Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Easter Weekend

Easter has come and gone in a bit of a whirl wind in our house this weekend, but a very enjoyable one! From the first visitors arriving on Friday morning until yesterday afternoon, the kettle was working overtime! It was lovely to see all our friends and family over the weekend, so thank you all for taking the time to come and visit.

Hasn't the weather just been superb, I can't remember the last Spring we had that has been this glorious, and by all means it's to last for the rest of the week, fingers crossed! We've even had to start watering the pots!

We managed to get a few things done outside, Gregg and Allan felled a tree on Friday morning, don't boys just love playing with chain saws and making lots of noise!

In between visitors I managed to get this made.....

........I have been looking forward to this moment for sooooooooooooooo long! This time last year we started off with 5 chickens, a cockerel and 2 geese. We now have a bit of a menagerie, producing loads of eggs and hopefully some little chicks soon. We have a couple of broody chooks so we're planning on setting them on some eggs this weekend, very exciting, as our attempts last year were a bit late in the day and didn't produce anything. We also have more interesting news on the poultry front but I'll keep that for tomorrow.

At last I have passed the "planning" stage of the veggie garden and have progressed to the "just get on with it" stage! I got my first lot of potatoes in yesterday, early Duke of Yorks, and planted sweetpea seeds, varieties "Matucana" and "Painted Lady". I also got a tub of basil seeds planted so that'll be interesting to see how they come along. Only about another 20 packets of seeds to go now..............

Hope you all enjoyed your Easter break too.

L x


tash said...

I'm so glad you had a good time - and your egg sign, it's all exciting! I can't wait until we get some chickens - preferably something feisty that'll put our dog in her place ;-)

Have a great week!

lazylol said...

Good luck with the eggs!

Tracy said...

You are living my dream!
So glad you had a busy and lovely Easter break - we took a break from packing but i am back to it today!
Stephen as i write is on a plane to Inverness - flying up to sort a few things out before the big move. Hopefully i will soon be living the same dream as you x
Tracy x

Marie said...

Hi Lisa

What a lovely way to spend the Easter weekend. I love sweet peas and can't wait to see how your garden turns out. Hope the eggs hatch!

Marie x

Ragged Roses said...

Sounds like the perfect Easter weekend! Planning a new garden is so exciting! My daughters have been throwing poppy seeds everywhere! It sounds wonderful where you are.
Kim x

carolyn said...

Oh just as everyone's hens start to lay ours stop. I think they must be antipoedean hens as they did lay all winter long! Good luck with the sales, and I'm thanks for the timely reminder I'm sure some of my potted herbs could use a drink.

Cherry Menlove said...

Great sign, great eggs, GREAT IDEA!!
Way to go lovely Lisa.

Cherry xx

Sarah said...

Glad you had a good one. It seems like the weather has been great all round. I think we are all looking forward to seeing the results of all that seed sowing!

Angel Jem said...

Good luck with the doorstep sales! It sounds like you had a good weekend!

rach said...

Hi Lisa,

I'm just after some help. Have any of your hens ever had scaly leg mite? 2 of my birds seem to have very raised scales compared to a few weeks ago and I'm afriad they've got the little buggers burrowing in there.

I heard you can dip the legs in surgical spirit to kill the mites, then put on vasaline to keep the mites out. Have you ever had to do this? How do I stop them coming back?

Poor little chooks. Omelets legs look especially bad - quite swollen looking around her ankles.

Any advice for a novice hen keeper?

Primrose Hill said...

Hi Rach,
Sorry to hear about your poor little chooks, you'll want to get it cleared up pretty quick. I have to say it's not something I've had to deal with (yet) so I'm really not sure what the remedy is, sorry. Have you tried the Practical Poultry forum, they're pretty quick at getting back to you or thought about giving Davie Scott a call, that's who you got your chooks from isn't it?
Sorry I can't be of any more help, hope you manage to get it cleared up quickly.
L x