happy things













# sunflowers in the chicken yard

# cows eating leaves

# diligent mother hens

# handsome fathers

# new raised garden beds, with dolomite lime to be dug in

# wheat sprouting in the 'rested side' of the fixed chook yard

# the amazing mobile chicken caravan (more on this shortly!)

# coffee picking in process, and a harvest that's looking promising

# funny adolescent Plymouth Rocks


You? Are you halfway through a good week? Have you started thinking about Christmas shopping or making or does it just give you a tight feeling in your chest? Do you have fruit on to soak for a cake or pudding? Did I just wreck your happy by mentioning Christmas?



11 Comments on “happy things

November 29, 2012 at 3:00 am

Ooooh, all so gorgeous and happy, especially those sunflowers! Who is the cow?!

I started wishing people a happy weekend today- halfway through an especially crappy week, though it’s looking up. Dave’ll be home tonight, and we’re no more than damp, when half the country seems to be flooding. Christmas shopping is going well, or at least the planning of it is. Santa’s a winner- just found an old guitar at the charity shop, for £20, but my kid brother’s already begun hassling me to get the missing string replaced and the thing tuned. Really? They’re 4 and 1. Isn’t it enough that I’m determined not to let them whack eack other with it, or use it as a garden spade?

November 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

I’m with Mikey. Or Bonesy. Or whichever kid brother insists on six strings. Kumbaya.

The cow is Audrey, not ours or milking, but agisted. Soon though! Maybe just about by the time you’re in the country….


November 29, 2012 at 7:42 am

Happy, happy, joy, joy and then bam christmas. Haven’t even started here, maybe if I keep pretending its not going to happen it won’t! I always think that sunflowers should be the first flower a child grows, they are so quick, bright and rewarding. Have a happy rest of week! Alison xxx

November 29, 2012 at 8:04 am

Thanks for the lovely photos 🙂 I’m at the pointy end of exam marking (due by tomorrow with 30 to go), then I will think about Christmas. How late can you make a Christmas pudding and still eat it on Christmas Day? I’m hoping to make mine next week, sometime in between Christmas shopping (thank goodness for the internet!). Hope your run up to Christmas isn’t too crazy.

Michelle from Norfolk Exposure
November 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

You couldn’t possibly wreck my happy after all those glorious photos 🙂
Ah Christmas – every year I have grand “home-made” gift giving plans….but I ALWAYS leave my run a bit late. My focus right now is to make a lovely advent calendar filled with fun family pursuits. Let’s hope I can get it on the wall before Saturday.
PS I’d rather spend a day wandering aimlessly around your farm!!

Melanie @ M&M
November 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Thanks for doing this. You motivated and inspired me —

November 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Oh what beautiful pictures. My sunflowers are growing every day I look at them, but no flowers yet. That last shot of the Plymouth Rock has me in absolute stitches!! Thanks for giving me a well needed giggle!

November 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Now why did you have to go and mention Christmas? I was happy looking at those chickens, your garden and that beautiful cow! Btw, do you use the no-dig method for your raised beds? I’m also curious about the dolomite – do you add that just the once or every time you plant something? Isn’t it to correct the ph or something?

Merryl Chantrell
November 30, 2012 at 6:07 am

What a thoroughly enjoyable uplifting post :o) I don’t mind your Christmas comments either. My husband is a Christmas Day baby and my birthday is 3 days later so our birthdays are always overshadowed by the looming spectre of Christmas (and I mean that in the nicest possible way). Thankfully both of us know exactly how the other one feels at this time of year.
I made our Christmas cake about a month ago and it’s an oldie but a goldie Margaret Fulton recipe which I have been using or the last 40 years.

November 30, 2012 at 8:13 am

I laughed at the wheat. i have it growing in every veggie garden! I love the chook caravan! A nice, happy post ending with a frightening thought. I am not ready, not even close!

Darren (Green Change)
November 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

Man, I’ve got to check out that chook caravan sometime!


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