Lifeboat Farm


Storing Potatoes for the Winter
May 22, 2009, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Food

The abundance of spuds we harvested is now awaiting consumption in my very cold workshop. Don’t worry little spuds, you’ll be warmed up in a variety of delicious ways soon enough.

potatoes_stored

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Eating Local
May 20, 2009, 9:09 pm
Filed under: Food

This meal is the epitome of what we’re striving for – 100% food self sufficiency. Lamb chops from our paddock with home made spicy tomato-chilli relish, our mashed potatoes and a helping of spaghetti squash. Washed down with my home-brew beer, it was a very satisfying meal on many levels.

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New Pig House
May 16, 2009, 9:01 pm
Filed under: Building, Menagerie

Our weaner pigs have been growing pretty quickly so it was time for them to have some more permanent accommodation. Their first house was this hastily built hay bale house. It worked out really well with great insulation and it was very easy to build and expand. All we needed was some old bales of hay (courtesy of Nick and Louise down the road) and some baling twine for reinforcement.

pig_house_hay

When they started knocking it down (and without the help of a big bad wolf) I made them this house of…not sticks, but close…wood.

pig_house_finished

It’s a really simple design – just a lean-to on skids with a roof. We can tow it around with the quad bike as we move the pigs around their woodland enclosure. Best of all, I used left over timber from the stables fit-out and some old tin lying around, making it a zero cost project. Here are the wee porkers exploring their new home. Judging by the effort required to rouse them in the morning, I’d say they were pretty happy with it.

pig_house_occupied



Planting Broad beans
May 15, 2009, 8:46 pm
Filed under: Food, Garden

Karen’s planter pot system is working a treat with these broad beans ready to go in the garden. We thought we’d try planting a few before winter as we’d read a sneaky pre-winter bed can be up and producing much earlier in the Spring than starting from scratch then. We’ll see in a few months how this theory turns out in practice.

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Fresh Bread
May 15, 2009, 8:40 pm
Filed under: Food

The wood range is well and truly part of the family after six months of continuous use. It has proven itself a winner for any cooking from the most delicate sponge or shortbread to roasts and bread. It probably gets used for bread more than anything come to think of it. My latest favourite bread is a crusty four seed loaf.

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Sorting Firewood
May 8, 2009, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Energy, The House, Trees

We are lucky to have neighbours with large properties (and trees). There always seem to be trees around to put away for winter firewood. This is one small piece of a tree I was able to get to. Luckily, most of the wood we collect has been down for some time so is well on the way to being well seasoned.
firewood_before

And here is the same tree a few hours later. It’s amazing how much wood you can get split in a morning! Those that know the size our float will appreciate just how much wood is there.

firewood_after