Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sencemeadow Charter

1) Our animals will be raised in an outdoor free range environment which allows them to express all of their natural behaviours.

2) Our animals will live a stress free life with on demand access to food and water.

3) Our animals will either be swiftly despatched on the premises, or taken to a local abattoir.

4) We will not use any pesticides or artificial chemical based fertilisers on our land.

5) We will encourage wild life and a sustainable permaculture approach.

6) We will seek to promote a diet in which meat is respected and eaten no more than twice a week.

7) We will use as much of the animal as possible.

8) We will respect the soil and endeavor to replenish the fertility.


Goose Egg incubator

Our new Brinsea incubator has come. Thanks Trev. Let the goose egg incubating begin. Check out this very cool video below fir a how to!



Chick Alert

The primary project chicks are due tomorrow, but this morning I got this email. Sent high importance.



To which I replied

Water source


Having used the natural drop in height between the water containers and the veg beds had proved very effective.

The water containers are almost full, and we are now getting a really good pressure through the hose, this has enabled me to water even as far as the bottom beds


Pallet shed progress

Well…progress on the pallet shed has been slow but steady. A few weekends back, I sunk 9 posts into the ground using deep hole and bags of postcrete. On top of these I fixed 2 very large pallets


I am now laying a proper floor. This is still made of wood that I get by taking apart pallets using a hammer and lots of swear words.

I am taking my time with this stage because we all remember what happened to the man who built his house upon the sand… Yes, he was eaten by the three little pigs… Oh maybe I am remembering that wrong

See day 2



Sunday plotting

I had a great day on the plot today. It felt like the first day of spring, which in some ways sucks, as it is half way through May. The good news is that, with all this rain, the hose pipe ban will not be effecting the midlands. Hoorah!.

We turfed Vita off of the goose eggs today, as they were unsuccessful, long over due and starting to smell. I gave her a shower with the hose, which she really enjoyed. Sadly no goslings as yet. Becs and I have begun to think about investing in a large, kick arse, incubator to hatch a few goose eggs, and maybe even some Muscovy eggs. After chatting this through with her Dad, we became the proud recipients of a ‘Johnson Speculative Christmas Grant’. Which basically means, Becky’s dad has said he will pay for the incubator if we provide their Christmas dinner. 🙂 So tonight I am incubator shopping, we may even be able to pay him back in sixth months if we get enough geese to ‘give away’ around Christmas.

I spent all day mowing and strimming, for a change ( as Becs was out and about and therefore unavailable to be bossy about the power tools ;).

Oh…I nearly forgot, Flow (bunny) has had 6 huge babies, and is doing a great job at raising them. Our rabbits are brilliant, and never fail to deliver….well done Mack and Flow.