Here at the salt mines the Easter holidays are almost upon us. Therefore, we have not spilled a sack of salt, nor had snow, but the hail is piling up nicely. The weather today is absolutely attrocious. I wish I was wearing more vests. Only consolation is that it is not snowing as in Scotland!
Easter chicks hatching as I type, much cheeping and pecking going on in the incubator. They will be making their way to the salt mines on Good Friday for customers to squeeze and stroke. Have discovered why only one chick hatched from first lot in incubator - home produced eggs which are all fertilized by one pedigree cockerel, who is firing BLANKS! Embarrassing for him, but true. The rather sad result of this conclusion is that he will go into a fattening pen, eat his head off for a couple of weeks, then it will be Coq au Vin all round..... This leaves a career opening for another cockerel who is lurking in the farmyard, with only two 'excluded' hens presently in his entourage. He is definitely fertile, and so will be promoted to chief cockerel indoors. Some guys have all the luck.
Extra mattress finally going to be collected by bed company this week. New gas cooker connected up last night and old one ejected for recycling (hoorah). Yellow horse back in resting mode until this awful weather passes over (end of week perhaps???) and has behaved very well for farrier so twinkling with new shoes.
Youngest returned from school trip to Poland and seems to have mostly experienced Polish beer. Now wants to spend his 18th birthday in a beach in Crete with 6 other ne'er-do-wells! Hoping they can get themselves a suitable (and safe) package of flights to go with the furnished tent they are hoping to hire on the beach. Apparently, only swimming trunks needed, the holiday compnay provide the only tee-shirt they will need. Can't wait to see the photos after they have been in July..... This holiday to take place after A levels have finished, and approximately 2 days after youngest turns 18. Am hoping they all survive!
Eldest doing house clearance today for Chartered Surveyors where he is working for the summer. Tomorrow its back to the cattle market and sheep moving - but he will be cross, because wet sheep are quite smelly and he comes home smelling like a pile of old fleeces! Must remember to tell him that the fleece lanolin is probably good for his hands!!!