Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Life

A foggy morning, a warm mug of tea and new baby lambs are some of the things that have been going on this week. It started off warm and but now a cold snap has returned.
There has been so much going on here lately that I really don't know how to the find the words for it all. So I decided to simply write about today.

Early this morning the phone range. One of our ewes had lambed! Two little babies, a boy and a girl. After the morning jobs were done we hopped in the car and drove over to see them. Daisy and her babies will be coming in early October, along with our other sheep. I felt so excited going and visiting them today.
To top it off, this same afternoon one of our cows calved at sunset. We stood in the fading light and watched her give birth and help the wobbly new calf up. We're yet to find out whether it is a little bull or a little heifer. Hopefully we'll see in the morning.
So today there were three births - one here by our cow and two elsewhere by our sheep that will soon be here too. It's been quite exciting!

What did you get up to today?
I hope your week is going well.

*Update! Our little calf turned out to be a beautiful little Bull Calf, and a bull he shall stay as he looks just perfect!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Sheep Are Coming

For quite a while now I have been mentioning here that I would love to own sheep one day.
Initially I became interested in sheep as I became more interested in pursuing herding with Rilla.
Then I came to the point where I realised we need to produce more varieties of meat for our own consumption. Chicken is a treat and when the beef runs out.....that's pretty much it.
I am not, however, a big fan of lamb from the supermarket. It often has a very strong flavour and is way too fatty for my liking, and I'm not one of those lean meat people. I do enjoy a good proportion of fat with my meat.

In the midst of deciding whether or not to keep sheep, a lamb business started in our local area. They were going to produce "ethically raised lamb free from chemicals".
They were growing Dorpers, the breed of sheep that we were interested in. We ordered a side of lamb from them to try. It was delicious.
The cuts of meat were smaller than those sold at the supermarket, as they slaughtered their lambs at a younger age, so what we were actually eating was lamb, not mutton. The flavour was delicate and the fat content was good.
 I loved it, and suddenly became interested in keeping sheep for a purpose other than herding. I wanted them for meat.

Needing to keep them for meat makes a lot more sense. We're on a small block so every animal that is here needs to have a purpose, outside of recreational activities - dogs excluded. It seemed for a little while that sheep were a long way off, at times I wondered if a flock of sheep would ever come to be.
And then it happened. My Mum and I went to just look at some sheep, as part of our research stage. It turned out that they were the ones we wanted, and the best thing was that some of them had only just been born, which meant we had three months to prepare for their arrival.
So we ordered six sheep, paid a deposit, and returned home in excitement to begin planning the sheep paddock.


To be honest, I can't really believe that we have bought sheep. I don't think it will feel real until we pick them up and bring them home. They'll be coming some time in October. I'm looking forward to then with much excitement!

Hope you're having a good weekend!

Sarah x

PS If you'd like a more detailed post on why we chose Dorpers and the way we plan to run them, read the article I wrote on our Farm Blog.

PPS I don't have a photo of our sheep, so I had to share this one of our Chrysanthemums instead :-)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Exploring Edible Flowers

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Edible Flower Chart ! Using fresh flowers is one of the easiest ways to decorate a dessert or garnish a cocktail ! So these are the safe pretty edible embellishments perfect for any party you have this Spring or Summer !

Recently I have developed an interest in Edible Flowers. I've been googling, looking up books and blog posts on the subject. The thing I have discovered is that most of the flowers are quite common, such as Dianthus, Pansy & Viola.

How pretty would a cupcake look topped with a swirl of cream and sprinkled with Violas? Or a whole cake decorated in mixed colourful flowers, just like this one.
The only edible flowers we currently have are Nasturtiums, which I sometimes pick an put in a salad. I read somewhere that Violas have a vanilla-like flavour, so they sound perfect for sweet dishes. As you know I don't use any refined sugar or other refined things in my baking so at times it can be hard to make our cakes look pretty. Coconut & crushed nuts usually present nicely, but I think it would be fun to mix things up with some edible flowers straight from the garden. I'm very keen to get some growing!

Have you ever used or eaten flowers? I'd love it if you have any tips, advice or good books to share on the subject!


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Sarah x

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