The next big project is renovating the barn. We either had to renovate it or the thing was likely to collapse as there were holes in the roof and the joists were rotten. Basically we just want to replace the roof, plaster the walls and level the floor. We started work by ripping off the roof but then we promptly had to stop.

A year and a half ago the local council told us they were thinking of widening the lane outside and then we heard no more. Anyway, if it goes ahead we may have to slice a corner off the barn so work has had to stop until we sort out the bureaucracy. A pain but I have to admit we have been remarkably free of bureaucratic problems so far, so fingers crossed that we can soon resume.

Another project is to get more chickens – this time growing them to eat. I’m putting off making a new henhouse as it promises to challenge my rudimentary woodworking skills to the max. However, I have prepared an area for them and fenced it off in readiness. The laying hens have tried it out for size and seem satisfied.

staking out the new chicken patch


Now spring is here the garden is green and lush. We’d better enjoy it because in a few short months no doubt it will turn into a dustbowl.

Someone still looks as cute as ever and never far away from a ball ready to be thrown.

2 thoughts on “Barny

  1. Hallo Casa Azul…so another great project ahead! But the chicken seems a little bit scared in that photo, do they already know about the new plans you have for chicken?
    I think Spring time is the most beautiful time in Portugal, I´m glad I will go back by Easter time.

  2. HaHa! Actually these chickens needn’t worry. They will always just be for eggs and never get the chop! Spring certainly is beautiful here.

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