Apples, Bread and Pumpkins = Autumn πŸ‚

I have been trying to keep up but the heat this week makes it hard, I spent too long in the Sun cutting the hedge last Sunday and paying for it this week, I should have been more careful but when the weather is with you, you got to work. 😝

So the Electric board came back on Wednesday and finally finished the job, hurrah, we now have the two old poles in the field. I ask if we could keep them as they come in handy, a lot of the outbuildings here have got old poles as main supports, they are great lengths of timber and mostly cedar wood so last a long, long time. And if we don’t use them for that they make great seats when you need an impromptu rest in the field. 

I began making bread again this week, it tastes so much better than the shop bread, even their freshly baked ones and although the proving takes a while the actual mixing and kneading only takes 10 mins. Through the Summer there never seems to be enough time but as the days grow shorter it feels like the right time to start again.

I picked a whole load of veg on Monday as I hadn’t done it for a few days and customers were wanting to know when I was doing it. The shed was nicely loaded with runner beans, courgettes, beetroot, tomatoes and even some jalapeΓ±o peppers. At some point in the week, I can’t remember when, I picked the keeper apples from the tree in the front paddock, they probably could have been left a bit longer but I find the birds start to peck at them if I leave it too long. There are not many this year only about half a bucket full, but they will keep for a good couple of months without losing their crispness, I have a great gadget for reaching the apples and picking them without bruising but there are always the ones at the very top that I can’t get and they always look like the best ones on the tree, I might have to get the ladder out. 

I have also been collecting buckets of cider apples and crab apples for the geese to eat, they love them, I swear they swallow some of them whole. The geese are very handy for eating up certain things, like the runner beans that have got a bit tough or the patty pan that have got too big, it makes a change from their daily diet of grass. 

The runner beans have come to the end of their fruitfulness and pickings of other veg are also becoming slim, the next crop that will be going out for sale will be the butternut squash. They are a great crop, once they are under way they don’t need much attention at all, the sprawling foliage does a great job of ground cover and weed suppressing and when they are ready the leaves die back to reveal its bounty, of course they store very well too so there is no need to make sure you sell them all quickly. The pumpkins are turning Orange and I need to make sure the chickens don’t find them and start pecking into them, these are for the children at Halloween, there are only 5 pumpkins but it is great fun to grow them and when the grandchildren are old enough they will be able to come and pick their own, hopefully as they get older they can start them off from seed, tend to them and watch them grow πŸ˜€ 
This weekend was a write off as far as work was concerned, though we had a job lined up, John had to spend most of Saturday at the hospital with his Mum, in the late afternoon and on into the evening we went to our eldest daughters birthday bbq. On the Sunday we spent a very pleasant day at the Cotswold Living Landscape Festival, it was their first year and I think it’s a grower, all the countryside skills, walling, hedge laying, wood carving, bee keeping, some great folk music and the food stalls were fabulous, yep definitely going again next year. 

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A mixed bag of a week πŸ˜‹

Monday was a wet start to the week but, as is often at this time of year, too warm for a raincoat, so either you get wet from the rain or damp from sweating with a coat on, I decided on getting wet.

After feeding and letting out all the birds, I usually go into the veg garden and either do some picking or some tidying, Monday was picking, courgettes, patty pan, tomatoes, and some radish. The tomatoes are coming to an end, I had a huge slug problem in the poly tunnel, you would be amazed on how much they can feast on in just one night! I watered the big poly tunnel, in there I have sown, peas, spinach, carrots and brassicas for over winter, still growing from the summer are jalapeΓ±os, basil and sweet potato. The sweet potato has a huge amount of foliage and I just hope there are tubers underneath it all. Later  in the afternoon I made a batch of crumble mix for the freezer, it’s so easy and very convenient as the crumble stays separated and you can shake out just the amount you need. We had a one pot dinner, everything chucked in, left over chicken, runner beans, patty pan, onions, dried herbs and potatoes. 

Tuesday was dry but very muggy, today I picked berries, blackberries, raspberries, mulberries, wine berries and blueberries, plus a basket of runner beans. They will do very nicely for a crumble for pudding later on, I put a beef stew on to cook early in the morning and left it on low all day which frees me up to get on with some tidying work in the garden. The electric board turned up to replace two poles that have been in forty years and are beginning to rot at the top. I have wondered what my poor woodpecker will do when he finds a newly creosoted post in place of his bug ridden old one, I hope he still hangs around.

