Well after having a long break from my Simple Life Blog, I’m hopefully back with vengeance! 🙂
Even though it’s only the beginning of January, the sun is calling me into the garden! I bought these ‘Helleborus Niger’ plants a couple of days ago and couldn’t wait to plant them out. I’ve paired this up with cleaning and tidying my little laundry because the spot where I’ve planted them is the view from my laundry window and so adding a little motivation for both jobs 🙂
To start off the new year of my Simple Life Blog, I’m excited to show you our new chicken house. Considering a chicken house the size we needed would have cost around £900 without nesting boxes etc, we decided to be creative and find an alternative solution.
This second hand polytunnel we found was the right size and only cost us £80!!!!
All that was needed was to secure the sides with chicken wire so they can’t dig their way out.
We have a shut down for chickens here in the UK at the moment because of bird flu, but as soon as that is past we are going to cut out a large window along the the front and fill with chicken wire.
So here they are, all secure and safe with lots of room. The nesting boxes you can see in the front corners are made from insulated dog beds which are easy to clean and only cost £35 each!
The result, happy chickens and happy Debbie! 🙂
This is the second year this cactus has flowered, isn’t it beautiful? I don’t know what it is called, I think it’s too early to be a Christmas cactus.
It is obviously very happy there on the window sill and I thought I would share it so as you could feel the pleasure too! 🙂
It’s time to start getting the garden ready for this years growing, so I bought myself a magazine for a bit of encouragement. Free seeds are always good, if you get what you like, especially if your spare seeds got nibbled up by vermin last year! I was very lucky with my free seeds, they were the sort of varieties I might have bought myself and there are plenty of hints and tips as well.
I’m hoping it will help me have a spring in my step for going out to prepare for spring in the February garden 🙂
The sun is out, so here are at least eight happy chickens trying to dust bath in the same place!
It’s definitely soup weather! I just made some Leek and potato soup and although I’m quite an accomplished soup maker, I like to do a bit of searching in the internet for new ideas and ways of doing things and also to be inspired about using odd bits and bobs that are in the fridge.
In here are two leeks and a quarter of a fennel bulb that had been tucked up in cling film waiting to be finished off. I added a little chopped (tender) rosemary and two bay leaves from the garden, also six pepper corns. Oh yes and a small clove of garlic, finely chopped.
I just added half an organic stock cube with the amount of liquid I wanted (stock cubes do tend to be salty).
When its cooked, season to taste and whiz up in a blender!
Homemade soup and bread, can’t beat that! 🙂