Woodland

Making charcoal, the traditional way

Ian, my step dad, has been a traditional charcoal kilner for over 25 years.  He spent the first two years living in a Showmans caravan  in the middle of Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire,  felling trees and producing charcoal using the...

And then there were eight

Today is a sad day. While stuck in traffic on the way back from a work meeting, I received a call from Ian to say that 4 hens had been taken.  I suppose it was better that I was prepared...

More hens. More money?

Look who’s arrived at the wood! 6 new hens! Last September I bought 6 point of lay hens in an effort to be a bit more self-sufficient and also because I absolutely love keeping chickens. I worked out the cost...

Oh, rats!

Since getting hens and feeding the birds in the garden we have had a big problem: Rats! Rats tend to leave fields after harvest in search of cosier place to live with a good supply of food and safe places...

Felling trees

As spring is fast approaching, I have been keen to make a vegetable patch but living in a wood can make usually simple tasks, more difficult. The issue is trees. They are always in he bloomin’ way. So, this weekend...

Can you tell what it is?

This weird and wonderful form is the cross section of a hornet nest. The nest that was in the wendy house I wrote about earlier in the year. I have been waiting patiently for the colder weather to arrive which...