A BLOG ON SELF RELIANCE. LIVING THE GOOD LIFE IN NORTH DEVON
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Barbara makes the family Sourdough bread and has been making bread for for over 20 years. I won’t say “I can’t remember the last time we bought shop bread”, because we can, and regret it every rare time we do! One of the challenges we have found with lockdown, is being able to buy...Continue reading
Spent much of the day moving wood-chip around on the tractor. Got the kids shovelling it into dumpy bags, then moving it to the veg patch. We all had a great day and tractor 🚜 rides too!...
The little softies raised in the greenhouse now need to get hard. So we issue each of them a flick knife before they’re planted out into the wild. Well, not exactly. Over the past few days the first lot of vegetables and bedding plants have been coming out of the greenhouse onto benches for...Continue reading
So, uses for the tractor? Well here is another. Load it up with all the fence posts, netting equipment and hedging, and it saves a few wheel barrow trips! Cool 😎 toy!...
The greenhouse is bulging with plants 🌱. We managed to get compost before travel was restricted, so have enough for seed rearing. We use grow bags and compost for cucumbers 🥒 , tomatoes 🍅 and chillies 🌶 in the greenhouse. Currently I am not sure if we can get these. Hopefully we can find...Continue reading
OK so the beer was put on about 2 weeks ago and should have been bottled a number of days ago. In lock down, you’d think this would have been a priority! Not having the time, recently, Barbara stepped in and sorted the batch! What would we do without Barbara! I don’t want to...Continue reading
So what are your children doing in lockdown? We got a £60 a month rebate on our electricity a few months ago. I feel that is going to be reclaimed in the coming months with the kids back home! 3D printers and powerful computers warming rooms our electricity bill is forecast to go through...Continue reading
I think we need to put things into perspective. In the next few weeks I am sure we will see further measures to slow the spread of Coronavirus. In preparation, tonight I have put on 23 Litres of wine 🍷 and 23 litres of beer 🍻. Hopefully the former will be ready in 7...Continue reading
Last year our first goose egg was laid by our ladies on 25th February. This year it was today, 26th February 2020! Talk about keeping to a timetable. Quite amazing! Next it will be the swallows turning up on April 14th …… which they always do, give or take a day. I know what...Continue reading
Well wouldn’t you bee angry too? I can see some of the beehives from the house. I am always keeping an eye on the hives checking all is well. In the summer it is always useful to look out at midday to make sure they are not swarming. Everyone had been warning us about...Continue reading