April 2006RSS feed

Cowboy Cookout

Saturday 1 April, 2006

by Rosemary at 8:47pm in Anything goes 2 comments Comments closed

Dan and I usually have a barbeque for friends in July, round about my birthday. This year, we've (Dan says "what's this "we"?) decided to have a themed event and to ask those attending to make a donation to farmAfrica, a charity we've supported in the past.

The theme for the day will be a western one - no surprise to those who know me. I wanted to have a cowboy / western themed wedding but I was outvoted. I did manage to get "Secret Love" sung at the wedding, but that was all.

My excuse is that, as a wee girl, my favourite TV programmes were "The High Chaparral", "Bonanza", "The Virginian" (James Drury being my first crush). And does anyone remember a programme called "Hondo" and another called "The Munroes", which was about a family of kids in the West, who had a Pyrenean Mountain Dog called Snow?

Felix gets stuck

Saturday 1 April, 2006

by Rosemary at 8:54pm in Cats 1 comment Comments closed

in the wardrobe. It was only a matter of time before this happened, he's so nosey. When I arrived home from work yesterday, there was no sign of Felix. All other pets were accounted for, but not he.

I shouted for him and heard a faint and pathetic mewing, which turned out to be coming from the wardrobe. He was awful pleased to see me, since he must have been in there since morning.

He'd made himself a nice bed by pulling most of the clothes off the hangers, but hadn't folded them first, so they had to be washed and ironed again. He must have known how much I enjoy ironing (not). Fortunately, he didn't need to "go" while he was stuck, so that was a blessing.

Bird Flu

Friday 7 April, 2006

by Dan at 6:06pm in Poultry 6 comments Comments closed

Some of you will be aware that a swan in Fife has been found to have died of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza (bird flu). We're about 50 miles away from Cellardyke, the small coastal village where the swan was found, dead on the beach, about 2 weeks ago. At the moment this has had no effect on us - there are restrictions on the transportation of poultry and eggs in the area, and poulty keepers around Cellardyke are now required to keep their flocks contained - but so far we're outside any restriction zones. Apparently pigs can carry the virus too, so if it does come to sunny Clackmannanshire our boys might have a stay of execution!

Weeny eggs

Sunday 23 April, 2006

by Rosemary at 9:59pm in Poultry Comments closed

A weeny egg compared to a normal eggOur Light Sussex pullets have started to lay - and they lay the weeniest eggs. They're popping them out like there's no tomorrow. We can't sell them so we're using them ourselves; they're fine for scrambling and Dan used some for custard today but you'd never manage to cut a soldier thin enough to have them as boiled eggs. Anyway, we've decided to pickle them - they are a perfect size for lunchboxes.

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2024. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS