Normal service resumed

Thank you to everyone who took time out to comment on my last post. I feel like I have made huge strides this weekend despite not doing anything major. So without further ado, let’s get back to normal but with the addition of incorporating some if your lovely ideas into my daily and weekly routines. Routine and planning seems to be the key. More to follow on this.
I don’t think I posted about out latest Freeby. A wheely bin with a tap on the bottom of it. We have hooked it up to the rain flow off the greenhouse and tonight I started using this harvested rain water to water the greenhouse. Simple and effective and best of all free. Especially as we’re on a water metre here.
Tomorrow we will purchase our next round of chicken feed but it won’t cost us a penny. They have literally paid for themselves in eggs. How fabulous! I hope you’ve all had a lovely Monday and happy new week!!

Homemade egg holder

Tonight, DH has designed and created a fantastic egg holder for the kitchen.  It fits perfectly in the kitchen window and looks the business.  He used a piece of wood we found at the back of the barn that the previous owners had left.  I love it!  We’re hoping to have it stocked up pretty soon with fresh eggs! 

We are rehoming some ex battery hens on 2nd April and fingers crossed they will be laying for us.

Free range eggs!

 What a lovely day.  Today, we had three eggs from our new girls and one is huge.  It might even be another double yoker, we’ve had two already.
Here they are having a good feed together and enjoying the welcome warmth of the sunshine.
The geese were funny, playing in a new tub of water I put out.  They have popped their paddling pool so I will pick them up a plastic one.  When I put this down, the goose with the lighter beak who we call Neville, promptly jumped on to the back of another goose and started trying to pull her around.  Therefore I am slightly more convinced that we have a boy and a girl.  Excuse the shadow of me!
Happy Friday eve!

Happy new chucks…

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!

Also, we’re expecting 3 new family members on Friday.  Sshhhh, don’t tell anyone yet.