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Farmer Pete and the new property

When I started this blog, I didn't know what my husband would think of it, and I didn't know if he would particularly want to feature it in, so I kept his name anonymous at first.  As he's seen what the blog is about and how nice it is to share our thoughts, our plans, our successes and our mishaps, he's been keen to get more involved.  In particular after my 1-year-blogoversary post when everyone said how much I had done, he was quick to point out to me the role that he had played too!

Now that we have our larger property, it seems time to introduce you to Farmer Pete, principle tractor driver, chicken wrangler, fire wood chopper, metal fabricator, cattle herder, paddock slasher and excellent husband that he is, there's no way I could do any of this without him, so I want you to know that its not just me doing all the work.  He even hangs out the washing, cleans the toilet and cooks dinner!


Here's some photos of the work Farmer Pete has been doing on the new property.  We have learnt so much about tractors, hay and cultivation over the last few weeks!  While he's been on the tractor, I've been reading the tractor service manual and Joel Salatin's book "Salad Bar Beef".

checking out some cultivation work
While Farmer Pete was ploughing, we went for a walk around the property

piles of future firewood

checking things out

I think these are Sugar Gums

and these are Narrow Leaf Iron Bark

more firewood

catching up

the ultimate hugelkultur!


showing me the way


stock yards

the driveway

worn out!

and waiting to play ball later on



  1. There is nothing better than a man of many talents. Hello Farmer Pete. You are a keeper for sure. Love the photos of the new property. Simply beautiful.

  2. Gosh you have a lot of land there - it must be so peaceful. I imagine the hard part is knowing where to start. I love the theory of Joe Salatin and will be interested to watch as you implement some of his theories.

  3. How exciting! To have a new property to explore and such potential... and a wonderful partner to share it all, including the workload!

  4. Hooray for helpful Hubbies. Mine sounds a bit like yours with the washing firewood cutting, lawn mowing( I can do it but he likes to sit on the ride on with a beer)he doesn't cook dinner very often as he works 6 days a week most weeks but makes a great Sunday breakfast.

  5. Sounds like a great person your Farmer Pete and it will be interesting to see what you do with all that land.

  6. Love the farm! Did you ever figure out if you were gonna change the name? Pete looks really busy!

  7. Nice to meet you Farmer Pete! The toilet?! Wow, what a man! Your place looks great and you'll have so much fun putting your amazing energy and enthusiasm into the place.

  8. I am commenting on your bread post. Use your bread machine on a dough is about 1 1/2 hours. Place dough in a 9x5 greased loaf pan, cover with a tea towel and allow to rise in a warm place for about 30-45 minutes. Bake at 350F for 30-35 min. Pop out of pan and enjoy.

  9. Howdy Farmer Pete :) Great to see you introduced!

    I had the same dilemma with my own husband. I didn't think he wanted to be featured on my blog but lo and behold the moment I mention him he's really chuffed about it. It's a good incentive to get him busy on some projects around the garden ;)

  10. Hello to Farmer Pete :)
    Men can be funny folk, can't they? Steve wants a mention but refers to our Blog as mine, and he will say "you should Blog about that" or Don't put that in your Blog!" ;)

  11. Thanks everyone, you should be hearing more about Farmer Pete's contributions from now on!

  12. I know I couldn't do it without my man either. They're not just workhorses, they actually listen too and give squishy hugs when you need them. :)

  13. Howdy Farmer Pete!

    Your new farm is GORGEOUS! Wow, do you pinch yourself when you realise it's YOURS? I would.


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