Tis the season... for tasting sand for the first time.
Tis the season... for snakes. The first snake of the season was sighted, a large Lowland Copperhead found sun-baking between the Cubby House and the Veggie Patch. We don't do anything about snakes on our farm unless they are in the house paddock. It's just too risky to expect the Kids to be vigilant while they're playing as opposed to going for walks outside the house paddock where we are always on the look out for them. There are only 3 types of snakes in Tasmania and the Tiger snake and Lowland Copperhead are a couple of the most venomous snakes in the world. A quick call was made to Reptile Rescue who came out within 20 minutes and caught this big beauty, which will re-located to a safer (for us) area.
Tis the season... for the infamous Spring winds that knocked some trees down and made me wield a chainsaw for the first time.
Tis the season... for the Welcome Swallows to hatch above the front door, under the eaves again.
Tis the season... for Echidna sightings on the farm. The mention of Echidnas and Swallows reminded me of this Post from a year ago. My goodness, can you believe Flynn will be one next month?
Tis the season... for baby chicks to hatch. These two Silkie chicks are very special as they were the only 2 chicks to successfully hatch after the previous 10 failed. Silkies are like that. Either they weren't fertilised to begin with or they just didn't progress. They are named Chirpy and Senator Carol Brown after the lovely lady who gave us the dozen Silkie Eggs after Daniel was telling her how much Eleanor wanted some Silkies. These two will be kept as pets. You can see Senator Brown hatching here on the little Instagram video I made. Have you ever seen a chick actually hatch out of an egg? It is really quite special.
Tis the season... for friends coming over for Sunday lunch and staying until after 10pm on a school night because losing track of time is what happens when you are having so much fun and having friends in the Hospitality industry means you have to make the most of any time they can get away from work, even though it will mean a shaky start to the week as a result.
Tis the season... for embracing good, simple food for entertaining and resorting to some Jamie Oliver recipes from the Jamie's Dinners Book. We made Jamie's Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary with the optional bacon and his Apple Pie. The salad was all home grown from the Veggie Patch and the Corn was roasted on the fire. Toasted Marshmallows are obligatory on such occasions.
Tis the season... for realising there are only 8 weekends left before Christmas and all the handmade and knitted things you were going to make for presents just ain't going to happen!!!
All of the above has happened in just the last 7 days. Lots of good things, season "firsts" and nature showing us its beauty. There's never a dull moment around here!
What's the current season bringing you right now? Or are you still thinking about that snake???
Have a lovely week ahead :-)