It is cold and stupidly foggy on this damp Tasmanian morning.
It's meant to rain later, which will be excellent for my gardens and not so great for my bones. We bought seedlings to plant yesterday - investing in lettuce and spinach and stir-fry greens to pick over winter. Half will go into the gardens and half into the aquaponics system which is finally balanced enough to grow salad greens well for us.
We have a few chickens laying still, which is both unexpected and lovely - one of my pullets is giving me an egg every 3 days, and one of the older girls is laying at a similar rate. It's not like the plenty of spring and summer, but it's almost enough to keep me in quiche and cakes. I don't expect it to last - Tasmania has had an unseasonably warm Autumn, with lovely sunny days and cool damp nights. It's unusual and while I am enjoying it, the implications scare me. Climate change is a real fear and we can see it happening here in the Midlands.
My young rooster is growing beautifully, even if he is still getting beaten up by every hen we own. He'll come into his own in spring when his hormones kick in, but for right now we're just enjoying how pretty he is. He's a silver laced wyandotte, with a bit of gold bleed-through. Pretty, and he should make pretty babies for us. .
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