Archive for July, 2012

Twinkles is home

July 4, 2012

Our big news is that Twinkles has come home, and she is confirmed pregnant!

She spent 2 months away at a Dexter stud with a bull called Envoy (isn’t he handsome!) He was smaller than Twinks but obviously managed to do the job required and so on February 8th next year we are hoping for a lovely new calf and a cow with milk!

We also have a grain grinder now.  We picked it up from an elderly Tassie farmer who used to use it for grinding grain for his pigs.  It is old (even has a pulley for attaching to a steam engine – hee hee) but works well with it’s much more modern electric motor.  That means that we can crush our organic wheat now whenever we need to.

We like to feed ground grain to the pigs, however we have to make some decisions regarding our pigs sometime soon as it looks like the girls have had their quota of litters for their life and our boar is very very large compared to a young sow.  I’m fond of our pigs but it does cost a fair bit to feed them and they are rather big to keep as pets.  We’ll have to work out what is best to do.

Winter renovations

July 4, 2012

We have been enjoying Winter in Tassie so far this year, lots of beautiful chilly mornings with a few rainy days.  I kind of like the cold days here, once they warm up enough to get outside without freezing your fingers off anyway.

We have recently undertaken to renovate our lounge room, kind of got forced into it by having our little inbuilt wood fire fall apart, and trust me you don’t want to live without heating in Mole Creek in Winter!  It turned out that we could not find a replacement inbuilt wood fire that would fit into our open fireplace.  The little second hand one that we bought when we moved in was actually the only one we could find that would fit in there and it is no longer made.  After much consideration we decided to replace the inbuilt wood fire with a free standing one instead, we had picked up an old Kent fire as parts for the one in the caravan ages ago and it was in very good condition so we decided to install that.  However there was a bunch of things that needed doing first and we have spent the last 4 weeks getting the job done.  We pulled down the chimney,

filled in the resulting gaps and then decided that we really should level the lounge room floor as well since it bent rather like a banana and had 13cm of difference between the highest point and the lowest.  🙂

So we put a level floor on top of the old one and put insulation in between

and covered it all with a lovely new piece of carpet off cut.

Then we could finally get around to making a hearth and installing the wood fire, which was what started it all, and it was wonderful to be able to warm the place up again!  Then of course we had to rearrange everything and Kim built in a desk/bench for the computer gear and TV etc.

It is nice and cosy now and seems more spacious!