Saturday, August 31, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A good friend of mine is due to have a baby boy in a month do I decided to knit another little Spencer vest in our yarn for her. She lives in the UK so I'm going to have to hurry up and finish it!
I'm pleased to say that the back is done!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Our one barnevelder chick is going strong! So cute!
I've been trying to guess if its male or female. It's got quite a bit of white on its chest so my guess is make but without more chicks to compare with I really can't tell. I kind of hope its male as considering what it survived to hatch it is a hardy little creature!
It really is beautiful here today, no wind and sunshine! Definitely feels like spring!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
We didn't have much luck with the first batch of chickens with only one hatching. They didn't cope very well with bring posted in winter and perhaps we had too many eggs in the incubator for them to turn well... I picked up another batch of eggs on my way home from visiting family in Sydney so hopefully we will have more luck!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
I don't usually post photos of my boy but I can't help but post this one. We have only recently had the first yarn from our alpacas processed so its very exciting for us to show the first garment made from this yarn! I'm so pleased with how it has turned out!
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Goldie joined our small alpaca herd today! She is such a beautiful colour! I can't wait to see how her fleece turns out as yarn. I also can't wait for her cria which is due in the coming months.
It's an exciting day at adagio alpacas today! The first of the chickens are due to hatch and an alpaca we have wanted for a long time will be moving in!!! I am also attending an alpaca genetics workshop today sponsored by our local division of the Australian alpaca association. Oh and of course my toddler is cutting his bottom eye teeth so we were up watching cars movie for a significant portion of last night! It all happens at once.
The chickens are a bit of an experiment, they were mail order eggs that got a bit lost in the mail and are being incubated in a cheap incubator (and long story we ended up purchasing a second batch as the first was thought to be lost... The poor incubator is chock full of eggs!) so we are really nervous about how many chickens will manage to hatch! I have been watching them too carefully and dreaming about chickens hatching! I wonder if any will hatch?
Friday, August 16, 2013
Today was an exciting and exhausting day. It was time for our steers to be butchered and my hubby went in to help. I don't think we will do 3 at a time ever again! They actually only finished 2 of them today.
The steers were Galloway steers and for a small breed these were huge!!! The dead weight for all of them was well over 300kg! Unfortunately it worked out that there was a lot of fat and bones and only about 200kg of actual meat.
The following is a photo of the T-bone steaks for just one steer lined up. The photo doesn't do the size justice.., they are huge!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Sunday, August 4, 2013
It was a bitter sweet day for us today. On one hand we are excited that our Galloway steers have gone to the abattoir which means very soon our friends, family and us will be eating beef that we have grown ourselves, on the other hand 3 characters with their teddy bear ears have left the farm.
The photo is of my husband taking them down the road to our neighbours waiting truck...