Monday, 18 March 2019

A Real Mish Mash Of A Week.

Sunday 10th March
Another storm blowing in means a day spent indoors, I was down the cabin preparing for up and coming craft fairs, in the evening I was shelling more walnuts this time to make us some walnuts in honey.
we have this on yogurt.
Monday 11th March
The sun was shining the storm had blown over, once the chores and animal feeds were done  we had a big warming bowl of vegetable soup (trying to use up veg in the freezer before new harvests start)
then we
 headed down the beach with Tess
 collected some cockles
and we even got Tess to have a paddle another first for her.
Tuesday 12th March
I was meeting up with the sewing ladies today, before going we had to get the generator set up
There was going to be a scheduled interruption to power and we had eggs in the incubator, the power went off at 9-30 and returned on at 2-30pm, could have been fatal to the developing eggs.
 I headed over to pick up Jennie and we headed out to Ponterderwe,
we were doing lots of weaving things. I didn't get home again until gone 6pm.
Martin got the water troughs complete in the goat house
They are self filling and run off the IBC tank that fills with rain water off the roof of the goat house.
Wednesday 13th March
Another stormy day blowing through, 
We had a special delivery

Our maternity bat box we have to have this in place before they will give us the license to start the building work
 Inside is these brick things separating compartments for the nursery
 the entrance has an alighting platform to make it easier for the youngsters to get in while they are finding there wings. 
Now we have to get some scaffolding up so we can get it in place.
In the evening after dinner we went to the Smallholders meeting, tonight's talk was about Poly Tunnels.
 Thursday 14th March
A day in the poly tunnel for both us.
The crayfish are doing fine in the Aquaponics tank
The watercress in the grow bed is still going Strong and we have harvested lots from it 
I set some lettuce and spinach seedlings in the grow bed 

 We got some new beds prepared

We decided to board up the sides of the beds so we can increase the soil depth and it all stays clean and tidy
Friday 15th March
More time spent in the other poly tunnel this time
 I have been tidying up the strawberries
and potting some on, these are going to stay in pots this season.
The peas growing in the guttering are about ready to plant out.
This poly tunnel is next to get boards along the borders.
Saturday 16th March 
Its been a day of willow, I needed to get a big ring made from willow whips to start forming the shape of the roof on the willow dome.

 the long side shoots are getting fastened into the ring, 
I still have all the sides to weave in, but my hands were getting cold. I might make some smaller rings and put them in as windows.
Its taking shape and I am looking forward to seeing it in full leaf this year.
I will leave you with this little video I took of the Turkeys.







Monday, 11 March 2019

Stormy Days

Sunday 3rd March
Another storm was set to hit us  this afternoon, It lashed down with rain, the wind blew, hailstones joined the party. Not the weather for doing outside jobs.
We fared the storm came out the other side with very little damage.
The usual broken branches, wind is natures way of pruning the dead and weak branches.
And we had a tree down
 It was one we had marked to come down, It had Ash die back a disease that is devastating the as trees in the UK.
 The stump I have plan for in the garden, the rest of it will be firewood.
Monday 4th March
After the storms and all the rain that fell much to the delight of the ducks Compost and Speak No, new puddles sprung up for them to explore
 Tuesday 5th March 
Martin is away at work, had a long chat with a friend on the phone got the washing done and other bits and bobs around the house.
Candled the duck eggs that were put in the incubator last week
They are all viable, that dark blob is a little beating heart 
The weather still is very inclement 
The Alpacas have been grazing over in the sheep field, at feed times we only have to call them and they come galloping back.
Wednesday  6th March.
I had to pop out to the fruit and veg wholesalers this morning to pick up some fruit and veg for the goats  
I got 2 crates of grapes for £2
A crate of tomatoes for £1
A crate of ginger for £1
as well as some boxes of apples for £1 for the goats
The Grapes I put through the steam juice extractor
 remove from stalks give them a wash
Then onto the stove for an hour
 Three and a bit bottles of grape juice. Which can used for drinks, lollies, jellies or even wine.
Thursday 7th March
 The grape pulp after extracting was left to cool over night then they went in the dehydrator 
Raisins, that I can use when baking.
The tomatoes were sliced and dehydrated over night
1 crate sliced filled 7 trays

 reduced down to 3 pints
then blitzed down to a jar of powder, spoon fulls can be added to soups and casseroles etc.
Friday 8th March 
I had a new book arrive
 I didn't need another vegetable book, but this one is special as it has been beautifully put together by a local gardener and I am all for supporting local business.
 The whole book is illustrated with lovely clear photos
 Easy to read and understand
The author Huw Richards lives in Tregaron just up the road from me. He also has a fab you tube channel Huw's Nursery. The best price on the book I have found to be Amazon 

