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by devolutionary
Thu May 24, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Geese - what do I need to know?
Replies: 5
Views: 802

Re: Geese - what do I need to know?

Thanks for the quick and excellent advice. My partner says the current owner has his nest in a wine barrel, which sounds like a great idea. She also says the grass needs cutting short before you let the on it - the rested half of the orchard is yay high in grass, so I guess I'll be doing a bit of ha...
by devolutionary
Thu May 24, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Geese - what do I need to know?
Replies: 5
Views: 802

Geese - what do I need to know?

Hi all, Just been offered a breeding pair of geese for FREE, as long as we don't eat them. Which seems fair enough. Now, being a lazy person, what do I need to know? We have a 20m x 20m orchard split down the middle, with 29 chickens in one half (resting the ground in the other half for a few months...
by devolutionary
Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Introducing Good Life Weeks on April 14th
Replies: 0
Views: 2954

Introducing Good Life Weeks on April 14th

We've just been re-watching The Good Life and were inspired to create a Good Life Week on our Dordogne smallholding. From April 14th (that’s in just over a month), would-be Toms and Barbaras can get gloves-on experience of a whole range of skills, like: o Animal house construction o Bread making o B...
by devolutionary
Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Is my hay ruined?
Replies: 5
Views: 683

Re: Is my hay ruined?

Thanks everyone. The showers are conspiring to make me work unnecessarily hard - forecast at 7 this evening and 7 tomorrow morning. So it looks like I'll be turning it a few times before I put it away. Ah well, it's not as if I didn't have anything better to do...
by devolutionary
Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:20 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Is my hay ruined?
Replies: 5
Views: 683

Is my hay ruined?

Our first foray into hay production, so a beginner question here: I cut and turned about half an acre of hay yesterday while it was over 30C, only to have it rained on by three unexpected showers. Today it's mid 20sC and overcast, with reliably hot sun (32C) tomorrow and the day after (35C). Can I l...
by devolutionary
Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: help we have a pig!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3120

Re: help we have a pig!!

We do our own butchery, too. Had someone come the other day to kill and clean the pig in situ (in the woods) and he charged €40. So your prices are amazing.
by devolutionary
Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: guinea fowl sudden death
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: guinea fowl sudden death

That's my feeling too. Her Outdoors just found some info on a guinea fowl forum that suggests it might have been a build up of fat in/on the liver as a result of corn in the diet - an apparently common problem in laying hens. Intuitively that gets a bingo from me, but we'll feed a transplanted shrub...
by devolutionary
Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: help we have a pig!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3120

Re: help we have a pig!!

Welcome to pigland. I read somewhere, if there's food left after 15 mins you're feeding to much and if it's gone by 15 mins, you're not feeding enough. But either way, it seems pigs will squeal and come running whenever they see you, on the offchance you're bringing more food. We've had them for a f...
by devolutionary
Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: guinea fowl sudden death
Replies: 3
Views: 974

guinea fowl sudden death

I just found one of our three guinea fowl dead in the orchard. I suspect it may be the female, which would be very sad as yesterday she just laid her first egg. My question is this: How can we find out if the bird is safe to eat? It would be a shame to discard the bird, but I will if I must. Thanks ...
by devolutionary
Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Self-sufficientish yurt holiday in France
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Re: Self-sufficientish yurt holiday in France

Thanks se-isher. We've been fully booked, as it happens. We got a mention in a The Observer piece as one of the top 10 eco luxury campsite in Europe, or something - and were pretty much sold out in three days. Which was superb. We've had an unbroken run of excellent guests and still more to come. Ma...
by devolutionary
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Mould on elderflower champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 2545

Re: Mould on elderflower champagne

Thanks Mike. I'll put the word out.
by devolutionary
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:43 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Mould on elderflower champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 2545

Re: Mould on elderflower champagne

Back to me again. I think the recipe was John Seymour's. I know Her Outdoors and another friend have looked for recipes with yeast in them and found none - online and in books. If you've already posted one/some, can you point us towards a link? Ta very much. (The 'another friend' lost half her batch...
by devolutionary
Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Mould on elderflower champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 2545

Re: Mould on elderflower champagne

Hey, other half here. I think that poor sterilization may be the problem. I washed the bottles and just used boiling water to sterilize them.It definitely looks like blue/white mould floating on top of some strange brown stringy substance. They were bottled a week ago.I will try the taste test and t...
by devolutionary
Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Mould on elderflower champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 2545

Mould on elderflower champagne

Argh. Two of our four bottles of elderflower champagne have mould on the surface. What should we do? Drink them anyway (except the mould)? Rebottle? Discard?

Please don't say discard.

Alex
by devolutionary
Thu May 06, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Self-sufficientish yurt holiday in France
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Self-sufficientish yurt holiday in France

We moved to 10.47 acres of undeveloped grassland and woodland in the Dordogne in August 2007. The idea: To set up a super-eco yurt campsite for people and families interested in self sufficiency. The result: Ran into a bureaucratic brick wall. Very French. We learnt to shrug. We cracked on anway, fe...

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