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Posted in The Good Life on Sunday, 4th February 2018 at 6:30PM
250g Yellow Split lentils (rinsed)
250g Pearl Barley (rinsed)
250ml Rose Wine
4 carrots sliced
6 sticks of celery sliced
1 Sweet Potato in small chunks
1 Courgette sliced
250g frozen peas
1.5 litres vegetable stock
1 sachet Bouquet Garni
Fresh Thyme and Oregano
Pepper to taste
We had a friend over for lunch today and seeing as the sun was shining, decided to cook outside in the Dutch Oven. Our stews are pretty hit or miss but in my humble opinion this one was particularly good and worth writing down for future reference. It had just the right mix of textures from the Pearl Barley and Lentils with a bit of sweetness from the wine.
There isn't much instruction needed - just put it all in the pot, mix it up and stick it on the fire for about an hour. We baked potatoes around the outside of the pot whilst it was cooking and served it with homemade bread.
Posted in The Good Life on Sunday, 18th March 2012 at 2:40PM
Spring is in the air and I have recently been faced with an unusual dilema. Having just moved house we wanted to plant a few fruit trees in quite an irregular shaped garden with numerous potential obstacles between the ground and the sun and I couldn't work where each tree would be best situated to gain maximum sunlight throughout the summer. Having pondered various locations and even planted a couple of the trees I had a flash of inspiration that gave me the precise sunlight hours for any spot of the garden at any point in time.
Posted in The Good Life on Friday, 30th April 2010 at 1:57PM
In my quest to integrate our birds with our garden I decided it was time that they were confined to two areas of the garden. The problem was that the two areas that they needed access to, the chicken house area and the duck pond area, are on two different levels and separated by a footpath. The obvious solution was a tunnel so I set about digging, unsure as to how well birds cope with tunnels. It turns out they cope really rather well.
The tunnel spans a length of about 2.5 metres and is supported on either side by a series of large roof tiles which are retained by wooden stakes. The roof of the tunnel is a metal frame with wooden panels, covered in earth and a brick path.
The chickens had a few days with the tunnel uncovered to get used to the new route to the pond and compost heap. A few needed some gentle persuasion that it really was a good idea, but they all got there in the end and now shoot down at a rate of knots.
Posted in The Good Life on Wednesday, 7th October 2009 at 12:30AM
My decision to try and make our chickens and ducks fully automated came just before we headed off for a three week holiday. We decided that rather than paying someone to come each day we would invest the money in fully automating them with automatic doors, an on-demand feeder, fresh water and a diy swiveling web-cam to keep an eye on it all . Since taking the plunge, the system has operated flawlessly for over a year without even needing the batteries changed so I thought it was worth sharing how I transported our birds to Chicken house Nirvana. Read on to find out how I tackled it.