Emma and Jilly


Sunday, 26 April 2009

Hectic week

Quick update....

We decided we would rehome 4 ex battery chickens from Hen Rehomers UK http://www.henrehomers.net/. They are due to come to us next saturday. We bought a chicken coop off ebay and took it up to the allotment to build. Then the other day we went up to the plot to water the veggies and to our horror, the coop had been stolen! We were devastated and are pretty convinced it's a new man on the allotment who has pigeons and is up there all the time.

So plan B...we are still having the chickens but are going to keep them in our back yard (god bless our new landlord for letting us!). We have been skip raiding etc and have got pallets to build a chicken house and run. We're currently building it and will post pics of the finished product.

Aswell as all that, we are moving house at the end of next week and have not done any packing yet due to working. Thank god we are only moving down the road and i am having monday and friday off to do things.

As for the veggies, the onions are coming through well but the beans and peas are looking a bit pathetic and i think something's been eating the peas.

And on a happier note, yesterday Jilly and i have been together 18 months and she bought me a little 'anniversary' album and put photos and mementos in it. It is so lovely and the best present i've ever had. She really is the most wonderful girlfriend and partner you could ever wish for.

I love you so much Jilly.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Girls on film!

Our girls entered an easter bonnet parade on Easter Sunday and were photographed for the local paper. Here's what they wrote in it...

Sisters Jennifer, aged 11, and Emily Barclay, eight, on Blair Athol Road, Greystones, who both attend Greystones School, were up early yesterday morning to get cracking on their hats. Mum Jilly said: "They made their hats this morning, while eating Easter eggs of course."

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Planting, Poles and Poultry!

We finally managed to get back onto the plot this afternoon and were pleased to see that the council had finished clearing the edges. Our real purpose for going up was to plant out some of the seedlings that were getting too large to stay in the seed trays and to get the early potatoes and onions out as they were more than ready.

We firstly prepared some trenches for the potatoes and added some horse manure and chicken pellets, before using some bricks to mark out the bed. The onions went in next, some of which were already sprouting.

Jilly had an ingenius idea (as usual) for how to grow the peas. We made wigwams out of seven canes tied at the top and planted a pea seedling at the bottom of each cane. They look really good.

The borlotti beans were a bit more of a challenge, but after some deliberation we decided to grow them up canes with some sticks weaved in between for support. Hopefully they will withstand the elements!

Lastly we got our fruit bushes in the ground. We have two raspberries and a redcurrent which have some foliage on already.

We've been offered our three ex battery chickens for collection on 2nd may, but we're moving house the same day so are not sure it's the best time. It would be great if we could get them tho, and free some ladies. We'll keep you updated on that one.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Lantern Festival

We all went out on sunday night to a lantern festival. We met up at a place called Mount Pleasant Park and once it got dark we all paraded through the streets. We had our very simple lanterns, but some of the others were absolutely amazing. It looked fantastic to see them all lit up, and the kids really enjoyed it (have to admit i did too). Here's a few pictures. Hope everyone has a happy easter.