Friday, 21 April 2017

14 quail chicks

quail chicks Apr 17 (5)

Earlier this month one of our incubators was a hive of activity when the quail eggs started hatching. In total, 19 of the 24 eggs hatched though 5 chicks subsequently died. The 14 remaining chicks are eating their way through lots of food and are growing quickly. In a few weeks they will be added to the quail house.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Baked trout

baked trout Apr 17

We sorted through one of our freezers the other day and found 5 trout. We had one of them baked. The others were left in the freezer but in the near future they will be smoked, used to make soup and made into fishcakes.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Two new hens

White leghorn hens Apr 17 (1)

We recently sold 4 of our hens. They were aged between 2 and 3 years old but are still good layers. They were largely for company for a cockerel we gave away. As part replacement, we bought a couple of white leghorn hens yesterday. I'm pleased to report that both laid today. The eggs are white. We have one other white leghorn and she was previously the only hen we had producing white eggs. So there will be quite a variety of colours of eggs which we take for sale at the Paddock in High Spen: white, various different shades of brown, green, green/blue, beige, brown/pink and, of course, white.

Fiddler on the roof

goat kids on roof Apr 17 (1)

The 2 goat kids are now very active. They've discovered their legs and run about at great speed. They've also learnt to climb on the sheds. This seems a great game to them!

goat kids on roof Apr 17 (3)

goat kids on roof Apr 17 (5)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Bramble jelly

bramble jelly Apr 17

My Dad is seriously ill and is in hospital. He is very frail and confined to bed. One of his requests was that I should use the 4 boxes of blackberries in his freezer to make bramble jelly. This was the first preserve he taught me to make when I was a child. On Saturday I made the jelly - 10 jars. I took one to the hospital today (Monday) along with a loaf of homemade bread. It was a bit of a picnic. My sister Esther brought in one of her corned beef pies.

corned beef pie Apr 17

Dad doesn't have much of an appetite at the moment but he did have some of the pie and the bread and jelly.

Awaiting a delivery from Spot

pregnant goat Apr 17 (2)

Spot has made a full recovery from her illness last week. She also seems to have recovered from the loss of her brother Spotless. The two were normally seen together and would normally huddle together when sleeping. She has however come out of his shadow and is more pushy and forward, especially when food is available. We are now waiting for the birth of her babies. We reckon she will have twins and they will arrive within the next 10 days. Her udders are gradually filling up. What we don't know yet is whether she will be like her grandmother Geraldine, who was a milking goat, or her mother Georgina who produces milk for her offspring but not enough for us to take milk from her. We will know in a few days.

pregnant goat Apr 17 (1)

Monday, 17 April 2017

Frost expected

gardening fleece Apr 17 (2)

Weather forecasts for this week are warning of frosts. We aren't taking any risks. We've put a fleece over the onions. Sadly, we didn't have enough to cover the garlic as well. This is the first time we've used a fleece so we have no previous experiences to guide our expectations.

gardening fleece Apr 17 (1)