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Old Aug 6th, 2016, 13:28 PM   41
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We finished our chicken coop, and not a moment too soon because a few days ago we bought some chicks! They're 8-9 week old Buff Orpingtons. I thought we were going to get 3 pullets and a roosters, but looks like we actually bought 2 of each. So, with some encouragement from DH, I also ordered some pullet chicks online, which should arrive next week

Does anyone have any good recipes to share that will use up a ton of eggs? Yesterday our neighbor gifted us about 2 dozen duck eggs and 18 goose eggs! We had never tried either before. We tried the duck eggs in omelets this morning and enjoyed them.



 
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Old Aug 9th, 2016, 05:11 AM   42
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We just love eggs here so we go through many a day but I also babysit so scrambled eggs uses almost a dozen I love breakfast casseroles!



 
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Old Aug 9th, 2016, 05:49 AM   43
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Aww yay for chicks!

We go through a lot of eggs too, just having eggs for breakfast a couple times a week, occasional quiche or fritatta for dinner, and baking. Ooh and custards.

Unwashed refrigerated eggs will keep for almost two months as well so there's no hurry to use them all up if they were reasonably fresh.
I've never had goose eggs, you'll have to let us know how they are.



 
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Old Aug 18th, 2016, 10:19 AM   44
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The verdict is that an egg tastes like an egg tastes like an egg lol. Not much difference between the three, other than size.

My husband and son are the big egg eaters around here, they'll go through 5 or 6 chicken eggs in a morning. We've been eating them up and sharing some with my family and are now down to only a few duck and goose eggs.

Woke up this morning to hear my rooster crowing!



 
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Old Aug 18th, 2016, 16:23 PM   45
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I cant wait to live somewhere I can have a rooster. For some reason I really love that sound.

I'm so frustrated because we've still had no luck finding a place to live. We looked at the most perfect place Imo a few weeks back. It was half an hour away, had an established (albeit small) garden, fruit trees, chicken coop and run, a small animal shelter that would just need a new fence for goats, a shed, and shared use of 100 acres. The house was small and only 2 bedroom but well laid out and would have been suitable. But dh turned it down as the driveway was a nightmare Nothing in our price range and within half an hour has been available since (let alone something better) and I'm starting to feel quite desperate about it
I did come across the most prefect place last week but its for sale not for rent. Its a 4 bedroom house on 2 acres with a 2 bedroom granny flat, 2 chicken pens, a small animal enclosure, fenced paddocks, spring fed dam, garage, workshop, small shed, sunroom and enclosed verandah. And the house is gorgeous timber throughout.
But yeah we can't even come close to affording it. I told my parents I dreamed they bought it and rented the main house to us and moved into the granny flat and a couple days later dad told me I had gotten him thinking of a 2 house property as a form of retirement income so for a while I hoped they might actually consider buying it and renting the granny flat to someone else, but it doesn't seem like they're considering that and I cant bring myself to ask. A few years ago they were looking at buying an apartment/condo and renting it to us (at a loss no less) and this is a place they could actually profit from even renting it to us for less than its worth and possibly be somewhere they could retire if they wanted so could be a real win win. But if it was something they were in a position to do now I'm sure they would have suggested it. I don't know. Maybe I should bring it up but I don't know how.



 
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Old Aug 18th, 2016, 19:32 PM   46
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That sounds like such a great idea! Maybe just mention it and see what they think? Sounds like a dream property!



 
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Old Aug 20th, 2016, 08:19 AM   47
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All right, I've come up with a proposal of sorts to email to them (I'm a wuss, I don't think I can do it in person). What do you think?


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The acreage in Kundabung that I told you about has come up on my facebook a couple more times and I can't stop thinking about it and how ideal it seems. After you (dad) mentioned that the conversation had you starting to think about two-home properties as a form of retirement income I did wonder whether there was a possibility that this was the house that was the "more perfect house out there" after we turned down the one at Bellangara. Except, of course, for the affordibility factor.
I very highly expect this is something you won't/can't consider (and for all I know you already have thought of it and rejected it) but until I know that for sure I won't be able to let go of the idea and move on. The thought of suggesting it gives me crazy anxiety, but since the answer to the question unasked is always "no" and the worst thing you can say is "no" (though my anxiety can come up with a dozen worse responses, none of which are ways you would react), therefore, I have nothing to lose.
So here goes; Ten Reasons this house will make a good investment property (and why you should rent it to us):

[two photos of house, 1 external 1 internal]

(more photos and description here:
https://www.facebook.com/sharon.edmo...=3&pnref=story)

1. Proximity to Kempsey as well as Port significantly increases the pool of renters to choose from.
2. There are always more renters than there are places to rent.
3. When the expressway is completed the drive to Port will be shorter, which may increase property values in Kundabung.
4. The Granny Flat with it's own yard would serve as a second rental home that would mean the mortgage is always more than paid for (or be a source of income should you choose to sell your current house and retire on the property). A conservative rent estimate for a 2 bedroom flat is easily $200/week with $250 or more likely not being unreasonable based on the places we have looked at.
5.The property is located right in Kundabung, making it a great location for a retirement home should you coose. It offers the pros of country living without the isolation of being on a big property with no neighbours in sight. Kempsey is only 10 minutes away and Port less than 30 with small-town store(s) in walking distance.
6. The garage/shed could serve as storage for the camper to free up your garage .
7. We could rent a much bigger/nicer house than we would otherwise be able to afford, with big added bonuses like the chicken coops and other enclosures that we would likely otherwise have to put effort and money into building on another place we would end up renting and your mortgage would still be covered by the rent of both places (mortgage approx $430-600/week depending on term and interest, rental income $300-350 + $200-250. Insurance, rates and other expenses not taken into account)
8. You would not have to pay a property manager; we could liase between the tenant of the flat and yourselves and be onsite to keep a regular eye on things.
9. Two acres is a much more manageable size property than most other two-dwelling properties out there, making it much more affordable.
10. Some of the permaculture practices I have been studying the past few months and would like to implement are designed to be no-maintenance "food forests" that provide a long term abundance of food (and not much in the short term). If you want to retire on the property I would love to know that the effort of planting a food forest could help provide you with a bounty of food in your retirement you only have to harvest (perhaps another income source?) and if not, we may wish to continue renting from you indefinitely (at fair market value rent) which would be very reliable rental income for you.

