Friday, 19 July 2019

Outdoors Cooking

Nothing beats cooking outside
 At the end of the day, we all gathered down the field, 
lit the bonfire
And got a goat casserole on the go,
We were joined by a couple of the ducks
Messy outdoor kitchen

Tess loves a bit of outdoor cooking

All three dogs were hoping something would fall there way
And a scout around the campfire didn’t reveal any tasty titbits
Although I think Tess was teasing Mia that she found something
The ducks departed for home as the sun was going down Then it was time to secure everyone and take ourselves back to the house to get cleaned up

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Loving The Flowers

My Prickly Pear is flowering, I was so excited when the first buds opened, there are loads more to go yet, and seeing the bees on them gives me hope we might get some fruit. 
The cut flower beds are now producing lots of lush flowers to bring in the house, Lily’s are my top favourite. 
My view from the kitchen window is just great, looking down the garden, it looks wild but the overhanging frothy look is what I like, not into the formal garden look.
And big statement plants have always been on the list
A few new raised beds are on the go, this one with some climbers to train across the cabin. 
It’s been a great summer so far and we are being reward with great displays in the garden. 

Thursday, 4 July 2019

5 Years Ago We Landed

5years ago we started our new life here in Wales it’s been a fantastic journey.

When you get up in the morning to a view like that it feels like your on holiday well I do.

Spending my days laughing at these three 

Making and enjoying fresh mint tea when I want 

Harvesting and preserving veg straight from the garden, this time it’s fresh spinach made into pucks and popped in the freezer. 

Whiling away the time watching our residents in the barn 

Bringing in the sheep at the end of the day ready for shearing, we are really blessed to live we’re we do how we do and appreciate everything around us.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

I Have Been Absent

Cant believe its been six weeks since I last blogged, so I better put that right and bring things up to date.
 The dogs have all settled in together and now have there own routine.
 Mia and Paige are best friends and spend there time together,
 Tess being a lot older is part of the gang but in a more refined dignified way as is becoming of an older lady. Leaving all the rough stuff to the younger ones.
Tess has just had her 13th Birthday and celebrated in style with her friends.
In Water Buffalo world
 Percy our young bull calf from last year was loaded up in the trailer

 and now lives with Fraiser 
Johnny was separated out 
 and has moved in with the big mamas Petunia Lavender and young Lily, he is mature enough now to service the ladies although he is a lot smaller, the calves from last year as almost the size of the two year olds. If there are no pregnancies then we will be looking at moving on the females, no point in feeding them through a winter for no return.
New Kids on the block
Connie and Thelma both kidded, triplets for the two of them and what a bunch of cuties they are
 Julien who we brought in to serve the ladies did a grand job.
 Just one little dark one
 all delivered without any issues
 3 boys 3 girls we might be keeping the females as future breeding stock.
Growing stuff
This half of the paddock that was cleared by the pigs, I decided to have a go at growing some food for the livestock
 I have put in half a dozen rows of sugar beet, about the same in spinach and turnips
 over on the other side a couple of rows of jerusalem artichokes, which will create a nice wind break as well as some fodder for the goats, I also had a lot of seed potatoes mixed up up from our own stock and about 6 rows have gone in
 without my Mantis tiller there is no way I cold have go this done, it may be 20 years old now but it still works great.
I invested in a seed sower earlier this year and its been brilliant at getting all those little seeds in without the back ache.
On the building front 
The scaffolding went up, maternity bat roost is in place, scaffolding is down, now we are just waiting on the license to be released from NRW which should be July we can then start with the renovations.


Monday, 15 April 2019

Phew One Of Each

Sunday 7th April
Paige is settling well, very relaxed and very playful.
 In the poly tunnel, strawberries are flowering
 The citrus trees are coming back into flower
 and lots of lovely new growth.
 and last years fruit is almost ripe
Monday 8th April
We were back at Pembrey Sands with both dogs
 They had a great time exploring the beach and Tess tried her best to keep up with Paige who loved digging up shells
 and when her legs gave out she was int her princess carriage
 to continue the journey in style.
 after a rest she was back out enjoying herself, having a paddle with her new friend.
 There was one very tired dog who snuggled down to sleep on the way back to the car.
Tuesday 9th April
A day spent in the poly tunnel, the beds have been topped off with well rotted manure and covered over with Silage Sheets. To try and retain moisture, heat up the beds and as I plan to plant through reduce weeding
 climbing frames made from stock fencing have been put all along one side.
 and wrapped over the top of the bars
 The grape vines have been tied in along the bars.
the other side also had the sheets put down and the ropes weighed down with scaffold tubes are being put in place for the tomatoes.
Wednesday 10th April
We have some rain forecast the first in two weeks, so I headed up to the top field that was torn apart by badgers
 and did some re seeding, we got a sack of mixed pasture seed from the feed suppliers.
 I had to hand broadcast it, but hopefully it will take.
The rain was just starting as I finished, by the time I got back to the house it had stopped, the downpour never happened.
Thursday 11th April
Trimming goat feet Wednesday morning and I pulled my back, as the day progressed my back got worse so it has been lots of rest me for a chance to start organising some computer files 
and getting stuff on usbs that I use all the time save me time going through files on the computer.
The sun was out and its time to start hardening off the ducklings
They had a great time exploring grass for the first time.
 Friday 12th April
Martin has gone to Bristol, he had something special to collect, 
still having back issues but it is improving,
 so spent the day baking 
 Chocolate Chip cookies.
Tortilla wraps  and a loaf that over rose and collapsed on me, but sill edible.
Martin got back late afternoon 
and here is the special collection.
Mia, it has been in the planning stage for several weeks Mia coming here to retire, she turns 9 this year and she as placed with a young boy who was Autistic but situations change and Mia had to be removed.
Saturday  13th April
 Its been a day of adjustment and getting to know you day, with three dogs in the house we only ever planned two, 
 Paige and Mia similar age like to play tug of war.
 All three like treats
 A trio of labs one of each crashed out in front of the fire.
 Paige has had her fist weigh in week 1 and she has lost 1kg
Well done Paige.