Through the miracle of modern technology (and Greg reminding me that I can FTP things to my other web site) I have now uploaded the chicken film for your viewing pleasure. Just click on http://www.btinternet.com/~weckerphoto/Chickens.AVI and it should download and play. Make sure you have the sound turned on for full effect! :)
Here are the lovely chickens, enjoying their first taste of their new home! I let them into the run this morning and although they initially seemed a bit nervous they are settling in now. The cockerel is having crowing contests so it's a bit noisy here this morning! I've just had the first egg, fried, for breakfast and it was yummy... :)
Despite the stressfulness of their journey, the chickens are definitely healthy and fertile -- I have just had my first egg!!! Can't wait for it to be morning now so I can fry it for breakfast!!! Will post photos of the chickens tomorrow when I let them into the run.
This is the milking parlour in relation to the house. It is attached but you cannot get to it through the house, you have to go outside and walk around. The bit with the peaked corrugated roof is the main milking parlour and the bit sticking out on the front is the bulk tank room.
This is what our soil looks like -- it's very clay -- which is good in that it has lots of nutrients, but bad in that it has very poor drainage. So the long term solution is to incorporate grit and other things into the soil and then eventually we will just be able to have beds in the ground and the soil will have been improved dramatically -- but, in the short term, we are buiding raised beds and putting better quality soil (purchased) in them so that we can get started growing things right away. In the long term the raised beds will also be useful as they provide a more sheltered growing environment than putting things directly in the ground.
Now you will hopefully be able to find the house a bit easier. Mind, it's still located on a road that doesn't have a name... If you want to get a sign like ours, have a look at http://www.woodhousesigns.co.uk/
Didn't get the chicken coop finished today as it is STILL raining, but I did fix the cold tap in the bath, bury yet another small creature, and fit this lovely roller blind -- the most professionally done thing in this house so far! This is in the cwtsh dan star (understairs cupboard).
But it is actually easier than I thought! I got all the sides up and the next box (can't see in this photo as it's on the other side) on before the rain started again. I'll go back out and finish as soon as the rain stops!!! I think we might be going chicken shopping this weekend!!!
We got a lot done over the bank holiday weekend -- including these lovely crates that Greg built from pallets -- and this one is now housing some of our herbs which are glad to get outside and have a bit more space! Clockwise from upper left: Oregano, purple sage, thyme, marjoram.