The two chickens we have are doing well and laying regularly. They have been named Elizabeth and Victoria. Bee is being wonderful about looking after them.
Spent Saturday at Duxford (Imperial War Museum). Read a David Weitzmann book on the way about the Curtiss JN4-D airplane, which was a lovely story.
Today M & boys went to poultry show and came home with more chickens (1 cockerel Ixworth (Richard), 1 hen Ixworth (Lady Jane Grey), 2 hens Light Sussex (Anne and Mary)). On arriving home the two Light Sussex escaped from the box whilst chickens were being moved to the coop, so a chase ensued. Quite fun trying to work out how to ’round up’ a chicken and not scare it. We may have to explain about cockerels and hens fairly soon.
We’ve started a chicken account book for some practical maths with the boys.
We ran out of oil earlier in the week, so the only heating in the house is the open fire in the playroom. Plenty of wood around a most of our trees were chopped down earlier in the week.
Mip & Bee enjoying Asterix. M is reading it to them and then Mip is reading it to Bee as well.
M has just finished Danny Champion of the world with them.
We lost some of our trees this week. Allegedly they have caused some subsidence to the property, so some tree surgeons arrived and cut them down. We were very sad about this. But when we awoke this morning with no central heating and found we had run out of oil (delivery is now due next week) we were very glad of the large supply of firewood. Matt is now the proud owner of a (big) splitting axe. The playroom is cosy, but the rest of the house is icy cold.
A couple of snow photos. The one with Bee shows his carefully crafted pipe for the snowman.
The house and surroundings are very pretty. The wind blows really well from quite a distance when it is coming from the North over unbroken countryside. Apart from that it is lovely.
The chickens started laying straight away. We’ve had an average of 1.5 eggs per day in the first few days. We’ll see where we go from there. The children all enjoyed dippy eggs after the first few had arrived. So good that they are starting to know where food actually comes from.
Next to grow some veggies…
On Saturday we built the Chicken Ark and went to buy some (two for now) chickens. Bee is very interested in them and is always out first thing in the morning to let them out of their house into their run. In a couple of days we will also let them roam the garden, so I’ll put up some photos of them then. Probably also put up pictures of the new trampoline too, but not both at once, I’m told that chickens aren’t keen on trampolines (also told they are fun to watch on a swing)!
Bear had her birthday a couple of weeks ago.
We are very much settled in to the new house. It is nice having a playroom that is so close to the kitchen. The duplo is being well used and producing a lot of ship models as always.