Wednesday, another muggy/sunny day. I cleaned out the rabbits, quail and geese this morning. The rabbits have been digging large burrows, goodness knows how far they have gone but it seems to keep the happy and they love popping in and out of the ground.The half a day job the electric board promised has now turned into two days and they are not finished yet. The ground is so hard that it was much tougher than they expected to get the new poles in, or the old poles out. The huge lorry carrying the new poles has shredded the foliage on the nut trees, they are in need of a trim back but I was waiting for the nuts to ripen first. In the evening I cut the grass, I had to wait that long for the dew to dry out and then cut the front driveway, the lawn and the area by the ducks, it looks tidy again for a couple of weeks.

Thursday, the electric board are back again! This means the driveway is full of vans and lorries anyone would think we are having major work done not just replacing two poles. I continued with tidying the driveway by edging the grass and cutting back foliage that was obscuring the view as you pull out of the drive. I also cleaned out the ducks, they get so dirty very quickly, I need to separate some of them off to cross breed new ducks for next year but can’t decide which end of the year to do it, separate them now so they get used to it and are settl d by the time mating season comes or wait till Spring and separate them then. Instinct is telling me do it now but that means getting them a new home ready first.  John has mince and potatoes for tea and I am having stir fry cooked by Charlie and Macca πŸ˜€ Someone very kindly left a bag of cooking apples for me, thank you whoever it was. 

Friday, well would you believe the electric board are back, they still haven’t got the second pole in the ground and are back to try again today, we though, are off to Johns Dads funeral and so I won’t be here to make them cups of coffee. It is sunny today, which will make today a little bit easier to cope with. On our return in the afternoon I was delighted to see the post in the ground, however the old one is still there and still connected so I am guessing that they will be back yet again at some point to move all the cables and get the old post out. I told them they were milking the job on day two, now they are just taking the piss! Takeaway for dinner tonight, it’s been a long day, and we are babysitting our grandson for a couple of hours so no time for cooking.

Saturday, raining, I will be honest, I was in no rush to go out and do the animals, so I did a bit of housework first, getting a soaking and then coming in to do it didn’t appeal, I rather it was the other way round. John went off on the feed run, every two weeks he goes to pick up 12 bags of layers pellets and 2 bags of corn to keep the flock fed. The rain just kept coming down and we decided to have the day off, no point in trying to work round the showers, maybe tomorrow will be better. In the late afternoon we went to my Sister in Laws 50th birthday celebration, a much needed bit of fun after the last couple of days.

Sunday, sunny and dry πŸ˜€ one of the jobs on the list is the front hedge, over a hundred feet long, at least six feet wide and not been trimmed for two years! We decided to get stuck in and started about 8.30am eventually finished it around 4.30 with still a bit of tidying up left to do. Consequently, we didn’t do anything else that day, Charlie and Macca very kindly cooked a roast 😘 

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Boo 😜

I have been asked by a couple of people why I haven’t been blogging lately and to be honest I don’t know, maybe I just got out of the routine of doing it, maybe I got bored of doing it who knows ( I have been doing it nearly 5 years!) but the nights drawing in seem to be a good time to start again so here I am πŸ˜ƒ

Written below is a post that I did in the summer but for some reason never published (I think) 

I haven’t blogged for such a long time it’s seems rude to only write a few paragraphs so I decided I would do a complete catch up which may result in a couple of pages lol.
It’s difficult to know what to start with really, I suppose the thing that takes up most of my time during these months so the produce garden is the first topic

I have already begun to think about what has worked and what has not, it’s been a difficult year (and I think I find myself saying that each year!) the weather until recently has been bland to say the least. Weeks of cloudy, cold weather, then rain for days with barely a glimpse of the Sun meant that things were slow to start and reluctant to grow, I had been chatting on gardening sites with others about the lack of growth on the beans and peas, it seems everyone had the same problems. So I found myself chomping at the bit, after all it should have been the time of plenty instead it was a waiting game, luckily the Sun made an appearance last week and things have bloomed. It was incredibly hot, lol, out of the frying pan into the fire, I should be glad to have such glorious weather I know, but even though the Lupus is in remission it was much too hot for me to be outside during the middle of the day. Early mornings and late evening were needed to get any garden work done, that’s a long day πŸ˜› At long last the tomatoes are beginning to ripen, the runner beans are beginning to grow, the sweet corn is getting taller and the squash are rampaging over the soil. The soft fruit has obviously enjoyed the weather pattern, I have been picking kilos of strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants, goodness knows how we are going to get through it all, I have bagged it and frozen it for making into various items later in the year when I have more time.  

