Thursday, 20 April 2017

Adventures in Backyard Chickens

6:30am... I technically could be asleep for another 25mins before I have to get dressed but at this point I am in my pyjamas with my hair tied in something that resembles a bun and I am pulling on my boots to walk to the yard. Now why in the world would I be walking to the yard in the morning when I could asleep?

The answer to that would be 6 2-legged little runts with wings that need to be fed and watered!

When you have your own flock of laying chickens in your backyard is an adventure. It's a great way to avoid buying eggs from the grocery store and depending on which breed you have, you could still have eggs for most of the year! I have my own little egg factory and sell the little gems by the dozen to have money to put back into feed for my laying ladies. They are also nice to have around as pets that actually pull some of their own weight by paying you back with eggs for the money you put into keeping them. Chickens also help cut back on food waste, they are great for getting rid of fruits and vegetables that may have over-roped for your taste buds... the chickens will LOVE them!
If you have ever considered your own backyard chickens, you should do it. I highly recommend getting a few chickens!

**Pam at Brigg Poultry sells Point of lay fully vaccinated chickens.
They are located of the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds in the market town of Alford, virtually opposite the five sailed working windmill** 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

It's Bluebell Season!

Bluebells transform our woodland in Springtime. The carpet of intense blue under the opening tree canopy is one of our greatest woodland spectacles. It's not surprising that bluebell is one of the nations best loved wild flowers.

Spotting a carpet of bluebells in a woodland is a highlight of any springtime walk in the countryside.

Where and When to find bluebell?

When: Bluebells flower between mid April and late May

This early flowering makes the most of the sunlight that reaches the woodland floor before the full woodland canopy casts its shade. Millions of bugs may grow closely together in on wood, creating one of natures most stunning displays.

Where: Half of the worlds population of bluebells are here in the UK. You'll find them in broadleaved woodland, along hedgerows and in fields.

What does bluebell look like?

Bluebells are perennial bulbous herbs with flowering stems to about  50cm tall. They spend most of the year as bus underground and emerge to flower from April onwards. 

Leaves: Around 7mm to 25mm wide and 45cm long Strap-shaped with a pointed tip. They are smooth with a succulent appearance.

Flowers: Up to 20 sweetly scented floors are borne on a flower stalk which droops or nods to one side. Flowers are bell shaped and can be blue, white or rarely pink. Each flower has 6 petals with recurved (up-turned) tips. Anthers have white cream coloured pollen.

(Wyham cum Cadeby, Lincolnshire)

Woodland Trust own over 1,000 sites across the UK, many of which are fantastic bluebell hotspots.

Type your town or postcode into the search box. Look out for the bluebell icon on the wood features to see which woods have bluebells.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Fendt Vario 1050 is the world's most powerful standard... Finally, yes it does look a beast and yes, the new 'nature green'

Packing a massive 500hp under the hood and standing at 3.6m tall, the new range will the biggest and most powerful conventional tractors ever made.

Only a handful of North American articulated monsters and tracked machines from the likes of Deere and Challenger will be able to match it. Possible uses in the UK will be taking large drilling duties away from heavier tracked or articulated machines that are bit harder on the ground. Contractors with large outfits could also be interested.

It has been a few months since Fendt previewed its highly anticipated 1000 series Vario tractor series, but since then the firm has hold its card very close to its chest as to what is under the skin of the new beast. However, Fendt can now reveal what makes the 1000 vario tick and it is not just straight forward as a beefing up a 900 series.

What's it like to drive?

Once you've shinned up the ladder to get into the cab its was hard forgot you're in a big, powerful machine. The 1050's proportions are nearly identical to those of any other conventional tractor so when you stick it in the middle of a massive field with no other  points of reference it actually seems quite normal. Controls are pretty much the same as any other Fendt from the 300 series upwards so anyone who is familiar with the German makers way of doing things will be able to hop on and drive it. It's also surprisingly manoeuvrable and has a considerably tighter turning circle than we expected. 

This is particularly impressive given the lack of clearance between the front wheels and the ridiculously wide bonnet. Power is clearly plentiful but the fact that we were pulling the 6.6m Simba rig through previously worked ground meant we didn't get to see it operating anywhere near its limit. However in this loose ground we noticed that wheel slip was at times getting close to 25% so we would still question exactly how well it can transfer it's 500hp to terra firms when the going gets really tough. 

Those that like the bark and raw grunt of an old school power shift might also be a shade disappointment with the 1050's sedate approach to putting down the power. 
The 12.4 litre block is tuned to deliver its peak torque between 1,100rpm and 1,500rpm and when you turn on the Tractor Management (TMS) it will do its best to reach your target speed within that range. This can make it feel like it's chugging along and those that aren't used to this might think it's struggling. However once you realise that you don't need high revs to get the power it makes the job seem a lot less frantic and creates a pleasant hush in the cabin. 

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