The new chickens seem to be settling in and this morning they were all perched together, bar one who always sleeps on the floor anyway.
They had to stay in for the remainder of the day as they are still getting used to where their bed is. However once we got home we thought we’d try them out of the shed which they loved. A little nervous but very inquisitive, they were soon exploring with the other 6, our 6 old faithfuls. We were given 2 eggs as a thank you.
This evening after doing the horses, we got stuck into planting some seeds which are now in the greenhouse. The tomatoes came in the house though for a bit more warmth. It’s all trial and error for us. We’ve never really grew anything before so wish us look. The camera ran out before I managed to take a few snaps of the seeds.
I quickly charged it in the house to show you the frittata I cooked for tomorrow’s lunch boxes. They are so simple to make and amazingly tasty. This one had left over ham, cheese, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and onions in it. Started on the simmering plate then once the eggs had started to firm slightly I popped it in to the roasting oven for 5 minutes. Delicious!
Welcome to our smallholding adventure. We’re finally in and I can get this blog up and running as I intended with lots of pictures and posts about it all.
We moved in on Friday 15th January after a lengthy and testing few months of negotiations and communications, or sometimes lack thereof. The actual moving day wasn’t without events either but that was down to where we had to pick the keys up from and my lack of road knowledge without a satnav or phone!
Saturday morning saw us unpacking and getting a feel for the house and the land. Relatives and friends visited and DH started to erect the fence that we badly needed to contain the dogs and separate where the horses will be.
On Wednesday my amazing husband and father put lights up in the barn where the horses are now housed. There was electricity but no lights. That was a huge tick in the box meaning I don’t have to do everything by torch light! Wednesday afternoon as it got dark, the stables were delivered. Without the help of the lovely farmer next door, there is no way we would have managed to get everything unloaded and to the barn. The artic delivering, would have been able to get down the lane, but not turn around and go back! So the farmer took the artic in to his yard, got it unloaded using his telehandler, and then proceeding to help the artic leave his yard (very boggy in places due to the rain we’ve had and the fact he has herds of cows there who obviously produce a lot of muck, before bringing the stables to our barn on the telehandler. I slipped him a couple notes for his troubles as he took time out to help us and plan on making him a cake this weekend J.
The stables went up for the most part on Wednesday evening. We had lots of help and it was gratefully received. DH and my Dad finished them on Thursday and I put the bedding down late Thursday night (about 10:30pm!) ready for the first arrivals on Friday morning. By Saturday evening we have 4 full stables and were happy as Larry but also slightly nervous in that we felt like we had 4 newborn’s in the house, that you need to check on every 5 minutes. The next day the feeling eased and we thoroughly enjoyed a ride out to test out the local bridleways.
The kids wanted to go fishing over the weekend, so we willingly obliged and took them to the river that runs round the side of our property and let them try to catch fish. We didn’t tell them that we’d eat our hats if they caught anything, as they had so much fun exploring that the fishing was surplus to requirements in the end.
The menu plans have worked and I’m pleased that we’ve managed to get the pantry stocked quite well so far. I’ve not put too much thought in to what should go where but I think that will be a work in progress thing as I continue to use it.
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· Menu plan – priority.
· Make shopping list sticking to plan and use Tesco vouchers.
· Move compost soil into greenhouse from compost heap.
· Buy compost (going to trial some using compost from heap, some from bag and some a mixture).
· Visit Durham hens to see what fertilised eggs they have ready.
· Make welcoming food for family that are visiting over the weekend. A key thing for the house for me, is to make people feel welcome and enjoy the happy home that we enjoy.
· Finish unpacking final boxes that will be put off forever otherwise – this is a night time job for when the day light’s gone.
· Buy potato seeds for chitting and put them on utility window (north facing and a good size).
· Plant seeds identified as Jan/Feb plantings and create a listing for what’s been planted.
· Take photos of vegetable beds and create a map/plan of plot.
· Figure out the thermostat that is in the greenhouse – looks like a good piece of kit but can we heck find out where the on switch is (mains powered and lead goes in to ground).
· Try to convince DH that we don’t need to wait to start on the pig rearing plan.