• Children's activities,  Food,  Growing vegetables,  The Good Life

    Growing Cress Egg Heads

    We have started our veg growing for the year! Last week, Emilia decorated two Egg Heads, and then planted them with cress seeds. One week later, this is the result! This is a brilliant rainy day activity to do with children, even in mid-winter. Next up is carrot seed sowing in toilet rolls. Yep. (You can read about how to do both of these activities on a post I wrote for Avant Homes here.) Emilia is really rather pleased with her Cress Egg Heads… Get growing with your kids! It’s great fun, and you never know, they may well eat a few more veggies as a result. (It worked with Emilia, she’ll now eat…

  • Growing vegetables

    Winnie the Pooh is back to save the Honey Bees

    I’m sure a lot of people have Winnie the Pooh mingled in with their childhood memories. So many lovely stories, quotes and programmes come from Winnie the Pooh. I have a little Pooh Bear, who has stayed with me since I was born (though my sister rudely tried to claim him as hers, more than once). I also used to have a postcard above my desk, with an Eeyore quote, which was obviously the most inspiring quote to get me through my exams; “This writing business; pencils and what-not. Over-rated if you ask me.”   There hasn’t been a new Winnie the Pooh story since 1927, but Egmont Publishing has teamed up with the British Beekeepers Association to…

  • Chickens,  The Good Life

    Introducing new chickens to your flock – Omlet’s Eglu

    Due to some sad losses, we’ve been down to two chickens in our flock for a while now, and with spring arriving we wanted to expand the brood. So back to Hinchliffe’s Farm we went, and luckily for us, they still had a few point of lay hens for sale, despite an unprecedented demand for them recently. We got two Speckled Rocks, which Emilia quickly named Jessica and Kayla (after her two best friends). They arrived home a little stunned, and entered the arena with our two Warrens, Henrietta (our oldest – 7 years now) and Captain Birdseye. It wasn’t long before Henny had the two newbies hiding, somewhat terrified, in the…

  • Chickens,  Food,  Leeds,  Local food

    Pullet Eggs this Easter?

    This Easter, The Local Pantry is giving away pullet eggs to customers that buy an Easter treat in their cafe and shop. I had never heard of pullet eggs before (and I keep chickens!). They are small eggs, that are produced by chickens when they first start laying. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, but due to sizing standards they all get thrown away. This is absolutely BONKERS. Our chickens all started by laying relatively small eggs. I remember the very first one we got; it was like a miracle! Also, it was a double yolker, so it really was amazing. A very small double yolked egg, and it was utterly…