A mild mushroom free May

A mild mushroom free May

Its getting busy around here! Just time for a quick update on May before it’s too late and we head into July. First things first the weather, which despite a slow start, proved to come into it’s own in the latter half of the month and we only lit the boiler once for the heating. … Continue reading

I need a bigger hat!

I need a bigger hat!

Egg production is on the up, yesterday was our first 10 egg day! We have had 12 before now but that included Lillie’s secret stash of 4 in the goats hay rack. Lillie is the Lilliput hen than Kazek gave us a month or so ago. Mays total was 181 and believe it or not … Continue reading

Making hay whilst the sun shines

Making hay whilst the sun shines

That’s what they say so that’s what we did. I’d guess a couple of acres, possibly a bit more, of grass cut by tractor on Saturday the 30th. And just like when lighting the BBQ or forgetting your umbrella it decided to rain, despite a clear 10 day weather forecast. This changed our schedule a … Continue reading

Tales from the village #2

Tales from the village #2

Its a long time since the first tale, but after hearing this one I thought it deserved a post. But first of all apologies for anyone who received multiple notifications of my last post We are not vegetarians or indeed didn’t receive a notification or did and then couldn’t find the post, technology, time zones … Continue reading

We are not vegetarians

We are not vegetarians

But we do care for animals, so when we arrived at the farm to view the świnia złotnicka that we had found via an advert on tablica.pl we were a little shocked at the conditions that the animals were kept in. I guess we were a little naive to expect anything else, but after talking … Continue reading

A very passive April

A very passive April

It’s a bit overdue and only a short post, well at least that’s what I think as I start to type it, but I promised Pat over at Solarbeez a run down of our solar water heating system. It seemed relevant now as we are starting to feel the benefits, in fact we felt the … Continue reading

Where does the time go?

Where does the time go?

I have started to write a post three times in the last month, each time editing the previous version to make sure the date references were correct and that it still all made sense. I almost got to the point of adding some photos at one stage, so close to hitting the publish button, but … Continue reading

Straw bale on the BBC

Straw bale on the BBC

It’s always good to see any news on straw bale building, but it’s normally resigned to the likes of Grand Designs or YouTube channels, so when I first heard the report on Radio 4 and then read further on the BBC website about a couple of straw bale houses going up for sale in Bristol … Continue reading

A busy week

A busy week

Well I should say three days, as my brother in-law and two nephews turned up on Thursday to help out on the cold and neglected upstairs! Of course I had pottered about early in the week finishing many small jobs that remain on the ground floor; finishing the bathroom door frame, putting a few more touches … Continue reading

The missing photo

The missing photo

I suddenly realised that I didn’t add a crucial photo to my last post, a picture of the curved wall! Now whilst I could wait until my next post, I thought I would do a quick post now as I have the time and the inclination. You may also notice the bricks on the floor, … Continue reading

Filling in the gaps

Filling in the gaps

As I reported in a recent post, it is extremely important to fill in the gaps between windows doors and framework of the building to keep out the drafts especially when the east wind blows. However I thought it equally important to fill in some of the gaps I left in my absence from blogging, … Continue reading

Two out of three aint bad

Two out of three aint bad

Was that the title of the song or the line I can remember? Either way this is not a post about music or food. You may remember that I was running a tight schedule to try and get a few things finished for Gosias names day last weekend (18th Jan)? Well the news is that … Continue reading

Potatoes and eggs

Potatoes and eggs

It’s clearly blood from a fresh kill in the picture, which has nothing to do with this post, but a picture of Malina is bound to get more readers than a picture of a spud or an egg for that matter :) When I first worked in Jersey, as an excavator of tubers of the … Continue reading

The great God of Thaw!

The great God of Thaw!

No crash of thunder or flash of lightening; no, just a gentle warming, trickle of water and a chance to see the grass again below the snow. I like Thaw, he’s a nice God, and he came to visit us three days ago. After our first imprisonment this year, we were finally released from a seven day lock … Continue reading

Burning down the house

Burning down the house

No, nothing to do with the 80’s classic from the Talking Heads, nor the last desperate act of a father on the brink, it’s just that it’s rather cold and we ran out of wood! But before you worry too much its not the house we are living in that we are torching, despite what … Continue reading