Diary of a Cackleberry Farmer (November 2015)

A couple of the chickens trying to stay out of the midday sun
A couple of the chickens trying to stay out of the midday sun | Source

It's Almost Christmas

Well November is almost over and while my friends in the US of A have been enjoying their Thanksgiving celebrations, we here in Queensland, Australia having been sweltering in the heat (38 degrees Celsius yesterday) and beginning to realise that Christmas is just around the corner.

It is a Hansen tradition to erect our Christmas tree and hang the decorations on the 1st December each year and that is only a couple of days away. Thankfully we completed most of our shopping for presents early this year so the next few weeks won't be so stressful trying to think of last minute gifts.

Kathy, Taidan, and Cyrus in Darwin
Kathy, Taidan, and Cyrus in Darwin | Source
A couple reunited
A couple reunited | Source

A Couple Reunited

The good news is that my wife Kathy has finally returned home after her six week sojourn in Darwin. Even though I like my animal companions, it's wonderful to once again have human company (especially my wife).

When she arrived back in Queensland the weather was still pleasantly cool, especially at night, so Kathy was treated to a couple of weeks relief from Darwin's oppressive tropical heat. For the last week however we here in South East Queensland are enduring a record breaking heatwave, so her reprieve was short lived.

Now for a little geography lesson For non-Australian readers. Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and 3492 kilometres north-west from Brisbane, Queensland's capital and closest airport to where we live at Ballogie. So in order to get from Darwin to Ballogie, Kathy had to endure a 3 1/2 hour flight followed by a 3 1/2 hour drive.

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Chloe and her boyfriend Eric, ready for the Graduation Ball.
Chloe and her boyfriend Eric, ready for the Graduation Ball. | Source
Dylan's 1st Birthday Party
Dylan's 1st Birthday Party | Source

Life Away from the Farm

About a week before Kathy was to fly home we were informed by our eldest granddaughter, Chloe, that her high school graduation ceremony was on 13th November, and she asked if we would be able to attend. Kathy was due to arrive back in Brisbane airport at 5.30am on the morning of 12th and had to be home to teach a weaving class on 14th. It was pushing it and meant we would have to stay in Brisbane for an extra day and then travel home late at night immediately after the graduation, but we decided to do it.

Other major November events included grandsons, Ash and Dylan (same family) both having birthdays as well. In fact it was Dylan's first, and we went to his birthday party in Kingaroy. Their father, Jared (our middle son) competed in his first Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) fight in over ten years and emerged victorious after three gruelling two minute rounds. He now has the enviable record of three fights for three wins.

Meanwhile our youngest son, Trent (also a Muay Thai fighter under temporary retirement due to an injury earlier in the year) has started up his own gymnasium, with two friends, in Darwin.

None of this has anything to do with the Cackleberry Farm other than to explain why I haven't been home a lot this month and for the lack of small acreage news. Besides, as you see, I get easily side-tracked once I begin to write and often go off in weird tangents.

The trusty Stihl chainsaw
The trusty Stihl chainsaw | Source

Timber! A Tree Across the Driveway

As I mentioned earlier, the day after we arrived home from Brisbane, Kathy had to travel to Murgon to teach a weaving class for the CWA (Country Women's Association) for which she is a craft convenor. Five minutes after she left home I heard the car horn "beep." After a wild storm the previous night (which thankfully didn't hit while we were still on the road) A large tree had been uprooted and blown over across our only driveway.

Kathy asked me to grab the chainsaw and come with her so I could clear the roadway. Being the good husband I am :) I responded willingly, fuelling up the chainsaw before going with her to chop up the tree. I didn't want her to be late for her class, especially as she was the teacher, so I agreed to let her be on her way and I'd walk home. If you have read my hub "Take a Walk With Me" you'll be familiar with the length of my driveway. Anyway the fallen tree was located about 1 1/2 kilometres from the house..on foot, carrying a heavy chainsaw..piece of piss. I am an Aussie after all.

The good news is that we have a good supply of firewood already cut and ready for next winter.

Chick Chick, the latest addition to the Cackleberry Farm
Chick Chick, the latest addition to the Cackleberry Farm | Source
The last three hatchlings
The last three hatchlings | Source
Foghorn Leghorn, one of our roosters
Foghorn Leghorn, one of our roosters | Source

Home on the Farm

Back on the farm one new chicken has hatched. Remember the the poor clucky hen who had been siting on the macadamia nuts? Well, the second egg I placed under her finally hatched. Hallelujah! She is now the proud mother of a healthy bouncing baby chick.

