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  1. It looks enormous and very solidly built. Its not just the footprint, I have lived in draughtier buildings than that, even without the front wall! Good luck with work, it sounds exciting and a whole fresh start, a bright time ahead.😀
  2. My mother has been talking about clearing her house, but luckily I have dissuaded her. I can't bear to think about it whilst she is still around and I don't want her exhausting herself. Luckily she is uber-tidy so everything is already in drawers or cupboards, you are quite safe unless you open a door! Saying goodbye to a dining table and chairs is more than the objects isn't it, you have all the lovely memories, which hopefully will sustain you as you look back on happy meals shared with other people, they are the important thing, not the furniture itself. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness....this morning I couldn't see the end of the garden, and last week we harvested 2 types of fig, grapes for wine and eating, pears, apples and plums. I still have kilos of tomatoes and peaches to process which is slightly less exciting as the novelty has worn off, we appear to have a freezer solely for tomatoes! The incessant scorching days of summer are over, although no doubt we will have the odd hot day so its still a treat to be outside. It feels lovely, being able to pull up spent plants, dig things over, and plan a buying trip to Spain for new bulbs and shrubs (cheaper and better choice than here). I think farmers say the early Autumn is the beginning/end of the year, and I certainly feel like that right now.
  3. Those are both really nice thoughts. In the future a box of cards will bring back even more memories I should think. Twice I have found it very hard indeed to throw out cards when clearing relative's houses, they are so personal. I use my own to make card templates for the squares of my never ending quilt. It makes the quilt feel as though its made up of people I know.
  4. Yes, a bit. Its basically slighly softer than a fishcake with no crispy coat, except the bits which might have stuck to the pan. Its served as a fishy/potatoey/oniony/eggy messy mound on the plate. Easy to eat (no chewing) and very tasty, savoury but not salty as you soak the fish first and slow cook everything. If you have sweet onions it helps and finely slice them. Its a bit like having bubble and squeak in terms of comfort food, although the taste is nothing like that obvs! Its also a favourite with several pescatarian friends.
  5. They are pretty aren't they? Do you think you will keep them both?
  6. Yes, the French eat it as brandade de morue, which I have to say I do like. My favourite over here is bacalhau a bras, which is shredded salt cod cooked with onion and grated/matchstick potato, bound with egg and served with olives (just in case you haven't had enough salt) and parsley. I love it. The hornet sting sounds horrible, I hope he is OK. Hornets of any variety are enormous, but I know Asian ones are supposed to be a bit bigger again.
  7. They do look lovely, strawberries and cavalo nero for tea then!
  8. They all sound lovely! I especially like the fact that reading between the lines, a lot of local recipes have been exchanged from different parts of Europe. If I had been part of it, one lucky recipient would have been making something out of cabbage and/or salt cod! Enjoy!
  9. Well there are some pekin keepers on here so they may be able to give you some breed specific advice, but in general it is not unusual to keep a trio for breeding purposes, although typically the male would be penned separately after the season to give the hens a rest. However, CT is quite right in that probably it will be down to the individual bird as to whether a trio is a good idea in practice. As well as hen welfare,I would have thought the biggest potential problem is going to be neighbours and noise, cockerels are very divisive and they tend to crow very early in the morning as soon as there is some light, and some keep going on and off all day long. Overall, there is a very good chance you will find it hard to rehome him I'm afraid, as there are always more pekin males around than homes looking for a boy. If you can rehome him with the breeder, accepting that may not be forever, then you are luckier than most people who won't have that option. On the other hand, if you and your neighbours are OK with the noise, then having a male does add a lot of enjoyment to chicken keeping, you observe a lot more behaviours amongst the birds. I guess if you kept him and had a Plan B to get a larger house if you felt he needed more hens, then that might be a way forward, although if that wasn't practical, then I might take him back and settle for 3 hens at the moment which is still very rewarding, as they are still very young.
