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Everything old is new again….the Tray System

In the process of relocating to our new home on Macleay Island, I came across some of our old aquaponics growing systems. This one is called the tray system. The tray system has been in use for decades. It was popularised by Australian Hydroponics pioneer Joe Romer in...

A New Direction #4 – Macleay Island

Almost three months ago, Jan announced her desire to live on a Moreton Bay island – in a house made of shipping containers. In early November, we made the first of two visits to Macleay Island.  On a subsequent visit about a fortnight later, we discovered what...

A New Direction #3 – The Big Picture

While the physical elements of our proposed sea-change are about living on an island – in a house made from shipping containers, it’s really about reclaiming control of our circumstances in the interests of a more secure and satisfying life. While...

A New Direction #2 – The Motivation

In my last post, I spoke about how my partner had revealed her ambition to live on an island – in a house built from shipping containers. The “island” thing came as no real surprise – since Jan had often spoken about wanting to live near water....

A New Direction

Several months ago, my partner Jan (and our son Shannon) designed and built a fire pit. Following its fabrication, we spent several very pleasant cool evenings enjoying its warmth and the mesmerising effect that comes from watching an open fire. As it happens, those...

Creek Street Micro Farm

Creek Street Micro Farm was our first property purchase in Queensland.   We had moved here from South Australia in late 1997. In October 2002, my partner Jan and I purchased the 3000 square metre “improver’s handicap” located in urban Bundamba....

Using Quail Eggs #1 – Boiling and Shelling

One of the important upsides of keeping quail is that you get a daily harvest of clean, fresh eggs. Nutritionally, they are no different to eggs from chickens – and they can be prepared and eaten in all of the same ways as you do with chicken eggs. One obvious...

Creek Street Micro-Farm – April 2013

An update on our progress with Creek Street Micro-Farm. A couple of previous Farm Journal posts will connect you with Creek Street – from its earliest days till now. This schematic of our place shows the layout of everything – except the “back...

Japanese Quail #7 – the Post Mortem

Incubation is about hatch percentages – and every unhatched egg is an opportunity to review (and improve upon) your management practices  Any competent incubator operator should be able to conduct a basic post mortem examination of the unhatched eggs. Incubated...