Seeding 2017

It’s seeding (planting) time for us here on the farm. We have just spent,, well actually I can’t tell you off the top of my head how longs it’s taken to get seeding finished. It’s been going for what seems like forever. But it’s now all over.

My hubby doesn’t drive a tractor, he is on the ground making sure everything goes as it should & fixing the things that need fixing. But last night he had the chance to drive a tractor for a couple of hours & he asked me if I wanted to join him. This is a really rare occasion, so I was on board totally.

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Watching the sun go down on another beautiful day

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This is what’s behind the tractor. The white tanks have liquid fertiliser in them.

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This is what is behind the bins that are behind the tractor. The seeds come out here & this is what actually plants them into the ground. (the white truck is just filling up the tank with more seed and fertiliser)
There’s something special about sitting in the tractor cab & watching everything tick along, knowing that this is the beginning of another year.  Another year of planting, nurturing, decision making, worrying, not worrying, planning for the next year, driving around the farm to see what’s going on, then watching it ripen ready for harvest.

Knowing that this is the beginning of a process we can’t stop or change our mind about.  We commit to planting the crop & once that is done, we have to follow through.  There is absolutely nothing we can do about the rain or lack of it.  The frost or hopefully lack of it 🙂  We’ve started the ball rolling & we need to keep it moving for this year until it comes to fruition at harvest, then follow that through & see how we come out the other side.

Farming is a life of commitment, dedication & faith.  Faith in the fact that once we plant the seeds, the rains will come, the weather will fine up, more rain will come & then it will warm up for it to ripen so we can harvest without too many if any fires & reap the rewards of the uncertainty, enjoyment & satisfaction in knowing that what we have grown will feed around 10,000 people for a year.  That’s a pretty special feat, to grow the food for 10,000 people for a year & we do that year in, year out.

So on Friday we finished seeding.

Now it is time for cleaning down machinery, packing away & starting to closely watch the beautiful seeds emerge from the ground so we can see what they need & help them to survive.  Spraying herbicides to kill the competition weeds, spreading the fertiliser to help and encourage it to grow…….all timed as perfectly as we can.  It’s all out of our hands, but we just take what is given to us & make the most of it as best we can & in all honesty I don’t think either of us would change it for the world.

He loves being a farmer & I love being a farmers wife.

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Robby & I went for a drive to have a look at some soil that has been treated a little differently & seeing where the seeds are located, so we can have an idea of how long it might be before they’ll start to emerge

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Perfect furrows to be able to harvest the water when it rains. Giving the seeds a much needed drink. The valleys need the rain, the little hills don’t.

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It’s not a very good pic, but this is our eldest daughter in another tractor rig up like we are in
Chat soon

T x

I don’t know what to title this post

I’m a middle child of 3 girls.  Growing up I was always the odd one out and felt as though I didn’t belong.   I can remember being young and thinking about why I was so different to both of my sisters and mum and dad.  I never really questioned it out loud because life was just life and we just did what we did and we didn’t ask those questions.

I hung onto that thought of just going with the flow and not questioning things through my teenage years and into my adult life.  I think through that time I noticed that I was different and eventually came to accept it but I never really understood or celebrated it.  I wouldn’t say that I now do understand it, but what I am starting to do it celebrate my difference.

My difference is what makes me “me”.  No one else has ever been me, lived a day in my life or walked a step in my shoes.  There is no one else in the world like me and I am like no one else in the world either.  And this realisation and full acceptance of the statement has given me peace.  Peace in the knowledge that it is ok to be the person I feel I am meant to be.  Peace in the knowledge that it really doesn’t matter what people think of what I do or think or feel, that’s what makes me “me”.  Peace in reminding myself every day that what someone else thinks of me is none of my business.  Peace in knowing that I am here for a purpose, one which I’m still trying to find out, it will come 😁

I have juse started to do some personal development.  This is something I have not really put any value on in the past as I’ve just gone along with how life is and accepted things.  I was never taught (because the people I was around were never taught) that what I bring is what I bring.  I create my own reality and I can make my life whatever it is I want it to be.  This has been a HUGE discovery for me.

