Posts Tagged With: chickens

How Airbnb turned into a house sit…

For a change I chose the inland route to Sydney on our way from the Gold Coast to the farm, house sit. Mainly because I had not been this way before.

Armidale was to be our first stop over, almost a 600 kilometre journey from the Gold Coast.

Have you heard of Airbnb? (If not check it out here.) I have used it a lot and love it. Well when I contacted Clare for a 2 night Airbnb stay in Armidale, she emailed back to say she would be away on the days we wanted accommodation. BUT she noticed we did house sitting, would we like to do a deal, stay 3 nights, pay for one and feed her chooks and water pot plants? Of course I said yes…

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It was in an ideal location. At the end of a quiet street, almost in the country, near the University and only a 5 minute drive to the CBD. If you look carefully you can see the few pot plants. It was rustic and basic but had comfy beds and every thing we needed.

I looked in the long grass under that big old apple tree.

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And found a worm farm tucked away.

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After feeding the 5 chooks and checking for eggs. It was time to explore Armidale…

To be continued…

Categories: Airbnb, Armidale, Australia, chickens, house sitting, photos, travel | Tags: , , , , , | 34 Comments

Eggs, eggs and more eggs

6 dozen+ eggs

6 dozen+ eggs

I am totally overwhelmed with eggs. The girls are doing a sterling job and I collect from 6 to 11 every day. Just how many egg meals can you have in a week? Poached, boiled, scrambled, omelette, frittatas, I have even started baking cakes, much to Jack’s delight.

In desperation I went to Google, that know-all depository of the computer world. I typed in “how to use lots of eggs” it came up with 34 MILLION results in 24 seconds. Now that is a lot of people with surplus eggs…

This was one of my favourites

Impossible Pie

  •  4 eggs (I used 6 small bantam eggs)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 2 tsp van ess

Mix all together, pour into large pie pan or casserole. Bake 180C approx. 45 minutes.

That is very easy to make and it forms a delicious custardy centre under a coconutty topping. Yummy….

I would appreciate any suggestions for using lots of eggs.

Sitting on the feed bin, waiting for breakfast

Sitting on the feed bin, waiting for breakfast


Come and get it girls

Come and get it girls

I love to watch how the cockerels take care of their harem, calling them over to the choice food

I love to watch how the cockerels take care of their harem, calling them over to the choice food


Well after all that work it is time to relax with a book in the hammock

Well after all that work it is time to relax with a book in the hammock


and watch the tomatoes growing.

and watch the tomatoes growing.





Categories: Atherton Tableland, Australia, chickens, eggs, house sitting, photos | Tags: , , , , | 15 Comments

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