The previous three chickens to hatch are now almost full grown and very unique in appearance. Our poultry are such a mixed breed that no one can say they all look the same. Out of a total of thirteen, only three of the hen's are similar in appearance. They are a mix of White Leghorn, Ilsa Red, Pekin Bantam, and Silky..a very diverse looking flock.

The extreme heat effects the chickens as much, if not more, than the humans (at least we can escape inside to the air conditioning). They are really only active in the early morning hours and late afternoon. The rest of the time they are just sitting quietly wherever they can find some shade.

Having two roosters we have no need for an alarm clock on the Cackleberry Farm. They treat us to a wonderful rendition of "duelling cock-a-doodle-do" at sunrise each morning.

The Ride-on Mower
The Ride-on Mower | Source
Ride-on battery connected to solar panel
Ride-on battery connected to solar panel | Source
Solar panel for charging mower battery
Solar panel for charging mower battery | Source
The push lawn mower
The push lawn mower | Source

Some Pros and Cons of Rural Living

Because I haven't been home on the Cackleberry farm for any extended period this month, and due to some welcome rainfall followed by sunshine, I decided to mow as much of our two acre house block as I could while I had the chance.

Well, just my luck, the ride-on mower wouldn't start! It is a temperamental bugger and only kicks over when it's in the mood. Because of long periods without use over the winter months, due to the grass remaining dormant, I do have the battery connected to a solar panel that continuously trickle charges it (supposedly). So much for that. This time I had to resort to mowing as much as I could with the manual push mower. Yeah, more exercise for me!


Living on a rural property is great and some of the pros are:

  • surrounded by nature
  • peace and quite
  • no arguing with neighbours
  • fresh air
  • starlit nights
  • grow your own fruit and vegetables
  • virtually all the animals you want
  • Country people help each other out, bartering one service or item for another etc.

Everyone's favourite Aussie animal, Koala
Everyone's favourite Aussie animal, Koala
Goanna climbing a tree
Goanna climbing a tree
Water tanks are essential in the country
Water tanks are essential in the country | Source


However, wherever there are pros unfortunately, there also has to be cons.

  • If you have an accident or health issue such as a heart attack you are not close to medical assistance and it can take an ambulance almost an hour to reach you (based on my location)
  • Excess of creepy crawlies: bugs, snakes, goannas, spiders, scorpions, centipedes etc. If you have any phobias you will be forced to face them
  • Poor Internet and mobile/cell phone coverage
  • Because we do not have a town water supply we need water tanks and a pump to supply water to the house. If there is a power outage the pump can't work so there is no supply of water to the house and you can't flush toilets either.
  • No corner stores or take-away/take-out stores within miles so you have to make sure you buy all your groceries etc for the week or fortnight when you go to town
  • You also have to learn to be a jack of all trades because if a piece of equipment breaks down, or is just downright ornery, you have to deal with it yourself. No mechanic, electrician, or plumber will drive 50 kilometres on the spur of the moment to fix it for you. You have to actually book them a month in advance so they can combine jobs in your area, and you still have to pay $100 call out fee before they even do any work.

Anyway, I'll try to start the ride-on again later today when the weather cools down. Maybe it will be in a better mood. Knowing my luck we will get a late afternoon storm and it will prevent me mowing anyway.

Australian animal collection
Australian animal collection
Kathy's new spinning wheel
Kathy's new spinning wheel | Source

Another Recent Outing

Getting away from the farm once again, last Saturday we drove to Toowoomba so that Kathy could pick up another spinning wheel (I think she has seven now). We couldn't pass this up as it was a "give away" and almost never used.

As usual however, our timing wasn't the best and we became stuck in the middle of nowhere for over an hour due to a car in front of us flipping over and blocking the single lane road. That was fun, or at least a talking point, and fortunately it appears that no one was killed or seriously hurt.

The spinning wheel has provided Kathy with a new project and it will keep her busy restoring it. She disassembled it yesterday, cleaned it, reglued the wheel, and painted it with primer/undercoat. She is still to decide how she will finish it off, but has mentioned trying to give it a "steam punk" theme. I can't wait to see the finished product. I have a very talented wife.

