Bawk Bawk – CHICKENS!!

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I could not leave this monumental event in my life pass me by without a blog post. Proudly introducing Augusta, Demellza (I’m partial to Poledark), Molly and Polly. They are fabulous hybrids and settling in so well. Sending lots of thanks to the fab family who run FarmFowl in Wicklow, Ireland. We had a lovely experience buying the very lovely chicken coop and the hen’s from you all and your help was greatly appreciated.

For years and years I have been wishing and hoping for chickens, I grew up with hens and they evoke such lovely memories, and those delicious eggs! My husband needed a LOT of convincing, and he has come around at last. I appreciate that everyone in the household needs to be on the same page, as it is a team effort. The chickens are POL’s or point of lay. They will start to lay over the next week or so. Each chicken will lay one lovely egg per day and will continue to do so for up to 4 years! We are an egg loving family and it makes sense to have organic, free range eggs on demand.

My mini chicken farmer has taken to the job really well! It is so great to see a 5 year old full of self disciplineย and confidence that she can do the jobs needed to keep the chickens in tip top shape. I can’t wait to see the look on Eabha’s face when the eggs arrive!

So I am learning about chicken care and I love it. I have found some great tips and would welcome any advice from any other chicken keepers out there. Any questions please ask and I will gladly share anything I know!

Interesting fact: Did you know chickens are related to the T-Rex!! Read more here.

Dermot O’Neill’s Secret Garden

I have always been interested in gardening. As a teenager I grew shallots, lettuce and drank Nettle tea. As a child, I was responsible for the family hens and family pets. It was an area I knew I would eventually have a very fruitful relationship – pardon the pun!

My husband and I bought our first family home one year ago this month. The gardens were as unkept as the house! BUT, we saw the potential in both areas and when we bought it we really knew it would turn out just as we visualised. Well, we are a year in and we have really worked hard and learnt so much and yes, finally things are starting to take shape. My husband took some Youtube tutorials and created an amazing patio and raised bed in the front – YouTube is full of amazing tutorials, don’t be afraid to get DIY’ing.

One person I have to thank for getting my gardens up and running is Dermot O’Neill. Dermot’s ย TV show – My Secret Garden. The show is easy to watch, very informative and the amount of tips you pick up are great… I am even planning on getting some Hen’s from the rescue centre in Wexford for Christmas!!

Gardening is hard work but so rewarding and once you strip your garden back and sculpt it into your personal space you can sit back and enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

Watch on RTE’s Realtime Player HERE

And you can also purchase Dermot’s Book – My Secret Garden – putting it on my Christmas wish list (a little early I know, but never too early for a hint hint!!)

Fun Questions to ask your child about Nature & Where things come from!

photo-4This one always amuses me no end. I have a three year old daughter and she is the first person to get interrogated about new ideas for books and just general how much children understand about the earth and nature and where do things come from.

So these are the questions Eabha got asked today, she is 3 and these are her answers:

Q. Where do carrots come from?

A. From Rabbits, No Farmers but I’m not a farmer I am a girl!

Q. How do clouds move?

A. ย When the rain comes out they move up in the sky. They are blue, no pink because that’s my favourite colour.

Q. Why do apples have seeds in them?

A. Because apples grow on tree’s and the seeds don’t go in your belly because then you will be sick. And the seeds will grow in your belly.

Try this out, sometimes the answers are pretty funny.


Homemade Car & Home Freshener – To keep me happy in my car that smells like DOG!

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I have two dogs that live outside to keep them healthy and not spoilt, at the moment they are rather smelly. Callie O’Malley is a big dog and really pretty one too – boarder collie/golden retriever x. She is about a month off her anual clipping and boy she smells! I had been noticing the smell in the car was getting worse and rather than put my head out the window while driving or a peg on my nose I decided something was needed to make my car smell sweet.

So I was in the garage the other day and I was just about to buy a smelly air fresh hangy thingy BUT since going on the Live Below The Line everything over โ‚ฌ1 is an extortionate amount of money. I began to think could I make one and I thought yes I can! Not only did I not like the fact that the packaging is so excessive – cardboard and plastic, could they not choose one or the other? I also most always get a pain in my head for the first week of opening it and I can only imagine what I am inhaling!!??

I had been at my friend Kim’s wedding two weeks ago and I had a pretty gauze bag that I got with a lovely chocolate as the wedding favour. And I also keep all my candle wax when the wick burns down what ever is left I crack out and store I then make new candles once I have enough wax – very industrious but it works. I sometimes use the candle wax to start a fire….. going slightly off the point but the cupboard I store the box containing the wax smells devine so this was my idea. I would fill the pretty gauze bag with large chunks of candle wax and could even combine the smells.

I am 5 months married today actually, and I got a lovely Wedding Day scented Yankie Candle which smells of white roses and other lovely wedding scents. I combined this with a wild rose candle and a christmas scented candle and the result were magical. Especially when the weather is hot and the wax gets a little warm the fragrance comes alive!

Here are some other DIY air freshener ideas I found: