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The 21st Century Good Life?

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Say hello to... Bracken

Bracken is an 8 1/2 year old miniature yorkshire terrier and she is a grumpy old girl. This young cat (velcro) and dog (toaster) that have started to edge in on her territory are no good and she is not afraid of being vocal about it.
My parents have two alsatians and even they have been on the wrong end of a few ear bashings from Bracken.
She loves being fussed over and if she thinks she isn't getting enough attention she will jump up and bounce off your leg repeatedly until you do something about it.
We have had bracken since she was 1 year old - her previous owner had her sharing a kennel with a boxer dog, she was afraid of her humans and was messing in her own bed, but we took her and she now has so much confidence she will happily sqaure up to the biggest of dogs.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005


This is a similar pic to the one with the first post on the blog and you can really see the changes that autumn brings. The little mounds of compost you can see is my hybrid willow trees (for coppicing) i have 90 more of them to do and 200 more to put in the ground next weekend (a sore back for christmas I think). Supposedly they grow up to 2 metres a year and top out at around 4-5 metres and after 4 years you can cut them down for fuel. They just shoot back up after this for more in another 4 years :)

The chicken coop is on the right of the picture and at the top of the garden you can see the block for the building of the renovation. The mound of dirt behind the chicken house is currently being used by the cat as a toilet. Nice.

bye for now.


Monday, November 14, 2005

Save money... and the World!!! #2

A compost heap...

Not pretty, but practical.

This goes hand in hand with the first suggestion in Save money... and the world. All the old hedge trimming, cuttings, peelings, unused parts and most other organic waste can be composted. This make next years soil better because you are putting a bit of goodness back into it.
It coudn't be simpler, you can either buy a 'dalek' type composter from B&Q or your local council (which should be cheaper) OR make your own using old pallets which I did as you can see from the picture.
After you have your composter you simply keep adding stuff to it until it is full - wait 6 months to a year and the you can start using the stuff. Its amazing stuff and absolutely free - which is cheaper than buying it from a garden centre.
I got a great sense of satisfaction from my first 'harvest' of compost and it was great stuff. I have another full heap now for use next year and have another started for use the year after.

Even if you dont have a garden now but plan to in the future then get started, I started my compost heap a full year before I planned to plant veg in my garden. I planned in advance because I knew that I would need it come the time.

Try it and reap the rewards - ask neighbours and family if you could have their scraps, I did and mine certainly filled up more quickly than I could have imagined.

bye for now