#Poultry Keeping

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Fine and sunny weather over the weekend allowed us all out to the field to play at den-building with the grand children. Work is always more of a game when it's fun and having the under 12's in charge of proceedings makes it interesting, to say the least!

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Following a frugal regime during winter is never easy. It doesn't matter what anyone thinks or who agrees or disagrees with our lifestyle choices, it's always around February that we could happily crank up the heating and throw extra logs on the fire... or else pack up and head for warmer, drier climes!

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The world, according to Frugaldom, is a complete package. We have all we need to create all that we want and if we break it, we have the wherewithal to fix it. Nothing is fake, everything is real - just take the time to look into this amazing frugal bubble that is our world. It's like the life of pie!

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15 Years down the road and round the bend but not quite over the hill... Our satirical 'Woman Zone' columns first appeared in print in 1999. Those responsible for the rants, raves and ramblings included Shona Prophett, the Bishop, Rosemary, Eddie Elwood, Jordan, Millie May, Agnes and Senga... names that many of you may recognise and characters some of you met.

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The cutest bantams available, in my opinion, are the tiny Pekins with their tiny stature, crazy antics, friendly pet attitudes and their big feathery feet. If you recall, we had 3 hatched between 6th and 7th May, so they are now just over six weeks old.

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To date, the preliminary chats in the new room have proven to be most enjoyable, enlightening and entertaining. We all appreciate that typing errors can inadvertently be made and allowances should be made for this, mainly down to the fact that I wear out the letters on a key board quicker than I wear out shoes! Here goes with the weekly schedule; hopefully it will cater for your every need across the frugal spectrum.

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Pancakes aren't just for Shrove Tuesday, they are for any frugal day when you are in a hurry or need to use up surplus eggs. At this time of the year, both factors affect meal times here, especially when preparing the first ever live chat, an impromptu decision to test out the brand new NYK Chat facility online. Pancakes for tea, early to bed for the Frugaldom ducks and then some virtual socialising with frugal friends... that was the theory, anyway!

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As you may know, I have been planning to totally refurbish the old chicken house at the bottom of the garden to turn it into a tiny house, suitably kitted out for wildlife watching. At the moment, it is used as storage for all sorts of useful junk and the hens are still living in the run but all of this is about to change. Here's where we're 'at', so far...

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What a mixed bag of good old Scottish weather we have had recently! But Spring has well and truly arrived because we had our first rhubarb crumble tonight, made from freshly picked garden rhubarb. We also had garden grown salad stuff at lunchtime!

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Frugal living, as a lifestyle, comes as second nature to those of us who have followed the path for some time. The debt free good life was one I aspired to for many years and it took many more to achieve it, but we still are nowhere near self-sufficient. So this got me thinking seriously about 'what if... we had absolutely no money; could we rustle up a meal from the Frugaldom garden?

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