Archive | December, 2011

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 260,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 3 sold-out events for that many people to see it. Click here […]

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A cold sunrise over the croft.

It’s warm, or so I hear

I was surprised this morning when I heard BBC Radio 4 proclaim a warm end to 2011. In fact, I was so surprised I picked up the camera, put on multiple layers of clothes, slipped into my overtrousers and jacket, wrapped a scarf around my neck, popped my woolly hat on, went outside and crunched […]

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With the new cable in place, the really fun part begins: fitting the retaining springs.

Chilling with the Land Rover

I’m feeling chilled this evening. No, it’s not due to post-Christmas relaxation. I’ve spent five hours lying on frozen ground beneath our Land Rover Defender TD5 changing the handbrake cable. It’s a job that requires liberal use of the swearbox as, unlike as our previous Defenders, the ‘improved’ design of the TD5 means a cable […]

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Chickens explore a re-grassed chicken run.

Keeping chickens: The Run

To thrive and do well, chickens need access to an outdoor area where they can forage, dust bathe, exercise and indulge their natural behaviours. The chicken run fulfils those requirements, whether it’s a one-acre field, a section of orchard, half a back garden or a couple of square metres of wood and mesh attached to a […]

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