I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes

Sorry to disappoint the nature lovers among you (snake and arachnid fans at least) as I am not including pics of either in this hub. There hasn't been a snake in sight so far this month (touch wood as the weather is warming up) and although there have been spiders I haven't seen any big enough or scary enough to make my hair stand on end.

There have been a couple of geckos hiding behind wall prints and ready to ambush any unwary moths or bugs (I love geckos), and a small brown frog who appears around the kitchen sink at night and appears to have made his home in a flower vase during the day. Unfortunately I haven't managed to capture these on the camera yet. Maybe next hub in the series.

Writing and Doodling
Writing and Doodling | Source

Th..th..that's All Folks

Wow! For a hub I envisaged having trouble filling this certainly surprised me. I really got carried away didn't I? In person it is hard to get a word out of me (unless discussing a subject I feel deeply passionate about) but as soon as I have a pen in my hand it's a totally different story. As a kid, and young adult working in an office I used to doodle all the time. If I picked up a pen or pencil and there was an exercise book, notebook, or desk blotter within reach it would soon be full of drawings. I have finally grown out of that (somewhat) and now I write words instead.

Well, th..th..that's all for now folks. Until next time, stay safe, and thank you for reading this all the Way to the end.

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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

I loved your rambling, John (I do that too!) and thank you for sharing so much of your life with us. I think that is the very unique thing about HP; that we can come right into your home almost and it didn't put either one of us out any!

In other words, can't wait to come back!

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jackie, thank you for being the first to read and comment on this hub. You are always welcome to visit. When I first started here I would never have considered sharing so much of my life, but I am so comfortable writing here now and I have made so many friends that it no longer bothers me. I do think I tend to ramble a bit too much but no one is perfect. Maybe I should add a video of the song "Ramblin' Man" :)

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Missy Smith 14 months ago from Florida

I think all writers have so many thoughts that we just lay it all out without even realizing it. lol... I love your stories. I love how you describe the simplicity of living on the Cackleberry Farm, even though, it too has its cons to do so. I lived way out on a farm a couple of times in life, so I do know all the pros and cons. :)

Your pictures are gorgeous! My favorite is the one of you and your lovely wife Kathy. You two inspire us single folks to never give up; we could still find our true mate as well. :)

Congratulations to your son on his kickboxing title. I think about getting my son into something like that. He needs some discipline that moms just can't provide to sons. lol...

Such an entertaining and well put together hub Jodah. You share so many interesting tales. I think I could speak for everyone when I say; keep boasting out all those thoughts in your head, we enjoy the heck out of reading them.

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Ericdierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

From Bantam to Stihl to wood to mowing. You make me happy to know you. Go get 'em you backcountry dawg. Now aren't you folks under a bit of a sickness? I like your attitude with gratitude. Silly things may mean nothing to you but for a country boy stuck between two houses on either side I love my cackleberry farmer.

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billybuc 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

Glad to hear your wife is back home. Sorry about the heat. No problem here with excessive temperatures. We are having a very cold November. I find myself longing for warmer rains. :) Anyway, must run....have a terrific weekend and thanks for the update.

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Phyllis Doyle 14 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Ah ! Wonderful. I have been anxiously awaiting your November edition of the Cackleberry Farmer. I love this series, Jodah, and you make them all so interesting. I love looking at your photos and doodling, too. Hey - congratulations to Jared on the three wins. How proud you all must be. The photos of your grandkids and the one of you and Kathy are precious and make me feel happy to see you all again. Kathy amazes me with her creativity and projects - I love spinning wheels and creative minds like the two of you have.

Thanks for sharing another busy month on the farm. I enjoyed it. H+, G+ and Pinned.

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Buildreps 14 months ago from Europe

Nice to read this update from Down Under. You are a busy farmer, Jodah. Do you still have enough time for your writings? It's here Saturday about 6 p.m., for you it's already Sunday morning while I'm writing this. Isn't it a wonderful world? A great Sunday for you!

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Venkatachari M 14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very interesting account of your farm life - the enjoyments and the troubles faced by you and your family (including cackleberries). You have presented it so beautifully. I was accustomed to diary maintaining many years back, but not now. Presently I record only the expenses and any important occasions or ceremonies.

