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Welcome to “my old barn”, a website devoted to “the good life!” AKA countryside living. The following pages detail my successes, failures and lessons learnt in this ongoing quest for a better way of life:

Introduction

Me and Max

About Me

A quick introduction from me, to explain what "My Old Barn.co.uk" is all about.
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Latest Articles

Red Currants Ripe

Currants

Red, White or Black ? If you can keep the pigeons away, currant bushes can provide you with fruit for up to 20 years.
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Home Made Scotched Eggs

Home-Made scotched Eggs

A recipe for home made scotched eggs.
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two parsnips

Growing Parsnips

For "full scale" parsnips you need a long growing season, but you can get acceptable results over a shorter period.
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Growing Gooseberries

Once you have pulled the thorns out of your fingers, you will see the benefit of growing your own Gooseberries !!
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Topics

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Creating a Veg Patch

Building a veg patch from scratch requires a little bit of planning. Getting things right now can save both time and money in the future..
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Fresh harvest

Grow Your Own Veg

The fast growing interest in growing your own veg is not surprising given the long list of benefits in doing so.
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Strawberries

Grow Your Own Fruit

Growing your own fruit at home is just as rewarding as growing veg, once you have dealt with the pigeons......
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Logs in a basket

Grow Your Own Logs

Growing your own trees for burning as logs is a sustainable way of heating your home, it provides free exercise and just requires a bit of patience!!
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Compost

Making Compost

Make your very own 'Brown Gold', a guide to home composting.
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Chickens chatting

Keeping Poultry

Poultry includes an array of different birds, we currently keep ducks and chickens and this is what we have learnt so far...
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Keeping Pigs

Having made mistakes in our first attempts, I want to share our lessons learnt and plans for doing it right next time...
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Barn under construction

Building The Barn

Pictures taken during my year off in 2003 / 2004. Undertaking the conversion of an old barn into our current home.
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Rat Spring Traps

Pest Control

(Warning - Contains graphic pictures.) advice and guidance on the control of rats and moles !!
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