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The tiny farm deli.

Expanding the deli here on the tiny farm.



None of you will be shocked by the fact that I like to make my own deli items. From cheese, sauces, pestos and sausages; it's all part of the deli fun. Well, I have decided to add a new item to the McDowall Manor deli. Home dry cured and smoked, nitrite-free bacon. I'll also try to whip out a smoked pork belly dinner, just to see what it's like. 



In other news, the farm flock has returned…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on April 9, 2017 at 23:23 — 9 Comments

A quail slaughter house?!

I worked out that many of my quails are 2 years old or more.  That's ancient for quail.  Rather than let the old birds die, I really should cull them while they can be eaten.  

In terms of my cages, two of the three whites are younger (1 boy and 1 girl) so I just need to cull the oldest female.  Second cage is the piebalds - both of those are old and should be culled.  Third cage - the male and a recent chick (from Darren) are okay.  Sadly, my old girlfriend needs to go.  She was one…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on March 17, 2017 at 22:30 — 10 Comments

What's going on at the Manor? Stardate: 20160822

I have a batch of 20 quail eggs in the incubator on day 15 now.  I took the egg rocker out today and laid them gently on the floor of what I am hoping will be their brooder soon.  What's the difference between an incubator and a brooder?  An egg rocker.  I use the same incubator for both purposes.  Real quail breeders have two separate bits of equipment.

The alcoholic ginger beer is ready to bottle tomorrow.   I'll try not to add too much sugar and avoid some beery explosions.…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on August 22, 2016 at 22:17 — 5 Comments

Andy's Regular Program - Garden Updates for August

2016

Out the front:  the building patch is still doing bugger all, in fact, it's mostly ornamental now.  The Mulberry seems to be thriving (although not right now due to winter).  The blood orange is dead.  The sugar cane is a real standout which I didn't expect.  The cumquats are being wasted because I have no room to freeze them since I shut down the second fridge.  The roses are…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on August 6, 2016 at 21:34 — 39 Comments

Stardate: 17072016

Couldn't find a July update to ... um.. update... so I've started a new one.

I've been fighting my infrastructure here on the tiny farm for around two months now.  My roof leaked in the first East Coast Low.  I got it fixed but waited for the second low to make sure it was right.  Then, they ripped up the inside of my house to fix the ceilings.  I took the opportunity to swap to all my lights to LED bulbs while the scaffolding was up. 

Until the last two days, the solar system…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on July 17, 2016 at 23:54 — 5 Comments

My dirty secret... OR .... My little mate

Late at night, I sneak downstairs into the garage.   It’s fairly isolated so I can turn the light on.  I creep across the carpet (yes, my garage is carpeted) and check the young quails.  Occasionally, they’ll need water or food, but usually by night they are asleep.  Then I look in the other, smaller box.  My special little mate usually gives me a chirp.  It has no use of one leg and the other appears only partly useful. 

I’ll pick him up and help him drink some water.  I check there…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 4, 2016 at 22:41 — 11 Comments

A long time between blogs... March

March 2016

Thought I'd do a non-video update for a change (based on March 2015 which is below).  

I still have a lot of spinach type greens.  I've been drying them, making pesto and all sorts of things.  However, and this is a big HOWEVER, none are as crispy as lettuce.  I really want to find a summer green that is crispy like lettuce but won't just bolt in the heat.  I'm happy to use all my other greens for lots of cooking, but in a salad, you…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on March 17, 2016 at 23:30 — 17 Comments

Spring Update: Stardate 17102015

16 October 2015

October seems to be when I travel.  I've been on a road trip out to Lightning Ridge for a week.  Yes, of course I did a video. LOL. 

Back to the yard.  The fish survived again, but the water was really low and very dirty - same for the chickens.  The grow bed was fine because I learned the "summer-proof with shade cloth" lesson from last year and made sure that was done last month.  The girls must become cranky about their water because I'm down…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on October 16, 2015 at 0:20 — 8 Comments

Of possums, water cress and rats. The update.

September update:

Dear diary:  Just over 2 months have passed since I first posted this blog.  Time for an update!

Pleased to announce that the Percy problem has been solved with no harm to her or myself. I've now removed all the damn skewers and wire from my garden beds with no further worries in that regard.

The great War of the Grey Rat Clan is continuing.  Greens are still vanishing from the aquaponics bed.  The bloody things have almost killed my…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on September 22, 2015 at 13:30 — 60 Comments

A burst of enforced silence....

My pc died tonight.  I'm not going to post much until it is fixed.  I have access by the phone but it is painful. 

Keep growing.  Don't worry, I can seek solace in my Kumquatcello.  LOL.  

