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Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 19 November 2008

ONE MORNING IN MID OCTOBER, I DECIDED THAT I could save a fortune by brewing my own beer. Right now I am spending anything from £1.20 to £2 per bottle of fine ale, and it’s all adding up to a …

Country Diary 80

Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 16 October 2008

IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN, not much is happening apart from nasturtiums. There are nasturtiums everywhere: yellow, red and orange. Such a fantastic flower. Very easy to grow, nice to look at and delicious to eat. The pods can be pickled …

Country Diary 79

Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 26 September 2008

IT‘S BEEN A LONG COLD miserable summer. We took a three week road trip around the UK, putting on events at festivals, visiting friends and family and staying for a week on a fruit farm in Norfolk. On arrival home …

A Country Diary 78

Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 2 July 2008

2 July 2008

THE CROWS HAVE been irritating me. The sound they make is deeply unpleasant, a kind of mocking croaking, as if they are laughing at you. They attack smaller birds and do damage to the vegetable patch. So …

A Country Diary 77

Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 2 June 2008

THE ALAN METHOD for successful chicken keeping has been a great success. Since moving the feed bins out of the henhouse, and locking them in till one o’clock, and disturbing any other stray nests, we have been averaging six eggs …

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