About us

We are a hard working, family of eight. Swimming in the sea when we aren't busy on our small holding. Daddy dragon has to work away a lot, so this blog is to let him keep up with our adventures at home.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

I'm not coping

Father's day form a Daddy's girl

Not once, twice, or even a half dozen times this week, I have been asked, 'Bet, you can't wait for them to go back to school.' And from those who have children, 'Only X more days until they go back to school. It is better than Christmas!!!!'

Thanks, your comment is so thoughtful, said right in front of my children. 

I hope you don't say that to your own children.

But you do, don't you?


And when my children inform you that they do their school work at home, you frown and say, 'I don't know how you cope.'

That's because I'm not coping.

There is nothing to cope with.

Children, contrary to everything our society projects, are not chores. 

They are not problems which must simply be endured. 

They are not a burden. 

They are a gift. An amazing blessing, to be given the opportunity to be present at the start of someone's journey, to be their friend, guide and protector through their most wobbly steps. To build a relationship with someone who comes in to the world, looking to build a relationship with you.

I am told, 'You really should send them to school. You need a break. Every parent needs time away from their children.'

You know what, I agree, everyone needs a little space. (Perhaps that is another post.) 

Yet, I disagree. I do not believe simply because a person is younger than I am, a child as it is defined in our society, that they must be institutionalised. For my benefit? That is quite the statement to give our children. 

Just pause and imagine if the person you trusted most in your life, the person you felt you need and rely on most, told you in no small way, that they couldn't wait to be rid of you. 

Isn't that everyone's worst fear.

And it's coming, getting old is a bitch.

But hey, they are just your children, right?

Those people you spend the most time with, they are the ones who become your most treasured friends.

My children are not just small people for whom I am responsible. 

They are my best friends and I could not have asked for more wonderful people with whom to travel this journey with. 

And I would like to point out that just because someone is younger than you are, does not make them stupid. If you would not speak to your work colleague like that, damn well don't say it to your child. 

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Blue skies

Mean it is time to get outside and accomplish some chores.

While the boys play with their toys.

Rather, while the chickens amuse themselves with the hatchlings.

Hello Cow!

Brown cow wondered about the world outside her field. 

When the sun came out she left her field and came over to play. 

And made the hatchlings very happy today.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Bunny love

This bunny is so chilled out and she loves to be carried about.

Snoozing away the day, with her very own bunny teddy.

We are very blessed.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

The duck side

This side of the house - 

is the duck side.

They have taken over and even the chickens won't go there. 

I have repeatedly been told by others that there are no mentionable differences between an Aylesbury and a CherryValley duck. We have some of each: the one with the grey green bill is a 20 week old CherryValley, and the one behind is an Aylesbury. She is 15 weeks old and is a slow growing heritage strain.

I don't think we will bother with CherryValley ducks next year.

If I want a big white duck, I'll rear Aylesburys.

These two white ducks are a pair of our white Campbells. They have become our permanent 'babies'.

The ones behind, we adopted at a week old from someone who couldn't care for them. I have no idea what breed they are! Though, I'm secretly hoping they might be Appleyards. 

We also have a breeding pair of Khaki Campbells. Hopefully, next year they will provide us with some  cute little ducklings.