Wednesday 18 April 2012


The chickens have settled in really well and are laying well too. Usually lay an egg each a day. However, Edie my speckeldy has decided to go broody! So last week I purchased some hatching eggs from eBay to put under her. This was done on Sunday and so far she has been sitting on them all. Hopefully we will get some that hatch and also some that are females!

Today I had a monster egg from Oma. Had one like this a few weeks ago and it was a double yolker, I guess this one will be too ! (will let you know).

Tuesday 3 January 2012

That's right folks, we're back.
We are no longer allotment holders - but thats another story!
This year we will be concentrating on the home plot, and what better way to fuel our enthusiasm than getting my darling Jen a coop for Christmas.
We look forward to your company again this year as we get going, and hope you can spare a few mins here and there to share our journey.

Back soon,


Wednesday 11 May 2011

Check this out

Jen has created a new blog, detailing her Crafting Creations that she sells on ebay.

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Planting time and plot update.

Welcome back to Reads Retreat. What glorious weather we are having - but don't jump for joy too soon - cold weather is set to return - it's a Bank Holiday Weekend!. But, that's what we expect, and we can deal with it - resilient lot us Brits!
And how's this for an inspirational pic - right outside the back door we have a raised bed full with Peas(v. Kelvedon Wonder). These have been in situ for about a week now and are showing signs of growth - the little "tendrils" seeking out something to hold on to!Since this picture was taken the pesky cats invaded the earth and did their worst! Gonna have to get a spud gun or something?

You'd be forgiven for thinking we're growing a garden fork and a pile of twigs! Rest assured we have 10 tubers of Second Earlies in there(v.Nadine) which we hope will give us a great crop on our doorstep. The same variety at the plot are doing ok too, but it seems extra nice to just nip outside and dig some up !

We've also planted an old dustbin up with 3 small tubers, and these appear to be flourishing. Since this pic was taken, the spuds have been earthed up, and already need doing again. Let's hope this is a good sign.

More good news : We risked it a bit with 3 early Courgette plants, outside on the patio. The initial leaves turned a silvery grey and died back, but more by luck than judgment, new growth abounds. This variety is the ever popular All Green Bush, which grow 6" tasty fruits. A few days since this picture and they are growing on well. The more eagle eyed may or may not notice the recycled recycling bin! There's a pack of seeds to anyone who can tell me which council unwittingly donated it !

The salad bar is open ! Well, almost! We have planted up a couple of small rows of lettuce, 2 rows of Beetroot (v.Boltardy), another row of lettuce(v.Lollo Rosso), a row of Spring Onions (v. White Lisbon), and a row of Purple Sprouting Broccoli. We've also got some onion sets to go in - a job for tomorrow! (If the rain ever stops!).

Thats about all for now - we've not been completely idle, but still loads to do.

Take care all and enjoy your gardening.


Friday 23 April 2010

Happy St Georges Day

To all readers - especially the English ones - hope you have a fantastic day.

RIP Dan Holkham (3rd Battalion - The Rifles).