A little while ago our second chook started moulting. She looked terrible, feathers falling out all over the place, bare skin revealed on her underside, skin showing through around her wings and not an egg laid for weeks. It must have been cold for her moulting during a very cold May, she started very late this year. We fed her plenty of raw veggie scraps and soaked chick peas. My theory on the chick peas is that they are a great source of protein which she would need if she was to produce great new feathers to replace those she was losing.
Three weeks on the chick pea dietary supplement, with lots of fresh raw organic scraps, grain pellets, shell grit and lots of water and she was back to looking healthy and happy. Slowly and surely she has started laying again – and it was worth the wait, I weighed a week’s worth of eggs of hers today and the smallest one weighed in at 74 grams, with the largest weighing 82 grams! Great work chooky!
Every time I sit down to a meal of scrambled eggs, or any other meal where the eggs are such an obvious inclusion, I am so grateful for the goodness that our girls produce on such a regular basis. It also makes a meal more enjoyable knowing that the food miles are virtually zero. Food miles? More like food steps. And it is nice to know that I can make these two chookies lives just a little bit happier, more natural, with a little bit of free ranging, provide somewhere safe to peck at worms and other bugs, use up my kitchen scraps in a constructive way, as well as give them a warm and comfy place to sleep.
And in return I get lovely little parcels of tasty protein to use as a meal, in a cake or muffins, to brown a pastry or to condition my hair. What a lovely circle of sustainability that is!
I’ve just come through a really busy week – worked 6 days out of 7 and managed to keep most of my other responsibilities in check too – only forgot about one (night time) meeting all week. Not bad considering I’ve been working 10 or 12 hour days and been under a substantial amount of stress. Which I don’t mind when it’s only for a finite amount of time and now the end of the super stressful time has finished – for me EOFY is over for another year!
Now that life begins to return to some semblence of normality with a little better balance, it’s the simple things in life I have craved.
I have slept a lot over the last few days and allowed my body to rest and recover – sleep the great healer has been my friend at night and often in the afternoon too – the weather has been particularly supportive with cold, damp days, just perfect for curling up under the doona or under a quilt in front of the fire.
I have spent time with the love of my life. We had a day out yesterday exploring the southern Fleurieu Peninsula, looking at land, thinking about our future and where we want to build our sustainable life together, walking around in rubber boots across muddy paddocks, watching the water overflow from dams and sheltering under trees from sudden rain showers. It was lovely to be out in the fresh air, even though it was cold and bracing at times. I’m thankful our car has a heater that dried the rain from our jeans when we got back in the car!
We managed to catch up with some family for a meal last night and some close friends for a quick cup of coffee this morning and they were both simple pleasures.
I baked and cooked and ate healthy raw foods which I always crave when I have been stressed.
I made a really quick salad from butter lettuce, baby spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers all purchased from Willunga Farmers’ Market and threw in an avocado just for good measure. Raw, fresh and organic – simple, delicious and nutritious, finished with an olive oil, apple cider vinegar and mustard dressing with dried, homegrown parsley thrown in for added flavour (and a few more antioxidants!).
This salad was consumed with a hot, steaming bowl of chicken and veg soup which I had in the freezer and some handmade sourdough bread we bought at the market yesterday.
I also bought some beautiful pumpkin at the market to go with the pumpkin we received in our CSA box last week, so thought a hearty spicy pumpkin and red lentil soup was in order …
Finally I baked a batch of honey and date muffins, to warm the kitchen, as well as to provide tasty treats for the week ahead.
And while the muffins were cooking I watched the chooks peck around in the freshly turned straw in their yard, rewarding themselves with worms and other exciting finds.
A weekend of simple things, which re-balanced my soul, gave restoration from what has gone, and created a happy, content feeling deep in my being to get me through the week ahead. Weekends like this are pure bliss.
After a long and busy week where I haven’t managed to step outside during daylight hours I ventured out into the garden this morning. After a couple of very wet weeks our rainwater tanks are full to over flowing, the clay ground is soggy and water logged. I have spent the week dodging rain showers when I did get outside.
When I ventured out into the garden this morning, I was greeted by sunshine, rays reflecting off leaves, warmth radiating from the paving, and clear light making everything look lovely. As I took scraps to the chooks, I discovered that the garden is flourishing, despite the cold temperatures and short days that we are having. Isn’t nature amazing!
Of course, chooky had to have a look and see what I was up to while I was photographing the penstamon (above on the right) … there could be a weed or two in it for her!
And as I spent a little time in the veggie garden later in the day I decided to harvest some tasty root vegetables for our dinner …
A sunny Saturday – just what a girl needs after being stuck in an office all week! Absolutely soul-restoring 🙂