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I am about to add a few new things to the range of activities here at McDowall Manor:

1. Chocolate making.  I don't actually eat a whole lot of chocolate, but this is another one of those skills that you can "grow into."  Desert seemed to be a logical progression from my home-made entrees and mains.  I reckon I'll have a fair crack at this one. 

2. Chooks.  I'm currently pricing up 3 girls (guaranteed) to be delivered.  Now, this is where I curse Farina.  Oh yeah, we all love her to bits, but bloody hell.  My Rozie spotted her Banded Plymouth Rocks chooks and I was doomed.  It didn't matter that I could get the very reliable and placid Isa Browns so much cheaper.  To quote the website that I am using, "Add some class to your flock!"  LOL.  

So, I have decreed that one of these chooks shall be named "Farina" in honour of our site hostess.  (I am just grateful that I don't have to buy a flock of damn Peking ducks as well!)

3. I won't give away too many details yet, because this could be a fool's dream - but I am thinking of building some decking in the big girl's yard to make a floor for the Pizzeria.  It's a bit of a stretch for Andy the Unhandy Man to attempt.  

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 21, 2014 at 20:29

Thanks folks - don't give me a swelled head tho.  

That's an interesting recipe Valerie.  Different to most of what I've seen - they tend to use cocoa butter. 

On another note, I realised I bought enough cocoa butter and powder to make tons of chocolate. Should be fun.  

Comment by Valerie on March 21, 2014 at 20:24
I just love my chooks purring when I give them scrap. I also love the fact that they make a bee line for me every time I open the front door and follow me around. (They know where the scraps come from and who digs the ground and let them have some of the worms...

Here is a great oh so easy raw chocolate recipe

1/4 cup coconut oil (melted at room or low temperature.
2/3 cup cacao powder
2 tbsp agave nectar (I use maple syrup)
Mix refrigerate and enjoy
Comment by Jodie Miller on March 21, 2014 at 16:35

Chickens will enhance your life and your garden greatly Andrew.  Just don't be too precious about the garden.

Comment by Jodie Miller on March 21, 2014 at 16:34

I want ducks too - but my first foray into duck ownership didn't go so smoothly so I'm done with impulse animal adoption and setting up the hotel before inviting the guest to come and stay.

Comment by Florence on March 21, 2014 at 9:46

traditional breed chooks are so much more interesting than just the Isa Browns though :)  I want my Peking ducks when I get my own garden :)

Susan, I don't know how you manage!  I've only got one child, a husband, and a couple of gold fishes, and I managed to (I think) kill my worm farm...

Comment by Susan on March 19, 2014 at 18:02

Love it :)

I was thinking about chooks too but am still undecided whether I want to add to my list of responsibilities - Dog, cat, hermit crabs, worm farm, 3 kids and a husband.  Add chooks to that mix and I think I will have reached overworked level

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 18, 2014 at 23:45

Barred, Andy - banded is snakes ;-)

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