28 Dec 2016

Do you name your hens?

PC and I were chatting about the hens this morning and he mostly ends up laughing when we do this. He’s amused as he inadvertently named our rooster a day or two after we acquired our Silver Wyandotte flock because of its behaviour.

The rooster's name is FIGJAM. 

When you go into the hen house or yard FIGJAM struts around with his head up and his chest out and if you talk he “talks” back like he’s answering you. Also, when you pick him up, and then put him back on the ground, he doesn’t run off but steps away in a dignified manner and shakes himself – all the while chastising you in various tones. I think he’s still indignant that I clipped his flight feathers, on one wing, the day we brought him here to ensure he stayed and didn’t try the option of flying over the 5 foot high gate.

RobynLouise xo

26 Dec 2016

It happens but.....

it still isn't easy.

My little feathered friend of 12 years died this evening. Seems like she had a heart attack in the short time between when I saw her from the kitchen window and when PC went out to bring their cage in for the night and discovered her dead in the bottom. 

Her little mate, Spice, seems subdued and I hope he's OK and doesn't pine for her. I thought she'd outlast him as he has some health issues that existed before I obtained him.

It won't be the same without my cheeky little mate.

Robyn Louise 

22 Dec 2016

Another RE...


Discovered a hen house with 5 hens on a local Facebook Buy, Sell and swap last week. Had to do some pen dismantling and 3 of the hens are older than I would have liked but they are good weed scratchers so they can have a chance at reducing our labours in return for board and feed.

Need to re-erect the main hen house in the corner behind the sheds soon. It looks a bit sad stacked in the trailer.

I also discovered a local farmer a couple of days ago on same BSS who is selling Silver Wyandottes so I bought 5 of those as they are my favourite. The pullets won’t lay for around another 10 weeks. Mr Rooster needs a name but it has to suit his nature :).

Three eggs collected so far and as half of them have only been here 3 days I’m pleased with that.

Robyn Louise xo.

15 Dec 2016


Resigning, repacking, removing, resettling, readjusting, rearranging, recharging and a few other words beginning with that prefix.

This year has been the only year since I began blogging that has less than 5 posts for the year and my first blogging year began 4 days before that year’s end. Abysmal blogging effort but I couldn't find the mental energy to write about anything and I like to write as well as I can. OCD?.....maybe.

Next year, 2017 , is a new beginning in many ways and a repeat of activities I enjoy in other ways. This time there is someone to share current activities and make new experiences together. He’ll be popping up in photos in this blog.

Mentioning photos reminds me that I need to download some for future posts as a “before and after” comparison. In the meantime my readers can view our house, weeds and all, in the blog header J.

RobynLouise xo

19 May 2016

Starting one way

I'm making a habit of ignoring my blog since I've moved here. Must be the fact that split working shifts muck up the body clock and the physical work involved with commercial cleaning wears one out. I thought I could settle here but it's not happening. I can't find the rhythm and routine in my life any more. It's been mostly eat, sleep and work and I'm not enjoying my everyday life. Hence no blogging as complaining won't change anything.

I've been made an offer, from someone I've been spending time with, that I've accepted and as soon as the lease on this rental expires in September I'm moving again.

Lol, and I can usually find a country song that will fit the situation!


Robyn Louise

17 Jan 2016

Thank goodness...

for blogger!

Hunting through my computer looking for the recipe for my tallow soap and couldn't find it. Feeling a bit off this weekend with a bug I've acquired so it took me a while to remember that most "new" stuff I try always ends up on my blog and that's where it is!

Right here! It's been nearly a year since I made that batch and I'm on the last cake now but I have interspersed it with  Soap by Sandy and some cakes gifted to me by friends and I also gave a few cakes away. I may have to buy some soap to tide me over until this batch cures :(. I've run out of coconut oil too so may have to nick into town this afternoon to grab some, as well as some top up groceries as I won't have time through the week.

LOL, I still have a kilo of lard in the freezer that is waiting to be made into soap so I'll need to cobble together a recipe for that. Thank goodness for this site or I'd be in a fix trying to make different soaps.

Hoping to have more time to be blogging again as with my work hours I only seem to post the odd comment on Facebook and I am still unable to search fb. My blog is almost my online "diary" of simple living and I'd be lost without it now as I've posted so much on here over the years.

No new year's resolutions this time but I will try to keep this updated more often.

YEAH I KNOW!'ve all heard that before then I forget for a while as life becomes busy. This is the longest break away from blogging though in the 6 years of this blog. Well, busy or not, I have some very supportive friends here who've kept me afloat during bad times and cheered with me during good ones. I hope they are still around after my neglect of them.

Robyn Louise XO

p.s. - I found my camera so that's another plus!