February has been another month with around average rainfall, and some really hot weeks as well. The grass is still green and the nights are getting cooler. I'm looking forward to lighting the woodstove, come on winter!
|Taz is excited to have me home|
Food and cooking
Land and farming
|baby hen checking me out|
Cows and cattle
|my lawn moo-ers|
|so many chokos....|
Lately we have been focusing on just getting some painting finished. The side room is now primed, two coats of ceiling paint done (my poor neck!) and we've started on the colour on one wall. We also have the shed completed and ready for rainwater tanks to be installed. Its great to see some progress, that keeps us motivated. And I was really waiting for the shed to be done to make other decisions about fencing the yard etc, I just needed to see it there to see how everything else would tie in.
|the shed is complete!|
Permaculture - Use small and slow solutions
The other day I noticed that Making Haven has been reviewing permaculture principles too. Its great to see someone else's interpretation, so if you are enjoying my series, pop over and see what Sherri has to say as well.
Last time I reviewed "Use small and slow solutions" I said:
Big and fast solutions are expensive in money and energy and can have adverse effects. Think about using human-power and nature to slowly change things, and you are less likely to disrupt a system entirely.
|everything is connected... I just wanted to show you this incredible spider|
that was living in our shed car port, he is gone and neither Pete or I moved him!
Support me (and other blogs)
I also wanted to tell you about Leigh Tate's new eBook. Leigh's blog is 5 Acres and a Dream, she also wrote a hard cover book of the same name (highly recommended for anyone considering a small farm) and recently she published Critter Tales about some of the animals they have had over the years. She also has a series of "Little Homestead How-tos" eBooks, which are really good value at $3 each. I have the one on soil testing and the latest one on baking without baking powder. I'll do a proper review later, but I just wanted to let you know that the baking powder eBook is available from today (Leigh is currently running a giveaway) and its very interesting, including tips on how to bake with wood ash! (Another reason I want to get the wood stove going!).
I just discovered Mr Money Mustache, a couple who retired in their 30s! I want to know how that is done...
How was your February? What do you have planned for March?