Keeping my toes toasty

Sunday was a day of getting some chores done outside and was also the perfect day for trying out my new Gola* walking boots. When Gola asked if I would like to test drive a pair of their shoes I was pleasantly surprised to see they had an outdoor section on their website. As well as needing some waterproof shoes for everyday wear, as discussed in the last post, I have also been on the look out for some reasonably priced boots for plodding around the wood.

To start the day we, took Paddy the pooch for a wander around the wood and the Gola walking boots proved to be very comfortable and kept my toes toasty – something that my welly boots just don’t do. For hiking, I prefer boots made of leather that I can wax, but for wandering around the wood, shoes that don’t require extra care are much more practical.

When I’m at home in the daytime, Bramble and Forest the ferrets take it in turn with Bracken, the rescue ferret, to play out in the large aviary. They love having such a large space to play in and love digging but I daren’t let them stay in there permanently as they could dig their way out. So, I have made way  to ferret-proofing the small aviary which will become Bramble and Forest’s permanent home. Bracken will be moved into Forest and Bramble’s current cage and run which will be perfect for a single ferret. Sadly, he has to be housed separately because the three of them don’t get on together.

I searched the yard and shed for old bits of mesh that could be cobbled together and laid on the floor of the small aviary to keep the escape artists, in. Attaching sections together, and then to the sides, is a painstaking, fiddly job and took several hours and two finger nails to get it almost done. I am one of those people who always has cold toes, but the Gola boots kept them very warm paired with fleecy socks. When the mesh on the ground of the aviary is completely secure I’ll put a layer of soil over the top and fill it with obstacles and a new bed box. I shall post some pictures when it’s done.

The hens have settled in very well and are extremely tame. So much so, I trip over them constantly as they love to be under my feet. Five of the six hens are laying everyday and we have been enjoying fresh eggs for lunch at the weekends. Now five of them are laying, I can start selling them to help cover the cost of their food. I think they approve of my new boots too!

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.