Storm Emma meets Beast from the East

For many days the UK has been gripped by the 'Beast from the East', snow and freezing temperatures tucking signs of spring firmly under a white blanket. Now storm Emma approaches from the Atlantic bringing more snow, clashing with Siberian air causing icy high winds and blizzard conditions. The entire country is now under a … Continue reading Storm Emma meets Beast from the East

Winner Winner Chicken Coop

Just after new year I received some very exciting news from Bed-Down Premium Poultry Bedding - I had won first prize in their Facebook competition!! Here's what I won: 1st Prize - Cozy Chicken bespoke hen house in gorgeous ‘egg yolk’ yellow, Cozy Chicken superior bedding 10kg bales x2 and Marriage’s 15kg Royal Variety mixed … Continue reading Winner Winner Chicken Coop

Christmas Tree Decorating

Last weekend we collected our tree from Stagsden Christmas Trees. A local family run business, we go there every year and just adore their Christmas shop. I love decorating the tree, it's one of the things I love most about Christmas. Our collection of tree ornaments has grown considerably since we first started buying them, … Continue reading Christmas Tree Decorating

Happy Halloween 2017

Wooo it's Halloween (eeek!) and it's a bit chilly outside! I'm having a rummage through seed packets and giving them a sort out, then I'll be splitting garlic bulbs into single cloves ready for planting soon. Vampires won't bother me today *cue evil laugh*. Meanwhile, the latest news from the garden smallholding....the hens are busy … Continue reading Happy Halloween 2017

Bird Flu

avian flu

What? No free ranging? Are you kidding me??!! Afraid not kiddo. We haven't allowed our chickens to free range since early December 2016. The Chief Veterinary Officer declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry and other captive birds from a strain of Avian Influenza (H5N8) in Europe. Since the Prevention Zone was announced, cases have been … Continue reading Bird Flu