Family Travel, Parenting

Do you wanna dye the chickens?

2 July, 2014

For several months now our household has been run to the soundtrack of Frozen. Rarely is a question ever simply posed, always it is sung Anna- styles to the tune of Do you Wanna Build A Snowman. (Please tell me we aren’t alone in this?)

Here are some of the things going on in our lives, brought to you through our favoured communication method… We are all especially adept at making any number of words magically, and majestically, fit to the ditty…


Do you wanna vomit in this bucket?
Last week we travelled for two days to go to the winter NZ unschooling camp at the bottom of the North Island. What an incredible time we had. It really feels like a bit of a tribe. All these families who just love the idea of natural learning and consensual living. Unfortunately a bug swept through the camp and took out 100% of the children. There was spew EVERYWHERE. We were there for two vomit filled days… and then we spent two days travelling home- Juno vomming all the way. It says an awful lot that we still enjoyed ourselves.

Do you wanna pop some tags?
While we were down there we explored the town of Feilding which, I reckon, is THE BEST TOWN FOR POPPING TAGS IN THE WHOLE OF NZ!! We got so many wonderful things for just a few cents. And best of all they had a little homemade map showing where every secondhand shop was – why doesn’t every town have this, eh? Get on it, towns. Ramona has taken to singing Macklemore, but with a funny switch in of words…. she sings “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my bottom” PAAHAHA. What a comic.

Do you wanna wear your gum boots?
We have had some RAIN over the last few weeks. Real hoofing down, smashing onto the canopy of the yurt rain. Which has meant wellies have become a key fixture in our lives. In NZ welly boots are called gum boots and Juno is OBSESSED with her gum boots. She will happily put them on, take them off, put them on, take them off, put on Ramona’s taken them off, put on mummy’s, take them off, put on daddy’s, fall over and bosh her head, for half an hour.

Do you wanna dye the chickens?
I am a rubbish farmer. We are on such a steep learning curve and there is so much I don’t know about agriculture and this self-sufficent life. I feel like I keep doing ridiculous things. Last week when Ramona and I did the chicken run (each family takes two days a week to milk the cow, feed the hens and collect the eggs etc) I tipped our scraps out just as the chooks ran under the bucket. Within our scraps was a whole load of beetroots entrails that splatted right on the two white hens. They were instantly pink and stayed pink for a WEEK. Rock and Roll hens, eh?

Do you wanna blow your nose?
We all have colds. Snotty, hacking, eyeball aching colds. We are making the most of all the home-grown lemons and ginger and honey from the next door neighbour’s bees but, uggggh, we feel blah. We are having rough nights- Juno can’t breastfeed easily so cries a lot and we are all just tossing and turning. Tim snores when he has a cold and last night I am fairly sure it was his snoring that attracted a possum over – I woke up to hear a possum cackling away RIGHT NEXT TO MY HEAD – only a sheet of canvas between us. Rascal.


Do you wanna build a house?
Over the last couple of months Tim has been building an extension on to the yurt. He has used recycled walls from other houses, old windows and other bits and bobs and it is all coming together. It is already making winter much, much easier than living in the yurt alone. It also means that we are happy where we are, on the farm, and that we are going to wait until something even better comes along before we move – like an actual, co-owning, intentional community something- or other. And this could be quite a while away. It is so nice to feel content and not in a hurry to get to the next thing. We haven’t had that for a while.


You see? It doesn’t have to be a snowman…

Okaaay, byyyyyyyyye.

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  • ThaliaKR 2 July, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Lovely update, thank you!

    Love the pink chickens and the gumboot obsession. (I can relate to the latter with SBJ just now.)

    Good to hear you are feeling good about things despite all the lurgies. Get well soon!

  • Lucy Barnett 2 July, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    cute photos. I’m pleased to see my three year old son isn’t the only one who appears to favour working outside without pants on!! we live in an English town and he spends 80% of his time at home completely naked. the neighbours find it quite odd when he wanders off on to the street in the nuddy!! he does have a wonderful all-over tan though! x

  • Sarah 2 July, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Loved singing along to this post! My big two just had a combined 4th and 2nd FROZEN birthday party on Saturday, life size Olaf included! EVERYTHING is Frozen orientated around here atm!

  • Issa Waters 3 July, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Ha! I’d love to see those pink chickens. Awesome!

  • Sian 3 July, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I cannot get that song out of my head either!! Attaching random bits to the end of ‘do you wanna’ myself – yesterday it was ‘do you wanna ride a scooter’ and ‘do you wanna go to bed??’ xx

  • Becky Brown 3 July, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Having for a split second totally forgotten about Frozen it is now firmly once again planted in my mind thus prompting me to go into the living room and ask my mum ‘do you wanna glass of rose?’ ‘Yes I’ll have a glass of rose’ etc etc…

  • ThaliaKR 3 July, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Judging by the comments here and on fb, I’m feeling glad I don’t (yet) know Frozen 🙂

  • Alexis 3 July, 2014 at 7:42 am


  • Jessica 4 July, 2014 at 10:38 am

    LUCY!!! You make me laugh so hard!! HAAAAHAHA HA AH!!!
    Thanks for the heart warming reminder of lovely NZ…. isn’t Feilding awesome??!!! Had some great days trawling there myself while at the farm….(you were so close!! I felt you!)
    We’re having a blast over here…lovely family time, great festivals…
    Thanks for keeping it real lady. Much love xxx

  • Angela Fraser 10 July, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Hey guys
    The joys of Kiwi winter huh! I may need to trawl those Fielding shops myself (given we are in the area). Provided you didn’t sneak all the goodies and left some behind to be hunted and gathered!
    We haven’t suffered the Frozen epidemic….whew…..I think it may have bypassed us….the Lego movie “everything is awesome” however, is our theme song to which much is sung!
    I hope you all bounce back super quick and are filled with sunshine, and health soon.
    xo Ange