Mirror Mirror On The Wall – Who’s The Cleanest Of Them All?

For sparkling clean windows and mirrors:

Rub with white vinegar and buff dry with newspaper.

If windows or mirrors are very grimy, wash with a little eco-friendly dish-
washing liquid first.

* Try a little smear of shaving foam on the bathroom mirror to stop it steaming up – buff it off with a soft cloth*

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The Chicken’s In The Oven!

Connections just happen sometimes don’t they? You know when you’ve been thinking about something or someone for a little while and then suddenly the thing or person you were thinking about turns up? That happens to me a lot. It kind of happened to me again two days ago. I’ve been thinking about getting chickens for months now but I need a hen house. Not just any old hen house. I need a kinda kooky, original element to make the hen house fun and interesting. Then on Sunday afternoon, my 2 1/2 year old son and I were invited to a BBQ at another Mum’s house.

The afternoon was going swimmingly when, in passing conversation there is mention of a circa 1960 wall oven removed from the kitchen a few days previous. Being a lover and collector of vintage “stuff” my ears pricked up and my heart beat a little faster than it should have at the mention of broken white goods… I inquired to the whereabouts of said vintage oven – oh boy, it was in the driveway under a cover – YES! It was in immaculate condition and was enormous. It had all of it’s original knobs and dials and no chipped enamel but it’s EXTREMELY HEAVY!… What could I use an old oven for?? Where could I put it?? What could I put in it??… CHICKENS! This could be the perfect accessory for the hen house! Will take build knowledgeable handy person ’round to investigate in the next couple of days. My idea is to perhaps use the front panel only so you get the aesthetic… we’ll see in the next few days!

I’m Dreaming Of A Fowl Christmas

It was Saturday night last night. I had the house to myself. My son was at his father’s, I’d finished the orders for work and my time was my own. Yippee! Should I go out and catch up with friends? Should I go and see some live music? Should I go to a movie? NO WAY!  Much better idea! Get into jammies, get into bed and read my new book  – ‘Backyard Poultry  – Naturally’ by Alanna Moore… well naturally!

I have a grand plan. My grand plan involves my small inner city backyard and as much home grown food,  enjoyment and laughter that I can possibly jam into it! So far, I’ve built a raised garden bed in the sunniest part of the yard. We have a huge gum tree with a swing from one of the branches and a sandpit for dump-truck and excavator adventures. My next project – a big one – is gonna be fowl. I’ve hatched a plan for a hen house (bad pun intended) in the south west corner of our yard under the gum tree. Four lovely hens are planned to move into their “luxury” accommodation just in time for Christmas!