  10. Near RAF Odiham, in Hampshire. They were mostly Chinnooks and I am guessing (maybe wildly incorrectly!) they have been flying men/equipment to somewhere else like maybe Brize Norton or RAF Lyneham as I know both bases have both been used for airlifts before using the huge transporter planes. Later yesterday morning 9 Red Arrows flew over, and then about 6pm I saw 4 return flying low, one was directly over our house and my Mum said she thought it was in the house it was so noisy! I also saw 3 different military helicopters go over in the afternoon, in a different direction. We are on the flight path, so air activity is normal, but this was exceptional. My Mum actually counted 17 flights, and she wasn't in all morning, so there may have been 30 or more in total.
  11. Lots of military helicopters flying over, must have been at least 20 throughout the morning.
  12. Yes, I find its best not to take home a rescue lion!
  13. As CT says, it can be done, but you always have the big curved bit of the main body of the eglu so its not particularly small. Typically the eglu is 'mantled' for a long time and sometimes all the parts become a bit stiff and difficult to dismantle.
  14. Very pleased for you Beantree, your experience mirrors my own. OH was given a bucket of toms from a neighbour and has made a gallon of tomato soup and a gallon of tom sauce! You sound as though you have a lovely mixture of things, tell us what the Agata is like as a spud, I'm not familiar with it. Do you have somewhere nice and cool to store your crops long term? I am currently in UK, in self isolation as somebody tested positive on the flight. GRRRR. Anyway, I am not impressed with this bit of British Summer, and the soft top fruit in the shops, although I must have eaten my own bodyweight in raspberries! I'd be a lot less happy if I was in Italy/Greece/Spain with the fires and record temps. Be careful all of you in southern mainland Europe.
  15. I would also eat the eggs! I think you and your husband make a good team!
  16. Just to say you have bought a different Harker's product to the one used by Mullethunter (and myself). I see the active ingredients are different. MT is right, stop giving medicated feed if you are using it. I also have to warn you that cocci is a horrible disease, and not all birds do pull through. The most obvious sign of cocci is bloody droppings so if you are not witnessing that then your pullet may have something else so CT is also right, seeing a vet is a good idea, particularly as young pullets are extremely vulnerable. Cross posted!
  17. Lucky you Beantree, hares are so beautiful. For a while I lived on an arable farm and we had hares playing on the lawn just outside the window, which was just lovely. Unfortunately sometimes there was also illegal hare coursing on the other side of the farm and the police had to be called. I am also allergic to bunny fur, my understanding is that it is superfine so can irritate susceptible noses/eyes quite easily. Recently I read that lockdown has led to a lot of unwanted rabbits because people didn't realise how hard they can be to look after, biting cropped up a lot.
  18. I am very sorry for both your losses. I know I can't write anything which will come close to closing the gap for either of you, but just know there are people you have never met who share your sense of sadness. RIP Peggy and Minnie. Beantree, that is a fantastic age, I never got anywhere near it, you even gave her a go at being the boss by the sound of it! She must have had a fantastic life to live such a long time, which hopefully means lots of good memories for you. Luvachicken, we know how much you tried to save Peggy, you did your best for her whilst she was alive and made the right choice at the end, caring for her all the while. That's all anybody can do, so when you can, just enjoy thinking about the good times with her.
  19. Intereresting Beantree, and Annabel, thanks for posting. I strongly believe that good husbandry comes from observation and knowing your own birds, and you two obviously do! I would agree it sounds like top hen continuing to show her dominance. Are both these hens in the company of a cockeral or not?
  20. Non chicken-keeping folk can be very unthinking sometimes. I love the fact you said you could say anything to Gemma and she always replied; its a perfect tribute.
  21. That's unbelievable. Nature certainly is awesome, majestic and terrible all at once.
  22. I'm sorry to hear it, Luvachicken, she obviously meant a lot to you. What a lucky girl she was having you to look after her. RIP Gemma.
  23. Well done, that sounds traumatic, but I know in the same circs I would have done the same as you. My philosophy is that a try at life is probably better than not bothering, but if it becomes clear I made a mistake, then I will cull, I find it easier whilst they are chicks. However, we are going to be positive. Come on small bird!
  24. Welcome back! You have done exceptionally well, 12 years old, that's fantastic! Both your girls look happy and in good order, what a nice photo, just relaxing on the grass in the warm.

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