We were very excited today to visit Farmlet, a little family’s rural holdings. I first learned of Farmlet through Rebecca’s blog a couple of years ago when we were looking at properties in this area. I’ve enjoyed following the details of life of this rural block, so visiting the property and meeting Rebecca and Kevin Flaherty and their two boys was a extension of the affection that I’ve felt for them as I’ve followed their lives online.

Lauren and Rebecca, May 2011
It was lovely to meet Rebecca after reading her prose for so many years!

Kevin works late during the night to research and maintain his own news/analysis/conspiracies website which attracts the family’s primary income, so he was still asleep when we arrived in the late morning. Rebecca is a gracious host and showed us around Farmlet, explaining many of the practices they’re using to grow their own food and create a level of self-sufficiency.

David and Rebecca at Farmlet, May 2011
Sections of the chook run are temporarily inaccessible to the chooks and serve as the vegie gardens.

I was interested and pleased to note that Rebecca’s using the same type of system we set up at home to rotate the vegetable garden beds with a scratching/fertilising chook run. Of course, ours is on a much smaller scale, but the principle is the same.

Over the last five years, Rebecca and Kevin have learned a lot about farming practices. They’ve adjusted their expectations and changed their methods as they’ve faced the reality of their soil’s potential and the time they need for which to improve Farmlet.

Farmlet, May 2011
We loved seeing the inside of the Flahertys' shed house. We've always been fascinated with the idea of modifying a shed into a comfortable house.

Playing at Farmlet, May 2011
The girls enjoyed playing with the toys. I was impressed by how well the interior of the shed was finished.

When luchtime approached and the kids started getting hungry, we pooled resources to feed everyone. David took up his familiar position in the kitchen, turning out a plentiful supply of chappatis with tomatoes and cheese. Rebeca hadn’t thought about making chappatis before, so we were able to show her how it’s done. In turn, she introduced us to her homemade kefir and sauerkraut.

Girls eating at Farmlet, May 2011
Rebecca cut up some lovely, sweet carrots and mandarins to share for lunch. She also introduced us to her fabulous homemade sauerkraut.

David making chappatis at Farmlet, May 2011
Since we've been travelling around, David has worked in dozens of different kitchens to feed us and our hosts.

By the afternoon, Rebecca’s 3yo son Owen had warmed up enough to play with our girls. They had a terrific time on his riding toys — he and Calista pushed each other on the tricycle before they all piled into Owen’s electric car for a hoon at the top of the driveway.

3yo Calista and Owen, May 2011
The two three-year-olds were the first to connect.

Owen with Calista, Brioni and Aisha, May 2011
The kids thought riding in the car was hilarious! I can see a future when Owen ends up with a trio of laughing young women in his real Jeep!

Before we left, we had a chance to meet Kevin who emerged from the bedroom briefly before going back to work in his home office. He puts industrial ear mufflers over his ears to block out the domestic noises when he needs to concentrate.

After leaving Farmlet, we were thankful that we could go and see what the Flahertys’ real life situation was like when compared to their online presence. I often wonder how much the whole picture of who we are is received and understood by our readers. The fullness of how wonderful and exciting our adventures and relationships are is difficult to convey, but I endeavour to do that here on this blog!