The cucumbers have been the worst casualty of the year, very poor growth and not much improved, I guess we won’t be having many this year, compare that to the year I was was picking forty a day! One mistake I made that had me chuckling was the belief that I had planted a cucumber in the poly tunnel only to realise once it started growing it was a butternut squash which definitely dosent need to be in there. Brassicas have been something I was determined to get this year, normally they are decimated by caterpillar so I worked very hard to make the cage butterfly proof and it has been successful I am pleased to say, so far I have picked two very lovely cauliflower and a perfect broccoli, Hubby will be delighted with home grown sprouts for the Yuletide feast this year too.

Weeding, planting, digging, hoeing, mowing, strimming, watering, picking, bagging, pricing, peeling, chopping, cooking, freezing, drying.

I have been putting produce out for sale, sometimes meagre pickings, and sold a fair bit, but while last year I barely had time to get it in the shed, this year is different for some reason and it’s not going so fast. I have a theory that as my home grown veg tastes so good it has encouraged the customers to grow their own instead of buying mine lol. I read somewhere that a homesteader is always optimistic, I think that is certainly true after all if we weren’t, we would be a dying breed. 

The hens, geese and ducks are next on the agenda, you will remember that we bought in 80 pullets and retired the 77 older ladies to the back paddock, well we are down to 27 at the back due to a couple of young mauranding, daytime fox visitors! The geese hatched out one little gosling which was doing well then all of a sudden took a turn for the worse and died the next day 😒 and we have added some new ducks and drakes to the gene pool, Welsh Harlequinns, we will mate them with the Khaki Cambells in spring and hopefully get a good looking laying duck in the process. The sale of eggs from the shed has gone into overdrive in the last couple of weeks, two days running one weekend we sold every egg we had and were left waiting for them to hurry up and lay some more and considering how many eggs are being laid at the moment that is no small matter πŸ“πŸ“

Hubby has been busy around the farm building new secure fences to keep out Mr Fox and also some rather lovely decking that we have not really used much due to the crap weather then the too hot weather ha ha, our youngest daughter and her boyfriend have been using it to dine alfresco though so at least it’s getting some use. I keep meaning to drink my early morning coffee out there but tend to put myself under pressure to get working instead, I really need to relax more I think, but there always seems so much to do and so little time to do it.

Cleaning, feeding, watering, egg collecting, shutting in, letting out, rounding up, dealing with health problems, post ramming, fencing, creosoting, muck heap turning.

Our grandchildren have of course been a big part of this summer, I wish the veg grew as quickly as they do πŸ˜ƒ they have enjoyed naps in the shade of the Oak tree as well as a paddling pool day, I look forward to the time they are old enough to help with the gardening, by that I mean sat in the strawberry bed with juice all around their mouths lol.
And in and amongst everything I always have the housework and paperwork to do as well as chatting with customers, and redirecting lost drivers, we seem to get a lot of them 😝

Since writing that it has been full steam ahead with picking and processing everything and in the end we had a fair amount, at least enough to keep us going through the Winter at least and if all else fails there is always the supermarket 😝

I will try to be more regular from here on in πŸ˜›

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Four Mums and a Dad πŸ˜ƒ

Firstly, sorry it’s been so long since I last posted, life has been busy in every way. Our grandchildren are, as expected growing daily, and it is my belief that everything must stop for time with them, it’s precious time, unrecoverable time, important time, much more important than blogging, gardening, cleaning or even cooking. Of course the animals still need feeding and cleaning but everything else, can and does have to wait a while. 

Having said that things are moving along nicely although I wish the weather would settle a little more into a pattern that we can work with, it’s either hot or cold not much in between. A fair amount of the veg is now planted but there are bare patches of soil still waiting and what is planted out is not exactly romping away. In the poly tunnel I have been picking, mangetout, spring onions, baby beetroot, raddish and lettuce, I also have new potatoes in there but they are not ready yet and some broad beans that are just beginning to pod. Outside I have planted cauliflower & broccoli under heavy netting and have sprouts to plant out when I get round to it, the strawberries are beginning to form and I have been picking asparagus, rhubarb and artichoke. I have also been busy drying herbs for Winter use. There are rows of carrot, swede, beetroot, sweet corn and celery doing their best to grow and of course runner beans, which have a wind break around them to try and help them on their way. In the fruit cage there are encouraging signs of flowering on the berries but the frost got the kiwi a few weeks back so I am not expecting anything from that this year. One exciting new project are my citrus trees, lemon and orange, they have survived the Winter all wrapped up in the poly tunnel and the lemon has flowers forming, watch this space, I may grow a lemon for my gin and tonic yet πŸ˜ƒ

