A day in the life of Tom Kendall

  • Eggs
    And collecting the eggs
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    The list of chickens and what they get fed in the feed shed.
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    The cows getting fed in the morning, after Tom has collected their manure (see wheel barrow on right)
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    Tom milks the goat whilst she is eating breakfast
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    Then the geese get fed
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    Onto feeding the chooks
  • Shadehouse
    Watering the seedlings in the poly tunnel
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    After breakfast the cows get taken out into the paddock
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    And mummy goat gets reunited with her kids
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    This speaks for itself...
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    Tom emptying and washing out the scrap bins
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    Attaching the fixed tap
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    Finishing off
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    Showing Noosa Permaculture group seed savers the large numbers of seeds available
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    Herb Robert seeds
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    A big potato harvest
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    Conducting a 1 1/2 hour farm tour
  • Planting in the permaculture kitchen garden
    More planting
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    Prompted the need for a root cellar
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    An old fridge converted...
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    Getting mulch from the nature strip cut the day before
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    Loading up the trailer
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    Making the dog food
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    Wwoofer Andrew unloads the trailer with mulch into the mulch bins in the garden
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    Tom tidying up the garden
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    And giving weeds and greens to the garden chooks
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    More greens picked to make space for seedlings
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    Potting seeds and looking after seedlings in the polytunnel, and getting some seedlings for planting
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    Seedlings and buckets for soil taken to the garden
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    Planting bean seedlings
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    Wwoofer Lucia sorting the potatoes in the root cellar
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    Instructing the wwoofers on jobs to do
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    Showing the planting of seedlings
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    Checking the worm farm and getting the worm juice to water in seedlings
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    Electric fence required for the cows for the next day
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    Close to the end of the day, forage is required for the animals
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    Marigold enjoys some arrowroot
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    She needs that bit extra, feeding herself plus the twins...
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    The chooks love the arrowroot too
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    And the other goats!
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    In the mean time the Urban Permaculture course is conducted on site by Anne Gibson
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    Society garlic broken up for planting out
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    Sifting the compost for adding to the seedlings
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    A nice box full
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    Water needed pumping up, to empty the water catching tanks some more and filling up the top tank for gravity feeding down.
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    The garden needed watering (gravity fed down from a dam water tank)
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    More compost required
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    Spreading out compost to create another garden bed
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    Checking the large compost
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    Time to make up food for the animals
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    First mummy goat, then the other goats further up the hill
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    Come on, let's have a cuddle!
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    Calling the cows, they come running to the gate
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    Toffee wants a cuddle with Tom too!
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    De-ticking whilst giving them a rub and tying them up before being led to the yard
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    Leading the bull first
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    And tied up in the yard for feeding time
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    Another cuddle
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    And a rub
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    And the two cows are led to the yard
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    There they are all tied up
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    And fed, with chooks pinching some too! After feeding the cows are untied and can roam in the yard overnight, so their manure can be harvested the next day!
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    A faulty tap to fix

Zaia

Zaia is a musician, homesteader, permaculturist, holistic health and wellness coach and sustainability advocate. She and husband Tom run permaculture designed farm "Maungaraeeda" on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the not for profit organisation the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and teach permaculture and self reliance. Zaia loves cooking and always comes up with new and different recipes to prepare the food she grows. She is a percussionist and is involved in various musical projects, including community music projects. She writes about life on the farm and tries to post regular photos.

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10 Responses

  1. Maria says:

    What a beautiful representation! Great photos! And an interesting lifestyle.

  2. Thanks Maria! These photos were taken on a day when Tom was not teaching in the classroom, and there were no projects being done at the time. The lifestyle is wonderful, keeping things simple is very enjoyable, and the connection with the land, the animals and the food you eat is extremely fulfilling!

  3. Awesome photo’s… see you this weekend (it’s massage week at High Spirits for me!) xx

  4. Hey there! I understand this is kind of
    off-topic but I had to ask. Does building a well-established blog such as
    yours require a large amount of work? I’m brand new to operating a blog but I do write in
    my journal on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily
    share my experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for new aspiring blog owners.
    Thankyou!

    • Zaia says:

      If you are already writing a journal it won’t take much more time to write a blog. Simply setup your blog and share your thoughts online rather than just on paper!
      Other than that, there is some work involved in getting people to visit your site, but there are plenty of resources online which will share with you how to increase traffic on your site. Good luck!

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  6. Exhausted ex-WOOFer says:

    Truly idyllic. What happened to all the WWOOFers?

    • Zaia says:

      Wwoofers and volunteers still play an important part in our day to day operation. And we are very grateful for all our helpers, past, present and future! We now have more longer term volunteers, who learn a lot whilst they are with us.

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