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I finally built my long-awaited shelter for the chicken run on Saturday – hurrah! It will provide more stomping space (since they can stomp around underneath and on top), more shelter for the rain and somewhere sheltered to hang another drinker. My original plan had been very fancy – involving a sloped solid platform (to [...]

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(Is it just me or does “frugal bean bag” sound like a filthy euphemism? … It’s just me, isn’t it?) As I mentioned in passing last week during my quick week-off updates, I made a bean bag from some old bedding. We wanted a fairly sizeable beanbag for the animals to sit on in front [...]

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Hurrah! My week off has started well. Last week was a busy one – working as usual during the day, then in the evenings, Tuesday through to Sunday, I was at Bingley Little Theatre for one reason or another (mostly rehearsals/show nights for the weekend’s studio productions). That ate into my fun making-and-doing time somewhat [...]

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One of my top 5 clothes line drying tips is to use a “peg clothes dryer thing” – it stops the little items taking up space on your main line and is easy to take inside if it starts raining. Petra left a comment to say she’d made her own from “some electricity pipe, an [...]

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Over on Recycle This today, I’ve asked: What can I reuse or recycle to make a moneybox/piggy bank? As I say in the post over there, my first project needing a moneybox is to retrospectively pay for the automatic chicken pophole door we bought last week. But I’d also like other piggybanks to set aside [...]

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My building plans for last weekend (the mezzanine level thing and a mini ark for quarantine/broody hens) fell through because I felt ill so aside from a walk/forage at Bramley Falls park on Saturday and the sheep & goats in Calverley graveyard on Sunday, I spent most of the weekend sitting. I like sitting but [...]

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