Butchery for dummies

Until we started keeping animals I had no idea how important it was that meat was hung properly. This week we collected a lamb (ok, technically hogget as it was a year old) carcass that had spent two weeks chilling in Mr Broomhall’s cold store. That’s well hung meat in anyone’s book, so chopping it […]

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Eggonomics – does keeping hens make financial sense?

Keeping hens is all good fun to start with. They are quite engaging creatures, and hopefully produce a supply of delicious fresh eggs for all the cooked breakfasts and cake-baking we dream about.  In our case the reality doesn’t always match up. First the rat problem starts as rodents love nothing more than discarded hen […]

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New hens, new hedge, new veg

The smallholding year started again this weekend. There’s been a lot of digging, not least in order to plant a new hedge – sixty plants of ten different species – in our solid clay soil.   The vegetable garden has been given an overhaul and we’ve got onions and garlic coming along nicely, along with […]

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