Friday, 30 March 2018
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
The number of eggs laid by the hens has been gradually increasing as the days get longer. Numbers can be a bit erratic (a few days ago we had 17 and the day after we had 4) but are moving in the right direction. Duck eggs are still quite rare but the drakes have been getting a bit more randy recently so we are expecting more duck eggs soon.
This short video of Perky, the goat kid we are raising by hand, was filmed last week. He had just started eating solids - in this case hay. The photo below was taken today. I discovered he likes eating grass and now that we are into spring, greenery is growing and we therefore have something fresh and free to feed the goats.
Friday, 16 March 2018
We had a short break in the winter weather recently. The sun melted the snow and temperatures rose. So the bees came out. It looks like five of our six hives have survived. The remaining hive will need to be checked more closely. Alas, the winter weather has returned though instead of snow, we are getting rain.
Another effort was made to use up the contents of our various freezers recently. In the process, we found a rabbit for last year which we decided to pot roast. The meat went well with salads. We then put what was left into a soup. I was less convinced about the results.
Thursday, 15 March 2018
We discovered an old pack of pork sausages in one of our freezers recently. They must have been a few years old as the last time we bought a pig was in 2013. They were clearly past their best but we used them to make toad-in-the-hole. Nothing wasted.