and Who we
Are: Owners of Countryfarm Lifestyles
In case you were
wondering more about
us, and who we are, we thought we
would fill you in. We were born proverbial gypsies. My
first move from my hometown came a year before the birth of my first
child, and we found ourselves the owners of a lifestyle block, where we
owner-built our first house.
Here we grew our own vegetables
and fruit. We collected strawberries
by the bucket-load during the season and we made jams,
preserves and canned our produce
when the fruit from the extensive orchards was harvested. Two Welsh
ponies were added to the picture with chickens
next on the list.
More children were added to the family,
and they thrived on the fresh air and had access to the fruit and
vegetables that were all organically grown. Nothing was wasted. The horses
and chickens provided good farmyard manure which went back onto the
veggies and around the fruit trees, enriching the soil in preparation
for the next
Over the years we improved in what and
how we planted and gained more knowledge of natural
pesticides for our produce. In addition, we were
lucky enough to be able to buy raw milk from a neighboring farm and had
lots of fun making
and waiting impatiently for the cream to rise so that we could scoop it
For a while our homesteading lifestyle came to an
end due to unforseen circumstances and we ended up living far away from
diverse places such as Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia.
matter where we lived I grew my own vegetables and fruit on a smaller
scale, and even learned the art of spinning, natural dyeing and pottery
while living in these places.
Another move was on the cards, this
time in a place where one finds it difficult to be have some semblance
of self-sufficiency; the Middle East.
For five months of the year when the weather was cooler, I grew
vegetables in raised
bed gardens built off concrete floors, made
marmalades, cordials and lime aid from the lime tree, used the dates
that grew prolifically and even the mulberry tree obliged from time to
We still managed to make
our own compost, but this time from kitchen scraps,
newspaper and some horse manure from the racecourse horses a block
away, and then from our chickens that we kept in the hen house we built
out of wood and shade cloth. We also kept quails.
that we moved to Perth, Western Australia. A beautiful part of the
world, with great weather and the Swan river that seems to go on
forever, but terrible sandy soil that needs lots of compost before you
can even think of growing anything. And then it was Northern
Queensland, before finally moving to our farm in Italy.
Wherever we have lived, be it on a
small holding, the suburbs or even on a large farm, we have always had
some degree of self-sufficiency in our food. I try not to use too many
chemicals in my home and so am also big on homemade
cleaning products, homemade
soap and homemade
Now, in our mature years, another
exciting phase has opened up to us. We are the owners of a farmhouse
in Tuscany where we are busy at present renovating
the old farmhouse, grow grapes, olives, have an extensive orchard and vegetable garden, and keep chickens, ducks and sheep
for wool, cheese and meat.
With a lot
of hard work and research we believe that we will continue the same
level of satisfaction we have always enjoyed in being as
self-sufficient as we possibly can.
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