🏑Devon Cottage 52🏑 March/April 2020

Blog 52🏑 20/4/20 Start of Week 5 of #CoronaVirus Lockdown

It’s something we have put up with since living here, but the downstairs toilet cistern has been sooo noisy every time you flush it !! It was one of those cisterns that was higher on the wall with a long chain handle ! It had to go I’m afraid, the whole house knew that toilet had been flushed !

Chickens were the second job to be sorted. Decided their run was unmanagable so re-designed it with the co-op outside & connected back through the run which is now smaller. Added some wood beams & ladder inside for their entertainment, they love it ! It has not rained properly for days now so less muddy for them.

Start of the chicken move
Maybe space for a shed ?
Grass at last ! Not for long though !

Next job started at the weekend was the far corner of the garden, it’s never been cleared properly. Look at the photos & you’ll see a very worn out shed or chicken house used by previous owners so that’s coming out ! We are going to completely clear the area, attach new chicken wire fencing where the fence panels have broken. When we are allowed we will maybe have to hire a skip !!

Our friendly Robin always watching us

The kitchen also will be getting a tidy up. Worktops and cupboards will have a rub down & waxed as they are made of oak & solid. Have ordered a scraper thing which you use over the worktops without scratching them. Paintbrushes have come today (thanks to the post still delivering) & have half tin of cream paint left from another job, that will get some walls painted, they are a yucky yellow at the moment !

On our ‘one allowed’ walk

And another thing…..I must stop eating ALL day so hurry up normal life !!

Until next Blog which should include vegetable seeds being planted, they’ve been very slow in the post fingers crossed it’s soon …..take care of yourselves X

🏑Devon Cottage 23🏑 Chickens are hereπŸ”πŸ” 21st July 2017

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πŸ”πŸ” Chickens now in the family (Egg laying family members only) !!πŸ” Pouring with rain we visited Manor Farm, only 15 mins away,  luckily for us & them they were indoors. He had quite a few, different ages, we picked 4 aged 12 weeks, trying to catch them was fun, oh no not by us but the expert farmer ! Should hopefully start laying in around 6 weeks πŸ”, so looking forward to first egg, who’s gonna have that, me ?!  Abbie held the box tight on the car journey home, little tweets coming out of the box, but they were fine, got home & straight into coop & run, not sure to come out at first but lovin’ it now πŸ”. 

Abbie has spent many hours in with them, even in the pouring rain under a cover, feeding from her hand, stroking them, handling them, they’re used to her already ! πŸ”

Their first morning was the perfect picture & they climbed up there themselves ! 

Introducing Gwen….

Introducing Nessa……

Introducing Pam & Dawn…….

Where did those names come from…name the TV Show ?! πŸ₯

Oh dear Smudge, have to keep away ! Toby is playing up too, fingers crossed they calm down eventually ! πŸ”

Brilliant photos taken by Abbie sitting in with them x πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”

Next move is to corner off the garden with fencing, put the coop & run behind it so the dogs realise they cannot reach the chickens & let the chickens have a good run around.  So while they’re young they seem fine but planning soon to expand the area….πŸ” and that will be another job sorted ! πŸ”

August…..Expanded the area for them, have lots to explore now ! 

                  πŸ”Just chillin’ out ! πŸ”

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🏑Devon Cottage 26 🏑November 2017 ( 2 yrs ago Completion on house )

Blog 26πŸ”…. YES, an egg has arrived ! The chickens are around 26 weeks old, overdue for laying, we were advised to stop the treats & see what happens & Yes 2 days later an egg has appeared, actually on 5th Nov Bonfire Day, did they get the frights last night from fireworks & that helped to get things going ??! As I write today no. 2 has been laid too ! Well done chicks ! Big Question: which one/two are laying ? No problems with it as happy it’s happening ! πŸ”πŸ”πŸ“πŸ“ Poor things getting wet in their run today so sorting the roof for water to drain away & laid down woodchippings to soak up the water !!

