Ex-Battery Rescue Update

Sadly the new ladies won’t be coming up to Scotland.

The Rescue people have decided that it would be too much stress on the birds to transport them, we are a wee bit disappointed ūüė¶¬† , but the birds welfare comes first.



New Arrivals this weekend….

New Arrivals!

On Saturday 31st May 2008 I head off to Dundee to meet up with Sue from the Neeps Forum to collect the latest new additions to our family.

Their journey commenced in England, at the begining of this week and a total of 2,000 have been saved from the fate of ending up as cat/dog food.

A huge rescue operation headed by a fantastic team of volunteers, has seen them relayed up the country, with drop off points along the way to their new homes.

Have you guessed what it is¬†we are getting yet? …¬† ūüôā

I wont keep you in suspense a minute longer then…


We are giving a home to two rescued ex-battery hens, I will do a more in-depth post including pictures this weekend once the ladies are settled into their new home.

p.s. We have not settled on names for them yet … so if you have any suggestions, they would be very much appreciated.




Basic Vinaigrette….

Prepare a basic vinaigrette with…

  • 1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper

When I make this I use small clean jam jar (I keep all my jars for making jam in the summer)

Place all the ingredients into the jar put on the lid and give it a good shake until it emulsifies, then its ready to serve.

It also stores well, and because its already in a jar with a lid it can just be put straight into the fridge once you have dressed your salad.

Its cheap to make too, using basic storecupboard ingredients..also easily thrown together in a matter of seconds and a tastey addition to your salad.

Frugal Summer Fruit’s Trifle

Frugal Summer Fruit’s Trifle

On a visit the supermarket the other day¬†I walked past the “reduced” counter.. a couple of things caught my eye…

  • Organic Double Cream¬† … 20p
  • Ready made Sweet Custard … 40p

Remembering that I had some frozen summer fruits in the freezer and a strawberry jelly that just cost 7p, and a small tub of sprinkles,¬†I had the makings of a gorgeous trifle…

Trifle is a big favourite¬†with with the kids and my O/Half, so to be able to make one at a fraction of the cost of buying one from the cold counter in the supermarket… It was an absolute bargin..

Cost : £0.67!

NORWAY : More Airports Shut Down

More airports shut down

A strike by employees of Norway’s civil aviation authority Avinor spread further on Tuesday, shutting down more airports including the one serving the country’s oil capital of Stavanger. That means the strike now threatens operation of offshore installations, in addition to disrupting travel plans for tens of thousands.

Tor B√łrre Gaasland managed to get a flight from Bergen to Oslo just before his airport closed on Friday. Now thousands of others aren’t so lucky.






Related stories:

With the strike now starting to affect the country’s oil industry, some observers say it’s just a matter of time before the government steps in to force negotiations and bring the labour action to an end.

As of mid-morning Tuesday, however, there still hadn’t been any contact between the two sides. Officials at both Avinor and the union representing Avinor employees, LO Stat, each claim the other must take the initiative for more talks. Wage hikes remain the key area of conflict.

Additional airports closed include Stavanger Sola and those serving Sandnessj√łen, Sogndal, Alta in northern Norway, Svolv√¶r and Leknes. Airports already closed included those serving Bergen Harstad/Narvik, Molde, Mo i Rana, Mosj√łen and Kristiansund.

Western Norway is thus being hit the hardest by the strike of just over 400 Avinor workers. With Haugesund’s airport the only one remaining open for scheduled traffic, tens of thousands of passengers are being stranded by flight cancellations.

Most were having to drop trips, cancel business meetings or scramble to find other means of transport. Some have been able to secure train seats, but rail travel isn’t an option for many trying to travel along the coast.

Operators of North Sea oil installations quickly tried to move their helicopter operations that carry workers to and from rigs to Haugesund. Its airport is now operating at full capacity, though, and can’t offer any more takeoffs and landings.

Although Norway’s main international gateway airport at Oslo Gardermoen remains open, some 10,000 passengers there were expected to be affected since so much domestic air service is grounded.

Story Courtesy of    http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article2433547.ece

My husband just managed to make it home yesterday before they shut down Stavanger Airport, you can read about it here






Peony Roses ..

On Friday, I took a trip to my local supermarket to get a few provisions in… and right at the front door, there stood a couple of buckets with¬†reduced price flowers in them..

I wandered over and took a peek to see if I could find a bargin and also a treat for myself, seeing as I absolutely adore flowers..

I was lucky enough to find this bunch of Peonies marked down to 30p from a staggering £5.99!

Don’t you just love a bargin ūüôā

Chocolate Loaf

This is a chocolate loaf that I made last night after I received a call from my husband, with the news that he might be stranded in Norway due to the Norwegien Airport Strikes .. you can read about it here

When a crisis hits the household, my way of coping and thinking things through is ….I go into baking mode.¬† I wonder how many other people do this?

