Mooing Around

On our block we have 3 noisy cows. They are owned by Les, however, he hasn’t given them names.

So I thought they needed names!

I have made 3 names for them:

  1. The one with the white head is “White Chocolate”
  2. The one with the white tummy is “Milk Chocolate”
  3. And finally the one with the black body is “Dark Chocolate”

Les the owner is a 75 year old Greek man who lives not far from us.

Les comes to check on the cows every morning and every night. He milks them and waters them. Les uses the milk to make Greek cheese.

We wake up every morning to a sound like this”Mooooo”.

Snoopie loves the water that is left out in a big blue container to water the cows. When we take her for a walk and are close to the container of water we let her have a drink and a splash.

We’ve changed our minds…!

You might be wondering what we’ve changed our minds about.

Well back in June last year I wrote a story entitled Reimann Ridge.

Here I shared about the name we had decided on for our farm.

Well in the last month we’ve decided to change the name, but not by much, just added one more letter!

So we are now calling our ‘piece of heaven’ Re-Imagnn Ridge. Which is just Reimann with a “G” which stands for Green, or our goal to create a more sustainable lifestyle.

So we’ve changed the name of our blog to reflect this as well.

There. It’s all explained.

Layers upon Layers

On the 24th of January this year mum and dad picked up our 6 chickens that grandma and grandpa got dad for a late 40th birthday present.

On the 14th of April (Good Friday) we found our first egg in the laying box (which dad thought was “egg-cellent” but he was only “yoking”…. ha ha ha).

We have tried our eggs that we have found in the laying box and they are… “eggs-traordinaryly” yummy!

The names of our chickens are:

  1. Princess  Layer
  2. Pekichu
  3. Red Dog
  4. Hen Solo
  5. Cheeky Chick
  6. Chicken Nugget

They love the grass and weeds that we have grown for them in their yard.

Dad has automated the chook house so we know the temperature and humidity all the time, and their door opens at a set time after sunrise and closes a set time after sunset.

We also have a green LED light when it’s open and a red one when it’s closed!

We love our chooks.

Woof Woof Weport

On the 28th of December 2016, we got our first ever puppy.

We  named her Snoopie because she is black and white, but a girl, which is why we added the “ie” on the end.

Our family got her off dad’s cousin Amanda near Barmera.

Because her mummy dog had puppies.

She is a great puppy to snuggle with, play with and get free bites from 🙂

Snoopie loves going on walks with us and sticking her tongue out of the ute window.

It’s raining men… well not quite!

Welcome to my (Claire)’s first blog. I know it sounds strange but the other day I realized I have never loved our shower like I do my shed shower…why? Glad you asked.

Here are my reasons all organised in dot points:
1. We made it from scratch including sheeting, proofing and designing an original genuine one and only shower from things we have bought cheap or recycled. The floor was made from aluminum with grids on it like workmen use on their utes. We had it bent up on the sides and creased so water can go down the drain. The walls are made from recycled packers which have been water-proofed then two pieces of a white composite sign sheeting material water proofed. We used this instead of glass or tiles for reduced cost and a great time saver to get it finished and sealed. The taps and spray part were seconds from a shop. Finally there are 2 very bright and water design shower curtains were purchased new from Ikea.

2. The water is mostly from the river so is super cheap… yes it is a bit brown but you can’t see it in shower! I say mostly as we can change it over to rain water when we have surplus and there is more expected.

3. The hot water is heated using the sun or the water booster wet back of our wood fireplace depending on the season… so again basically free and we haven’t run out of hot water yet.

4. I can have a quick cold shower 3 or 4 times a day when it is really hot (37 degrees yesterday, 38 today and 36 tomorrow) and not feel too guilty.

5. I guess it acts as our air conditioner or way to survive summer in the Riverland with no air conditioning. We all shower just before bed then go to bed damp to allow our fans to cool us enough to sleep.

6. It is also huge so one child can be going out one side while the other is going in the other side which makes showers quicker in the end.

So there you go, I can’t believe how much I love that shower!!

One day come and check it out and let us know what you think.

Our tank overfloweth…

Yes it’s true. Our rain water tank overflowed around dinner time tonight. 


One positive is that a couple weeks ago we installed a pump and the ability to feed rain water into our shed so i switched it over tonight so we can try and get the level down by using the water ourselves rather than it going on the ground. 

I managed to rig up a temporary overflow diversion into our River water settling tank with isn’t quite full. So we’ll see how we go!

That’s 30.9mm since yesterday and still counting!

Our Two New Additions

We’ve recently added two new lean-tos to our shed/house (“shouse”) to aid our ability to cover our vehicles and store building materials more effectively. 

It’s also made a huge difference being able to drive home and unload the car under cover while it’s raining. 

We purchased the steel for these lean-tos thanks to generous supporters responding to our Winter Appeal back in June and July. 

Thank-you! You know who you are. 

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