Apparently there was a butterfly invasion in November, they had a great year "out west" and have all migrated to the coast, I had fun trying to photograph them, they were really enjoying our wild heliotrope flowers.
Cows and cattle
We finally got a chance to bring all the cattle through the yards for insecticidal ear-tags (the flies are getting really bad already). As much as we would like to try an organic approach, we have not had complete success with any of the options yet and its not pleasant for the cattle to be constantly bothered with flies (these ones bite too), so at the moment we use ear tags as the least invasive option. We also castrated the four little boy calves using bands. Taz did an amazing job helping to move the cattle from one paddock into the yards, and the cattle were very well-behaved themselves, basically walking straight into the yards and moving through the race quietly, so its definitely worth investing in quiet cattle and spending time with them so that they stay tame.
|Taz the cattle dog!|
Bees and Beekeeping
Pete has been wanting to try grafting queen cells and got his opportunity this month. He had seven successful cells from 20 (which is excellent for a first try) and was able to put these into nucs. I will write more about this process soon. We also extracted more honey from our angry hive, they seem to be the best producers, with another 10 kg already!
The kitchen decisions continue! I think we are going to get timber benchtops, two-pack doors in Dulux Limed White Half. At the same time we are also getting cupboards for the bathroom, laundry and spare bedroom in the Laminex Pumice. I chose a Laminex wood finish for the laundry bench. I still need to choose the fridge, dishwasher and door handles! But I think we are nearly there. Work will start in January, so I have a bit of time to think about it all.
In preparation for our trip away, Pete installed a secondary battery system in the car and Gus was more than happy to help both under the bonnet and under the car. He also demonstrated that he can jump on the back of the ute if he wants to. Pete did a great job and we can now charge our secondary battery to run our travel fridge and buy lots of food when we go away! (I wrote about this back here)
I also started another rag rug, this time using a crochet hook, so its tighter than the ones I made with finger crochet. I'm not sure how big it will get, Pete keeps taking back his t-shirts!
And I made a big batch of muscle salve for a bulk order. We don't do much for Christmas, anyone that needs a present will be getting soap! I have been pinning frugal Christmas ideas on my pinterest board, which is also previewed at the end of this post if you are looking for inspiration.