No dodging thunderstorms this evening, a lovely clearing sky as I mucked out and filled hay nets.
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
None stop in the kitchen today, finishing washing the dishes after yesterday's celebrations cleared the decks for bread making, butter making and finally the next batch of yogurt started.... In-between times, animals, dog walking, feed buying and egg collecting..... Where's the whisky?
Sunday, 18 August 2019
A busy morning in the Holly Cottage kitchen. Hilary is preparing for a family "do" tomorrow, the children's Great Aunt is 100!! And I am baking the latest batch of sourdough bread. In the corner the boys are relaxing in the sunshine, Harry on his roof terrace solarium and well, Jack is just a basket case......
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Sunday, 11 August 2019
We have lost another Muscovy Duck overnight, the second this year. Judging by the pile of feathers and the scent she was another victim of our local fox community. I wish the huggers would accept that foxes are ruthless predators and not fluffy, cuddly things to be encouraged at any cost. It is heartbreaking to find yet another dead bird. We are now reduced to three layers.....
Tuesday, 6 August 2019
Common Centuary. Relieved and excited to find this on the banks above our Burn this morning, I was beginning to think we'd have none this year. Of all the wild flowers we have here, Centuary is the the one I most look forward to seeing every year since I first found it four or five years ago.
Sunday, 4 August 2019
Delighted that our Muscovy Duck eggs won first place and our Cream Legbar's second place at the North Pennines Smallholders Produce Show and barbecue last night. Well done girls....!!
(I didn't tell them till this morning, they would have been too excited to sleep last night...!!)
The Damson tree is rapidly covering in blossom, and now this morning it is the turn of Greengage...
I love these pink tinged Common Field Daisies, we have lots here at the cottage but every now and again I find one even more beautiful than ...
The fruit trees in the orchard are continuing to flower well, today I noticed that the Golden Hornet crab apple is carrying beautiful blosso...