I know this is a *lot* bigger than asking to borrow money for a car (which was hard enough to do), and I'm sure there are just as many reasons it wouldn't work out even if you wanted it to, but it could also turn out to be very mutually beneficial. But I do hope you will at least consider looking into it if you haven't already, and let me down gently so I can put it out of my mind.
PS Jeff does not know I am sending this. He did say he would be ok with the arrangement if it happened to be an option but I don't think he would be comfortable with being the ones to propose the idea to you. So please don't mention it to him unless you do actually end up thinking about it.



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2016, 08:28 AM   48
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I think it sounds great, and fingers crossed they think so too!



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2016, 09:27 AM   49
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I cant wait to live somewhere I can have a rooster. For some reason I really love that sound.

I'm so frustrated because we've still had no luck finding a place to live. We looked at the most perfect place Imo a few weeks back. It was half an hour away, had an established (albeit small) garden, fruit trees, chicken coop and run, a small animal shelter that would just need a new fence for goats, a shed, and shared use of 100 acres. The house was small and only 2 bedroom but well laid out and would have been suitable. But dh turned it down as the driveway was a nightmare Nothing in our price range and within half an hour has been available since (let alone something better) and I'm starting to feel quite desperate about it
I did come across the most prefect place last week but its for sale not for rent. Its a 4 bedroom house on 2 acres with a 2 bedroom granny flat, 2 chicken pens, a small animal enclosure, fenced paddocks, spring fed dam, garage, workshop, small shed, sunroom and enclosed verandah. And the house is gorgeous timber throughout.
But yeah we can't even come close to affording it. I told my parents I dreamed they bought it and rented the main house to us and moved into the granny flat and a couple days later dad told me I had gotten him thinking of a 2 house property as a form of retirement income so for a while I hoped they might actually consider buying it and renting the granny flat to someone else, but it doesn't seem like they're considering that and I cant bring myself to ask. A few years ago they were looking at buying an apartment/condo and renting it to us (at a loss no less) and this is a place they could actually profit from even renting it to us for less than its worth and possibly be somewhere they could retire if they wanted so could be a real win win. But if it was something they were in a position to do now I'm sure they would have suggested it. I don't know. Maybe I should bring it up but I don't know how.
Hun just ask tell them hey that might be waiting for you to bring up the idea you won't no if you talk about it with them. Hope you tins somewhere soon.



 
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Old Oct 20th, 2016, 05:42 AM   50
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Can't believe its been 2 months since I updated!

I did send my parents that email. The result was they were very interested, gave it a lot of thought, even went for an inspection, but it was no good for a variety of reasons.

Over the last two months only a couple more places that seemed suitable have come up for rent. I was quite keen in both, and they ticked all our boxes for size of and and house, distance, and price, but the first was on a 100 acre farm and they wanted to rent the house to someone with livestock who would farm it. I tried to see if they would agist the land separately but no. The other was a 4 bedroom house on 25 acres only 15 minutes away, and I told her I was practically willing to sign a lease right then, but she said it wasnt ready for inspection for a couple weeks and then when I messaged again the following week to see if it was ready to be viewed yet she said they had "resolved the tenant issue"

I've been really despondant about the fact that everything that looks promising keeps getting taken away. But in September I sarted a container garden in my front yard with styrofoam boxes so we can take it with us if we do find a place, and if not we wont have wasted a growing season.

Well I guess about a month ago now, just after the second house fell through I was messaged about my gumtree add by a guy who said his friend was putting his house for rent; 1.5 acres, orchard, established veggie garden, 30 mins away. But the house was only 2 bedroom and I had let my mom talk me into the notion that there's no conceivable way a family of can fit in a 2 bedroom so we didn't look at it.

The next week I saw the listing go up an I was sorely tempted as it also had my dream wrap around verandah. Another week or so went by and I decided it was worth a shot at least, and arranged for an inspection. Which fell through as we were getting in the car to go see it. I was so discouraged, But then they rescheduled it for last week, but DH wasnt able to take the time off work so I went alone. Instantly in love with it. I was expecting the add was way overselling it and the couple photos were of the only flattering features of the house, but I tell you they could not have chosen more unflattering photos if they tried. It was gorgeous, and there is still room for computer stuff, plus the verandah seriously triples the living space. We applied, and then didnt hear anything about it. Tuesday at 5 Dh called the real estate to ask for the progress of our application and he was told "the agent in charge has made a decision but she's gone home for the day" Sounds to us like they chose another applicant ya? Cause I would expect they'd call that person right away. Stayed hopeful until noon, but still no call from them so I was really devastated that we didn't get it. Sent an email in the evening asking for pointers on how our application might have been more successful and asked them to keep us in mind for other suitable properties.

Noon today I missed a call from them and they called DH to say they didn't like the other applicant after all! Dh wants to see it for himself before we sign the lease, of course, so we're going on Saturday to see it! I;m trying not to get too excited yet just in case he finds a major issue and turns it down or something but it's looking like we might have found our homestead!



 
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