THE POULTRY TAJ MAHAL
Well, we did it Nadene! A lovely sunny weekend and a desire for our own fresh eggs motivated us to build a chicken coop (pictured above).
The builder was able to recycle scrap and left-over materials so the total cost of this little Taj Mahal was $55!
He was silly enough to leave me to do the painting while he spent the day at the Kumeu Car Show. I love bright colours!
Now we just need to get the hens and other associated paraphernalia.
Our little vege garden is thriving and we are eating our own corn, kale, sugar peas, tomatoes, and a solitary pumpkin that grew from kitchen scraps.
Teresa Kenyon, Te Aroha
GOODBYE & THANK YOU
As we have recently moved from our farm to a retirement village, our farming activities are now only a dimming memory. Unless you intend to run a series of articles on how to operate a raised vege garden, 3m by 1/2m, our subscription has become superfluous.
We have found (the magazine) an enjoyable read and an invaluable source of tips and assistance. Any owner of a small block or farm who fails to have a subscription is missing out on a valuable resource.
David Dransfield, Hawkes Bay (abridged)
WHAT’S IN THE NAME?
Is your correspondent Marcus (Letters, February 2016) personally offended by the names of some peaches and limes, or is he expressing outrage for others?
If the latter he should realise that 40 million Americans are very proud to be black and around half of them accept the term ‘boy’ as simply a gender description.
The term kaffir is certainly used in a derogative way by a small population in South Africa but the word derives from Arabic to describe anyone other than Muslim.
Personally, I love my Black Boy peaches, almost as much as my Golden Queens and my G &T is enhanced by any lime.
Murray Reid, Tuakau