I love you guys! I finally stopped humming and har'ing, pulled out the ladder and cut off the other two Avocadoes and have them sitting in my fruit bowl waiting fot them to ripen up. Also harvested the first five of the lemons off the baby lemon tree. I counted the fruit and leaves. There are 41 leaves and were 11 fruit , all on exactly 2 feet of tree. I found a home for the rooster and have offered them a couple of hens to go with him cos they dont have any and I dont want him to get lonely. They seemed quite keen to have 'broody mum' and her daughter who is still laying....now just one more to home. the 'hen' has grown legs in a rather roosterly fashion but isnt actually crowing and doesnt have a magnificent tail yet either, but by the legs, I'm prety sure he's a he and not a she. That will be a 75% rooster clutch to date. I'm not going to try to raise my own hens any more, I keep having to find home for boys instead. I do like that I have raised the genetic diversity of hen-hood though. In ecxchange, I got a bag of half a doz mutton neck chops. Her dad does his own mutton and recently culled an ol' ewe. They arew currently simmering in my le creseut(SP?) pot on the firebox, along with bought kumara and home grown maori potatoes, alittle salt n pepper, sprinkling of home grown mustard seed and dried mixed herbs. I have had the fire ticking over since the middle of April and have for the most part cooked my dinner on this since early May. I did manage to finally get spicy potato wedges to fry up on it by putting a cover over the pan they were roasting in and found that the wok lid worked great for covering the pizza so it cooked to perfection. Next day pizza, reheated very well just by letting it heat up on my old griddle. Nice toasty bottom. I popped in to see the mechanic today to find out what the story was with my truck. The motor they got shipped up from the south Island was the wrong sort/size..., but found a new block for it in the next town so all going well I should be back in my own girl come friday.(big sigh), now to sort out the bus (shaking head) and the bloody plumber who has been telling me for 4 week that they will be here either tomorrow afternoon or the end of the week.Might need to invest in new plumber.