Child Labour = Easy Allotmenting

We had some little visitors today.

My favourite niece and nephews came to see the chickies and give me a hand sowing some sunflowers for the summer.

Child labour

The good thing is, when you tell a kid that chickens will love them more if they let them eat weeds, they suddenly like to help do the chores! I think got through about 3 barrows. Very proud of these little ones.

Also mighty pleased with the new list of potential chicken names thought up by the niece when she was trying to skive off weeding duties.

‘chicken food’ collecting

Another nice little treat came in the form of MrT having an early finish. He moved my lawn, did some more sawing for the potting shed and even managed to say hello to his long-suffering family! I’m sure they only get to see him at Christmas!

Off to mow…

I did treat him to a nice beer and a bonfire for all of his troubles, so he cheered up a little by the end of the night.

Crabbies – The ultimate payment for ‘Dad-min’

Men like burning stuff.

Better than the shops

Not much to report at the moment.

There has been a very cold snap recently, so nothing has been able to go out besides my onions, which are definitely ready to spread their roots!

Onion roots.

They had been potted up in a large tray of compost in my kitchen for the last few weeks to get enough of a root system to keep the beasties from pulling them up.

I did come to pick up some dinner though, and this is what I walked away with –

Winter Cabbage

These have been growing all through Christmas and aren’t they beautiful? Definitely going to have to find something scrumptious to do with this.

I also picked up lots of fresh eggs, and said hello to my little feathered kiddiwinks.

Scrummy!

Feel sorry for the girl who laid this monster though. Poor thing is probably walking like John Wayne. It turns out that there was a fully formed egg ‘inside’ this other egg! Apparently it’s an abnormality when the chicken is making the eggs, but to me it just looks damn painful… Ouchy!

Ouch – poor girl!