Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Building the Chook House

AKA - The Big House

The first week in October 2016 we started building the chook shed. 
Anyone who has milled their own timber knows it takes a lot longer than just going to the timber yard and coming home will all you need for your job.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chickens the Gateway Drug

This is Eagle Girl, she is a flight risk, must be closely watched.

So it is said that chickens are the gateway drug to a more sustainable life.
Is it true.... yes i think so, the temptation of all those lovely fresh eggs and how easy chickens are to come by and care for they are usually the first thing people get into even before doing a veggie garden.
I first got chickens in about 2001, 2 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Austrolops. I have come a long way from those first chickens and have learned so much.

These are the Lawson Ladies- Miss Gray, Miss White, Miss Black and 
the Brown Twins.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fried Rice Recipe

This easy rice makes a great lunch or a perfect side dish. The rice can be cooked up to 3 days before or you can cook it and pop it in the freezer either way the rice needs to be cold.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Early Bird Farm Store

While i was away......

Life has just kept moving froward for the last year, small steps from one project to another.
We have added a few woolly friends, some feathered ones and a tasty oinker to the freezer.

I think the biggest thing has been the Early Bird Farm Store it was a natural progression toward our living a slower more simple life.
My time is spent doing farm chores, building projects, gardening, cooking, making all the products for the store and advertising. I find the advertising the most time consuming and my least favourite thing to do, but without it there would be no store.
Anyone who has read my Going Green blog will know that i enjoy not only cooking but also sewing, crocheting, mending and so many different crafts the list would be very long indeed.
I have always tried to be frugal and make as much as i can, whether its from scratch cooking or making clothes from second hand sheets, shopping bags or dish cloths.
So i guess it was a natural progression when i started making a few things to sell.
Welcome to the Early Bird Farm Store where you will find Earth Friendly products all hand made right here on our farm.

Happy Adventures Nicole, Andrew & Sally Girl

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Washing Part #2

When i was a little girl we lived on our grandparents farm and ever since then, i have wanted a post and rail clothes line.
Its funny the things you remember from your childhood 
5 years old and helping mum and nanna hang out the clothes, handing them the pegs and watching as the pole went up and lifted the line.  
Dresses, jeans, shirts and sheets flapping merrily in the wind.
All my adult life i have enjoyed doing the washing, seeing a line full of clothes drying in the fresh air and flapping in the breeze brings a sense of accomplishment, pride in a job well done.
So at the age of 45 i can finally look out at the washing flapping in the breeze on my own post and rail clothes line. This makes me very happy.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Washing at Early Bird Farm
Part 1

When we first started our adventure camping out at our friends Phillip and Scotts bush property we used our trusty wonder wash washing machine.
Its great when your camping as its usually just for a couple of weeks and your only washing small stuff.
We spent 42 nights camping there but as the weather got colder the washing wasn't drying well, so a few times we went into town and did washing at the laundry mat mostly so it was spun out. Wring out washing by hand you don't get a lot of the water out so dry time is a couple of days when the weather is getting cold. Speaking of the laundry mat, the washers are so old and not cleaned so your clothes come out dirtier than when they went in. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Prepping Part #3 Dehydrating


Why dry food?

Things dried this year mangos, raspberries, apples, zucchini, almonds, mushrooms and bread.
If you make your own bread any leftovers can be turned into bread crumbs dried in the dehydrator something you will never have to buy again.

Something i have done quite a bit of over the last 6 or 7 years is dehydrating fruits, vegetables and herbs.