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Chicken Lockdown Mini Cull

###This post contains photos of dead animals and meat prep###With the Avian Flu lock down yesterday we decided at the weekend to thin our flocks a little bit with a few birds that were going off to go to freezer camp. The girls have their favourites! No way were these going to the freezer!We had two cockerels (Legbar and a Maran) from a small hatch...

Kitchen Island

One of my regular customers contacted me the other day about some work they wanted doing - they needed an island unit for their kitchen. They had already chosen some granite for the top and needed a base. We discussed their requirements then I priced it and made it to their specifications. As it was painted I made it using tulip wood (which takes a...

Christmas Presents For Gardeners

I thought I'd use my blog for a bit of shameless self promotion and show a few of my products I've got for sale on Etsy at the moment. My potting trays have been really popular and come in a few different sizes. And the same with my seed boxes. There are some other items in my shop and I can make things to order when it's not quite so busy! All these...

Christmas Pudding Steaming

Today is the first time this season having both fires running. So I've escaped upstairs away from the heat!  My wife has been making the Christmas puddings with my daughters - normally she does this with friends but that's not possible this year. Great to steam them for a few hours without using any electric and heating the house up in the bargain! 

Light Or Dark Meat?

With modern supermarket birds or even some of the hybrids you can breed yourself for meat there isn't always that much difference between the light and dark meat on the bird. The same isn't true with our Indian Game birds - look at the difference in colour! And both were as tender as anything. Such a shame some meat you buy has the texture of cotton...

After School Light

 I'm loving the hour of light after school pick up at the moment. My eldest and me have been heading outside to do a little green woodwork. She's been working on shaving down some legs to make a raised chopping block while I've been roughing out a very rough scoop out of some pear.She seems to really enjoy it and it's lovely to just chat as we make...

End of an Era - No More mini Beds!

Well that's it - no more cot beds in the house. End of an era!My youngest (4) is finally out of his cot bed into a cabin bed I've made him. He's super excited and already made a den under there. His room is tiny so it's a great way to gain a bit of space.  I made the bed out of pine so it didn't cost too much. I've also used some fixing that can be...

Lego Birthday Cake (okay maybe megablocks...)

 Okay, if you squint your eyes you can see it for what it is, although I'd say it's more Megablocks than Lego - for our middle child's 7th birthday! Where does time go?Six years have past since my infamous "Philippa" pig cake (Peppa's pigs drug addled cousin who had fell on hard times) http://englishhomestead.com/2014/12/nailed-it-on-pinterst.html… and...

The Man Who made things Out Of Trees

 I think I might be a little late to the party with this book, but the last few weeks I've been working my way through it. This is a book that is, pretty obviously, going to appeal to me. The premise is that Robert Penn has an Ash tree cut down than tries to use as much of the timber as he can to make as many things as he can from it. The author writes...

Horse Chestnut Soap? Part One...

 The weekend was wet and windy, it finally cleared up on Sunday afternoon so I took the kids out to hunt for conkers and to blow off some steam. The tree in a field near us had none on them so we went to a friends to see what we could find.  A few kilos later we had all we needed. Enough to pick out the best ones for traditional conkers (more on that...

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