Tuesday 18 April 2017

"Teach me before you die"

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We are still waiting fro our poddy lambs. EGD who lives with us has asked if we can keep a couple of the girls and put them to the ram next year. "I want learn how to lamb and you can teach me before you die!" she said cheerfully Now I know that 71 isn't young, but really! On reflection I AM passing on all sorts of things to EGD while she lives with us. Her partner (who is a tree surgeon and gardener) is always asking questions and showing a keen interest in all that we do too. Hope for the future eh?!

The hens are finally in the orchard, the goathouse has being cleaned in preparation for the lambs arriving.(There are two hens with their chicks ensconced in there, but in a couple of weeks time we will put them in a separate run within the orchard to gradually introduce them to the rest of the girls.) So "Hurrah"! I thought, I can finally plant out some of the veggie plants that are waiting in the cold frame and greenhouse. I couldn't  wait to get the cabbages, broad beans and peas in. I stood back admired my handiwork and retired for a well earned scotch and to watch a film that EGD and her fella had bought.
 Has anyone seen " I Daniel Blake"?  EGD and I shed a tear on a couple of occasions and felt upset and frustrated in turns. I have accompanied many people to the job centre over the years and my experience has been mostly positive with regard to the people that work there, even though the system that they work within can be flawed. I did shout at the screen a couple of time (like I do) and though I can't say that I actually enjoyed the film, it was definitely worth watching.

Anyway back to the garden... the next morning I went out to see to the hens and admire the veg plot to find that we had been visited by ...rabbits! I was seriously p***d off and wished that I still smoked!
So all plans that David had for the weekend were shelved while he firmed up the fencing to the orchard that is between the paddock and the veg garden, as on inspection the little fluffy creatures had gnawed through the paddock fencing to hoppity skippity through the orchard and into the self service salad bar.
Yesterday I replanted with some plants that I had put aside for a community allotment group that has been set up. Is that really selfish of me ?
We saw two of "our" swallows this weekend. They swooped and dived overhead, happy to see each other after their long journey. David had only swept the goathouse walls and beams the day before, so we are only just ready for them.
All for now
love Gillx


  1. We moved back to Australia last August after several years in Derbyshire. We've been staying at my sister and brother in law's place and have been putting in a vegetable garden in their very large garden. We had no trouble at all with rabbits in our corner of Derbyshire. In my sister's corner of Victoria they ate their way through our peas, sunflowers, beans, small raspberry canes and various other things before we managed to beat them back (low metal mesh wiring around the veg beds- they chewed their way in through the plastic stuff). We're now battling caterpillars in the autumn cabbages!

  2. Ah the joys of vegetable growing ! It's the same world wide, just different pests.

  3. The surrounding countryside by us in Yorkshire is overrun with rabbits at the moment, cute little babies on the lawn, so have decided to tie black cotton thread round sticks, apparently the shock of touching something invisible scares them.

  4. I've just had the bark stripped off some young Leylandii that I planted; Deer, the blighters.

    We have no Rabbits here, just Hares.

  5. What is it they say " out of the mouths of babes and grandchildren!?"

  6. I'm always trying to get all the knowledge I can from older generations. I keep thinking I should film an interview with my neighbour Ken as he has some great stories and wisdom.

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