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Chickens!

Old Girls

Our old girls watching the new arrivals.

Chicks

On Saturday we went to buy our new chickens, they are all SO sweet and gentle. They’re about 4 months old and should start laying in 2 months time. We got 4 Koek-Koeks, 2 Australorps, 4 Sussex and 2 Lavender Ancona chickens. We were meant to buy 10 but ended up with 12, there were just so many different breeds, I couldn’t resist!

Hens

They are all very relaxed, I was dreading introducing them to our older girls but there has been no fighting or ‘hen-pecking’ so far. In previous years we had to separate them but it’s been wonderful this time.

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We love sitting and watching them walk around and scratch in the sand…

I’m off to make a cup of tea and then I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon with them.

Makes me happy:)

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In the Garden

Squash

Our garden is just bursting with all things growing at the moment, this little gem squash is almost ready.

Granadillas

Our Granadilla vine is heavily laden with fruit, it’s the best year so far, usually we have one or two fruits on the vine, this year there are about 10!

peppers

Cute little red peppers… love the shape

grapes

The grapes are also ready, they’re sweet and the birds love them too!

Butternut

Butternuts are growing up the fences in our veg garden.

Hibiscus

Our pretty Hibiscus is seldom without flowers.

Happy Monday!

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Cooking Outside with a “Hay Box”

Bird Feeder

Black Collared Barbet

Some visitors came and ate lunch at the bird-feeders today, this is a Black Collared Barbet.

Crested Barbet

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 Crested Barbet

Hay Box

 

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Jen, Caiden and Erin cooked dinner outside today, the exciting part was that Jen showed us how to use a “Hay Box” to cook the rice. She learnt about it at scouts on one of her camps. All you need is a box, a black box would be better as it attracts and traps heat from the sun but we worked with what we had and it worked just fine. A good time to start would be when the sun is high in the sky, midday.

Line the base of the box with a thick blanket, then add newspaper so that it will surround and cover the pot once it’s placed in the box and then another blanket is placed on top of the newspaper which is covering and surrounding the pot.

First boil the water in a pot on the stove, once the water is boiling, add rice and take your boiling pot outside and place it inside the newspaper in the hay box. Really surround the pot with plenty of newspaper and do it quickly so that not too much heat is lost. Then cover everything with a thick blanket so that it’s nice and snug.

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Close the lid tight and leave the box in direct sunlight. On a hot day, it should  cook within a few hours. Check on the rice once or twice, not too often, as the heat will escape.

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Jen and Kye repositioning the box into direct sunlight later this afternoon.

Cooked Rice

When she opened the box after approx 3 hours, there was plenty of condensation, heat and the rice was cooked.

Caiden

Caiden preparing the veggies for the stew that he is going to cook.

Potjie Pot

Potjie pot and stand.

Box Fire

Box firewood for cooking.

(PS Erin and Jen decorated their white sneakers with fabric Sharpie pens, I’ll post about that soon).

Veggies

Stew

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A lovely stew with rice has been made for dinner, I can’t wait to try it tonight! What a wonderful afternoon spent outside!

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Food and Gardening

Yesterday Richard and I harvested all the leeks and onions that were ready to be picked. We managed to plant most of the other seedlings except for the spring onions. Our backs started to feel sore from all the bending so we decided to call it a day, I will continue planting today though while Rich is at work.

I love seeing garlic and onion braids so I attempted to braid the onions for storage, the stems of our onions are very thick and don’t bend too easily but I tried and they look kinda ok:)

What to have for snack??

We tried salmon, chopped up tomato, cucumber, onion and mixed it all together with mayonnaise, spread it on Crackerbread and oh my word, it was really divine! I think we will be having this simple snack soon in the near future. I need to find a good recipe for healthy mayo though.

Happy day:)

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