Mllkenunny Times 2

I thought it was time for another update.  The weather has been slowly but surely warming up lately.  Daffodils are coming out and wattles are beginning to blossum, telling us that Spring is almost here.  I have a bunch of seedlings coming up in the greenhouse and a bag of seed potatoes waiting to be planted too.

Interestingly I have two different types of seed raising mix and as an experiment I decided to plant some of the same seeds into each.  I know the pictures are small but you may be able to see a bit in the photo below.  The seedlings in the left side came up first and my immediate thought was that this must be the better soil type, however the seedlings in the right side are much larger now and are showing signs of getting their second set of leaves, whereas the ones on the left are not doing much growing at all in comparison.  The seedlings at the front circled in blue are kale and you can probably see them best.  The seedlings circled in red are lettuce and the size difference is quite noticeable.

Lydia’s chickens are growing apace, they are 2.5 and 3.5 weeks old now with feathers on their wings and even tufts of tails coming.  They spend their days outside in their miniature dome, but come back inside into their brooder box in the evenings to keep safe and warm.  By the morning they are keen to go out again and make sure to let us know their opinion with very loud cheeping.

Just to prove that we can make poultry houses that are not domes, we have started to make the new turkey house – a rectangular structure made from welded box pipe.  Kim has been teaching the boys to weld on this job, using his Henrob oxy welder attachment, which he picked up a while ago at a clearance sale over here.

Kim loves the Henrob as it is much better than a normal oxy and can even weld things like stainless steel, which he proved by welding the handle back onto the lid of my frypan.  However for now it is just great to be able to use it to get a good home for the turkeys.  We have the frame and door complete now, but need to paint the welds and attach the wire mesh and sheet metal sides.

We plan to make the turkey house quoll and devil safe, so that the turkeys are not restricted to being behind the electric fence.  They will be able to wander around the block during the day and get safely locked up at night.  The turkeys currently free range in the paddock with the younger pigs also being out during the day.  It is all very well except that the pigs delight in knocking down the roosts and busting up the dome by scratching themselves on it.  If and when the turkeys begin to lay eggs they would not last very long with the pigs around as they just LOVE eggs.  Actually, when I say the turkeys free range, what they really do is hang about outside the vege garden area.  I had visions of them exploring the paddock, snapping up grubs and pecking at greens but in reality the gobbler likes to display to the chooks through the fence while the girls look wistfully at the greens in the gardens and wish they could get in to eat them.  Sigh.

Kim preached at Deloraine Uniting 2 Sundays ago and at our own church last week.  I thought what he said was good.  He used the same sermon for both services, which was good as it took him a long time to prepare it.  How do you preaching folk out there manage to make sermons in a reasonable amount of time?  It would have taken Kim over 40 hours to research, contemplate and write his sermon and it surely must not always take that long?  Pastors do have other tasks than preaching after all.  I am sure Kim would appreciate any helpful advice as it seems he may be asked to speak again.  We are somewhat surprised at the response to his speaking, I am sure some folk must not like what he says as it is quite challenging, but others seem to greatly enjoy it.  He speaks clearly and well but does tend to read his sermons rather than extemporise, but that does not seem to bother anyone either.  Truth to tell there are not a lot of speakers to be found out here in the country, and even fewer pastors, so I guess they are used to people who are not practiced speakers.  Anyway it is a great responsibility but also a great blessing for him to be able to preach God’s word.

We have had some health issues lately, Sam and Caleb in particular seem to suffer from a lot of ill health, often with gastric problems.  It often seems like we never have the two of them well at the same time.  I have had some migraines lately while Lydia retains her title of the healthiest person of the family.  However thankfully most illnesses are not major, just annoying as they stop us getting things done!

Last night I was looking at some old channels between long gone garden beds at the back of the house and thought I would put them to some frivolous use.  So we now have the first 3 holes of the Milkenunny mini golf course.  Skill is of no help in this course as the ground is not level at all and abounds with weeds.  🙂  The kids and I played a game and had a good time so I thought it was 30 minutes well spent.

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