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 jalapeño 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 😀
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.