Archive for January, 2014

An “egg”traordinary number of eggs

In the storms we have had recently,  one section of roof off the old hen house blew off.  We know that we need to dismantle the old hen house and move it out of the hen enclosure, but the weather has been bad and we haven’t got round to that yet.  Anyway today Neil was feeding the hens and he noticed one come out of the old hen house through the broken roof.  So he had a look inside and lo and behold some of the hens had been laying their eggs in there and this is what he found – 21 eggs!!

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Some of the eggs were still warm, so quite fresh today, but others were stone cold so we aren’t sure how old those eggs are and if they are still edible or not.

The hens have taken to perching on the old hen house, the broken roof is on the other side of the roof in this picture.

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So now we are going to have to check the nest box of the old hen house every day until we take it down. Funny lot these hens!!

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From little acorns……

From little acorns do mighty oaks grow – so goes the saying and we hope it is true.  Last Autumn the common oak trees shed the most abundant supply of acorns.  We were picking them up and noticed that some were sprouting,  So Neil decided to plant some in compost and see if he could grow them.  We put them in a seed propagator on the window sill in the dining room where it is a constant warm temperature. Out of 36 planted, 29 sprouted.

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We started them off in the inside of toilet rolls in compost and as you can see they started to grow.  The next stage was to pot up the most vigorous ones and give them their own mini greenhouse.  We had been collected clear PET bottles from water and tonic and we cut these to make a small pot and a top.

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The toilet roll inner tube was then placed into the bottom of the bottle with extra compost and the top part put over it to make a little cloche.

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After a while we had a tray full of little oak trees in their own individual cloches.

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When they grow a bit taller and reach the neck of the bottle, we take the top part off and let them grow upwards.  When Spring comes we will replant them again into larger pots and gradually from about May onwards be able to put them outside.  Our idea is to have a nursery bed of trees that when large enough (approx. 4 to 5 feet tall) we can then plant in our woods. These will need to be protected from the deer by fencing and an electric fence barrier on the wood’s perimeter.

We have a few sackfuls of other common oak acorns and will be planting these out with a variety of different methods which will be blogged at a later date.  So watch this space for progress on the trees.

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New Year’s Eve Party, Buckland Style

For the past 4 years now we have been to the Buckland St Mary New Year’s Eve party held in the village hall.  On Tuesday night there were 98 people attending and our neighbour, who was in charge of catering, laid on a really nice spread of food.  After tucking into that we had silly balloons and party poppers going off and a game of adult pass the parcel!!

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I even won a small prize in the pass the parcel. There was also a raffle with lovely boxes of chocolates as prizes, but I was quite glad not to win one of those as I would have had to just look at them throughout January as we start our diet!!

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The long thin balloons were flying off all round the room making a squealing noise as they went.

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The disco got going and lots of people got up for a bop, with most doing the conga and everyone got up for Auld Lang Syne at midnight.

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So a good time was had by all, a nice way to see in the new year, surrounded by friends and neighbours.

Happy New Year to you all, and may it be peaceful and prosperous.

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