The loss of a star

This week has been difficult. We’ve lost the last of our original Orpingtons and she’s left a little ginger hole in our lives. Our chickens are livestock as we are a smallholding/homestead but as I explained to one person this week on social media the difference between how we treat pets and our livestock isContinue reading “The loss of a star”

A Good Year for Fruit and Fruit Wine

We grow lots of our own fruit here on the smallholding. We preserve it in lots of different ways so that we can enjoy all year round, but in season we get to eat it fresh and straight from the tree or plant. I’m getting excited because our fruit is forming and it’s going toContinue reading “A Good Year for Fruit and Fruit Wine”

A delayed growing season and LOTS of weeds!

There are reports that the weather in May in the UK is on track to be the wettest on record and the coldest in 25 years. We grow as much of our own food as possible here on the smallholding and the growing seasons are dictated by the weather so we’re having to adapt! InContinue reading “A delayed growing season and LOTS of weeds!”

Broody Hens are like buses….

We breed Buff Orpingtons. These chickens are large, golden and friendly like Cinnamon featured on the right. One of the best features of the Buff Orpington is that they have natural broody tendencies. They will incubate, hatch and raise the chicks for us. Plus there’s the added cute factor of hens with chicks running aroundContinue reading “Broody Hens are like buses….”

A Sustainable Closed Loop Eco-System (or The Cycle of Poop!)

We try to live as sustainably as possible. We make use of as many things produced on the smallholding as possible and that includes all of the poop that the chickens produce. We like to call it “Black Gold”. Yes, that’s right….chicken poop is an asset for a sustainable smallholding. We were recently asked whatContinue reading “A Sustainable Closed Loop Eco-System (or The Cycle of Poop!)”