--Photography by Selena
#mom #farmlife #walkingandbreastfeeding #puppies #Maremma
You know you're a mom when walking around while breastfeeding and eating lunch isn't out of the ordinary. :) :) :)
--Photography by Selena
#mom #farmlife #walkingandbreastfeeding #puppies #Maremma
Maybe not soaring like eagles, but here they are, up in a throne of tree branches, way above my head.
The trees are a favorite place for our hens, for all the bugs and worms and insects they find around: delicious snacks and a great, diversified protein source.
The only problem is, I keep finding eggs hidden in the tree hollow
#losteggs #pasturedeggs #pastured #chickensfly #chickenslikeeagles #eggs #fly
“But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.”
Back to the icy blast this week, but we think it was the last one. #ice #winter #farmlife #pasturedeggs #icyblast #frozen
--from the poem “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost, the beloved poet by night and chicken farmer by day!
Or maybe it's the beautifully scented Daphne that Foxy can pickup from the farm house?
Happy first day of spring!
Wonderful to feel the sun after the third La Nina winter in a row on the farm.
This is Foxy (also known as pup-pup), the Apprentice, the successful graduate of our apprenticeship program (https://www.hilltopsfreerange.com/blog/the-apprentice).
He is now mature, calm, measured, and knows his job well. It's nice just to lie down in the grass next to Foxy and smell Spring together.
#Spring #daphne #springisintheair #firstdayofspring #farmlife #pastured #eggs #Maremma #theapprentice #maremmadog #smell
The fire truck pulled out the Landcruiser. The next day, the fire truck got stuck trying to pull out the buggy, but the red tractor was able to pull out the buggy.
The question is: who is going to pull out the fire truck now?
Adventures every day.
Photography by Francesco and Carla.
#stuck #mud #farmlife #pasturedeggs #bogged #rainydays
“Oh, the radio tells me it's raining
But that I can see for myself
And they tell me a cyclone is coming
Oh, I surely could do with some help
Oh, I've revved and I've rocked and reversed it
Oh, I've dug at the mud on the wheels
I've kicked and I've sworn and I've cursed it
And to the good Lord I've appealed
But the line-up to heaven ain't open
I've a feeling I'm not getting through
Oh, I'll just have to lighten the load
One carton of [EGGS WITH BACON] should do”
--borrowed from the lyrics of “Send’er Down Hughie” by the great Slim Dusty
#mud #stuck #bogged #pastured #eggs #farmlife #rains #Australia #countrysongs #truesong #pasturedeggs #adventures
Photo by Alan
“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It's gonna be a bright, bright bright, sun-shiny day!”
Just for a moment there, it looked like farm work might be possible again.
Back to the mud now.
#pasturedeggs #sunshining #farmwork #rain
— lyrics of the John Nash 1972 song “I can see clearly now”
"I'm in love with mud,
It's sad, I know, but true.
I just can't help but splash in it,
Or stomp a path right through.
I splatter in the grimy gloop,
I can't resist the ooze!
I run, I jump, I stamp about,
It drips into my shoes!"
#mud #soil #pastured #joy #pasturedeggs #freedom #rains
-- excerpt from the poem "I'm In Love With Mud" by Gareth Lancaster
Splendour In The Grass - the Hilltops egg farm version 😂😂😂.
The flip side of muddling through the last couple of months is that we have incredible, luscious, splendid GRASS! It is indeed like music to a farmer's ears . We are also very happy to share tips and tricks with festival goers on how to in-bog vehicles, how to drive tractors and how to enjoy the wonderful rain and mud😄
#splendourinthegrass #farmlife #mud #grass #pasturedeggs #music
"My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky"
If you look up, there is always hope. In anything, and for everything.
-- poem by William Wordsworth
#hope #hardwork #farmwork #rainbow #pasturedeggs #chickens #green #lookup #teamwork
Our chickens are just like little kids, would have ice-pops for a meal anytime!
When left alone, both kids and chooks would choose ice-pops on a [grass] stick over any kind of nutritional, sugar-free option the 'boring' parents are trying to promote.
While our farm is enjoying beautiful frosty mornings, the chickens love that moment when the sun is just about to fade out all the frost. Half the frost is up as fog, and half is in that half-ice-pop - half-slushie - half-water state on the long blades of grass.
Beautiful, perfect, cooling, thirst-quenching breakfast.
And the view from their breakfast table is not bad either.
#pastured #eggs #morning #frost #icecream #icecreamforbreakfast #pasturedeggs #chickens #morningwalk #farmlife #winter #wintermorning #winterfrost #naturalfeed
Life at the highest hill tops at Hilltops farm is good (pun intended): grass abundance, clear skies, cloud shapes to dream about. We hope everyone across NSW is safe, in all low grounds and high grounds alike.
#surviving #floods #grass #clearskies #finallydry #sun #farmlife
"What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?--
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and [chooks]:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare."
-- the poem "Leisure" by William Henry Davies, the Welshman, slight modifications by Hilltops free range
#stare #eggs #pasture #freedom
High-protein, food of the future for humans, they say.
We just spared this chickens’ snack. Used a stick to fetch the dragonfly, managed to keep it away from the snacking chickens, and let it fly off.
No desert today, but our chickens get plenty of natural feed and insects, high-protein snacking, while roaming outdoors in mobile sheds all day every day.
#truefreerange #pasturedeggs #insectfood #chickens #naturalfeed #natural #dragonfly #snackforbirds
The Kiss (wait for it!) Shakespeare, chicken version. Chickens enjoying lovely green grass, the small joys of winter in Australia
#thekiss #shakespeare #pasturedeggs #grassfed #chickensoup
--Based on 'Romeo and Juliet' Act 1, Scene 5, 'The Kiss': "let lips do what hands do"
The apprenticeship program 2022 is in full swing 😁.
All our puppies are now placed ‘in training‘ with the older Maremma dogs.
Here is Oddball checking on his novice companion, he is one tough boss to please 😆.
#apprentice #train #farmlife #pasture #maremma #companion #pasturedeggs
Collected some eggs for lunch, and came across these amazing hues. Can I cook them with the eggs?
“Like a late love that is sweeter than summer”, a lovely autumn sunny day at the farm.
#autumn #eggs #farmlife #autumnsun #leaves #pasture #latelove #hues
Quote from “Plums” by the poet and playwright Gillian Clarke
Nothing like an actual medal to drive away rainy melancholy of La Niña autumn 😁 🏅
Very honoured to receive Excellence medal from the Royal Agriculture Society of NSW. And what are medals for if not for bragging? #brag #medal #excellence #eggs #pasturedeggs
Excellent views, high side of the street, king-like position, looking over - but also down- onto the subordinate chicken population- what’s not to like?
Our two young apprentices, looking for a dry place after last night’s deluge, had climbed on top of the hay bales.
The apprentices (the beautiful puppies named in our @hyattregencysydney collaboration) are now all living in the flocks with the chickens, and working under the ‘guidance’ of our experienced Maremmas.
Notice the adult Maremma had not deemed it appropriate to clamber onto hay bales, as the young hotheads had. View may be nice, but what about dignity?
Photography by Thomas
#youth #freedom #pastured #maremma #dogs # dogonhay #aftertherain #farmlife
“a rainbow rose one afternoon -
drenching me in golden mist
I reached out to touch
but couldn't hold."
Photography by Eric
--poem "Jeogla 2" by Peter Skrzynecki, post-second World War Polish immigrant to Australia, who lived in Cowra, not far from our farm. The poet and the chickens were looking at the same skies.
#rainbow #pastured #pasturedeggs #farmlife #poetry
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