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We’ve got out of the swing of baking bread recently – partly due to general winter lethargy and partly due to the fact that we’d struggle to get yeast do its thing. It would be very difficult to grow a slow rise bread – one that needs a good 12-18 hours to rise. With our [...]

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Like Frugaldom & her quail eggs, there was a frozen egg waiting for me in the nest box this morning. I suspect it was laid later yesterday, after my collection run, so was in there overnight. Needless to say, I felt the pathological need to crack it open (albeit after it had been sat in [...]

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Sorry if this blog as got a bit one note of late – all winter! winter! winter! It’s partly because I’m reluctant to post any recipes at the moment (I’ve got a few I want to write up but I think our oven thermostat is broken so I want to check that because saying “bake [...]

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I had to crack the ice on the chickens drinkers a few times last week but yesterday, overnight, they froze completely solid. That, more than the inch or so of snow on the ground, drove home to me the fact it’s winter now. Since the temperatures started dropping last week, I’ve reinstated my first thing [...]

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We’ve had our first snow of the winter today – quite heavy flurries but not sustained. There are few snowy patches around the garden but the sun, which is shining brightly in between the showers, is quickly turning the snow to transparent ice or melting it all together. Or at least that looks like what’s [...]

Continue reading about Winter preparations now it’s winter – things still to do

1. Staying in bed Mmm, bed. I love it when it’s frugal to be lazy… I was chatting to my mum & dad on instant messenger the other day and they commented that even though it was 11:30am or so, they’d only just got up and “saved on three hours of heating”. My dad is [...]

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