Monday, 15 August 2016
Son number two wanted chickens as part of his 'conditions' of moving to the pub. It seemed like a natural request and after having two a few years ago and with a whole field at our disposal I quite fancied the idea of a flock too.
He has great ambitions of selling eggs and a bit like Roald Dahl's farmers, Boggis, Bunce & Bean in Fantastic Mr. Fox the boys now have ten chickens between them, two chicken houses and an electric fence to keep any unwanted visitors at bay!
After an eventful day where I managed to get loads of things wrong, I retreated to the field to watch these funny little birds enjoy their dust baths and hopefully find a little solace from my sense of failure.
The chickens have only been here a few days but some of them are already laying us an egg a day, which is brilliant, but this evening we've seen a fox so I just hope we can manage to keep them safe.
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
It's already the first of August and we haven't planned our summer at all! But maybe that's a good thing as sometimes it's just good to go with the flow, here's a few things that it would be fab to do if we get the chance, but only if!
- learn to identify butterflies
- make rafts to race along the river
- cook on a campfire
- organise an outdoor cinema evening
- wild swim
- decorate our new shepherds hut
- runaway with the circus
- pick blackberries and make hedgerow jam
- plan our kitchen garden
- welcome our chickens
- play crazy golf
- host a snail race
- catch some trout for tea
- make homemade ice cream
- learn how to paddle board