Andy

Added by Andrew Cumberland on September 8, 2015 at 21:03 — 7 Comments

A lazy Sunday at the Manor

I was pottering about in the yard today at a lazy old pace.  It was pottering in a literal sense because we'd pulled out a heap of Bromilliads that I potted up into six huge pots.  I also finally planted out Farina's ArkLiving pot which has become a lettuce garden (you can never have too many greens).  Anyway... that was when the "Manor Bug" as I call it struck with full force.  I was obsessed to get in touch with Farmer Andy.  

Firstly, I bottled up 25 liters of alcoholic…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on August 16, 2015 at 20:30 — 26 Comments

2015 Annual update of Stardate 29.05.13 - when real life gets in the way.

I like this idea of updating previous years' blog entries.  So I will continue:

2015

(Note to self: it's quite warm this year. Winter has been delayed).

So, this year the snow peas are going well.  They've been in for a short time but are already producing. Having said that, they are in a more sunny garden this year.   I also have around 8 beans in.  They're growing okay…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 30, 2015 at 1:04 — 15 Comments

The ongoing Turkey saga: Turkey 3, Andy 0

I thought I'd best stop hijacking Mr Riley's blog with my Turkey saga.

You'll recall the story so far: 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland yesterday

Hey Dianne, I don't expect Bobbie to pick the difference between a turkey and chook.  But, he is actually quite suspicious of our new visitor.  I'm gonna…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 12, 2015 at 23:40 — 36 Comments

Random update: stardate 3004.2015 or PH.

I finally discovered that my ph meter is kaput.  I'm hoping this will assist big time with a lot of "fail to produce" problems.  The other thing that this little adventure has taught me is that it's probably better to build a few small beds rather than one big one.  This allows you to adjust your soil in each bed individually.  If you want a long bed, just butt a few up against each other.  

Let me explain.  I work hard to pour organics into my beds. I think that means they are rich…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on April 30, 2015 at 0:45 — 19 Comments

An update of an old blog... or random update: stardate 2*s042015

Wow - this is year three of April updates:  April 2015.

1. I've accepted the flow of the seasons much better now.  Kale went in today along with tropical garlic varieties and a heap of gooseberries that came up in the compost. Gooseberries are wonderful in winter.  Snow peas put in the little dogs' yard where there is more sun.  As expected, the Ceylon Spinach has started to boom (just in time for winter). 

2. Having some Tom troubles.  Probably have a virus in…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on April 25, 2015 at 20:30 — 15 Comments

Garden update: Stardate 19122014

We have now hit summer, well and truly.  It’s hot and there is a real need to watch the vege carefully so as to water those that are wilting.  The vertical gardens are especially susceptible.

Greens:  The need for care is particularly true of lettuce, which have the added disadvantage of tending to bolt.  I’m moving from Cos to Mignonette because they seem to survive the heat better.  The sweet leaf has come back nicely now (note to self: prune it in in winter next year).…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on December 20, 2014 at 0:15 — 6 Comments

A Dingo stole my Christmas Kitten!

Last year I bought My Rozie a pretend kitten for Valentine's Day.  I thought it was cute.  However, said gift crashed and burned, and I knew when it got assigned to the cupboard under the stairs that it was unlikely to ever be seen again.  *sighs*  

However!!! It comes out each year as a Christmas decoration and lives (admittedly, a bit hidden) under our tree.  While that doesn't elevate it to a success, it does mean that it wasn't a complete failure.  

Said kitten was placed…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on November 30, 2014 at 23:16 — 2 Comments

Two quick tales from the Manor

The first tail belongs to a chicken.

Most days, around 4 pm, I give one of my girls a nurse and cuddle for a few minutes in the back yard.  I'm kicking back relaxing and find that petting a chook is quite good for the stress levels.  The girls seem to like it too.  

Today however, Coral was really agitated. I asked her, "What's up Coral?  Daddy always give you a cuddle, silly girl."  She just got more agitated which is really out of character for my…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on November 2, 2014 at 22:02 — 5 Comments

Andy's Garden Update - Citrus - Stardate: 03092014

2015 Update:

The Lemon, Lemonade and Mandarin look like they wanna make lots of babies. I'm happy about that. It looks like this is the time of year for citrus, Lemonade particularly. 

So, the corn crop went in yesterday. All good.

Cherry tomatoes are finally starting to produce some fruit again.  Cabbage getting ready. Jeez, even a Cauliflower. Now that summer is here: I'm getting 4 eggs a day. The greens are starting to perform again. It's Quiche and…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on September 3, 2014 at 16:30 — 12 Comments

Forced to do another random update Stardate: 26072014

This weekend, I:

  • Switched on the solar system that I made for the aquaponics.  It's been 48 hours and it's still running even with very little sun.  I took the heater off to save on power - tank is still at 18.5 degrees at 5.00 pm.  I think she is now off-grid.  Made a video on it and posted it around the place. 
  • Fixed the worm farm after the chooks destroyed the "worm wee" tray.  …
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Added by Andrew Cumberland on July 26, 2014 at 23:37 — 12 Comments

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