Now don’t get me wrong, my life has been a great one, if I hadn’t done the things I have in my past, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I am now grateful for all of those experiences.  But to be 42 years old and realise I can do whatever it is that I want to do and make my life whatever it is I want to make it is something I am loving but also struggling with.  I mean, I’ve gone along with living life and now I am trying to learn how to love life and it’s a big change.  To notice the things around me, truly notice them and wonder about them, question them.

Recently I went to a retreat with the lovely Katie & Wendy .  It’s called a sheDance retreat.  I had some of the biggest discoveries in my life over this weekend.  I don’t really know where to start or what to say because it is so profound.

I can look at the sky now and see the blue that it is and know that is the colour it is meant to be, it is there for everyone to see and appreciate.  It is there for me to enjoy and marvel at.

I can see my 2 puppies and know that they come up to me for a pat because they love me and I can feel the love they give and it’s not just about what I can give them.

I can sit here on my verandah and know that because I love the person I am and I can accept the differences I have others will love me and accept those differences as well.  I am there person I was meant to be.

If I take the time to stop, listen and receive the messages my inner self is sending me I will follow through and do the things I am meant to do, because I have all the answers inside of me.  No one can fill the holes I feel I have on the inside. I can hold myself.  I have everything I need.  I am the person I have been waiting for.

I am oh so grateful to Katie and Wendy for holding the safe, sacred, beautiful space they did for myself and other women to go through and experience and discover for ourselves who we really are.  They are such loving, caring and giving women.  Sacred Women’s Work is something we have lost contact with in this world of busy and it’s women like these two that are bringing it back and the world will be forever grateful for this as they spread their words, knowledge and love far and wide.  🙏

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The beautiful Katie and Wendy doing what they are called to do, share the knowledge and love of Sacred Women’s Work

Chat soon

T x

Today is a day for being Grateful

As I sit here on the verandah contemplating all the things I haven’t done today, one thing does stick out in my mind that I have done and that is to be grateful. I sat at my table in my craft room and wrote a few lines of the things I am grateful for.

I have so many things to be grateful for I am overflowing with it all.  I feel oh so blessed to have the life I have and for having the opportunities and choices I do.

I married the man of my dreams. He honours me, respects me and lets me be the person I want to be. He gives me the space to learn the person he knows I can become and together we have been able to have 4 absolutely beautiful children. All this wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for my mum and dad and my husbands parents. So here’s a couple of pictures of some of  the people and things that I am oh so grateful for today.

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My awesome husband – Robby

 

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Robby & I on our way to America in January this year (2017)
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All of us – our awesome kids in the car on our way to Perth for our BIG holiday to America January this year (2017)

 

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Love this bunch – the kids making their life size Christmas Tree
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Henry & Banjo our puppies

 

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One of my chickens that lay the eggs we eat every day

There’s so much more I am grateful for. I can’t list them all here right now, but I think the next couple of posts are going to be “grateful related”.  I have been very lucky to have come into contact with some very special women lately & they have had a huge impact in my life, so I’ll share about what they do & how they inspire people.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Chat soon

T x

Food is so much more than just food

Hi thanks so much for stopping by today.

Today I thought I’d  have a chat about something  that is close to my heart….FOOD

My Mum and both of my Nanna’s taught me how to cook from a very young age.  I have created many special memories that are linked to food and there are times I can remember vividly the smell of food cooking or I can visualise one of my nannas homes.

My mum and dad both worked full time when I was young and even though mum was always busy she still found the time to bake cakes, cookies, pasties or the good old sausage roll for us using recipes her mum had handed down to her.  I can remember what it was like as a kid to smell a fresh batch of cornflake cookies or  a yummy chocolate cake baking in the oven on a weekend. If my dad was home, we would always have something scrummy for morning tea on a Sunday and then my big Nanna and Pop would come to visit in the afternoon and there was yet again more yumminess there to nibble on.