Saturday 10th March 
I pottered around sorting out a few things and getting on with some crafts starting to build up stock for up and coming events
Pop along to my craft blog to catch up with what is happening there 



Sunday, 3 March 2019

Topsy Tuvey Weather

Sunday 24th Feb
The sun was shining, it was unseasonably warm, lunch was outside and we sipped Elderflower champagne that was made last year, life doesn't get much better, 
In the morning I went with Tess up to the woodland field 
 we were planting more trees and we popped along to say good morning to Sol his resting place is at the top of the field, we can see it from down beside the house.
Martin was on mucking out of the Buffalo, re filling there haylage,
I got the poultry houses cleaned out, so everyone can start the week with clean beds.
Monday 25th Feb
Another sunny day we are really being spoiled with this weather  
I had one of the hebridean sheep fleeces soaking in a bin in the poly tunnel, cleaning it by the Sunit method basically soaking the fleece in rain water for several weeks and letting it ferment with the grease and poo and this naturally cleans it.
 The fleece I had soaking was taken outside rinsed off with clean rain water and left to dry.
The Poly tunnels were on the list for cleaning too
 All this green algae which forms on the inside and outside has to be washed off to let as much light through as possible.
It makes a huge difference and its best to get it done while the tunnels are emptyish rather than dodging around plants.
I use a product called Algone its organic and does an excellent job.
Tuesday 26th Feb
The smoker was set up as I needed to get some bacon hocks and gammon's smoked
Martin has been working on another project this week
In the goat shed making them all cubicles
There is a couple of reasons for this, firstly Helen is a greedy pig and pushes her way through every ones feed buckets eating all the tasty bits, Helen wont be having kids again and is piling on the pounds she needs to go on a diet. Poor Enid of course gets pushed out by everyone and is a skinny minnie.
 So to stop food fights and put Helen on a diet managed there foods needs better they have there own cubical
Enid is very pleased to have her own feed bucket and not get pushed out. Also another reason is come kidding there will be space for mums and kids to be together  without the interference of others.
Enid saying thank you for my own place.
We just have a self watering system to sort out for them now, we have looked at various systems and think we have found the answer.
Wednesday 27th Feb 
I dug out all the chili's we had in the freezer from last year 
found a recipe for chili paste and set about cooking them up.
 Thank goodness I could have the back door open and the smell of hot chili's soon became over powering.
 I did one big jar for us and made half dozen small ones to take to the village market with me.
Half a dozen duck eggs have been set in the incubator
 These will be raised for the table
Thursday 28th Feb
The weather has changed back to normal now for the time of year
I spent most of the day in the cabin, crafting various items while being watched by the wives of Stanley
 and making some Beeswax wraps to add to my stall
 Martin was out of the rain too in his workshop busy with another project
Making a new villa for the Doves.
We are going to build them a new aviary in the front garden were we can let them out to free fly for a few hours a day and fingers crossed keep the predators at bay, they need a new home as there one is becoming a bit dilapidated.  More on this project as it takes shape.
Friday 1st March (St Davids Day)
we celebrated St Davids Day with Leek and Potato soup for lunch
 The leeks have been fab this year and we are now down to the last few that I must get put in the freezer and get more seeds on the go.
No rain today so another time sensitive job had to get done no matter what.
There is those turkeys again, your never alone when you have turkeys.
The willow in the bio fuel area 1 had to cut back to three main leaders, there was a lot of willow whips cut it took me most of the day and very sore hands later, felt like I had fat sausage fingers.
The whips will be cut down for re planting in section 2 next week.
Saturday 2nd March
Today was village market day for me, sold some of the Beeswax wraps and Chili paste, along with other things, we have major building work going on at the village hall and space was limited.
It is a nice social get together of villagers and we have a little cafe area were bacon sandwiches and home made is on offer.
Once home the afternoon was spent catching up on housework and preparing dinner. 
A lovey end to a lovely week.