Weekend reading

11 October 2013
What a week we've had here. So busy, but productive and exciting as well. Our vegetable garden is starting to wind down with the early hot weather arriving so we've been trying to do a bit of seasonal work here in addition to our normal work. We hope to get another three or four chickens as two of our old girls died recently and we have another two the same age, and therefore not laying. If you know of anyone from Gympie to Brisbane who has some laced Wyandottes, Barnevelders or bantam sussex, I'd love you to pass on their contact number to me. Thanks.

This has just appeared on the wall of our favourite local restaurant, Daisy's Place.

Again, thanks for the support during the week. I hope I don't sound smug saying that I wasn't surprised that you were there to help me deal with the haters. I know the vast majority of us here are focused on a more positive life experience. If you want to continue commenting here, all you need to do is to get a google account such as a gmail account, and you'll be able to use that account to log into all google's various programs, such as this blog.  Google "google account" for more details. You can also comment using your LiveJournal, Wordpress, Typepad, OpenID or AIM password. When you have one of these accounts, simply choose the account from the drop down menu under my comment box and make your comment. I think you only have to do that once because the system will remember you. :- )

I hope you have time to relax after the week's work. I'll see you next week!

Savvy kids know how to budget
20 happy facts
Six copies of the delightful NZ magazine Sweet Living to read online.
Literacy and numeracy: which country tops the league?
Why bees are disappearing
What Australians are eating and drinking
You've never tasted eggs ... Matthew Evans
Farm Folk City Folk
Blood orange syrup - blood orange also makes a beautifully pink orange tasting icing/frosting for your cakes.
Choosing curtains for your chickens yes, curtains LOL
Handling contagious illness in your chicken coop

From the comments here during the week


  1. I think I may need to acquire some chickens simply so I can make curtains for their nesting boxes!!
    I'm with everyone else re the unpleasant comments - so sad that some people have nothing better to do with their time. Hope you have a good weekend.

    Michelle, UK

    1. Yes, cute aren't they and very practical. :-)

  2. Boutique Bantams on facebook have all different breed. Not sure of the exact ones but I know they sell at a few different places.

  3. Have a restful weekend, Rhonda. I have a 50th school reunion as it is 50 years since our class left school after completing Junior (the current Yr.10). The majority of us got our pick of jobs in the early sixties so only a handful went on to do Senior. How times have changed eh?

    I want to get a couple of chickens next year but hubby isn't that keen as we have had them in the past. I'd love to have my own eggs so will have to do some 'negotiating'.

  4. Hi Rhonda,

    Here is a link to Beautiful Chickens at Samford. http://www.beautifulchickens.net/
    They have some 12 week old Barnvelders as well as other breeds with more in the incubator.

    Good luck.


  5. good morning .. its interesting to read that your garden is winding down when ours is beginning to llok good .. Its 12.7 degrees here in the Barossa this morning and Im hoping it will warm up so our veggies get a boost of sun :) Have a love day xo

  6. I do not understand why people come to read a person's blog then feel the need to write hateful things. If something on the blog bothers you just don't come back.
    I live in Texas. I wish to someday visit your country. It is on my 'bucket' list to do. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I love to see how other people live. People like me who live on a reasonable budget.

  7. A quick note to recommend this site on growing spices www.bespokespices.com. I am growing cumin for the first time, we use lots in curries and chilli. Seems to be going well so far.

  8. Oh gosh I do love your weekend reading lists, but I have now spent over two hours being mesmerized by your suggestions this week. The sweet living magazine is amazing, and the happy facts made me smile. Thanks for a happy start to my weekend! Just wanted to let you know that I think you are a beautiful soul - inside and out!

  9. Hello! I've finally worked out how to place a comment!!! Thanks to your easy instructions! What a fabulous blog I love it and try my best to live it too

  10. Hi Rhonda, we get our chickens fromHeritage Hatchery in Archerfield Rd Richlands, they have all the breeds you mentioned and more, they are a family run business. I tried to copy the link to their website but I'm on my Ipad and its being temperamental! If you put heritage hatchery into google their website pops up. They do deliver to both Caboolture and Sunshine Coast - I don't know how much extra it is because they are five minutes from my place. They sell day olds and point of lays - we have a barnvelder - she lays lovely brown eggs, an austalorpe, a Plymouth Rock and a silver sussex plus two indian runner ducks all bought as day olds and all hens - lucky for me.

  11. I'm two chickens down as well. Our plymouth rocks were beautiful chickens, talked to me every day, followed me and one of them had even started to jump on the kitchen window sill for a peek inside. Unfortunately they were terribly passive and an easy target for a fox. The brown chicken screeched the place down and saved herself; even scared away the fox but not until he left a path of slaughter along its way. The neighbour lost four chickens and two ducks before it attacked my lot. Such a waste as the fox ended up taking nothing. So sad.

    I like the sign on the restaurant wall; well mostly. "Put others first" bothers me. My shackles are up; I have for as long as I can remember. And I'm getting tired of it - but - I'm not whining! - just saying.

  12. Hi there Rhonda , I did read your post re nasty comments. These people are not worth bothering about . You do a marvellous job and we are all very grateful of the time and effort you put into this site, so I thank you . I too have lost my chooks, only one solitary bantam left and she is about 8 years old. She appears to be quite happy in her own little world (I think she has dementia and partially blind ). She forages around the chook shed and eats and drinks everything but rarely comes outside . We go down and talk to her quite a lot. I will get some more chooks once she goes to chookie heaven but not before , meantime I save all the leftovers for my friends chooks and she gives me eggs in return ! Keep up the good work ,l love all the ideas and recipes Margaret in Tassie

  13. Hi Rhonda, thank you for taking the time to explain how to comment, I have always commented anon, because I haven't known how to leave a comment any other way! Now thanks to you I do,xxBrenda

  14. Thank you for sharing two of my blog posts! I'm a new fan of yours and will be signing up to follow your blog. Great so far from what I see.
    Fresh Eggs Daily

  15. Thanks so much for featuring my blog, A Good Eater, on Down to Earth. I am a long-time admirer of your wonderful blog, and I so appreciate that you included a link to my blog.

  16. I haven't commented in a long time but I also want to send out a word of encouragement. It is beyond me why people leave nasty comments when no one is forcing them to read a blog! There are many of us who appreciate you very much.

  17. I enjoy your blog so much, Rhonda. You keep me focused and grounded and I appreciate you. I'm don't understand the haters. If you've nothing good to say...well, you know. I've always commented anonymous but will attempt to open an account.

    Thanks for being here!
    Central Illinois



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