On the poultry side we have had a new arrival in the form of a gosling, geese sit for thirty days or more to hatch and it was going very well, two geese sat on around twelve eggs between them, near the thirty day mark, one egg hatched and out popped gertie the gosling, 24 hours later her mum got off the rest of her eggs and took her outside. Unfortunately the mothering instincts of the other goose kicked in and she followed them leaving her eggs to go cold πŸ˜” so little gertie now has four Mums and a Dad proudly looking after her on a daily basis. This is the first year for the geese and so hopefully next year they will do a little bit better.

We replaced our whole flock of laying hens with 80 new younger birds, I say replaced but in actual fact the old ladies have been moved to the back to retire, about 30 of them are still laying and the rest are enjoying living off our generosity with no fear of dispatch if they don’t lay, not good business practice but it’s not all about the money. The egg sales have been through the roof, just as well with 80 pullet eggs to shift every day, we have managed to keep turning them over very quickly though, mostly through direct sale on social media, delivery included, it’s worked well.

A thousand and one things must have happened since I last blogged, most of it day to day stuff, some of it all part of the circle of life both animal and vegetable, some of it life altering such as the new decking hubby has built giving us a nice outdoor space to sit and contemplate life (only had to wait five years) and some of it life affirming like the loss of a very dear cousin whose passing has been heart wrenching but also reminds us to enjoy life while we are still here, even the crappy bits. 

I have a Robin that has nested in my shed on the shelf, I try not to go in there if I can help it, if I do go in I pretend not to notice, I did look once and she took off at great speed, luckily she came back. I have a quick peek if she is not there and I think there are about four baby Robbins although it’s hard to tell, I really need to tidy up the shed but that too will have to wait until they have flagged. We have Blue Tits in the boxes on the front of the house and a whole range of birds busying themselves around the garden, Great Tits, Bullfinches, Chafinches, Wrens, Blackbirds, Thrush, Long Tailed Tits, Yellowfinch, the list seems to get longer each year or maybe I just have more time to notice when I am sat holding the grandchildren πŸ˜ƒ

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This weather is ridiculous πŸ˜œ

There I have said it, I have tried to refrain from moaning about the weather  over the last few months but honestly this would try the patience of a saint. It’s a good job I have held off of planting anything much in the garden, if I had put in spuds on good Friday as tradition tells us then they would be frosted a good few times by now. As it is the ones in the poly tunnel have suffered some nipping but they should recover, yesterday I covered all the plants in the greenhouse with fleece and it was a good job I did, the temps must have gone down well below freezing never mind frosty. We all know what will happen next, straight into high temperatures and sunshine causing havoc in the garden (could be a bit of wishful thinking there πŸ˜‰) 

I have sown a few rows of carrots and onions on the sunny/dry days, yes we did have some, but apart from that nothing else, instead I have concentrated on seed sowing in the greenhouse and poly tunnel. In the latter I have been harvesting raddish and lettuce, the peas are growing well as are a couple of rows of carrots and broad beans, the new potatoes are up and the spring onions are slowing unbending. In the greenhouse I have a bit of everything growing and have started potting on the runner beans ready for planting out in May, providing the temps go up of course and there is no guarantee of that! It is a waiting game but I hope it changes soon or summer is going to be short 😝

Elsewhere on the farm Hubby has managed to break the tractor again, this time catching one of the hoses on a branch and snapping the fixing clean in half, I swear he does it to get out of any work πŸ˜‹ We had a chicken with a broken leg that we had to dispatch, I couldn’t work out how it had happened until the next day we found a dead chicken without a leg in the coop, the fox had been going underneath and getting at them through the narrow bars, this has now been covered in and no more leg problems. The geese are sitting on eggs so there are none for sale at the minute, I have known them since they were tiny but even I am not brave enough to go in there and get them off. The din they make when you go near them is high in decibels and I have to protect the back of my legs with a bucket as the males come running at me in a head down going in for a kill stance. 

