Rocky was our first cockerel. He was a light sussex/silkie cross. We were given him by a friend and he lived with our chickens for a year. Then we were told we were no longer allowed to keep cockerels on our allotment so we rehoused him with another friend, Laura, who has a smallholding. Laura also runs the Paddock Farm Shop in High Spen, Gateshead where we sell our eggs. Sadly, Laura’s flock of chickens fell prey to a fox last week. Most of them were killed, including Rocky. The fox actually struck through the day. Fortunately, some of the hens escaped the attack and managed to hide themselves away. Over the following 2 days, 16 birds returned, though 40 died.
Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on www.youtube.com/jonathanwallace.
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