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12th - 26th. February 2007
A very busy and hectic two weeks. Last weekend's weather enabled me to get stuck into outdoor work at home. I dug an area and sowed the broad beans, cleaned out the chicken shed 'A1 category', collected about three weeks worth of wood, sawed it all up and still had time to have a grand bonfire of universial proportions.
The week before that I was decorating at the Cricket Club all week and the last week has been spent with a couple of days at the Club, then starting my decorating job in Minster.
It's amusing planning the trips by moped, it's the only form of vehicle, beside a bike I guess, where you have to take wind direction into account. The two days I went to Minster there and back, because of a fairly strong northerly wind, took me 57 minutes to get there and 75 coming back!
I even managed 4 hours working over the Lane yesterday, again clearing the banks along the side of the stream. I must admit to finding it quite therapeutic and get a lot of thinking done.
The chickens are laying again!! This week has been about three a day. I have two 'pedigrees' in amongst my ex-batts, a Sussex Star and a Black Rock. The Black Rock lays eggs are a work of art to me, natures absolute brilliant best. They're pure terracota colour and always the perfect shape.
Talking of ex-battery hens, forumer Wendy has sent an article in about her hens. You find the link at the top right of this page.
I was quite pleased with myself last week. The site suddenly got, in about 4 days, over 1500 hits above normal. It appeared that the BBC put a link called 'Dragons Den ideas' on their main BB2 page and linked it to the Blog entry. At last, my 15 minutes of fame!
Leo's picked up a part-time job at a local Restaurant, so with three days College as well, he'll be out much of the time now and hopefully afford the bus fares!
I promised myself a day off today, but alas there were things to be done again outside. I haven't got round to replacing the glass lost in the greenhouse by the high winds a few weeks ago, but at least I found on piece of the plastic sheet glass this morning. It was lodged in a tree at least 200 meters from here. And what a bounty, whilst going into the depths of wood to get it, I came accross an old really nice shaped bucket which is now pride of place in the shed awaiting something to go in it.
Well, I shall now go and fill the Moped up. I love saying "Fill her up please" at the local olde Petrol Station and the "That'll be £2.75 please Sir". Magic.
Why? Because I'm worth it!!
29th.January - 12th.February 2007
One day late, the first time this has happened I believe.
The last two weeks have been quite eventual in many ways. The weather once again has been surprising us with a daily variation on a theme. I tried digging the garden on Sunday and gave up after two slippery attempts.
Lightning up a bit, I returned to teenage years on Sunday. Leo and I took a golf ball and an old 5-Iron over to the Cricket Pitch nearby for a knock around. Leo's final shot of about 60 was the best of the afternoon but soared over the high hedging into the Lane further up from us.
I'm working full time at the Cricket Club still and at present, painting the corridor in the Offices.
Next week I start a 7 - 10 day decorating job in Minster, just outside Ramsgate. As it's an empty house, I'm taking the camp bed etc. I'm quite looking forward to this, appeals to my 'adventurous slant'. Perhaps I'm a Downdrifter rather than a Downshifter!
It would be good to get a camping holiday of some description this year. I'm unsure if Leo will come, co I could go solo for the first time.
My 'ideal' for when I am on my own would be a field of about half an acre, mobile home with all services, a few chickens and a vegetable section. The remaining space would be designed for the wild (by the wild!!).
The chickens have started to lay again and I've had two eggs this week (it's Wednesday). It's so odd that no chicken owner seems to have the same patterns as another.
I managed at last to get the first Newsletter out last Sunday. If anyone else wants to receive them, please do so by going to the Newsletter page (link on right).
So, I promise myself the Broad Beans will be going in this weekend come rain, come shine. They must, or I'll miss the boat on them.