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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida

What a fascinating account of the latest celebrations in your life, Jodah, the tribulations (heat and balky mowers), and the interesting facts about your homestead. I could live with all if it except the creepy crawlies - they are not my favorites.

Happy your wife returned safely from her trips - tell her for me she has a very sweet face. And your daughter and the grandhildren pictured are beautiful. But you already knew that.

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mckbirdbks 14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This series is a delight. Those not living on a farm or urban farm enjoy what we imagine a quiet life style away from the teenagers and their motorcycles and neighbors an arms length away. Baring pythons in the kitchen most of your adventures sound survivable.

You would likely enjoy the book, 'A Sand County Almanac' by Aldo Leopold. I just read it again.

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always exploring 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

John you are a busy man who appears to enjoy life even though hardships popup. I don't know how you find the time to write?, but I'm glad you do. You have a nice family. Thank you for sharing. Oh yes, I hate snakes too. Warm Regards...

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Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

Another delight hub on the Cackleberry Farm, John. I just love reading about the lives of my fellow hubber friends from around the world. I know you are thrilled to have Kathy back after such a long period of absence.

Wow, your life is jammed packed full. I can't imagine it being summer in November. I am terrible with the metric system, so I don't have a clue about how hot 38 degrees Celsius is.

At first glance of your gorgeous granddaughter Chole, I thought she was that movie star, Nicole Kidman, but she is much more gorgeous!

Australia has the most unique critters in the world. Oh, Rooster Foghorn Leghorn is beautiful. I love to doodle too. Your doodling is interesting.

Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your blessed life of wonderful family and life on the Cackleberry Farm.

Love Kathy's Christmas design creation there. Christmas came early for Kathy with the new lovely spinning wheel.


Blessings always

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lollyj lm 14 months ago from Washington KS

I love reading about your life!! Excellent hub.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

You make me laugh Eric....."backcountry dawg".. Yep I guess that's me :) Here in Australia our word for "redneck' is 'bogan'. Well I live,in Ballogie so I call myself a "Ballogan" which pretty much says it all. "Bit of sickness" you say, what sickness? Glad you love the Cackleberry farmer series.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Bill, likewise,sorry about the cold there. Would you believe Tasmania actually had a heavy

Snowfall two days ago, while the rest of the country suffers a heat wave? Incredible! Yep, sure good to have the wife home. Take care and don't work two hard on that urban farm of yours.

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moonlake 14 months ago from America

I enjoyed reading your hub. I was all for the heat you were talking about until you mentioned snakes and spiders. I will live in my 9 degrees the deadly snakes don't like it, a few spiders, but not deadly ones.

Your grandkids are beautiful.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to see you Phyllis. Sorry this edition is a little late. I have had trouble finding the time but managed to finish before the end of the month which was my aim. Thanks for your kind words. Yes Kathy is very talented. Almost anything craft related she can do well. I am the opposite as I just don't seem to have the patience. Leave me to write and I am happy. Do you have a spinning wheel? The art of spinning is undergoing quite a revival here in Australia. Thank you for pinning and sharing too.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Buildreps, it is Sunday here..had a storm last night and lost power but all good now. I just have to fit the writing in where I can. Yes it is a wonderful world. Cheers.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoy reading this series Venkat. It is the closest thing to a diary I can maintain..sort of a log but monthly rather than daily. Blessings to you in Hyderbad.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for all the kind comments drbj, especially about my family. Kathy will be happy you said she has a sweet face. I used to have a fear of creepy crawlies before I moved to the country. It was a case of live with us or leave...so I adapted. Have a great weekend.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Mike, so glad you find this series a delight. I was inspired by a series of books I read many many years ago titled "The Diaries of a Prickle Farmer" which was a wonderful read for the city slicker I was at the time. I will have to check out "A Sand County Almanac" too. If you recommend then it must be good. My adventures don't seem all that exciting until I write them down, but yes they are survivable..so far at least.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to see you drop by the Cackleberry farm Ruby. Life has been busy but good of late...trying to fit writing in where I can. Thanks as always for the words of encouragement. Cheers.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Theresa. Always good to share a bit of my Australian life with you on the other side of the world. They say you should write about what you know, so if you write about your life and family you can't go wrong...right ? :)