🍳Know what’s for tea tonight !🍳

πŸ”Lots & lots of eggs now by end Nov, stopped counting now !πŸ”

πŸ“πŸ”Look at this tiny tiny egg ! Can only think it may be Gwen who laid that one, she’s the tiniest chick of them all πŸ”πŸ“

This month of course included Bonfire Night, we sat on the beach for our first display……Abbie, katherine & Alex joined us for the weekend.πŸŽ‰πŸ†’

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🏑Devon Cottage 28🏑January 2018

Blog 28 🏑A New Year starts….🏑 Seaton Beach looking goodπŸΎπŸ• Chickens are still laying, all the books say they take a break during Winter, but reckon as they were late starters –November– then maybe that’s the reason they haven’t stopped ? Grateful to the chickens still for all these eggsπŸ”πŸ“πŸ” πŸ“Look at this tiny, tiny egg πŸ†’πŸ” What do you reckon on the weird egg ? Didn’t use it ! πŸ“Porridge for breakfastπŸ” 🐊 πŸπŸ‘Can I say hello πŸπŸ‘ Lovely Lyme Regis on a calm day..πŸ– β˜”BUT the difference on a very WET day !!πŸΎπŸ•πŸΆβ˜” oh dear ! πŸ‘πŸŒŠπŸΎπŸ•πŸ–πŸ‘πŸΎπŸŒŠ

🏑Devon Cottage 29🏑 February 2018

Blog 29🏑… Bird Flu has hit a few areas of the UK so the whole country has to take precautions. So bought a disinfectant sachet to wash boots each time entering chicken run…. let’s see how long it lasts πŸ”

See this huge egg….look what was inside, first double yolk πŸ‘πŸ³

Decided to plan a vegetable plot & compost heap, think the plot is big enough ! Lots of homemade compost, great start.

πŸŽƒAlready have saved pumpkin seeds so we’ll see if they grow nice & big for Halloween !πŸŽƒ A future blog, hopefully if they grow. So the Vegetable Diary & books have come out, started to keep a record about our last plot a while ago, of vegetables & fruit that grew well & the disasters too ! Choosing things to grow that you enjoy eating they say is best & not too many ‘fancy things’ so will decide soon & get planting…πŸŽπŸ“πŸ…πŸŒΆπŸŒ± but when the weather improves !

This was before their dog walk at Lyme Regis Beach, not too happy with those towels !! πŸΎπŸ•πŸΎπŸΆ

🏑Devon Cottage 30🏑March 2018

❄⛄Blog 30 ⛄❄

SO what can be said about the 1st day of March ! ❄⛄ VERY heavy snow blizzards hit the UK with huge snowdrifts, hitting our area where normally it NEVER snows (not for last 5/6 years!) ⛄❄

Views from the house….here it comes !

Lyme Regis….. (photo on News) If only the Christmas tree was still standing, that would look so pretty.

The chickens seem ok with the snow, their drinking water freezing over so checking it regularly. Decided to cover the coop with a sleeping bag, an old blanket & waterproof cover & this was hopefully helping to keep them warm πŸ“πŸ”

How much the weather can change in less than a week !! We were walking on beach at Burton Bradstock last weekend, just along from West Bay in brilliant sunshine ! 🌞 Think this snow is here to stay for a while, but hopefully not ! πŸ“β›„β„πŸ”β„β›„πŸ“

🏑Devon Cottage 32🏑May 2018

Blog 32🏑 Thinking about the colours for next bedroom, this bedroom is bigger and all the walls have artex so guess this will be fun ! Also will be a challenge as it has a very high ceiling with black beams, they will be painted to blend in, (if we can reach !),

not one wall is straight up & down so choosing colours is fun !

This end of the room has different levels and a “lovely stained” ceiling from the original leak through the thatch.

Would still like a feature wall which will have to be a lime based clay paint as it is the original part of the house before the extension, the other two bedrooms are part of the extension so traditional paint was used. Trying “Riding Hood” as colour choice for this wall. A project still to start, weather has been so good so been in garden so will be taking a while I reckon. Did start in September so all about it in Blog 37.

It’s the chicks ‘brooding’ time, started with Dawn, Pam soon joined her ! When we eventually gather the eggs they are so lovely and warm πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”this ‘brooding’ could happen for days or weeks I’ve just read, I hope all four of the chicks are not going to be broody all together, not sure where they’d all fit !

