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Chickens and sardines

Monday 5 February, 2007

by Dan at 12:38pm in Poultry Comments closed

A very short clip of our hens and Hobbes getting their weekly sardines. Expertly shot by Claire.


Monday 5 February, 2007

by Dan at 1:26pm in Poultry 6 comments Comments closed

Hobbes (and Mrs. Leghorn) in a short film about a brash young cockerel making his way in the world.

Orchard day

Saturday 10 February, 2007

by Rosemary at 8:15pm in Gardening 1 comment Comments closed

Despite, the cold, wet and windy weather, Dan and I decided to do some work in the orchard today. We weeded round the trees, limed where required (an opportunity to use my pH meter), fertilized and mulched. Dan pruned the apple and pear trees. Once we were working, it wasn't so bad and we had a great feeling of satisfaction when we'd finished. The hedge needs trimmed, but that's for another day.

We also forked over the comfrey bed, limed and added some compost from our bins. The bed was pretty panned, mostly because the hens use it as a rest and relaxation area. The comfrey is important to us, so we need to look after it.

Bad news about Cassius

Saturday 10 February, 2007

by Rosemary at 8:25pm in Cats 5 comments Comments closed

We've had some bad news about our big cat, Cassius, this week.

He's been off colour so I took him to the vet on Tuesday. He had a canine tooth removed about a year ago. It was very deep rooted and we've never been able to get the site clear of infection, despite several "flushes" and courses of antibiotics. We've now been told that he has a tumour on the site. It is likely to be quite aggressive, so we have resigned ourselves to parting with Cassius in the not too distant future. He has lost a lot of weight and is on anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drugs now. We will keep him as long as he seems well - as soon as he starts to deteriorate, we will bid him goodbye.

Tess & the pigs

Sunday 11 February, 2007

by Dan at 3:35pm in Pigs 4 comments Comments closed

A video of Tess having fun with the pigs back in 2003 which I came across yesterday while going through old photos. Apologies for the poor quality, I'll try to improve it.

Black gold

Tuesday 20 February, 2007

by Rosemary at 6:38pm in Gardening 2 comments Comments closed

We've finally managed to get hold of some manure. It's a bit last, but better that than never.

It's come from two sources - the farmer next door very kindly gave us a bucketload in return for some pork and some bacon. It's lovely manure - really black and rotted. Young Dougie, his younger son (who's an awfully nice lad), delivered it on Sunday. Now we have to get it on the garden.

We also managed to get two trailer loads from Jellyholm Farm. I saw the heap when walking the dogs, so asked the farmer if we could have some. He agreed for a small fee), so Dan's Dad and I dug out two trailer loads on Sunday, one for us, one for him. We're also "cleared" to get manure from a livery yard where a friend's daughter keeps her pony. If it's not so well rotted, we can lay it down for the autumn.

Peas and beans and other seeds

Tuesday 20 February, 2007

by Rosemary at 7:40pm in Gardening 3 comments Comments closed

I sowed some more seeds this weekend - cucumber "Rocky F1", pepper "Marconi Rossa", pease "Greenshaft" and broad beans "Aquadulce Claudia" - plus some salad (which is already sprouting two days later).

I'm particularly pleased with the peas and beans. We lost a major part of the crop last year to pea and bean weevil so I'm starting under glass this year. I've sown into guttering, cut to the length of the raised bed, so the transplanting will be a case of sliding the seedlings straight into the bed, in the existing compost.

Hen swap

Tuesday 20 February, 2007

by Rosemary at 7:47pm in Poultry 2 comments Comments closed

The things that go on in suburbia on a weekend!

Our friends, Carol and Graham, have our Hobbes' brother and are keen to breed some pure Light Sussex chickens. A deal was struck whereby we would give them two of our Light Sussex hens, as mates for Hobbes' brother, and we would get two Black Rocks in return.

Black Rocks

As agreed, Carol and Graham delivered the two Black Rocks on Saturday. Carol dropped by after work tonight to pick up the two Light Sussex - so Miss Green and Miss Purple have gone to a new home in the hills.


Monday 26 February, 2007

by Rosemary at 9:12pm in Recipes 7 comments Comments closed

A friend loaned me a book of muffin recipes. While I was on holiday at half-term, I sorted out a basic recipe then started adding things. During the week I made blueberry; banana and walnut; apple and cinnamon and, finally, blackberry and vanilla (the last one was supposed to be raspberry and vanilla but what I thought were raspberries when I took then out the freezer, weren't). Dan (always conscious of his waistline) was taking them to work to hand out and I was sending his Mum home with some most days - she put on a pound and half that week. Dan started to count up the calories - but I argued that they're GOOD calories.

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