A Ring Made To Last

“Rings are thin. Will my wooden ring break?” “What happens if I get my ring wet?” Those are two of the most common questions people ask about my wooden rings. They are really important questions too. If you are going to spend good money on a ring you want to know that it will last. That is doubly true if the ring is for a special occasion, like an engagement, wedding or 5th anniversary. The strength of wood is in the long fibres that run vertically along the trunk. Rings made by simply cutting a ring shape out of a piece of wood will always have at least two weak… Read More

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Going back to my roots

One of the main things we wanted to do to prepare the orchard for the chickens was to make sure they had plenty of grass. When it comes to free range eggs one of the most notable characteristics is the deep orange yellow colour of the yolks. Grass certainly plays its part in creating that colour, alongside the maize that they get in mixed corn. Also, it is just fun to see them scrabbling in the turf. It looks like it is more of a challenge for their powerful claws, and I can’t help thinking that it must be good exercise for them. We earmarked an area of ground around… Read More

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Chicken republic

If you have stayed at Carpenter’s Cottage you will no doubt have met our four, friendly, free-range hens: Mavis, Phyllis, Agnes and Gladys. We have loved having them roam free in the garden, keeping the slug population at bay and bobbing over for a chat whenever we sat out with a cup of tea. However, we have decided that their friendly ways have to come to an end for two reasons. The first is that we have not been able to grow any but the most hardy plants in the garden because those winged rotavators dig mosts things up. That has meant that, for the last two years, the raised… Read More

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Pyracantha short back and sides

Each morning when we eat our breakfast we have a wonderful view of a mature pyracantha, fully 40 years old, trained against an old brick wall. Over the years the fierce thorns of that bush have claimed several footballs and a few tennis balls. However, they have also provided a safe haven for birds beyond the reaches of neighbourhood cats. Carelessly, we had let the pyracantha have it’s own way for too many years, and it was so big it had smothered all other life out of the bed and was threatening to pull itself off the wall. The last straw was when Mavis started laying her eggs deep underneath… Read More

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