We have never done this before, but we hope that we canÂ learn, inspire, create and just have fun from this “blog”.Â Who made up that word?Â Where does it come from?Â I have absolutely no idea.Â
Â Here goes – some history first.Â I am a born and bred real Essex girl and have always lived in the country and been aware and appreciated what it offers.Â Â When I first left home we had a small garden and grew a few herbs, flowers, runner beans and the like.Â From there it has just been like “Topsy” and just growed and growed.
My husband, Rick and I live in an old gamekeepers cottage and surrounded by open farmland and woodland.Â The flora and fauna changing almost on a daily basis.Â When we first decided to move here we always said what a great place it would be to have a few chickens.Â After 5 years, that dream has been realised and we are now the very proud owners of 4 light sussex and 2 black rock chickens, 2 aylesbury ducks and 1 gorgeous cockerel.Â
Rick is from California originally but works here as a gardener.Â His personal love of gardening is now our livlihood.Â However, the growing season is very different here than in California!Â Bet that doesn’t surprise you?Â We both have a love of gardening – he gardens, I supervise and provide beer when necessary – and we both love the countryside in which we are so privileged to live.
Â After the last two distrastrous summers with tomatoes and other produce, the glass continually falling out of our ageing greenhouse, we decided a polytunnel would be a good investment.Â Although our location is very beautiful inÂ every way, the muntjacs (small deer) eat anything and everything they can get to.Â
Our polytunnel arrived and we are now in the process of preparing the area it will be put up.Â We are both complete novices where poly tunnels are concerned and will very much have to learn as we go along.Â If anyone has any advice or tips we would warmly welcome them.Â
At the moment the chickens and ducks are a major, yet fun distraction.Â They are just so funny to watch – the bonus being fresh eggs every day.