Author Archives: Mike

17th May 2013 – Gosling

Of all the hatchlings, goslings hold a special place in Em’s heart. Years ago she had one which used to follow her around and sit on here lap and I’m sure all that special care really did it good as … Continue reading

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15th May 2013 – First Chicks

2013 is not going to go down as a great year for poultry production. Our new stag turkey proved unwilling or unable to mate successfully, the Aylesbury drake was well under par in the fertility stakes and my Ixworth cockrel, of which … Continue reading

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12th May 2013 – The Pink and the Blue

Everything is turning green. Trees are rushing into leaf and even the oak and ash are in too much of a hurry to make weather predictions!’ Oak before ash in for a splash, ash before oak in for a soak’ is how the old … Continue reading

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10th May 2013 – Quick Brew

My friend P is keen to try his hand at a bit of brewing and needing no encouragement, I invited him round for a session. As a female friend once said ‘brewing really is the ideal subject for men’.  It is a … Continue reading

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8th May 2013 – Nettle Fertilizer

As anyone who has come on a foraging course will know I’m fond of saying that nettles have a sting because they are worth protecting. Course members also have to endure me extolling their extraordinary eating qualities, but yesterday that’s … Continue reading

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7th May 2013 – Patience of a Saint

  Although the days are getting hot now, we are still living with the consequences of a cold spring. Early flowers and blossom held back by the frost and chilling northerlies are blooming away at the same time as later … Continue reading

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4th May 2013 – New Release via Kindle

It is easy to imagine that the domestic rabbit is a passive creature without urge or instinct when seen in the hutch, but give them a bit of space and the buried instincts come bursting out. My New Zealand doe … Continue reading

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3rd May 2013 – In the Garden

For the avid gardener and even more so for the avid gardener who relies on their garden for food, there is no sight more thrilling than seedlings pushing up through the bare ground. Broad beans and peas are unfurling their first tender leaves and a few parsnips are … Continue reading

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2nd May 2013 – ‘And Winter’s Gone Away Oh’

Being ‘rural’ doesn’t always mean rummaging the hedgerows or wandering the woods, gun in hand. Occasionally the committed countryman is required to don a dress and uphold an ancient tradition or two!Whether this statement does anything to excuse the fact I spent all of yesterday dressed as a woman, scaring children with a pig’s … Continue reading

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30th April 2013 – Zebra Planting

Whether I’m an innovative gardener or a lazy gardener I don’t know, but I’m always looking for efficiencies of time and effort when it comes to the veg patch. The root veg bed, without the benefit of a good manuring (to prevent … Continue reading

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