Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Rounding Up And A Round Up

 Yes the Alpacas were sheared yesterday, we had to round them up and bring them in over the week end, which they were not to impressed by, rain was being forecast and they needed to be dry for shearing, needless to say the rain didn't happen.
 I wasn't here for shearing this time, I have a long standing arrangement with friends, hence there is no shearing photos I am guessing it all went fine as they have all been cropped, Martin has to go back to work after shearing he will be home again tomorrow, I haven't yet spoken to him.
 but they all look fine to me and there is lots of bags of fleece in the barn.
 The sugar beet I sowed in the rotavated field is now popping up, it will be interesting to see how well it grows, it would be great to have some home grown for feeding to the animals.
 My first little harvest of honeyberries, also know as sweetberry honeysuckle, I am going to try and propagate some more they are ready before the blueberries and taste very similar.
lots of nice big strawberries coming along a lot better than the ones in the poly tunnel so I think the poly tunnel ones will be going.
 The onions had to come up from the poly tunnel I needed the space, we ended up with a barrow load of red onions
 and a barrow load of white, some had started bolting so they have to be used first, they are all on a rack now in the barn.

In the kitchen
 Martin made up a bowl of Salsa I was told it was really lovely, I will have to take his word for it because he ate it all and I didn't get to try it not one morsel. 🐖🐖🐖
We are still awash with goats milk
 a batch of yogurt was made up
 also some mozzarella cheese, one plain, one flavoured with Basil and one with chili.
 waffles have been on the menu for a few days, to have with cream and strawberries
and a big pan of pulled pork made up from the left overs from a roast that has fed up for days.
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17 comments:

  1. What a fab round up, Dawn. Good job on the beet! All the kitchen things look super yummy, especially the cheese and pork. My onions are close to coming out and I need them to be out before we go away so I can dry them in the shed ready for when we get back; one job I won't worry about whilst I'm trying to enjoy myself.

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    1. Enjoy your holiday and dont worry about the garden

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  2. The harvest is starting already with you and looking good. I've never heard of honeyberries before. Trust you to find something unusual.

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    1. Honey Berries are very popular over the pond

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  3. I have 2 onions that have bolted, it's the hot dry weather.im leaving the test as long as possible.

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    1. the weather has been up and down

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  5. Love your abundance and life there. Cheering during the start of a cold winter down under 😊

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    1. I always find it strange to think you are in winter

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  6. A lot of my Autumn planted onions have bolted too so like you I will be using those first. Lovely photos - I do enjoy seeing what you're up to. We've had 5 honeyberries up to now from our new plant! Better than none I guess :)

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    1. I hope next year will see more Honey Berries

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  7. Hi Dawn :)
    Your alpacas looks so tiny after shearing! Reminds me of our husky Charlie after she sheds, she seems to lose 10 pounds of hair! Your berries look so delicious! And your cheese too...I'm ordering some cheese making supplies next week, for Mozzarella and Cheddar, I can't wait to try it out! Do you have a waffle iron or do you use molds? They look great! :)

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    1. I do use a waffle iron on top of the range

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  8. Glad that All is well on the smallholding

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    1. yes everything is coming up roses

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  9. Everything looks so good! I keep eyeing the honeyberries in the nursery catalogues but have yet to buy. Have you tasted them yet?

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    1. The berries are very similar to blueberries just more tart

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