Ma & Pa Kettle’s little blog

Bee Day

In late September 2020, after a year in the planning, Adrian finally was able to install the first two of what we hope will be many beehives on our six acres . They will help pollinate our crops and obviously provide real honey and associated by-products. Everything from beeswax furniture polish to lip balm! The … Continue reading Bee Day

Greg – the unboxing

So last week whilst casually strolling through the petshop, I noticed the resident vet wasn’t busy so suggested (being the shy type) that my wife approach her and ask for advice regarding our hens being off-lay recently. I mean they are healthy enough but their egg production had been falling steadily. She confidently asserted “its … Continue reading Greg – the unboxing

Fessing up

I find that writing under the cover of the nom de plume Pa Kettle does actually provide you the freedom to fess up to events you would never personally admit to. In fact, after a long career in corporate life where I have often found myself in the SH1T, I have generally found that one … Continue reading Fessing up

The Beetles

Yesterday, I was confronted by a large flying object at our front door at 6am. We leave the porch light on at night so I assumed it was a hawk moth though it was made a very impressive noise in flight somewhat reminiscent of a chinook helicopter. Thankfully, after inspecting me closely it flew off. … Continue reading The Beetles

Fun with Poles

…and I am not referring to Jan here With planning permission foolishly approved by a local authority clearly distracted by a virus, we can now make a start on the building of our pole barn. I already had a working sketch scribbled on the back of a seed packet and critically we had acquired ten … Continue reading Fun with Poles

April catch up

This has been such a busy month there has been little time to write a blog. The first big event was the decision to mix our old girls and new girls into one flock. It was a hot sunny day and we decided to first let the old girls out into the meadow and then … Continue reading April catch up