Our Work Here Is Done

Someone please remind me why I thought getting another set of Guinea Fowl was such a good idea ?

Obviously Sybil and Minerva take their gardening seriously


and what the heck do I talk about …

for my 1000th post ?

once again it’s been one of THOSE weeks – or more accurately, fortnights.

So much has happened and each day I’ve thought about writing but it just hasn’t quite happened.


here’s the bullet points version with no attempt at coherent segues:

  • two weekends ago, Nadie’s BFF Natty came up on the Saturday, stayed over [ hilarity ensued ] and then joined us and a cast of several for our monthly craft day, otherwise- and variously-known as Stitch ‘n Bitch, Sit ‘n Sew, UFO [Unfinished Objects] and/or WIP [Works In Progress] Day.
  • Nat has caught the highly communicable quilters disease, S.A.B.L.E. Her family have been warned to watch out for signs of stash accumulation beyond life expectancy.
  • I have the fabric, fibre and yarn strains of this debillitating condition and poor Nadie has not only succumbed to these three but also the slightly rarer spindle-acquisition syndrome.
  • I WAS going to do a post on the Great Goat escape of 2012, and how The Boy and I bonded over some fence mending.
  • Then we had Goat Escape 2012, the sequel, and Goat Escape 2012, part 3

    goat paddock to the right, not-goat paddock to the left

  • By then I’m pretty sure both The Boy and I were over the whole fence mending bonding experience.

    Robbyn demonstrates where the fence and straining wire have parted company

  • There have been no, repeat no, goat escapes this week.
  • last weekend was Nadie’s 30th Birthday Bash. Major barbequeing was done involving a cast of thousands … er… several dozens … who had voyaged from several points of the compass and distances varying from 4 km up the road to halfway across the state. Friends and rellies helped us celebrate the major milestone augmented by three Japanese Farmstay students.
  • NOTE Three teenage boys are three teenage boys regardless of country of origin. The amount of food that they put away was roughly equivalent to their combined body weight. The rest of us just watched in awe.
  • Brenda [ of Pete-and-Brenda ] and I attempted to transfer her pair of Guinea fowl into my large cat cage for the trip to Capricorn Cottage.
  • One escaped.
  • Half the guests were deployed to ensure that we did not have a repeat of the Great Guinea fowl escape of 2012.
  • Fowl were eventually conveyed to their new home, much to the amusement/bemusement of the farmstay boys who had to share the back seat with the cage. Apparently the average young urban Japanese male is not intimately acquainted with raucous odd-looking wild fowl. Funny that 🙂
  • Bear discovered an echidna down near the road and generously shared his marsupial find with the remaining guests.
  • Echidnas are nocturnal and very very shy
  • This is only the fourth one I’ve seen here in seven years.
  • Sunday morning/afternoon involved a PCCB [ proper cooked country breakfast ] of scrambled eggs – nearly 2 dozen of them – bacon, tomatoes, toast and spinach, a trip to Maldon for a raid on the quilt shop and the Ice Creamery, followed by more quilting.
  • Wednesday was Ms Tara’s birthday. She was duly showered with pressies as is her due.
  • one of them came in the form of an I.O.U.
  • There may have been a modicum of knitting, spinning, baby snuggling, and new kitten cuddling indulged in.
  • My week since then has involved cleaning up post-party detritus, gardening, goat wrangling, more gardening, more knitting,
  • and after that lot, I’m sure that you now realise why I made no attempt at all at a carefully crafted post.
  • postscript: I almost forgot. Dance class started back this week as well. Should’ve been last week but as we all had a funeral to go to, class was cancelled.
  • post postscript: Nadie and I took ourselves off to see the new Muppet Movie at the historic Castlemaine Theatre Royal. Great fun and probably the best since Muppet Treasure Island. If you have fond memories of the original show and/or the original Muppet Movie, you will probably enjoy this revisit.