Saturday, 29 July 2006

parsley, the great escape and marmalade

One they made earlierWe have bought a packing case to convert in to a poultry house.

We went to collect it this morning from near Shrewsbury.

It just about went in the back of the estate - it's 5ft * .2ft * 2.5ft high. When converted, I think it will take five full-sized hens or ten bantams - big hens should have two square feet of floor room per bird and bantams should have one. Mediums sizes, obviously, somewhere in-between.

With the number over where the door will be, it looks like a little chicken barracks.

It was only £20; if we wanted them to convert it for us, it would have been £135. It seems so reasonable that I am considering accelerating my plans for Chicken World Domination and going back for half a dozen more.

One they made earlierI have a mental image of them all lined up on the lawn like the huts in The Great Escape, with a little motorbike for Steve McQueen Chicken off to one side and Donald Pleasence Chicken tottering around after the rest of the flock, enunciating in a clipped British accent "Please take me with you! I can see perfectly!" before ricochetting off the side of the pen and plummetting down the bank and in to the lane.

Potentially, I need to get out more.

Anyway. Moving on.

Yesterday we re-vamped the larder, adding shelves. Previously, it was a large empty cupboard full of dessicated spiders. Now it is much more useful, because we can actually put things inside it.

We also made Sweet Orange Marmalade as an experiment, which seems to have turned out very well.

And Ma sent us a letter which contained runner bean seeds, parsley seeds, an article about David Cameron and his wind turbine, an article on Noel Edmonds and Cosmic Ordering; and a note saying:

'Daily Mail articles probably rubbish. Put seeds in now in greenhouse and should get a crop off them. Pig waiting in freezer for you. Is chasing tail. Has only three [illegible illegible illegible]'.

It's tea-time. I am going to have marmalade on toast and narrow down my Chicken Wish List.



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15 comments:

  1. It seems that your letters from Ma are even funnier than the telephone conversations with Ma.
    :)
    Gotta love them.

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  2. It seems that your letters from Ma are even funnier than the telephone conversations with Ma.
    :)
    Gotta love them.

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  3. you have the most interesting life. I giggled when I saw that ayou went to SHREWsbury.

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  4. See, I just knew that you were taking the shrews to Shrewesbury to made into shrewesbury biscuits, I was right, wasn't I?

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  5. See, I just knew that you were taking the shrews to Shrewesbury to made into shrewesbury biscuits, I was right, wasn't I?

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  6. What in heavens name was that a packing case for? Looks like something out of a B grade Vampire movie...

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  7. I did feel that we should have been wearing top hats, driving very slowly and have a roof full of flowers :).

    Apparently they were made to store 35mm film by a well known photography company - it's lined inside with some kind of plastic and there's space for a pole through the middle. We're going to have a go at stripping that out this afternoon ...

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  8. I did feel that we should have been wearing top hats, driving very slowly and have a roof full of flowers :).

    Apparently they were made to store 35mm film by a well known photography company - it's lined inside with some kind of plastic and there's space for a pole through the middle. We're going to have a go at stripping that out this afternoon ...

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  9. Those packing crates are indeed amazing. What a great idea! I'm so pleased that you can get chickens now. They make me so happy, and I know you feel the same way.

    The note from your mom is hilarious. :-)

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  10. Those packing crates are indeed amazing. What a great idea! I'm so pleased that you can get chickens now. They make me so happy, and I know you feel the same way.

    The note from your mom is hilarious. :-)

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  11. LMAO @ your Great (Chicken) Escape references.

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  12. Wow!! COol. Very cute chicken houses..

    Noel Edmonds and WHAT?? Am going to have to check that out.. I don't think I've heard mention of Noel Edmonds since I moved to the US.. lol

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  13. Wow!! COol. Very cute chicken houses..

    Noel Edmonds and WHAT?? Am going to have to check that out.. I don't think I've heard mention of Noel Edmonds since I moved to the US.. lol

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  14. You know, I'd hate to be compared to Noel Edmonds here, but that stuff actually works..

    I've managed somehow to get a lot of what I wished (or prayed!) for in my life somehow. God knows how. It's not like I deserve any of it. I might have put it in less 'fluffy' language though. And Mr Blobby doesn't help... ;-)

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  15. You know, I'd hate to be compared to Noel Edmonds here, but that stuff actually works..

    I've managed somehow to get a lot of what I wished (or prayed!) for in my life somehow. God knows how. It's not like I deserve any of it. I might have put it in less 'fluffy' language though. And Mr Blobby doesn't help... ;-)

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