Chickens, Rabbits and Gardens

We love our feathered girls and rabbits tremendously, they range freely through our front garden. There are enclosures where they sleep at night, but during the day we let them out to sand-bath, eat grass and insects and have a wonderful time generally.

The only problem with this is that some of our fruit trees have been planted in the front garden and the chickens really enjoy scratching away all the top soil and compost, looking for little grubs to eat. Our trees started looking a little sad so I decided to try something to prevent them from destroying them further.

We cut some chicken wire big enough to cover the sandy, composted area underneath each tree. Cut in from the outside of the wire to the centre and placed the wire on the ground around each tree. There is still mulch under the wire to hold in moisture, preventing the tree from drying out too much between waterings. We placed bricks in a circle under the wire and then  placed another circle of bricks on top of the other, the wire is situated in between both rounds of bricks, holding the mesh firmly.

This has worked beautifully for our fruit trees. Our lemon tree has yielded a bumper crop of lemons this season and the chickens are still quite happy with plenty of other areas in the garden to excavate…

Our Strelitzia is in bloom, so pretty…

Have a wonderful day



Natural Suburbia is Moving to WordPress

Hello friends,

I am writing this post to let you know that Natural Suburbia will soon be migrating from Blogger to WordPress. I have been considering this for quite some time and over the last few weeks, I made the decision go ahead. The knowledge of having more control of my blog content over at WordPress eases my mind and has made the decision an easy one to make.

My blog should still show up in your blog roll and if you are subscribed to my Feedburner account, my blog updates will still be delivered to your email inbox. The only difference is that I will no longer have Google Friend Connect on my blog, the Follow gadget, but you will still get my blog updates from there when you view the updates to the blogs that you follow.

If you would like to follow my blog, just subscribe via the Feedburner gadget, it’s in the left sidebar of this blog and will be on the WordPress blog too. All your have to do is add your email address and my post updates will be delivered to your email inbox.

My blog address will still remain exactly the same and I have been assured that this transition will be seamless and the change will hardly be evident.

Wishing you a lovely Sunday


Creative Friday

Unicorn Pegasus pattern available from here, here and here.
This week I have been working on a custom unicorn pegasus order for someone in the USA. She is finally finished and is already winging her way across the ocean to her new home…
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thank you for sharing here:)

Creative Friday Button 
To add this button to your blog, right click on it and ‘save picture as’ to your photos. Then add it as a gadget / picture to your blog on your blog’s design page with a link to my blog address:)

Welcome to Creative Friday!

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and posts their links to their amazing work:) Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I also love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please leave a comment:) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Just add the name of your blog to the widget and then add your blog link with the http:// at the beginning of your link address:) I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday, to join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely:)

Have a wonderful day,



A Visit to Irene Dairy Farm

Last week we travelled through to Pretoria to visit our doctor with Jenna and on our way back we decided to pop in at Irene Dairy Farm for lunch. We haven’t visited there for a while and I wasn’t even expecting it to be open but what a lovely surprise when we arrived and it was! It’s the most picturesque place! Large rambling farmland and beautiful green fields for their cows. The scenery is really breathtaking.

We had a delicious lunch with mama chickens and their chicks scurrying around everywhere, (both on the tables and off, so sweet!) and then we walked up to see the young calves. As we walked back towards the main buildings all the cows were walking up from the fields, no one was with them, they just seemed to know that it was lunch time, all made their way to the watering hole and then into their cow shed, so wonderful!

They also have a shop there where they sell homemade produce and certified raw milk and cream, I really should have bought more, it was so sweet and delicious! Can’t wait to visit Irene again.

I hope you have had a lovely week.

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