Cooking from scratch

You can see that I am fairly passionate about what kind of food we eat. Not solely because I like to have control over what we are actually eating and to try and ensure that it is as healthy as possible, but also to avoid all the nasty add-ons that pre-prepared foods have in them…

Arrival of the Hay Hut

After much consideration and research into both the available hay feeders for horses, the price range and the temperament of our horse, we decided upon the Hay Hut. Looking rather like a green igloo with eight windows, it finally arrived yesterday. Blaze walked around and around it, could obviously smell the hay inside, but couldn’t…

Home gym

I guess if you’re lucky you get allocated a small spare room in the house to be the home gym. Unfortunately we get sufficient amounts of visitor service to use up all our spare rooms as guest rooms, so the gym is allocated to a portion of the basement. We do only have a Bowflex…

New to bird-watching

So, I never really considered bird watching would be “my thing”. Still not sure, but there certainly are some beautiful birds around here. We have a huge golden brown owl, which I have yet to get a photo of. I’ve seen him a few times flying between the woods and the stable area. A little…

Horse treats, aka worming paste disguise!

To get this guy to take his worming paste can be a long drawn out battle of wills, which I always win in the end, but gosh, it can take a while. He’s not nasty about it, he just doesn’t like the taste (regular -yuck! Or apple, which he’s also not keen on). I do…

Fox-proofing a chicken run

I honestly never thought I’d be concerned about how to fox proof a chicken run, but then I never imagined I’d be adopted by a chicken! When we moved to PA 2 months ago, all our neighbors were warning us that we’d have to bury fencing 18″ in the ground or else the foxes would…

Cookie time!

There’s just something about the leaves falling and the wind blowing, temperatures dropping, that just makes me want to bake. And paint, for some reason, but more on that another day… After a browse through our rather extensive pantry, having recently closed a restaurant, I decide upon ingredients. Oats – slow energy release, great for…

Animal landscaping

Before actually moving here we built a stable block and fenced in two paddocks so our horse could move at the same time we did. Unfortunately the paddocks looked like this when we arrived in August: Little to no grass and a lot of weeds. Actually in August some of the weeds were over 5…