As I mentioned, we have had some lovely sunny days and the scent from the blossom on the trees has wafted deliciously teasing us with what might be eventually, and on those days I have been hoeing and tidying and waiting but I feel like I have been doing it a bit too long now, everything is ready except for the weather. The horses are waiting to move paddocks as there is no point moving them onto new pasture if it’s going to rain constantly , it would end up looking just like the Winter paddock, the geese are looking on the thin side waiting for grass to emerge, they have been on pellet food all Winter and are longing to get the other side of the fence. The chickens however are doing just fine and we are getting plenty of eggs, trays of them in fact which I am trying to sell on various selling sites so that we don’t end up with a mountain of them. The rabbits are happy in their run although they keep trying to dig a warren, they dig it out, I fill it in, every day same scenario 🐰I am hoping I will be able to feed them plenty of beneficial weeds/herbs soon rather than mostly pellet feed, I have been buying them carrots and greens from the shop so they haven’t gone without but when I can pick my own for them I will feel much happier . 

Hubby is still getting over his accident, did I mention that? Probably not but he has, every day for the last few weeks, his van was written off and luckily he was ok apart from whiplash but it has meant that not much has got done for a while, then he had an abscess and a tooth out, put that together with the weather, did I mention that πŸ˜‰, progress has been slow outside, roll on warmer temperatures it will make everything feel so much better. In amongst all that we have had the arrival of our granddaughter who is totally gorgeous πŸ’• in all honesty I don’t care what the weather is like when our grandchildren visit because I would rather spend precious time with them than doing anything else 😍😍

Have a great week whatever the weather β„οΈβ˜”οΈπŸŒžπŸŒ¦βš‘οΈπŸ’¨

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Goose egg lemon curd……..cake😝

I like the moment I decide to make a cuppa and sit down to write my blog, sharing the ins and outs of daily life with you is one of life’s little pleasures, not that there is much to tell to be honest. 

It’s been pretty hectic some days, constant streams of egg customers, people coming for free manure, deliveries of compost, plants, the phone ringing, people buying chickens, everything always seems to happen at once, especially on the day I decided to make the lemon curd, more about that later.

We have taken delivery of 100 new point of lay hens, 80 to replace the laying flock and 20 that have gone into the sale pen. The old ladies had to be moved under cover of darkness, rather more for their benefit than for ours as it’s easier to catch them and they are less stressed. As always with most jobs it got left until the absolute last minute and of course it rained incessantly that day, luckily it had lessened to a drizzle by dusk and so we spent a hour catching, crating and moving 77 hens from the front paddock to the far back paddock, I think it was four trips with the crates precariously balanced on the wheelbarrow. By the time we finished it was pitch black and we were having to use the torch to pick our way through the mud puddles, as you can imagine there was much muttering from both hubby and myself mostly about his wheelbarrow driving and my navigation πŸ˜† The new ladies arrived just before the weekend and have settled in well, the old ladies are a little put out at having their roaming space reduced but are on the whole enjoying the relocation, most of them anyway, a few have decided to ‘go over the fence’ everyday and try to get back to the front paddock but they go back in the evening so we just let them get on with it. 

I have finally got under way with sowing seeds in the greenhouse, I was panicking, thinking I was behind when the last bit of dry, sunny weather was here, but I held off for a while and then decided to invest in an electric heater for the greenhouse. This goes against everything I believe in really but the truth of the matter is that if I want plants ready to go when the weather turns, I have to give them some heat to begin with, we are quite exposed which usually puts us back around two/three weeks, so I figured that I would counterbalance that with heating the greenhouse for a couple of weeks, we will see if it works out that way. So far I have sown a large range of veg, from beans and peas, to tomatoes and peppers, all doing well at the moment. In the poly tunnel a couple of weeks ago I planted, lettuce, radish, beetroot, peas, spring onions, garlic and potatoes, everything has come up except the potatoes which should make an appearance any day now. 

I spent one whole day just hoeing and cutting back dead stuff, raking the paths and putting the contents of the compost heap on the garden, a most enjoyable day that I felt I had accomplished a fair amount, which was abruptly undone by the small flock of unruly, free range chickens scratching the dead stuff, newly added to the empty compost pile, all over the pathway, one step forward, two steps back πŸ˜–

Mostly we have been busy tidying, that includes cutting back trees, bushes and hedges in the paddocks, picking up Winter debris ( which is a surprisingly large amount of twigs and branches) Hubby has also been setting up the other water tanks to collect more rainfall although they are not yet connected eventually they will hold around 14,000 litres of free water πŸ˜ƒ

The geese have been laying well and last weekend we sold 11 goose eggs in 10 minutes, egg sales have been constant but I did keep a goose egg back to make Lemon Curd, however, it was a disaster  as it would not thicken up despite a good half an hour of stirring πŸ˜” I didn’t waste it though, I turned it into a cake instead, I will have another go at some point and follow a different recipe, I will let you know how it goes. 

