Flicker’s Lair Blog


by Heidi on December 31st, 2009
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It has been quite a year for us, it has been our first full year here on our little farm.

2009 saw our population go from 89 to a peak of 170, with our first crop of lambs, chicks, ducklings, and the addition of quail, pigs and bees. We sent our first livestock for ‘processing’ – having seen livestock through from birth, on our farm, to the freezer and nourishment for us.

We expanded our vegetable patch but managed to grow less! We learnt many lessons though and are looking forward to next years growing season.

We had an home energy audit and started working on making our old house a little more energy efficient.

We offered a foster home to 19 cats and 6 dogs. We had our livestock guardian Aspen returned to us, and gained Spirit to make a trio. We lost our beautiful dog Zeus. We adopted my little treasure Charlie.

We have both grown and learnt, sometimes it has felt like the learning curve is too steep, but we have had the support of the best friends you could ask for. We have made many new friends and had a chance to catch up with old friends. We were treated to time with family, both sides, and saw my baby brother get married to a fantastic girl, and become half of an amazing couple.

It has been a Year! A year unlike any I have known before, a year with lows so low and highs so high. It has been an adventure, and an experience. Sometimes the proverb (be it Chinese or not) may you live in interesting times has seemed like a curse. But now we couldn’t imagine living any other way.

Happy New Year to you all, from us here at Ruis Dair Homestead.

Update: I wrote this earlier in the day and then saved it to finish later. Now it seems I spoke to soon, we got a call this evening from Cat Rescue Network about a little cat and her four six-week-old kittens who were in a very bad situation and at real risk of being harmed or worse.

Naturally we didn’t think twice about it, but went to fetch them. It turned out there was also a little dog, and we just couldn’t leave him behind to face who knows what. So that makes 24 cats and 7 dogs this year.

For a little more visual enjoyment you should pop over to the 2009 Photo of the Year on Wine on the Keyboard. Of course while you are there you could always vote! :)

You can see a more detailed month by month summary on the population statistics page of the site.

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  1. Hey, do tell about the new little dog!! Happy New Year to you guys too!! What a year!

    Comment by Cheryl — January 1, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

  2. What a year! It’s amazing everything that happens when you look back…Happy 2010!

    Comment by Emily — January 1, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  3. You both have been a God send to us this year. You took in the barn cats when they were at their worst. They are now very content, all together at Country Cat Sanctuary. Willomena, the little one who we had to steal from the vet who wanted to euthanise her, and who you provided intensive care to for a month following her major surgery is now healthy and happy with 13 members of her ‘cat family’ and actually quite plump. Charlie is doing well, Willow has had her teeth done and, after many trials with various drugs, her chronic sinusitis hardly every re-appears. She’s such a happy cat.

    life has its little ironies. You recently took in pregnant Porsche from under the porch of a rooming house house run by Options Bytown. This house is for people who would have no other option but to live on the street. Then you responded immediately to the emergency call about the cat, kittens and dog who were in grave danger. The people who called us to save the animals were also victims of the violence but had no where to go but the street. We thought you might draw the line at rescuing people so we called Options Bytown. We rescued their cat,maybe they can rescue our ‘people’.

    Life can be very cruel, and raw for animals and people. Your efforts to relieve the suffering of the innocent animals is very much appreciated. If ‘easing suffering’ was a currency, you would be millionaires.

    Comment by Louise Hindle — January 2, 2010 @ 2:28 am

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