Farm Life: Hail Stones & Secrets

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This week on the farm life has taken a new twist. We waited all week for storms to come to our place, they did finally come however our rain fall is not what I was hoping for. Looks like we live in a small pocket of the Sunshine Coast protected by the hills. Which means a storm will be heading our way then suddenly, poof, its gone – evaporated into nothing. Then others will be heading straight for us then somehow manage to split into two and go around us, not sure what is with that but it seems to happen far too often. Good news though I woke this morning to find 26mm of rain in our gauge, however it is half the amount of many others in the area. Our ground is soft, the sun is out beaming and the forecast is boasting more storms again this afternoon. Maybe the weather has broken and I can start thinking about planting some more veggies in my patch.

With our new veranda christened on Friday with beers and a bbq, we only had to wait until Saturday for a good and proper storm to come over, Roy and I pulled up our chairs and made ourselves cosy watching the weather roll by. The clouds would dance over us and around playing hide and seek with the rain. In the end it did sprinkle a little. Roy had organised to go down to the coast for the afternoon to catch up with some other nerdy folk who love to push little men around and play strategy war gaming. So he left after the first storm, though there was another not too far away, it poked its head over the hills ten minutes later. All of a sudden I heard a strange noise similar to that of a big jumbo jet getting ready for take off getting closer to the house. The birds were all flying away and ducking for cover – but for what?

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Thud, k-thud, thud, smash, thud. Hail the size of tennis balls were falling from the sky at first then became smaller to over sized golf balls smashing into our humble shed (home). Beating the ground with brut force, taking out what ever was insight. The sound was incredible, loud and scary. I had never seen hail that size before and never that amount getting pelted at the earth. Just as the rain started to hammer down it looked as though it had tried to snow in the valley our drive was speckled white. A very bizarre experience. Below is a video for you to take a peek at.

 

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So what am I keeping from you?

If you have already scrolled to the bottom you will know. Roy and I are expecting our first child, we are 19 weeks along and just had our last scan today. I have a long-legged critter growing inside me who can’t sit still and is stubborn – I am in for a real treat, my mother will grin as I am sure it sounds very familiar. Our little family at the farm will be adding a new member in April 2014.

With the expectant arrival of a baby to our place we have had to think about what we may need to buy, organise and choose a name of all things. Roy and I wanted to know the sex of the critter but it turns out we might be out of luck, the little one just wiggled around too much and wouldn’t co-operate. I have an inkling but I guess we will all will have to wait and see in a few months time. In the meantime Roy and I can argue about names for both sexes making it harder than we wanted.

The recent work at our place has been egged on by the little critter as well as the need to have water and more storage for our garden things down the paddock. All we have bought is a tank for our new baby. The little one is going to need plenty of water, there will be nappies to wash, the baby to wash and well the veggies and chickens will need attention too. I don’t want to have a repeat of last year of no rain for four months and worry we will run out.

It turns out my mum will be giving us all our old 1980’s nappies, yes cloth, sturdy I suppose too. My mum has denied me that I am allowed to use plastic diapers, she wasn’t allowed to have them – well they did not exist then. So I too will be using the cloth nappy. I was going to look into the new design ones anyways – as I am environmentally mindful. Landfill is something we should all be conscious of you know. Turns out mum also has the cot we slept in as kids and well she also slept in the cot. It’s from 1960 and made of canvas and wood and folds up! Genius, we live in such a small space and I didn’t want any fancy cane swan crib things. Plain and simple. The little one is just going to keep growing.

Over the next four months Roy and I have a lot to learn and understand about our impending parenthood duties. Until then we are just living it day by day and as new things pop up we discuss the possibilities and move on. Farm life is not for the faint hearted and being sustainable to boot will takes a little more care. I am sure this little blog will evolve again and for those who I have not left comments on you blog, sorry – tiredness is my new friend along with heartburn.

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Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as a mentor for women who are looking to create and live a life with passion & purpose at www.lizziemoult.com.
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16 Responses

  1. The hail is amazing Lizzie, I have never seen hail that big before. Congratulations to you and Roy on your wonderful news! Very exciting times ahead. I agree…keeping baby equipment plain and simple is the way to go. Great to have use of your childhood cot. Recycling and reusing at its best! I hope the tiredness and the heartburn don’t hang around for too long. Happy days!

  2. Yay Lizzie! I’m so excited for you! What a fantastic feeling the movements are. I was told the sex of our little one, but am 80% sure they got it wrong. Congratulations to you and Roy. And beautiful hail photos! The dark clouds are stunning!

  3. Congratulations 🙂 Pity you didn’t get a chance to find out the sex as I agree it would make things easier to have names picked out beforehand, and of course mentally prepare for the next few years.
    Glad you managed to get some rain, hopefully we will have another big week of it after your new tank is installed.

  4. Congratulations Liz! How exciting. Your child will have an amazing experience growing up in your small part of the world. I used cloth nappies also. Not the old fashioned variety (I’d be scared of using the pins!!) We used the itti bitti nappies. They’ve been great and lasted both my girls. Hope the heartburn eases. Milk straight from the carton at any time of the night helped me!!!

  5. congratulations to you and roy! great that you are doign so much to be prepared.
    glad also that your new verandah withstood that huge hail. i bet it made a tremendous noise.
    your first photo is beautiful.

  6. Wow what a storm, that hail, I don’t think I’ve seen hail that big before either. I hope it didn’t cause much damage. There has been some weird a wild weather happening around various parts that is for sure. Also congratulations enjoy your new adventure.

  7. Another one here via GSC – congratulations!!! I used terry flats with both of mine (very end of last century and a few years ago) and they are still the best – helps to assist baby to not ignore body functions and therefore they train that much easier (therefore less nappies in the long run – bonus)!!

    Try to get some snappis (http://www.thenappyshop.com.au/nappy_fasteners.htm) – they are the SHIZ when it comes to fastening the suckers.

    Oh – and practice these – kite fold for when s/he is newborn and tri-fold for when they start to run!!

    Good luck – and boo to that hail.

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