"Interesting" is a good way to describe my doodling..and yes Kathy is loving the new spinning wheel project. Chloe is a stunner isn't she? Eat your heart out Nicole..another red head. I'm no good with metric conversion either, especially temperatures, but I think 38C is around 95F (without Googling it). Hugs and blessings to you.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you lolly. Always good to see you visit the Cackleberry farm. Glad you enjoy this series. Have a great weekend.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Moonlake. The major drawback of the heat here at this time of the year is that the snakes and other reptiles become very active. When we get added rainfall in Summer it also drives the spiders and other insects such as scorpions indoors as well so that makes life extra interesting. Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for the kind comment about my grandkids.

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Chantelle Porter 14 months ago from Chicago

I love reading about your life on the farm. I have always wanted to won one but for my husband it's a flat out "No". So I will have to be satisfied living vicariously through you. BTW, it's freezing here so I would really appreciate some hot weather right now.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Chantelle, you are welcome to live your farming dream through my hub. It is a lifestyle that some people love while others hate, o it is difficult if both members of a couple are on either side. Try to stay as warm as possible there. I am happy that today is a little cooler here.

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AliciaC 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I was hoping that you would publish another edition of your diary soon, Jodah. It was very enjoyable to learn about some of the latest events in your life. I like your doodles, too!

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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

thank you Jodah for this peek into your journal and/or diary.. bless you and ur family...

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sorry to keep you waiting Alicia, but better late than never. I just managed to get it finished and published before the end of November. Glad you are enjoying the series.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It seems there is always something to write about Frank, even when life didn't feel eventful. As long as readers find this interesting I will continue the series. Thanks.

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DaveOnline 14 months ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Interesting to read about your farm life Jodah and that you have to the maintenance yourself and no close by take away outlets like we have in the city. At the end of the day it must be a great life, thanks for sharing.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Dave, thanks for taking the time to read about the Cackleberry Farm. I see not having the take away outlets close to be a bonus (health wise), having to do your own maintenance not so good..but aves you money if you can manage it.

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MsDora 14 months ago from The Caribbean

You have it all, Jodah, the good and the not so good. Thanks for sharing your busy, interesting life of family, hens and more. We benefit from the words you doodle. I can relate to the excess of crawly things. Our house is on land where sugar cane used to grow, and the soil is still rich with everything else beside the cane.

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bravewarrior 14 months ago from Central Florida

John, I love it when you go off on your tangents. It makes for interesting and entertaining reading, my friend. Love your doodles. You're very talented with the pen, both in words and art form.

Was the koala bear on your property? They're just so darned cute!

And congrats on being a new cackle-dad. Since you placed the egg under your chicken who was trying to hatch a macadamia nut, I'd say that makes you the Cackle Daddy! :-)

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AudreyHowitt 14 months ago from California

I love these slice of life pieces John--thank you for sharing your life with us here--you have a full life!!

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes MsDora I have the good and bad at time, but life is always interesting. Glad you enjoy this series and can relate to the creepy crawlies. Sugar cane doesn't grow in this area though we do have one of it's legacies...the cane toad which was introduced to eradicate the cane beetle/weevil but preferred native species for food, breeds like crazy and is now in plague proportions throughout much of Australia. I am always having to change the dogs water each morning because I find toads in the bowls..so the water is poisoned.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoy my tangents and doodles Shauna :) No that koala wasn't from my property. The closest koala population seem to be about 20 kilometres away...maybe our eucalypts are the wrong type. They only eat one variety of gum leaves. Cackle Daddy does have a certain ring to it :) Thanks.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Audrey. it is interesting to be able to share these everyday occurrences. They seem more interesting written down than they do at the time.

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Larry Rankin 14 months ago from Oklahoma

Always a joy to read about your life on the farm.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Larry. I always welcome your visits to the Cackleberry farm.

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Mel Carriere 14 months ago from San Diego California

Life on an Aussie Cackleberry farm is fascinating. I love your doodling, by the way, you should include more in your hubs.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Mel. I am happy that you find this an interesting life I lead. Yes maybe I will start including more doodles/drawings in my hubs.

