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  • Firstly: raising chickens is really rewarding! We've got 3, and thinking about getting a fourth.

    Secondly: you do piano? So do I! Had to quit lessons, after going for close to seven years, but I still play.
    Can I ask what grade you are? I'm grade 6.

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    • Originally posted by seaweed View Post
      are you going to eat them? i got one part of the back yard rotary hoed at the weekend so i am gonna plant all my maori potatoes when it stops raining.
      I wasn't thinking of eating the chickens, just adding to my flock since two eggs a day is not really enough, and because my chickens are getting older I'd like to have new ones coming up the ranks. I think I would actually eat a chicken I had raised, but I don't think I could kill it first.

      Happy gardening.

      Originally posted by Traveller View Post
      Firstly: raising chickens is really rewarding! We've got 3, and thinking about getting a fourth.

      Secondly: you do piano? So do I! Had to quit lessons, after going for close to seven years, but I still play.
      Can I ask what grade you are? I'm grade 6.
      I'm glad you're enjoying your chickens, how much space do they have?

      I'm glad you didn't stop playing piano just cos you stopped lessons. I did my grade eight last year, working towards diploma now = only two weeks to go, it is quite nervewracking. I teach also, and I see this as a way of relating to my students (and daighter), setting them an example and not putting them up for anything I'm not prepared to do myself ie exams.

      What style of music do you like to play? Classical? I do love classical, having been brought up with it, but now I train modern style (ie playing with chords) and have popular songs like the Beatles etc in my syllabus. I also play keyboard for my church, that would be contemporary Christian worship which is mainly chord based - not much melody to speak of
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      • Hmmm, it's hard to say. To roam, they have a large-ish back yard at their disposal, which is made up of a large deck and bush.
        Their 'home' is about 7ft x 7ft, but they hardly spend any time in it.

        If I'm ever able to go back to lessons, I would like to get my diploma as well.
        Yes, I mostly did classical. I just enjoyed it a lot, felt it was very easy on the ear. My teacher forced me to play some modern pieces though, and I didn't mind playing jazz so much.

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        • Jazz is weird, I don't understand it at all, just seems to wave around all over the place going nowhere. Alright for background music though. And I do have one piece in my current repertoire, it has grown on me over time.
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          • It can be weird, I know. A lot of pieces I didn't like, but I did find one or two that grew on me.

            So you teach piano? How long have you been teaching for?
            On the off-chance I ever move to Taranaki, can I contact you about lessons?

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            • Sure, if you move here I'd be glad to have a new pupil if you want to learn Modern.
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              • Lost my way again today - I seem to be making a habit of it Our map was missing a chunk that my friends daughter had used in a school project (lol) and the verbal directions we received were somewhat confusing to say the least. Nevertheless we had a lovely walk through the bush in rather puddly conditions and eventually figured out the track we wanted to take. But since three hours had already elapsed by then we decided to leave it till another day. I have now bought myself a new map

                Dinner was hoki fillets crumbed with LSA and panfried in butter, orange and almond cauliflower, and oven baked chips from Makikihi Fries (just potatoes and beef shortening in the ingredients. A good cheat to have in the freezer).
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                • Sounds like the hike was quite an adventure
                  Crumbed hoki sounds great. I got what I thought was steak out of the freezer the other day, with the intention to crumb it, but I just used plain almond meal. Turns out they were pork chops, but still crumbed well. Will have to try LSA next time.

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                  • Spring breakfast : Two-egg omelette with silverbeet from my garden, two slices bacon, and a huge drink of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
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                    • Get this: When I collected my milk today it was so fresh it was still WARM! How primal is that?

                      I arrived just at the start of milking, so I got the first few litres in the vat, it had begun to be cooled but apparently takes three hours to bring it right down Anyway I am very happy, especially as the price has been lowered for me now that I have become a regular customer so I took nine litres. That's for three of us, though my dh usually ignores it but he gets some in his mashed potatoes and the like.

                      I will try turning some of it into yoghurt for his breakfast, he liked my first batch but the second was unsuccessful.
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                      • Yup, can't get much more primal than that!
                        Nine litres?! How long does that last you?

                        Hope the yogurt goes well.

                        T.

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                        • I'm hoping to get two weeks out of it, not more or it won't be fresh any more but I can't be making a 26km round trip too often.

                          Last time I took 6 litres and we pretty much used it up in a week, and I had one more person at home. (I also stretched the last half bottle out for a few more days by just having a little in my tea, and no one else polished it off but they would have drunk more if it had been available).
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                          • Originally posted by Annieh View Post
                            Get this: When I collected my milk today it was so fresh it was still WARM! How primal is that?
                            So envious of your raw milk! Do you boil the milk or drink it straight?

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                            • I drink it straight (just had a glass for my late lunch/afternoon tea) and so does my dd in a glass or on her cereal. I heat it to make yoghurt. It gets heated when I use it in baking or in a vege mash or soup. I use a little in my tea multiple times a day, pouring hot tea on it may or may not pasteurise it, I rather hope not as I am happy to have the "good bugs".
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                              • Any day out in the bush is a good one, even if we did not find the particular track we were searching for. Better luck next week. Here's the pretty river we crossed during our tramp this week.
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