πŸ”Nessa and Gwen….you next ? πŸ”

πŸ”Help needed to drink πŸ˜‰πŸ”

Managed to collect the eggs when Dawn moved out the Coop ! πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”

Lovely Lyme Regis πŸ–πŸŒžπŸΎ

Lovely Seaton Beach…..chill out time, sitting on a blanket with a Latte with just the sound of the sea, Wonderful x πŸŒŠπŸŒžπŸ–πŸ•πŸΎ

πŸ”Devon Cottage 34πŸ” 23rd June 2018

Blog 34πŸ” Welcome today to Doris, our new Warren ginger chicken, age around 22 weeks. Always wanted a brown one too ! She’s been in the run with the others from early evening, a few pecks later Doris has stood up to them & doing fine, she’s quite the bossy one ! Just checked them all for bedtime & all nice & quiet in the coop, left the door open if she feels like moving around, but looking good so far πŸ‘

Had been advised to gradually introduce her so put the fence panel inside the run, but she wanted none of that & through the panel she climbed ! So let her carry onπŸ”

Dust bath time, settled in well then ! Let’s see how they all are in the morning πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”πŸ“

Update first morning Sunday… Doris sat in with Pam & Dawn this morning all cosy (they’re still brooding), all up & about now, great ! πŸ” Monday morning….bit of pecking with Nessa & Doris if they’re near each other !

As far as the brooding is concerned, have read that need to close the coop, stop them entering it & see if that stops Pam & Dawn ? Will let Doris settle this week & then give it a go, have just put door on side of coop for now to stop that entry & main door will give it a go next, Wednesday…..giving it a try & closed the coop πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”πŸ“

🏑Devon Cottage 35🏑July 2018

Blog 35 🏑The month of July started with a trip to Falmouth Cornwall, lovely weather, pretty place.

Our new chicken, Doris has started laying, tiny eggsπŸ”

Lacking eggs at the moment, one time we had too many to eat but the broody hens, Pam & Dawn, who have finished brooding now, are slowly laying again, but we do collect 4 eggs so getting there ! πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”

A project started outside with all this wonderful weather is painting the wind-up Gramophone in ‘Clotted Cream’ colour, (like that name) we bought it recently ! I hear you say why ? It’s a project to strip everything out and put in a vinyl turntable & speakers, we’ll advertise items as spares. Have bought the turntable plus need speakers & cd player to finish it. It will all fit in the unit plus all our vinyls (including my Osmond vinyls, & on that subject did you ever read my Osmond Blogs if you fancy click here ! http://tinamckenzie.blog πŸ†’πŸ‘ Back to this blog ! So original wooden gramophone looked like this…..

Nice varnished lid keeping the original wood colour to finish it off. πŸ”ŠπŸŽΆ

Ready to go ! πŸ”ŠπŸŽ›πŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸŽΌ

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🌻Devon Cottage 36🌻 September 2018

Blog 36 🌻 This was a surprise Sunflower, it just started growing next to our Bay tree, nice one !🌻

🌷Bucket found buried in garden when clearing it, so why not plant something in it !🌷🌹🌼

What a very HOT August that was ! When I look back last year at September’s Blog I started it with the line β˜”What a wet August that wasβ˜” You just never know what our Summer months will be like here in the UK ! So we had severe ❄snow fallsβ›„ beginning of the year & a 🌞heatwave Summer🌞 what’s next ?!!

πŸ“Time has come to put a Coolbox outside & make a sign to sell the eggs, we are back to the situation of too many eggs to cope with, even giving them away ! It’s a good problem to have but they must be eaten !πŸ” Omelette tonight & maybe next night too !! Update:- Now we’ve a problem again with same two brooding again, Pam & Dawn, getting them out so many times during the day, after reading about broody hens we’re going with the plan to keep coop main door closed during day after others have laid ! πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”

Pumpkins are growing & more on the way πŸŽƒ looove pumpkin soup.

πŸ…Fruit & vegetables finishing, some tomatoes still going πŸ…

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