We have a busy couple of days this weekend. Firstly, with the coming of Spring, we spent Saturday cleaning out the garage and house of items we have realised we do not need. As a consequence I took two large loads of garbage to the tip on Saturday, and another today (although the tip turned out to be closed for the day. No reason given as to this closure).
As Sunday was Father’s day in Australia we decided to take a drive down to Cygnet, a nice country town far to the south of Hobart. I was amazed at the beauty of this location, with the port and the very well established township. The area appears to have hundreds of acres devoted to fruit trees.
Part of the reason for our interest in visiting this area is that Kitty and I are considering selling our current property and relocating to another location. While I love my home, and really like having 20 acres to myself, it is too much land. I use only a very small portion of the land… perhaps 2 acres. Our house has also become too large for our family. The five bedrooms were great when we were looking after foster children, yet now that we intend to take an extended break from this work, this house size is much larger than we require. In addition to this, I am very interested in getting out of debt, as part of my 13 skills. Downsizing the amount of land and the house might be an excellent way to do this, as well as put us in a location which is easier to accomplish our self sufficiency goals. This could be part of our plans for the future, and is something I will go into more details at a later date, in the mean time, here is a picture I took of the bay at Cygnet.
When we returned from our trip down to the south of Tasmania, (and I was unsuccessful in delivering a load of garbage to the tip) I had some work to do with my rabbits. My female rabbits are due to give birth soon, and I want them to be in larger hutches for the period they are with their young. I needed to remove some of my newly grown rabbits from their cages and to the freezer. I selected three rabbits today and killed them as humanly as possible before preparing them for food.
Kitty came and took a couple of photos of my while I was working on the rabbit meat. The whole process didn’t take very long and I had time to work on the rabbit skins afterwards. Here is an image of the meat, which I vacuum packed as per Jason’s advice from a few months ago.
Finally, here is a picture of Stella with a Rabbit head she managed to sneak away from me. I was going to give one to each of the dogs, she took a second one.