The Post Christmas Blues

It’s the beginning of February and I’ve got to admit, I am still blue! I’ve struggled to write anything for weeks now. The buzz of the Christmas season came and went and I thought brilliant, in January I will write, blog and social media to my heart’s content. Well it hasn’t really happened like that as I am blocked, well and truly blocked. I never really understood what writers block was until now! So I thought I would tell you a little bit about what we do whilst we are off season in the hope I can get my blog…

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The Elephant in the Room

Okay, so I think there is something that we need to talk about.  Something that is going to happen this weekend.  I think it is something that makes some people feel uncomfortable. So for nearly six months now, I have been showing you picture after picture of my beautiful geese and turkeys as they have grown from day one and you have followed their journey.  But Christmas is approaching and I think you know what this means. It is time for their countryside rambles to come to an end and for them to become someone’s Christmas dinner. Ok, so now I…

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Local is Back!

So it’s 11:20 pm on a Sunday night, and I am currently writing from my kitchen table. I’m waiting for the kettle to boil so I can make a cup of tea as I have drunk to much wine! This tends to be a reoccurring theme these days. I possibly need to stop ordering bulk wine! The bloggers inspiration has hit me, I think I write better half cut! Please, all drink responsibly and do not follow my lead, I do not want other peoples alcoholism on my conscious! So we are well and truly on the Christmas countdown here…

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It’s not what you take out, it’s what you put in!

So I am writing tonight with my feet well and truly up!  They are actually on a pillow and I have an alcoholic beverage to hand. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it! Sadly, it is enforced. I’ve broken my toe and I actually can’t move around at the present time, as I’m in pain. The good side is that I’m feeling inspired about all the amazing people around us, and how they help us in times of crisis. So we moved to our village knowing no one, and to be honest we didn’t really even know where, location wise, we had moved…

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Back British Farming

Once again I am on a train. I think that I seem to write better on a train. Maybe because I’m captive and I can’t move and there are no animals or children around to distract me!  Being captive like this means I get time to think a bit (dangerous I know) and quite frankly writing this blog helping to distract me from thinking about the smelly individual sat next to me!  So last month I took part in the NFU’s Back British farming day. I want to follow this up with a call to all my readers and followers…

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Mumprenuer

Over the last few months, I have told you lots about how Out and About Poultry started and how we look after our birds and, more importantly, why we do what we do. This month’s blog is about the inspiration I had to start my own business and become a Mumprenuer. So what exactly is a Mumprenuer? The online dictionary’s definition of a mumpreneur is “a woman who sets up and runs her own business in addition to caring for her young child or children”.  It is estimated that there are 800,000 women running their own business part time in…

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Free to Range

So August has flashed passed, I am now in the midst of sewing name tapes into school uniforms and attempting to get the children to go to bed early, and more importantly wear shoes again! On the 25th of August 2017 our turkeys reached eight weeks of age. This is a big milestone for the birds, it means they are now strong enough to go outside. Our turkeys, much like our children are free to range, or as we like to term it “free-ranging”. But what does this actually mean? This means that our turkeys are free to behave in…

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It’s Turkey Time!

The time is currently 7:44 am. I’m sat on a train London bound, off to a meeting. I started my day at about 3:45am, overslept and then missed the first train, so I’ve been on the back foot ever since – oops! This is the first time in about eight weeks now that I’ve sat still for more than an hour, and quite honestly it’s killing me. Being on this train also reminds me how lucky I am that my morning commute is a short walk into my rearing sheds, and can be done in pyjamas or when its a…

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What’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander

Thursday 25th May 2017 I picked up 60 day old goslings. As mentioned in my first blog I have decided to take my goslings in a month earlier than we have done previously. Following our experiences in the last few years and feedback received, we have decided that they needed a little more meat on the bones! I sit writing this blog a week down the line and I can honestly say I am so glad I made this decision. The goslings themselves are thriving, we took in 60 and I still have 60 a week later. This is significant…

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When is it to early to start talking about Christmas?

As a seasonal business, it’s all about Christmas in this house. But when is it really early to start talking about the big day? For me this is never and at Out and About we love Christmas! For my friends and family though, I think I may have become a bit of a Christmas/turkey bore! I always try to switch off from the chaos of Christmas in January but inevitably, the T word does get mentioned every now and then. Here at Out and About Christmas begins in February when I start confirming orders with butchers and restaurants that I…

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