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Success! Gretel’s silkie hen becomes a mum

Success! Gretel’s silkie hen becomes a mum

We’ve done it! Gretel’s hen, Lily, is a mum!!! It started as a beautiful idea of the Middletons – Mandy, Neil, Prue and Felix – to honour the memory of their cherished daughter and sister, Gretel, who passed away in 2015 aged just nine. Might it be possible for Gretel’s adored silkie hen, Lily, to … Continue reading

Our Sussex on Better Homes and Gardens segment 18th March 2016

Our Sussex on Better Homes and Gardens segment 18th March 2016

Be watching Dr Harry’s segment on Better Homes and Gardens at 7:00pm on Channel 7, March 18th 2016, to see a lovely story on a new chook house designed by primary student Rose and built by the BH&G team for Arcadia Primary School. The segment features the chook farm of my dear friend Leah, Leah’s … Continue reading

Lily and Hero update: fertile eggs!!!

Lily and Hero update: fertile eggs!!!

For Mandy, Neil, Prue and Felix, and for everyone else who’s been touched by Gretel’s story, I am enormously excited to report that Hero the rooster has lived up to his name and fertilised eight of Lily’s first nine eggs!!! They are progressing beautifully and are due to hatch in one week’s time. I think I’ll … Continue reading

A very special mission for Gretel’s family

A very special mission for Gretel’s family

I have been given a very special mission by a very special family. Two years ago I met the Middletons when they came to buy five silkies: one each for dad Neil, mum Amanda, and children Prue, Felix and Gretel. Gretel named her dearly loved golden silkie hen Lily and it was one of Gretel’s … Continue reading

Cottage Garden Club ramble on 19 September 2015

Cottage Garden Club ramble on 19 September 2015

Excitement is building as one of the biggest events on the Feather Flower Brush calendar for 2015 is fast approaching. The wonderful Cottage Garden Club is coming to Abergeldie for a ‘ramble’ on Saturday 19th September. It’s a members only event with possibly as many as 150 Club members visiting the farm and daphne nursery … Continue reading

Where to find hidden creatures in my Pardalote and Swallowtail painting

Where to find hidden creatures in my Pardalote and Swallowtail painting

My friend Fi mentioned that a friend of hers was struggling to find the second spider in the painting on my Pardalote and Swallowtail greeting card. She suggested I add some information to my website to let people know where to find them. What a great idea! I love hiding small creatures in my paintings but … Continue reading

Santa does Christmas shopping at Feather Flower Brush

Santa does Christmas shopping at Feather Flower Brush

Yes, it’s official! Here’s photographic evidence that all those gifts Santa distributes to everyone on Christmas Eve aren’t made by elves at the north pole after all. No, Santa buys them at the Feather Flower Brush stall at the Glenorie Growers’ Market!!! It was a very exciting privilege to help Santa out with filling his … Continue reading

Working dog??? Phoebe helping Allan

Working dog??? Phoebe helping Allan

Phoebe decided my father, Allan, needed a helping hand, or rather paw, while we were giving worming tablets to some cockerels. She climbed up onto his lap and “assisted” until we’d finished worming two dozen birds. In a fine display of teamwork she remained motionless while we wormed two dozen birds. All that moral support … Continue reading

Old lady Abergeldie gets a roof makeover

Old lady Abergeldie gets a roof makeover

Our beautiful old part-sandstone cottage, Abergeldie (circa 1889), has been having a bad hair day – or, to be more accurate, a bad hair decade. Her lovely grey corrugated iron roof has been looking pretty timeworn with ominous rust patches steadily spreading on iron that’s been there for at least 70 years and was clearly … Continue reading

From prickle patch to parkland – Team McCauley & Ernie blitz the Scotch thistles

From prickle patch to parkland – Team McCauley & Ernie blitz the Scotch thistles

For weeks I’ve been worrying about a steadily worsening Scotch thistle problem on the farm. The cows can’t eat their nasty, needle-sharp, spine-covered leaves and the thistles quickly take over the paddocks if allowed to go to seed. Recent hand surgery has prevented me from wielding implements of thistle warfare (like long-handled secateurs,  mattocks, shovels … Continue reading

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