April 2018 State of the Garden

…and welcome back, after a few busy weeks not blogging, to the April 2018 State of the Garden. I’ve decided not to try and heavily schedule posts – and State updates from now on. We are just so busy that posting three times a week on particular days is a struggle. When I inevitably miss a post it makes me far too despondent.

So from now on, posting here should be more fluid and as a result, more frequent. Let’s see if that works, eh? Continue reading “April 2018 State of the Garden”

grow, make, mend: 10 busy days

It’s been very quiet up here on the blog but don’t worry, we haven’t quit. We enjoyed 10 busy days off work over the Easter holidays. Those of you who follow along on Instagram will have seen some of the story as it unfolded. Here’s a quick catch up in case you missed it. Continue reading “grow, make, mend: 10 busy days”

Patreon launch

We are really proud and excited to share with you that today we launched our crowdfunding page on Patreon.

Patreon is a great way for you to subscribe to exclusive material in our Grow, Make, Mend story as it unfolds. Using crowdfunding in this way will help us to change the scale and pace of our journey. Chickens need feeding. Greenhouses aren’t free.

Please take a moment or two to visit the Patreon website and share the link with your friends even if you don’t subscribe yourself.

We will of course still be blogging here at the main website. Our next two Make and Mend posts are already scheduled for this week so stay tuned.

Chicken says support us on Patreon. No. Really.
Rizzo would love it if you subscribed to us on Patreon…

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mend: surprise bathroom mini-refurb

It’s been another busy week here. They are all busy weeks. This entire blog is about better living in a busy world after all!

This week’s normal amount of being busy was compounded by more bad weather, bringing another hefty dose of snow and cold temperatures. Don’t worry, we didn’t need to move the hens back in again! We learned from last time. There was lots of repurposing: a beach windbreak was hammered into place to protect underneath the coop and a camping canvas was pressed into use to drape over the fixed run as well.

Anyway, there’s more to our household than making do out in the garden. We’ve just realised we’ve got a bit of a project on our hands, and this one slightly involuntary. Continue reading “mend: surprise bathroom mini-refurb”

mend: reuse fabric

It has been such a busy week for us. The subtitle of our website absolutely describes us: better living in a busy world.

This time last week the UK had some deeply unpleasant. During the worst here we were under 10cm of snow, with bitter temperatures down to -6C at night. Worryingly we hadn’t set up the chicken run to be able to provide enough shelter from driving snow. With temperatures in the day failing to rise above zero, we struggled to keep their water from freezing. In the end we did the only thing that was right by our hens. We moved them into our unheated back porch for a few days so that they had decent shelter.

But I digress. We will post about that in more detail early next week.

Today is not for talking about hens. I was looking through my old photographs and was delighted by some of our past work. So today I want to share two projects from 2012 that reuse fabric. Continue reading “mend: reuse fabric”