New Chicken House

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!!!!new-house-1
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.

new-house-2So 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!

new-house-3The result, happy chickens and happy Debbie! 🙂

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The Garden – New Year, New Start!

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.

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I’m hoping it will help me have a spring in my step for going out to prepare for spring in the February garden 🙂

 

Christmas Presents

Isn’t it nice when you get presents that take you into the new year on the right foot!

A new kneeler for those low gardening jobs,Christmas pressies 1
Who doesn’t want to try their hand at making cheese?Christmas pressies 2
Lovely new table mats
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and a super little wooden spoon for my collection.Christmas pressies 4
Happy new year everyone! 🙂

Leek and Potato Soup

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.

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I just added half an organic stock cube with the amount of liquid I wanted (stock cubes do tend to be salty).
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When its cooked, season to taste and whiz up in a blender!

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Homemade soup and bread, can’t beat that! 🙂

Home Improvements

I Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, we did. We spend the last few days doing some home improvements which were long over due.

Improving our working environment started in October and then came to a halt because of work commitments, so it was all hands on deck to finish what we had started!

We had these shelves made from shelving we bought with us from our old house, so we decided to re-use it to save money.

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They are so fab!

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Over the fire place we’ve hung some outsider art bought from Barrington Farm which is a centre for  adults with learning difficulties here in Norfolk.

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We now have a comfortable and improved working environment that we are happy with! 🙂

Wishing you all a very happy and simple New Year 🙂