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Nadine May 14 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Thanks so much for sharing your life on the farm in Queensland John. I've lived in Melbourne for a short 4 years, and even there the summer temperature could rise into the forties! Your granddaughter Chloe is a real stunner. At first I thought it was a picture of Nicole Kidman.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Nadine, you are the second person that thought Chloe looked like Nicole Kidman. I'll have to tell her that, though actually I think Chloe is more attractive than Nicole...but maybe I am biased. Thank you for reading and enjoying this edition of the Cackleberry Farm. (Yes Melbourne can have scorchers too).

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DDE 14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome write! Always a a thought from you. I like the photos and how you shared such great experiences.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Devika, I am so glad that you enjoy my writing of my daily experiences and photos.

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tillsontitan 14 months ago from New York

John, I love reading your hubs. First of all, I feel as if I'm sitting in the kitchen with you over a cup of tea, then, you add so much by way of educating me about Australia and your lovely farm.

I'm glad your wife is back home and hope your Christmas preparations continue to be laid back and fun.

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Billrrrr 14 months ago from Cape Cod

Beautiful John. An adventurous, if sometimes hard, lifestyle certainly gives you many interesting writing topics. Congrats to the boys on the victory for the one and starting a gym for the other, and to your talented wife for her skills and unique collection. You have had to endure 38 degrees ! !! It sounds very chilly by my scale - just eight degrees above freezing, but when I convert celsius to ferenheit, I realize that you are enduring temperatures of 100 degrees. Put that Stihl away and get inside before you get sunstroke ! !!

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Mary, I am glad these hubs seem informal and inviting, and actually educational as well. You are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea anytime. Hope your Christmas preparations go well too.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for visiting Bill. This lifestyle certainly keeps me off the street. Been busy gardening, brush cutting and dead tree lopping since, but choosing the cooler days.

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aviannovice 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Sounds like you had quite an active month. I enjoyed what animals you were able to provide this time around.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Deb, November was a very busy month and so far December is following a similar line. Thanks for reading.

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nicomp 14 months ago from Ohio, USA

Such a great read. I had to look up goannas. Almost sorry for doing that. Yikes.

We fully expect to see you on the Discovery Channel when they run out of people in Alaska to chronicle.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Nicomp, I'd welcome the Discovery Channel if they wanted to do a program on the Cackleberry Farm. Thanks for reading. Gotta love goannas.

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annart 14 months ago from SW England

This series is always fun and never a dull moment, John. You manage to make the average day sound amazing - but then an average day in Oz is nothing like one here! Great that you spent so much time with family and I love Kathy's version of what I presume is a Christmas tree. She is such a talented lady!

Surprisingly, I'm also well organised for Christmas this year. Now that I have much more time, I've started early and sorted out everyone's presents - except my partner's. Men are so difficult, in so many ways - sorry!

Could you please send a little of your sunshine our way? I spent one Christmas in NZ and one in Oz and they were great; strange but great.

Love your chickens and I get the sense that you love being miles from anywhere despite the drawbacks.

Hope all's well with you and yours, John.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the kind words Ann. Yes I do love it here and can't imagine living in town anymore. My days don't sound exciting until I write it down :) we have all our presents sorted...oh except for mine apparently. My wife would agree with you about men being difficult.. to buy for..though we aren't really. Sending a little sunshine and warmth your way.

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annart 14 months ago from SW England

Thanks! I can feel it already.


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FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

It's tough to imagine being so far removed from modern conveniences. I like reading about them but am too spoiled by them to brave it myself! I grew up living miles out of town (but not as far as you). I like this series.

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Living out of town certainly has it's challenges Flourish, but once you get used to it you don't want to move back to the city. No pollution, traffic, less crime (we don't even have to lock our house when we go out), nature at the doorstep etc etc. thanks for following this series.

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lawrence01 14 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


One of the things I enjoy about your hubs is that it's like catching up with a friend.

Really glad to hear the hen finally got a chick of her own.

As for alarm clocks we have two cats who have novel ways if waking me, often very early in the morning!

Happy New Year


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author


Thank you for saying reading my hubs is like catching up with an old friend. I want my readers to feel comfortable and as though they are getting to know me and my family, and our lifestyle as they read each edition.

Now that I am so used to the rooster's they don't always succeed in waking me now...but never fear, our cat Basil does every morning without fail at 5.00am..meowing and walking all over me until I give in and get up. Happy New Year to you.

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