Before I begin, the Cast That Classic meme has been posted here.
Chickens. I'd like some. I have discussed the matter with Mr Blogs, but he doesn't seem keen. The problem is mostly the bird flu thing, so maybe once that is over with, I shall approach the subject again. He wasn't keen on getting a dog, and now we have two, so as you can see, he is easily persuaded. Anyway, I have been thinking about getting some chickens for a while, and it really does make sense. Although our garden isn't large, we do have the space, they aren't hugely expensive to feed, or tremendously difficult to care for. Plus, they have the advantage of providing eggs which you know the origin of, and also make a good form of garden pest control.
I really like the idea of producing more of our own food. I already 'do veg' but I'm going to expand the range of fruit I grow this year. At the moment, I only grow strawberries, red currants and blackberries, but I'm rather drawn to apples, plums and pears. Standard sized trees would be far too big for our little patch, but there are dwarf varieties that would fit perfectly. In fact, I could probably manage a veritable orchard of them. I would love to hear from anyone who grows this type of fruit tree, because I'm wondering what kind of harvest you get. Would there be enough for a few pies, and a batch of jam?
Another project for this year is to get into home brewing. Maybe not the nettle beer I mentioned in an earlier post. So far, I have had a huge problem convincing anyone that making beer out of nettles is a good idea. But, there are many other alternatives, the afore mentioned blackberries would make very good plonk, and I'm sure that one I have investigated further I will find other great options. I'll let you know how I get one with this, and hopefully, pass on tips and recipes.
In the News:
During a routine security sweep, police found a small quantity of cannabis at the home of Defence Secretary, John Reid. Mr Reid has denied all knowledge of the drug saying "I have no idea where it came from, or when." Coincidently, memory loss is one of the side effects of cannabis use.
The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, is still under pressure to resign following his failure to deport criminals from overseas. What I want to know is, why on earth did they ever give the job to a man who looks like a malevolent version of Big Ears?
I noticed this little gizmo, when I was visiting Ally at ducking for apples, and I was quite taken with it. You can see mine in the column on the left, and you'll notice it highlights all the comments I have made recently. This is great, I find it hard to keep up with which blogs I have left comments on, so it's nice to have some way of keeping track.
I'm also trying another blog posting thingy, the other one was very good, but I couldn't work out how to insert images while using it. I haven't tried that yet with this one, but, fingers crossed, it will be easier to do. As far as I can tell, it only works with Firefox, sorry to any IE or Opera users.
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