has given me two special ones.

A lovely pot for two succulents which have been hidden away in a make do plastic pot. Looking great now.

Pretty as a picture.

The second part was equally useful as they are pretty, a home-made plant marker kit complete with pegs painted ready to go and a Sharpie for writing on them. Bravo M, what an excellent idea.

Just in time for all the new seedlings.

We’re Moulting!

Just a quick chook update. With amazing foresight, that clearly eluded our political leaders, our 3 chickens decided to simultaneously moult at the same time as we got the stay at home notice for the pandemic.

So not only did we have to stay at home, we also had to buy eggs. We are in complete shock.

Three chooks in moult down.

At least they are making themselves useful, eating the last of the brassica crop which is completely covered in aphids.

Whisky in the biscuit!

I was feeling a bit ‘meh’ yesterday, but some biscuit inspiration today from Dan Lepard, has at least got me moving again.

Originally Dan gave included some beer in his Secret Ingredient biscuits. I saw his Instagram post updating the recipe, this time substituting a dram of whisky for some the beer. I do like a dram of whisky, but these days apart from pleasure it’s also likely to give me indigestion. Now I can spare some for cooking, without feeling too sad about it.

The recipe includes 200grams of chocolate chips. As I didn’t have quite the amount of chocolate chips required I made up the amount by using some golden raisins, which were duly soaked in the aforementioned dram.

I was a bit surprised by the direction to put mix in the fridge to stiffen – something I have not done before, but there is method to his madness. It turns out that these biscuits are of a very louche nature and sprawl all over the baking sheet with great abandon.

The biscuits fresh out of the oven and cooling on a handmade wire rack, passed down from my Grandma

The biscuitd tasted just fine even though they don’t have test-kitchen regular shape. Even better they freeze quite well, as long as you can resist eating all of them at once.

Great outcome! Coming soon Dan’s Oat and Fig biscuits. (That is if the supermarket has any dried figs!)