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Country Diary 74: Regular Sex and Freedom

Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 20 March 2008

THIS MORNING I ate a triumphant breakfast: toast from home-baked bread, bacon from home-killed and home-cured pig, and egg from our own hens. Needless to say, the taste was far superior to anything you could buy in the supermarket, and …

Not One Single Egg

Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 13 March 2008

A Country Diary 74
13 March 2008

ALL IS NOT well with the chickens. First two of them lay down and died. We think they might have suffered from the cold. Then, after four or five days, they simply stopped …

Country Diary 73: New Chickens, New Era

Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 27 February 2008

27 February 2008

LAST WEEK we brought home fifteen chickens. We want to get serious about egg production. Victoria had gone to get them from a big organic farm, for only one pound each. Organic they may have been, but …

Country Diary 72: Breaking the Law

Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 8 January 2008

WELL, you try and do something good and you only get hassle. Yesterday morning we had a knock at the door from our local environmental health officer. He had come round to tell us that according to a law that …

A Country Diary 71: A Vandal in the Veg Patch

Posted in Tom Hodgkinson’s Country Diary on 7 January 2008

Monday 7 January 2008

OF ALL THE animals we’ve had here, by far the most useless, costly, time-consuming, toilsome and stressful has been the pony. What an absurd indulgence. We have to rent its field, feed it, give it hay, …

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