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  1. Officially bored of winter now...

    by , 02-02-2011 at 04:00 PM
    Today's count. Chickens - 4, eggs - 2, Rats - 0 (well, no blue food's been taken for a while)

    Officially bored of winter now, and looking forward to some lazy light nights pottering around in the garden and drinking wine on the patio. Of course, as soon as the sun does finally show its sorry face, everything will look filthy and neglected, and it'll be a mad dash to spruce everything up again.

    Been down to look at the veg, and what a sorry sight... the PSB ...
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  2. A few days in Italy in Winter

    by , 14-01-2011 at 07:01 AM (A few days in Italy in Winter)
    Popped over to the vineyard for a few days mainly to prune the vines and check up on everything. It was very cold but bright although they must have had recent rain as the waterfall was rushing along. In the distance you could see the snow on the top of the mountains. The vines were in bud (very early) but we managed to give them all a slight prune. In fact it felt in general as if spring was just around the corner. As we left 2 deer were grazing in the wildflower meadow and the birds were singing ...
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  3. Aggie's off the hook

    by , 08-01-2011 at 12:59 PM
    I let the girlies out this morning, and was pleasantly surprised to find an egg - we don't tend to be overrun with them.

    Mildred stormed the barricades and escaped out of the pen, so I let them all out for a run in the garden. Checked again, and there were two more eggs. This is serious egg-ville we are talking about - the normal rate is one egg every week between four birds... so three in a day is ground-breaking news!

    Imagine all the cakes and omelettes we'll be ...
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  4. Der's a rat in me chickens, what am I gonna do?

    by , 06-01-2011 at 01:24 PM
    Whilst cleaning out the chickens at the weekend, youngest thought he saw (or should that be smelled?) a rat. Red alert!

    We whizzed into town to get some poison. Question: Why is it that you feel the need to hide rat poison at the bottom of your basket like some guilty secret, even to the point of buying stuff you don't want or need to cover it up? I do not know.

    We spotted the rat hole that had appeared from under the decking, straight opposite the chicken run, so ...
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  5. asda workbench

    by , 04-01-2011 at 04:47 PM
    asda workbench is not a stable as a true workmate and smaller work surface but fine for smaller garden diy projects. pleased with it for the price of a tenner.

    gonna trey my hand at blackberry and logan berry along a shaded fence this year as well.

    this gardening get obsessive very quickly or maybe its just me.
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