We picked this chicken coop up a few years ago for free.
Our chickens always seem happy and are very productive, we usually get an egg everyday from each chicken, even over winter.
The coop setup needed a bit of work, so we've added a large metal run given th chickens much more room.
Made from three panes of glass and a few brass rings measuring 1 and a quarter inches in diameter, the hinge at the top is made from a glass tube and a stainless wire pin, the whole unit is siliconed together and held with masking tape until the glue sets.
It also has an inner glass feed tray which comes up to the top of the lower rings to prevent Mr Squirrel from reaching inside, it is 100% secure from the tree rodents.
Cover Picture, the allotment in spring.
Our homemade apple shreeder for amking our own cider and perry fro our apple and pear trees, made back in 2018 for the next seasons which was pretty good in 2019, but a poor year for pears in 2020, she is made predominantly from one inch thick birch plywood as os the drive wheel, this is Mk 2 with proper bearings for a much better system which Mk 1 had plain bearings of nylon.
She is driven with an old woodwork lathe motor that I had spare and works a treat, video of it in action shortly.
Cover picture is one of our allotment Amish style barrows that I made several years ago.
A homemade top growing hot box for early germination of seeded trays, this acts as a mini greenhouse within a green house in the cooler periods of early spring, this retains the heat better than having to rely on the whole building being heated which has its hidden costs, it worked very well and gave us that extra helping hand during germnation.
In this short film one can see a feathered freind coming for food, here is a young robin still with his down amongst his main feathers, this is the time of year before they get street wise when you can get them to come to the hand, the parent bird was close by giving out warnings but the youngster is not aware of any immediate danger as I moved in quietly and around the garden so they get used to you.
The flower in the front page picture is what is known as the jewel in the crown of upper Teesdale, once its vivid azure is seen you never forget it, the Sring Gential taken in the upper rgions of the Teesdale valley around the middle of May, the 14th is known locally as Gentian Day, this small group can often be seen alongside the footpath most years where the waters of the River Tees meets and mix with Langdon Beck.
A look back to the garden in spring time as the first signs of our heirloom seeds coming through, it is this time of year we really enjoy, when it's not too hot and not too cold, same at the opposite end of the summer, sitting out with a nice cup- o-tea listening to nature, we often drift away from modernity, true luxury.