Friday, 16 March 2018

Bee update

We had a short break in the winter weather recently. The sun melted the snow and temperatures rose. So the bees came out. It looks like five of our six hives have survived. The remaining hive will need to be checked more closely. Alas, the winter weather has returned though instead of snow, we are getting rain.

Dehorning Perky

As we have decided to keep Perky, the goat kid we are raising by hand, we had him dehorned recently.

Rabbit meat

rabbit meat Feb 18

Another effort was made to use up the contents of our various freezers recently. In the process, we found a rabbit for last year which we decided to pot roast. The meat went well with salads. We then put what was left into a soup. I was less convinced about the results.

rabbit soup Feb 18

Thursday, 15 March 2018


toad in the hole Feb 18

We discovered an old pack of pork sausages in one of our freezers recently. They must have been a few years old as the last time we bought a pig was in 2013. They were clearly past their best but we used them to make toad-in-the-hole. Nothing wasted.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

It may be deep with snow but....

Yesterday, the Beast from the East storm dumped more snow on us but work still had to take place on the allotment. The small henhouse was cleaned and the animals were fed again in the snow.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Moving a bee hive

The current winter storm may have dumped a huge quantity of snow on us but it has given us the opportunity to move the hive we put onto the Whinnies Community Garden last year. The volunteers who run the garden asked us to put a hive where everyone can see it. Since then, they have fenced off an area into which they now want the hive moved. The cold snap we are experiencing now means we can move the hive knowing that the bees will all be in it and will not be leaving it until the warmer weather arrives. In the end the job was much quicker than we expected.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Feeding the goats and kids in the snow

The winter storm we are currently experiencing has been named the Beast from the East. I filmed this video this morning about feeding the goats and kids in the snow.