I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to learn this skill of home cooking from the women that were in my life at the time.  As my sisters and I grew up, I can remember spending time with them in the kitchen using those same recipes my mums mum had handed down to her, but we were lucky enough to have some of my dads mums recipes too.  I can also remember causing a bit of havoc with empty Twistie packets and the oven  😳

Now, what we cooked was nothing fancy, it was always good home cooked, nutritious, filling, food.  Nothing like the expectations you can feel in the kitchen now.  A casserole was always a hit with my dad and sisters, not so much with me.  But something I have discovered is that most of the foods I hated as a kid I have been able to recreate them to make the same dish but with my twist on them and my kids love them and so do I.

So the wheel has continued and I have taught each of our kids (3 girls and a boy) to cook.  They each have their favourite recipes and I try to get them to explore further because while they are home and I can help guide them they’ll have the confidence to create good home cooked meals and put their own twist on them if they want to.  I’ve given my two eldest a recipe book each which I have written a couple of recipes in and then they have continued by going through my recipe book to create their own very special version of tradition to hand down for generations to come.

I think good simple tasty home cooking is something everyone has the right to learn to cook, whether it be from family, friends, neighbours or school. It goes hand in hand with learning about nutrition.  Kids need to learn simple, easy and yummy ways to cook food that is nutritious, filling, heartwarming and memorable.

So I’ll finish up with sharing with you a recipe I discovered that Jemma (our 18 yo daughter) has taken to be her favourite meal to cook  and she runs rings around me which makes my heart swell with happiness. It’s paella and the recipe is from Curtis Stone.  You can find it here.  And if there left overs they go down a treat the next day warmed up for lunch, but I did say if.

I’d love to hear about your cooking or lack of 😉  Or have you got your kids into the kitchen, do they enjoy cooking, what do they make?

Chat soon

T x

Hi

Hi and welcome to my blog.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoy your time here 😉

My name is Tanya Kitto (this is me 😃 ) and I’m a farmers wife.  We live on our family farm in the Midwest of Western Australia. 

I’m wanting to use this space to share a little about my life, hoping to touch and maybe help others understand a little more about farming as well as connect with other farmers wives. 

So before I became a farmers wife, I was born and grew up in Geraldton Western Australia. By the time I was about 15 I was determined I was going to marry a farmer. I wanted to live on a farm and be a farmers wife. When I stop and think about that it amazes me because it shows me how I can set my mind to something and the Universe will back me up.  I left school in the last term of year 12 to work in a farm machinery dealership where after a couple of years I had found and a little bit stalked 😯the now love of my life.   

After another couple of years I had talked him into letting me move out to his farm and let him think it was a great idea if we got married 😄.  So I moved out the farm, we got married and in a span of 5 years we had 4 children, which are my life force, well they have been,  but now they’re teenagers so they don’t need mum quite so much and THAT is something I’m trying to learn to deal with. But there will be more on that later.

I love helping run our farm and have not long come to the realisation that I’m a very important spoke in the wheel.   My life is generally home based, when I’m not on the road running around after the kids, but I do love to get out in the paddock and see what’s going on.  This year is going to be a very interesting one as I’ve decided there’s a few things I want to learn, both farm and non farm related.  

I LOVE cooking and will share some of my favourite recipes as well as people who inspire me to try new recipes. 

I enjoy paper craft and taught myself to sew very simple things, so I’m hoping this blog will remind me to sit and do more of that as well as share it.  

What I express on my blog is my own personal opinion, feelings and thoughts, so please be aware of your comments as you write them.

If there is anything in particular you would like to learn or know about rural life, please ask.  I’ll do my best to answer or write a post on it.

Thanks again.

Chat soon

T x