Almost a year ago today I made our last post. Time has flown so quickly, but we are hoping to get back to blogging everyday, or near to it.
In the last 12 months, amongst many other things, we have moved into our "fixer-upper", that has kept us busy!! Mending fences, painting inside and generally cleaning up the junk left from years[and YEARS] of being a rental property.
We have had a new roof put on, thanks goes to our builder, Neil, for doing such a great job and opening our jam-jars when we couldn't.
Unfortunately we lost our ram, Horrace, to an "unknown" disease, suspected Johnes, but turned out to be a massive overload of worms. We(including the vet) assume that they were resistant to the drench we had been using. I had hopes of having lambs this year, but that isn't looking likely.
LJ has acquired a new horse, Matilda, much fun to be had there! I, too, have a new acquisition, a 9HH pony, Kiz, who is big on mind games. Clara is going along quite well, she attended her first clinic with me in July and I was pleasantly surprised that she had NO major freak-outs... looks like we are getting somewhere.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Recommended Reading (Non Fiction)
- Feeding Horses in Australia, RIRDC, John Kohnke, Frank Kelleber & Penny Trevor-Jones. Invaluable information for feeding horses, I'd be lost without this book.
- Fruit and Vegetables as Medicine, Sandi Rogers & Anne Wassnig. Great chemical/nutritional breakdown of veg/fruit and how the body uses particular enzymes, vitamins, etc.
- Managing Horses on Small Properties, Jane Myers.
- Natural Horse Care, Pat Coleby.
- Natural Pet Care, Pat Coleby.
- No Dig Gardening, Allen Gilbert.
- Organic Vegetable Gardening, Annette Mcfarlane.
- Recycle Your Garden, Tim Marshall. All about composting incl. wormfarms.
- Storey's Basic Country Skills, John & Martha Storey. Great all round information for first timers(stock, garden, etc)
- The Cook's Companion, Stephanie Alexander. If I could only own 1 cook book this would be it.
- The Family Cow, Dirk Van Loon. Quite an old book worth the read.
- The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live it, John Seymour. Gardening, Stock, Craft, Skills etc.