I gave my youngest sister a couple of goose eggs for her birthday and look what she did with one of them.

  
Our youngest daughters boyfriend revealed a useful talent a while back which I put to good use recently, his stint working in bars left him with excellent chalkboard skills, so I set him to work on our roadside board which now looks a whole lot better than my slanty, disappearing lines of writing πŸ˜ƒ

  

Hopefully, although we are getting a fair amount of April showers, the ground temperatures will begin to warm up and the grass begins to grow as well as the veg and fruit, because grass is an important crop for us too as far as the geese and the horses are concerned anyway. 

Have a good week and I hope the sun shines for you β˜€οΈ

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Imaginary labourer, you’re fired!Β 

Hello bloggers, sorry it’s been a while, have been busy with various things including entertaining our grandson πŸ˜ƒ

As always I can never remember exactly what I have been up to but it includes a lot of tidying, feeding, mucking out as well as the usual household stuff.

 I finally managed to poison whatever was in the wall, the downside is I think I can now smell it decomposing 😜. The female rabbits are now in their finished run and enjoying it very much, I will get pics soon I promise, Mr rabbit was in with the other chickens but I moved him out today as I don’t think he is very impressed with them nicking his food and water all the time. The chickens are a funny batch personality wise, this lot like to get right under my feet and peck at my wellies when I go in to feed them, how I have managed not to squash one yet is a miracle. We have had some ghastly weather along with the the rest of the country, one horrendous downpour in particular resulted in the paddocks flooding over night and a river running through the stable block, I have never seen that before, however we have now moved into some settled weather and things are beginning to dry up. Eldest daughters partner came over with his quad bike to drag the fields a couple of weekends ago after a dry spell, this encourages growth of the grass and gets out any dead thatch blocking out the light, they will have a months rest before anything is put on them to graze, ideally I would have like to top seed them but we are pushed for rotation space with the horses and so that probably won’t happen this year.

Hubby and I went for a rare day out to the Good Food and Good Life Live show at the National Agriculture Centre in Warwickshire, it was a lovely sunny day and all under cover lol, still it was nice to go and get some new ideas and renew our enthusiasm . As we are nearly out of our own home grown lamb and no spare fields to put some on this year, we called into a farm on the way back to purchase some supplies for the freezer. I would much rather do that than buy from the supermarket, the taste is so much better and it’s a great feeling to support the small rural businesses. 

As soon as the sun comes out at this time of year I always feel as though I am behind with planting, I’m not but it just makes you feel as though Spring has fully arrived. I have learnt from past experience not to get carried away though as the cold is still lurking around ready to bite as soon as you are not looking. Having said that I have done a bit of seed sowing in the greenhouse and a fair bit in the poly tunnel, I also planted some early potatoes and garlic in there, as it is much warmer than the greenhouse. Hubby has now built two raised strawberry planters that hold about twelve plants each and I invested in some new plants covering a longer season so that I am not frantically picking fruit everyday in June. I also planted up a couple of hanging baskets with strawberries in to go in the poly tunnel and see if I can get an even earlier crop. The broad beans I planted a couple of weeks ago have come up, well a few have the others have rotted due to the cold and wet, the tomato and pepper seeds went leggy due to lack of light and the sweet peas have been eaten by something, if at first you don’t succeed try, try again, which is exactly what I have done, finger crossed this time round.

The geese are laying very well and the eggs are selling just as well so I’ll notch that up as a success, if fact this week , egg sales have taken off immensely, I was worried that the customers had all gone elsewhere when we were low, but we have had a steady stream of customers all week, long may it continue πŸ˜ƒ

One thing I have learnt over the years, not just living here but generally is never to say to hubby ‘I am thinking of doing this particular job’ and then going out for a few hours because when I get back he has had a go at whatever it was I had mentioned. What is wrong with that I can hear you thinking, well firstly it won’t have been done quite how I wanted it, and secondly hubby appears to have an imaginary labourer, he must be imaginary because he never clears up the mess! I made that error on Sunday after mentioning cutting back two huge buddliea globosa (small round, orange flowers) in the front driveway, I came back to find the whole lot on the floor, 10 minutes with the chain saw for him, two days of moving and burning it for me 😝. We have some trees to take down at the weekend, they are either leaning or have come loose from windrock, I have already mentioned it, now I all I need to do is make sure I don’t have to go outπŸ˜–, or fire the imaginary labourer and find a new one 😜

Have a great week β˜€οΈ

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