Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Herbs

Its time I did an update on the new herbs that were sown last month
These are all tender herbs and I want to see if I can keep them going through winter in the poly tunnel, they are to be planted among the citrus trees.
 Oregano
 Basil
 Parsley
 Coriander
 Cinnamon Basil, although the cinnamon taste is not too overpowering, it does smell very much of cinnamon.
 Stevia not doing to well. It was old seeds need to pick up some new ones.
 The tray of salad leaves are coming on great now ready for picking
 Some more young plants ready for planting out.

Basil has done very well in the poly tunnel I have been getting some dehydrated to use through winter as well as using it fresh
 One of my favourite ways of using it, a handful of leaves, some pine nuts garlic clove and a splash of olive oil
 Blitzed up together
 and used to dress some pasta, its a bit like Pesto but without the Parmesan, very quick and easy I had this lot with some smoked salmon and salad.
A few new herbs to try
I was told about this one and managed to get some seeds to try, Acmella Spilanthes Oleracea, otherwise know as the Toothache plant, the flower buds and leaves when chewed numb the mouth, they can also be dried this is one for my medicinal plants beds, it is a hardy annual.
 German chamomile
 Bolt resistant Coriander, 
I will be starting these seeds in the spring, I am compiling lists of seeds for next year, is anyone else starting on next years lists.

Diary
Sunday October 24th 1982
Up at 9 o'clock,  weather not very nice, checked sheep and counted them, John fixed up many curtain tracks, Bathroom, two bedrooms and landing. 
Made more bread, sponge and chocolate cornflake cakes.
Celandines foot beginning to go down, Kittens getting braver but not ventured outside yet.
Had a lovely chicken dinner in the evening and a bottle of Tesco's Liebfraumilch very nice £1.99 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Pickles And A Cake

Yesterday I didn't get much done at all, this virus decided it wasn't yet ready to go, apart from doing the usual chores I didn't feel like coping with anything else.
Today however I feel fine again apart from a hacking cough.
A morning was spent in the kitchen
 I did a couple of jars of the refrigerator pickle, using up some of cucumbers a few chilies and some garlic along with dill.
 I did plan to get some baking done yesterday, did it today instead,
I made a Marmalade Loaf Cake, Link HERE I used one of the jars of marmalade I made last year.
 I also did the usual loaf of bread, we tried a slice of the Marmalade loaf with a cup of tea while it was still warm, it was lovely and moist.
We had to take a trip out over the mountain
 All the heather is in flower and looks stunning
We were off out to pick up a new ride on mower
I spotted it for sale last week its 3 years old but was only used a few times as the owner took ill and passed away, its in immaculate condition, the handbook was with it along with the receipt of purchase, we got it for a third of the price, our old one has been having a few problems it was time for a change.

Diary
Saturday 23rd October 1982
Went to the Market and arrived home about 4 o'clock.
Mr Coats had been and removed more items, sleepers, RSJ's etc and the anvil.
Douglas bought a set of drawer's in Woolworth's. 
First frost of the year, 
Sheep all O.K. needed moving into fresh fields, 
Jessie cut her front pad.
Clocks went back one hour.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Harvest and Gluts

Sometimes you just end up with lots coming ready at once,
Cucumbers, I picked 8 this morning


Flash enjoys a chunk of cucumber for breakfast amongst the strawberry plants, but can only eat so much cucumber.
over on Two Men and a Little Farm they had a lovely easy recipe yesterday for refrigerator pickle, I am going to give this a try to use some of the cucumber.
As well as the cucumbers todays harvest
was lots of chilies they will be dried, courgettes and peppers they will be used at the week end in something, french beans and the last 6 corn on the cobs they are now in the freezer.
Last night it was a lovely harvest of mushrooms
I had them fried in butter to have with my dinner.
Tomatoes a good 3lb I am going to make into a tomato base for future meals.
there is also regular pickings of lettuce, spring onions and salady bits,  daily eggs and milk from the goats.

How are you using your gluts up ?

Diary
Friday October 22nd 1982
Checked ewes, all OK.
Rained nearly all day, 
did more clearing up rubbish around the farm. 
Molly and Douglas arrived about 10 o'clock
Put sheep licks (2) in the field.

 
 

 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A Distasteful Post For Some

WARNING
Some may find this post distasteful.
Yesterday while working in the veg garden, I heard a commotion in the chicken area, 
A Buzzard had swooped down and was attacking one of the chickens 


I have managed to upload cctv footage of the attack on to facebook but cant get it load here.

The buzzard didnt manage to get away with the young chicken it misjudged and crashed into the chicken house and dropped the bird, which as I got over to it was taking its last breath.
 I was angry in fact I had a bit of rant well more than a rant,
The young chicken didnt die in vain,
I used it to bait the fox trap 
and this morning 
 Yep I have me a fox a young one, proberbly one of the young ones that had my OAP's the other week.
Now awaiting for some one to come and dispatch it.
Yes it may seem unfair being such a young fox, but it is the way things go, it cant be relocated and cause some-one else problems.
Young foxes grow up and breed more young foxes, we already have a population explosion of foxes.


Relaxing And Recovering

Back in the land of the living again, yesterday was a very relaxing day, I was still feeling a bit out of it and once again headed to bed for a few hours, today feeling normal again,
Didn't get much done done at all,
Picked a bowl of blueberries, they have been doing really well picking a bowlful every few days, picked a few courgettes and tomatoes, made a loaf of bread then went back to bed.
When I got up I felt a lot lot better 
 I was happy to sit in the shade spinning
 while Martin worked on getting the concrete down in what will be his workshop.
 Dinner was a very simple affair, courgettes fried in butter with garlic and spring onions there was a few in the fridge needing using
 There was also a few cooked potatoes in the fridge so they go fried up and served with venison steak and salad.
 Mushrooms are coming on great and every couple of days there is some to pick, I am ticking this one off as a success.
I have a few ideas on doing mushroom growing next year.
 
I will continue with the Diary posts from my next blog post right now I have a lot to catch up on.


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Back Home And Blighted

Had a wonderful trip away, I got home late Friday afternoon, we had friends coming for the week end and the were due any moment, I dashed around to check on poly tunnels and garden, Martin was holding the fort while I was away, unfortunately I came home to a disaster in the main poly tunnel, 
The potatoes and tomatoes in the tunnel had been struck with Blight a fungal disease that strikes in warm damp weather, There were 6 tomato plants in there, they have now along with the foliage from the potatoes been removed and burned, 
The potatoes outside also had the same treatment as there was evidence of Blight on those, the other poly tunnel were the main tomatoes are seem fine, time will tell if it spreads there, there is no treatment so we just have to get on with it.
We had a fab week end with our friends who went home today, unfortunately I have also been blighted with a virus, light headed, aching joints, tired jut feeling ughhhhhhhhhh, I have slept most of the day away today, I can only assume being in an environment packed with people and air conditioning is were I have picked it up, never mind I will bounce back, I have uploaded a load of photos over on my craft blog HERE 
Its lovely to be home, no doubt in the next day or so normality will return.