Wednesday, 16 August 2006

well rotted

Silver Spangled AppenzellersYesterday, we went to visit the Wernlas Collection.

For people obsessed with chickens, it is like heaven. Chicken Heaven. And there is also some of the best tea I have had for ages, along with sandwiches and ice-cream.

I may have gone a little mad. We have arranged that on Friday, we will go back and collect twelve day old chicks and twelve hatching eggs.

They will temporarily live under a heat lamp in the small, cosy room at the end of the house that we are both struggling not to call 'the office'. When they're big enough, they will then go to live outside:

I once went to visit Ma, and on taking my bag up to the bedroom I encountered a rather disgruntled hen perched on the back of the chair in the corner. That seems a step too far, however much one loves ones hens.

Yay! for chickens.

In the meantime, I have flunked going to a business meeting this morning. Panic attack again. Bollocksy bollocksy bollocks. On the positive side, I did actually phone up and speak to Marketing Guru and ask her if she minded going on her own (she didn't, thankfully). Six months ago, B would have had to make my excuses for me, whilst I huddled under the dining table rocking and eating my own hair.

We are off to Ma's again later on today for a couple of nights; if the panic holds off. She has promised us some topsoil and some well-rotted manure. I love her.

In other news - we are just about to bottle our first gallon of experimental beer. Watch this space.

14 comments:

  1. Oh bugger. Never mind - bet the meeting was dull anyway. And that's what you have People for, right? To attend to boring things in your place...?

    Excellent progress on the chicken front. I am all agog with envy and avarice. Oh, and do tell about the beer - Mr. KW has been eyeing up those pressure barrel thingies on eBay for that long that I am considering giving in and buying him one for his birthday in October.

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  2. Oh bugger. Never mind - bet the meeting was dull anyway. And that's what you have People for, right? To attend to boring things in your place...?

    Excellent progress on the chicken front. I am all agog with envy and avarice. Oh, and do tell about the beer - Mr. KW has been eyeing up those pressure barrel thingies on eBay for that long that I am considering giving in and buying him one for his birthday in October.

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  3. Now I want to go to Chicken Heaven too! And there is tea!

    Chickens are truly, truly fascinating. Our Little Penguin Friend turned out to be a Light Brahma Bantam, one of the most beautiful little things I've ever seen, and now I want lots and lots of Light Brahmas (of whatever size). Not that we have room for more right now.

    Re: the panic attack, it's like you said: You are making progress!

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  4. Now I want to go to Chicken Heaven too! And there is tea!

    Chickens are truly, truly fascinating. Our Little Penguin Friend turned out to be a Light Brahma Bantam, one of the most beautiful little things I've ever seen, and now I want lots and lots of Light Brahmas (of whatever size). Not that we have room for more right now.

    Re: the panic attack, it's like you said: You are making progress!

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  5. Oh, Ally, you give me such wonderful phrases to roll around in my mind. "Chicken heaven". Perfect.

    It seems that being out in the country agrees with you. A little temporary setback here and there can't hide your obvious happiness. And that makes me very happy for you.

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  6. Oh, Ally, you give me such wonderful phrases to roll around in my mind. "Chicken heaven". Perfect.

    It seems that being out in the country agrees with you. A little temporary setback here and there can't hide your obvious happiness. And that makes me very happy for you.

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  7. Good for you getting Marketing Guru to do it. Chicken heaven sounds fun. I like chickens, but I can't eat them these days unless it doesn't look anything like a chicken! Panic attacks are so horrible. I've had a few and I really sympathise. And don't eat your hair or you'll get hairballs like cats do - lol!

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  8. Good for you getting Marketing Guru to do it. Chicken heaven sounds fun. I like chickens, but I can't eat them these days unless it doesn't look anything like a chicken! Panic attacks are so horrible. I've had a few and I really sympathise. And don't eat your hair or you'll get hairballs like cats do - lol!

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  9. KW's right - you pay people to do shit like that for you.

    Day old chicks? Aww too cute!

    Experimental beer is my favourite kind!

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  10. KW's right - you pay people to do shit like that for you.

    Day old chicks? Aww too cute!

    Experimental beer is my favourite kind!

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  11. Hi Ally - I posted this over at KW's blog then realised it was in the comments for three days ago and you might not read it, hence I'm cross-posting here.

    Green Tomato Chutney:

    1&1/2 lbs of green tomatoes (peeled if you don't like the skin in chutney)
    1/2 lb cooking apples, peeled and cored
    3/4 lb demerara sugar
    1/2 oz mustard powder
    1/2 oz ground ginger
    1/4 oz turmeric
    1 oz salt (optional)
    1 pint vinegar
    cornflour to thicken if necessary
    (for a hotter chutney you can always play around with the spices and add e.g. chilli powder, cumin etc)

    Chop everything as fine or as coarse as you prefer, fling in large saucepan, bring to boil, simmer for an hour and bottle as per KW's directions.

    It's pretty easy to make and good with just about everything (we often have it with curries).

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  12. Hi Ally - I posted this over at KW's blog then realised it was in the comments for three days ago and you might not read it, hence I'm cross-posting here.

    Green Tomato Chutney:

    1&1/2 lbs of green tomatoes (peeled if you don't like the skin in chutney)
    1/2 lb cooking apples, peeled and cored
    3/4 lb demerara sugar
    1/2 oz mustard powder
    1/2 oz ground ginger
    1/4 oz turmeric
    1 oz salt (optional)
    1 pint vinegar
    cornflour to thicken if necessary
    (for a hotter chutney you can always play around with the spices and add e.g. chilli powder, cumin etc)

    Chop everything as fine or as coarse as you prefer, fling in large saucepan, bring to boil, simmer for an hour and bottle as per KW's directions.

    It's pretty easy to make and good with just about everything (we often have it with curries).

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  13. Wow about the chooks. You dont do things by halves, do you? Also, did you know there are folk who have house chickens and keep them as pets - in the house? Really! I'm saying nothing about Chicken Heaven. I'm jealous.

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  14. Wow about the chooks. You dont do things by halves, do you? Also, did you know there are folk who have house chickens and keep them as pets - in the house? Really! I'm saying nothing about Chicken Heaven. I'm jealous.

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