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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A garden of shattered dreams.

 In February I dreamed of Winter broccoli.

Not one single white butterfly 
was able to lay an egg 
and hence not even 
one green munching caterpillar 
worried my babies.

Once it got too cold for the butterflies, 
I took the net away.

Life was all flowers....

and hearts.


I   G O T

G O A T E D!

Even the poor garlic has had a crew cut

I can't show you what they did to the peas because...
...there is nothing to show!

A R G H !!!


  1. Oh Hazel, what a shame! After all that TLC you had lavished on your plants... I hope you have had a heart-to-heart conversation with the culprits and told them how you feel. It must be difficult to see things from their point of view: how do they distinguish between permissible food and "contraband"?

  2. Oh hazel, your poor babies. If I lived closer you could have some of my seedlings.

    Goat stew for dinner?

  3. Oh no! They are hungry buggers, I'm sorry you've lost your winter veg.. :(

  4. Nooooooo! Having been goated myself a few weeks ago I sympathise. On a positive note I think I read that chopping the tops off the garlic is good for them. It helps them to put more energy into growing the bulb bits. I know this is true for leeks 'cos my dad used to work for a company that supplied leek seedlings and they did this with a big mower thingy.

  5. You must be gutted :( I can't say how many times I'm just getting somewhere with the veggies and then there's a chicken breakout and I lose the lot in a matter of half an hour. Feeling your pain.

  6. Oh Hazel I can so sympathize. I have regular chicken raids and the sheer destruction is mind numbing. All you can do is walk away...

  7. MJy sympathies are with you, because I got possumed, and they ate my cabbages by moving the netting off. Grrrrrrrr Buggers!

  8. Oh poor Hazel. I remember your high hopes for your winter vegies.
    I went back and re-shared your dreams via your link. I weep for you :-(

    Now, to roast a goat you need to cook it long and slow, and .......

  9. So you are planning leg of goat for Sunday lunch? Little buggers.

  10. Crap!! Time for a Cock Sucking Cowboy - or even just the Baileys will do! LOL
    Sorry but it is kinda funny (when it happens to someone else of course!)
    But seriously - :(

  11. Bloody greedy goats!
    Your vegie garden looked so good last week when I visited.
    What is at the top of your to do list Hazel?
    I have got some of your babies that I fostered and I can share them with you. HDW

  12. How aggravating! - What a disappointment. Garlic stuffed goat for dinner?

  13. Ha! Ha! David has the answer! Garlic stuffed goat!

    I'm sorry for your loss. Your mind must have gone numb when you saw that! Maybe they'll grow back?

  14. OMG what a shame, find brocci and cauli the hardest thing to grow!

  15. gut wrenching! Roast goat on the menu?

  16. No, Susan, Rose and David, I reckon goat needs lots of lemon juice, olive oil, and rosemary - marinate overnight....
    There's a saying, if you haven't got any problems, get a goat.

  17. Oh no, I am horrified for you. All that loveliness, gone !!!

  18. Oh Hazel, I do feel for you, that is really depressing!!! But get back up on that horse again now,DIG your heels in and get replanted!!!
    If it's any consolation, my sheep ate my fruit trees and I couldn't bare to even Blog about it! :(

  19. Goats aren't really good at doing what they are told kind of have arrange your entire life around the goat(ask me how I know... one orange tree and one $70 flowering gum gone...) . I have a solution.... solar electric fence(the mesh kind) - it pays for itself in no time and you can have goats and veges.Well...except for the day the goat works out how to get past the fence.


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