Last weekend the fire was installed after mum grouted the slate around the fire place. The warmth has been extremely welcome with the rainy cold days we've been having lately. The lounge room seems complete now the fire is in.
Diego laid her first little egg last week as well. She has laid 4 eggs in the past week - which is more than can be said for the other hens! The hens are happy and have laid a few eggs since coming over, but I am starting to wonder if they are laying them in the garden because there tends to be three eggs if the hens are locked up for the day.
Grace has well and truly found adolescence and has tested me out a few times. His wing flapping and charging earned him a swift upper-cut to the beak with the feed container lid. He has started to settle down - but if not then I think Tom would like to 'dispose' of him. Meanwhile I will try and keep Grace calm and his attacks to a minimum (or at least the ones that Tom hears about!)
Today Tom was busy clearing part of the fence line. I went down to help (briefly) and discovered a full horse skeleton. I had heard from locals that the previous owner had been neglectful, and an visit from the RSPCA when we first took over the propery indicated that there had been some form of animal neglect, however I was hoping for the animals' sake that it wasn't as bad as people had made it seem.
However today's discovery linked into a story I had heard from some locals (who called the property "the horse murder's place").
I was so sad that someone could actually treat animals so badly, and I hope that as time goes on the locals will find Tom and I to be very different people from the previous owner.
I know that I will be doing everything within my power to make sure the history of the property does not continue on into the future, and our animals are happy and healthy.