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Here I am again, after another week of not blogging. Though I have been reading other folk's blogs.
I had a post sort of organised in my mind for today. Then this morning I went to feed the chickens and found that we had had another visit from the fox !! He had managed to move a slat in the orchard fence and squeeze through. He had had to eat the birds in the orchard as the gap was so small that he couldn't get them out, So four hens and two chicks slaughtered, After going back in for a cup of tea and a little sniffle. I went out into the paddock with my daughter's dog, who is currently on holiday with us, in time to see a fully grown rabbit coming out of the paddock garden. More peas gone I suppose. I sat on a bench to "looker" the sheep. I noticed that Adam was rubbing against a wall... You guessed it ...Fly strike!!! So today has been about firming up fences and tending to Adam ( fortunately we have caught it early)
Our honey and tomato sales have been pretty good this week, which is good. We have made enough money to buy the Apisan we need to treat the bees over winter for the dreadful varroa mite that causes them distress and death.
We have had many courgettes, windfall and misshapen tomatoes... time for a chutney !!!! That's the first few jars down for the winter. woo hoo. Anybody else making chutney ?
Our eldest granddaughter has not been at work this week and has spent a couple of days with me, cooking and sewing. As the blackberries are so prolific and there are many windfalls on the lawn, she has made smooth apple and blackberry jam. These jars are the first items she has made towards the hampers she makes for Christmas presents. We had a go at pineapple jam too as pineapples are so cheap at the moment. So far we have struggled to get a set that we are happy with so we will re-boil it this weekend.
As for the sewing. her partner "tidied" (put in the bin) away the pattern instructions and a couple of pattern pieces! So I've been helping her to cobble something together to make sense of what she has. We made great inroads today and she is feeling as though progress has been made.
On two sides of our house and across the front of the barn we have a couple of beautiful wisteria. They flower just as the leaves are bursting and are magnificent. Later in the year we have a second bloom which is a generous term for a few little blooms among the heavily leaved branches. Here is a picture of the end of the house early in the year. The other plants are climbing roses, not in bloom yet.
I have just re-read this and it really is a random post even for me!
Oh well.. To bed...