Archive for January, 2017

Australia Today

Posted: January 29, 2017 in Australia Today

What we need to do better: Reflections on Australia Day.
If you watched the Australia Day awards for extraordinary people last night, individuals in this country are amazing. Its the Government that has it wrong. Due to their decisions about old age pensions and War Service pensions, I offer the following advice: Never enlist to serve your country in time of war and expect respect for your sacrifice because it will abandon you in your twilight years and take away your Service Pension. Don’t get married if you want a relationship because if your combined assets are over $800,000 when you are 67, you won’t get a pension. Ditto don’t save money for your retirement, or not obviously, maybe better to put it in an offshore account or in gold.
Spend like mad, leave your job, stay on the dole all your life or become a bankrupt and then you’ll get the full pension at 67. In fact, don’t bother getting a Tertiary education at all and, for goodness sake, don’t become a member of the middle class in this country because your taxes are paying for the rich and the poor at the same time and your income is ensuring you have to continue to pay for everything even after you are no longer able to work.
Ok, so you think that your money is safe in your $600,000 + home, well when do you think the Government will change that law and count the family home as well? I guess sometime soon just like they have created uncertainty in everything else we thought was safe. My final word of advice: Create a multinational new technology company like Apple or Google and base it in the 10% company tax haven of Singapore and you’ll be paying less tax than the middle class in Australia. Happy Australia Day to all!


Notes from ‘Rivendale’ #17

Posted: January 11, 2017 in Chickens, Ducks

Lots of babies are growing or being born at the moment including my first grandchild who came into the world on the 6th of January, 2017 at 5.25 am. She is very pretty and both she and her mother are doing well. On the farm front, we had 3 chickens hatch in the incubator from a flighty hen who did not take well to being moved. Her mother, also a flighty white silkie cross, had raised two chickens and was in a separate pen with another hen. Two wasn’t enough it seemed, so she starting sitting again. Of course, without a rooster in with them the eggs aren’t fertile. I had 7 or so fertile eggs left in the incubator a few days from hatching and one of those synchronicity movements occurred. Hen with infertile eggs, eggs in incubator, why not get them together? She sits for less, I don’t have to care for chicks , a win-win situation.So the mother is now sitting on the daughter’s eggs which were themselves laid by different hens in another pen!

Here is a little duck/ water hen story: 4 ducklings were raised in the incubator with a few other chickens. I keep them all together for warmth and comfort. They seem to get on well with each other. From the brooder they go into cages, like rabbit cages, and grow up a bit before going into a vacant pen. One morning, I went into the garage expecting to see the brooder empty but the red light was on. I looked in and saw two strange little chicks inside. I looked at them and wished very hard they weren’t crow babies.Luckily they were peets, or waterhen babies abandoned by their mother in a neighbour’s paddock and brought over by my son’s friend. I found them worms and painstakingly fed them and added a black feathered chicken a bit bigger than them for a ‘mother’.  A day later one was dead due to it being pecked by the other one. The remaining one, continued to take bits of raw meat from my fingers but increasingly his ducking and doving away from me made it hard to feed him. So he got weaned onto chicken starter and some fine seeds eating what the other chicken ate. He has very dense black down and extremely long legs and toes. He really is a very odd looking little bird who makes his own distinctive little call. He has happily been rehoused into a bigger pen with his chicken ‘brothers’ and a duckling. What’s a duckling doing in with them you might ask?

Remember the four ducklings at the start of this story? 3 of them successfully resettled with a mother duck and 6 older ducklings in the duck pen. This one little duck would not stay. He escaped back to the cages and hung around trying to find his pals. My son and I spent about ten minutes trying to round him up. He’d already spent one night out by himself and I wasn’t going to risk another. He kept going into a dense patch of shrubbery but eventually we funneled him into a gap where he was caught. He wiggled and struggled when I picked him up but now he’s very happy ranging around the pen with the chickens and the water hen peet. They are a strange mixture but then oddness works, doesn’t it?