Achillea turns 2

We celebrated 2 years on earth for this great guy last month.

Coming back from our goat hike. Always interacting and exploring the natural world around him.

Coming back from our goat hike. Always interacting and exploring the natural world around him.

It was a day of all the things Achillea loves. 

Mangoes, monster trucks and a great big goat hike all the way along the river bank with many beautiful swim stops. 

River stop along the way

River stop along the way

I also think on a childs birthday it is a great time to celebrate the Mother who has dedicated her life, body and soul to creating, raising and nurturing a little human.

So I had breakfast in bed prepared for me. Sprouted, superfood pancakes. Delicious!

Looking forward to many more birthdays to come !

The Beauty & Perils of Spring

Finally spring has arrived ! I spent so many freezing mornings waiting for the sun to come over the mountains, dreaming of spring.

21442927_1725237287590731_1517812503_n.jpg
21556908_1725237020924091_167575317_o.jpg
21442344_1725237127590747_1728882631_n.jpg

Spring brings with her an abundance of amazing, sweet smelling wild flowers. The sun now hits our camp at 730am instead of 830am.

Animal activity has increased as it is getting warmer and baby animals are everywhere! 

We have welcomed the arrival of 2 pairs of twin goats. They are the cutest and what spunk!

Tank Girl and Limp Brisket Our newest additions to the herd

We have spotted our first snakes for the season, 2 fast baby snakes, too quick too identify. Our guinea fowl did a great job alerting us to a massive goanna walking through camp the other day. A majestic and illusive platypus was just spotted in the river. Echidnas are on the move for mating season, we've rescued some from the road and seen a few squished :( 

While we were driving along the dirt track for our fortnightly visit to town we are across two tiny wild puppies that had been orphaned! They were covered in ticks, including paralysis ticks and could hardly walk.

They are super cute, we didn't really intend on having dogs. Experience has shown that all the native wildlife retreats a little when a dog has a permanent home in the bush. Plus we would have to provide meat for it, the threat of parasites, stinkiness, killing native animals, there are many reasons I don't want one. Though these little pups ran across our path and were born here on our land. They are building up their strength here for now and we will decide later. 

P1050659.JPG

When we got back home 2 of our baby goats also weren't able to walk, they were covered in paralysis ticks also!

It took several days for them to recover, and one of them is still recovering.  She was unable to close its eyes from the nerve damage and her eyes started to dry out. She almost lost her vision though she has special drops and balm and is on the mend. 

Arriving during winter with a baby totally unprepared was very challenging, though it was a perfect introduction to living in the bush. I think I needed the time to settle in, get comfortable and feel safe in my surroundings before having to worry about snakes, goannas, spiders and creepy crawlies of all kinds. 

Now I am looking forward to gardens, sunshine and river swims that are refreshing instead of freeeeezing.

Happy Days :) 

Probiotic rich kraut jelly

I am a bit of a nut for ferments and vinegars! It was my #1 pregnancy craving food. Apple cider vinegars, kraut, and kombucha were all I wanted to have the first half of my pregnancy. 

My theory is that my body with all its innate wisdom, was craving the gut healing probiotics and good bacterias to heal after suffering from debilitating Hyperemesis Gravidarum during the first half of my pregnancy.

Recently I found a recipe via nourishingourchildren.org for probiotic jelly and became inspired to make my own take on it.

An ongoing love of kraut + jelly - my childhood favourite, sounds like a pretty delicious idea!

21057484_702207783302933_812167733_o.jpg

Ingredients:

-Live saurkraut juice + some extra kraut. I use the bottom 1/4 of the jar

- Organic, grass fed gelatine powder 

-Bush lemons, oranges, grapefruit, or lemons

-Lemon essential oil 

-Filtered water

-Honey to taste

Amounts are flexible depending on how much you want to make, and what brand of gelatine you have. Best to check packet for how much powder you need to add.

I like to use beetroot and red cabbage kraut so the jelly is a deep red colour. Somehow it makes it taste better too :P

Recipe:

1- Heat 4 tablespoons of gelatine powder with 500ml of filtered water, and the juice of 2-3 citrus fruits.

2- Let it cool a little and add half a cup of cool water and a few drops of lemon essential oil.

3-When it has cooled add kraut juice, kraut and honey to taste. Don't have it too warm or it will destroy the probiotics

4-Store in a fridge for a few hours or until jelly becomes solid. 

Enjoy!