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A favourite quote.

Do small things with much L O V E. This little quote has become a daily mantra. Everything I do, whether it is folding the tea towels, washing the dishes, pulling the curtains back at the start of the day. These small everyday tasks become meaningful, because I can do them with a grateful heart, with […]


Honeybee & Plum, a friendship.

Did you know that hens and ducks have friendships? In our Henhouse Plum is friends with everyone but, just like us humans, she does have best friends. Honeybee and Plum are besties! While they are usually in different areas, there is a fence that separates them and they can see each other. This is necessary […]


30 Sept 2019. From the Garden Journal.

30 September 2019 From the journal. Here at Fairy Wren Cottage those really hot Summer days begin February through to March.  While some gardeners in warmer climates are already well and truly harvesting fruits & veg our cooler climate slows the garden right down in comparison. But still there is so much to do and pick. We already […]


Poultry Recommendations.

Tasmanian Libraries now have a marvellous online catalogue of magazines and while reading one of them I came across an article with a heading “The Four Best Poultry Breeds to Keep”. Poultry Trends. It’s a funny old thing how trends change, even in the poultry world. These four breeds seem to be having their moment of […]


Ducks in the garden.

Polly, Daisy, Loveheart, Ta Dah and Amelia Cordelia the Indian Runner ducks were shifted into the Kitchen Garden while the Quince Orchard was being pruned. It’s not a big job to shift them. I go to the gate, call Duck Duck Duck, they walk over to me, I open the gate and in they waltz. […]


Winter 2022 – Roosters in the Hen house.

I had a question about keeping roosters and thought that I would answer it here, maybe it might help you too. Early Winter – it is that time of year when chicks that have hatched in Spring are maturing and being sold on by breeders, or backyard poultry keepers. The chicks were cute, there is […]


Winter 2022 – Honeybee & Pest Issues!

Yes that’s right, I deliberately put Honeybee in the middle of the garden bed that she isn’t normally welcomed into. There is method to my madness, I’m encouraging her to fossick about and find those slugs that have moved in and the grubs that have recently hatched and making a right mess of our brassica […]


Winter 2022 Poultry & Pest Management.

It’s taken a while, with lots of trial and era to perfect this system in our garden. Much gratitude to the odd rogue chicken or duck that doesn’t like to follow my well intended plans, they have given me a birds eye view and helped point out any cracks in my system. Turn the negative […]


The Puddle Ducks have a new home.

Mr Pickles, Jam and Chutney have a new home. They have gone to live on a flower farm with a lovely family who I know in my heart will love and care for them as much as we do. It wasn’t an easy decision but I am a firm believer that in life there are […]