Anyway, here is the recipe for the Chocolate Loaf – I made mine completely organic.


  • 6oz Margarine
  • 6oz Caster Sugar
  • 6oz Self Raising Flour
  • 2oz Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • a teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract


  1. Turn on Oven to 180 degrees C
  2. Line a 2lb Loaf tin with greaseproof paper/baking Parchment
  3. Put Margarine and Caster Sugar into the mixer and mix until pale and fluffy.
  4. Aff the eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the Self Raising Flour & Mix in
  6. Add the Cocoa Powder and Mix
  7. Add the teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix in.
  8. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin
  9. Place into the Oven and bake for 50 mins (give it a check after 40) but mine needed 50

This is sooo much better than any shop bought cake, I know what went into it, I know I’m not filling my kids full of additives and preservatives…. but most of all its cheap to make and delicious to eat!

I was going to make a chocolate frosting for the top, but the kids couldnt wait and wanted a bit as soon as it was cool enough to handle and eat.

Enjoy ūüôā


Chicken Little & Daisy……

Its a lovely sunny morning here, the girls are out having a scratch around the garden for bugs and stuff, so I took the opportunity to get some pictures of them both.  

Its quite difficult to get pictures of chicken little (the brown one) as she is soooo flighty,¬† I wonder what¬†she said to daisy in this picture to get her to look up at me¬†…..

Norwegian Airport Strikes…..!

Strike shuts five airports

Thousands of travelers were left stranded Friday morning after workers went on strike at five Norwegian airports. Talks between their union and the country’s civil aviation authority Avinor failed to result in a settlement.

Flights in and out of the affected airports were cancelled Friday morning.










Related stories:

Bergen is among the worst-hit by the walkout, after its airport was forced to close because it no longer had enough staffing to handle an emergency.

The other airports affected are those serving Harstad and Narvik in northern Norway, Molde, Mo i Rana and Mosj√łen.

Some workers at Norway’s main international gateway airport, the Oslo airport at Gardermoen (OSL), also walked off the job but OSL was able to remain open. All flights to the airports that are closed, however, were cancelled.

The airport at Kristiansund on Norway’s northwest coast will likely close from Sunday if the strike continues.

Only 220 workers spread over the five airports were taken out during the first phase of the strike, but that was enough to leave the airports short of adequate emergency personnel.

State mediator Svein Longva said the two sides in the conflict “were so far apart that there was no basis to put forward a proposed settlement that could be recommended by both parties.”

The conflict is primarily over wages. Avinor “simply didn’t offer enough money,” said a union representative.

If no progress is made in subsequent negotiations, another 158 workers will go on strike at the airports in Oslo, Alta, Leknes, Sandnessj√łen, ,Sogndal, Svolv√¶r and Stavanger from May 20. Oslo’s airport was hoping to keep its international operations functioning. Passengers were advised to stay in touch with their airlines for information on departures and arrivals.

Story courtesy of : http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article2426254.ece

You might be asking yourself how on earth has this got anything to do with Townie’s blog?

Well my husband is due to fly home today from Bergen Airport… he phoned me last night in a panic, he is there with 3 of his mates on their yearly fishing trip, they have been speaking with the locals and they reckon their only chance of getting home is to go to Stavanger Airport and try and get their tickets transferred by the Airline… simple you may think… nope…. nothing is ever that simple… Stavanger is a 5 hour ferry ride away, they need to get themselves to bergen and drop off their hired car, get themselves to the ferry port, hopefully get on the boat and get to stavanger before 3.15 today to catch the flight..

To say i’m worried is an understatement… knowing that if they miss this flight, their chances of getting home are slim… Stavanger Airport is going on strike 20th May 2008 (tomorrow).¬†¬†They are all due to start back at work tomorrow !…

I’ll update later once I find out more as the day progress.

UPDATE :¬† He managed to Get home!! Yipeeeeeeeee….

  • Left hellesoy at 3am
  • Dropped Hire Car off at Bergen
  • Managed to get a bus to Stavanger – 5 hours¬†journey including¬†2 ferry crossings
  • Managed to get his flights changed by Wideroe (booked thro’ Opodo they wouldnt help- note never to use again!)
  • Boarded plane at 3.15pm
  • Arrived in Aberdeen 4.30pm
  • Drove home to central Scotland 4 hours¬†(including dropping off his friends)
  • Arrived home 8.30pm (knackered!)

Main thing is he made it home… just in the nick of time as Stavanger Airport has closed down today Story here











The Peas are Planted…

A few weeks back my daughter planted some peas in the greenhouse, she only planted around a dozen.

They are now ready to go into the garden, and yesterday we planted them out into the 3rd raised bed.

We used some chicken mesh, Bamboo canes and Stripped conifer branches to stake them out, we left a bit of the foliage at the top of each stake to protect them from birds etc.

My daughter is really excited now and cant wait until she can harvest her very own home grown Peas ūüôā