Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Both the strawberry and gooseberry crops are now in. They make a good combination in jam with the sweetness of strawberries balancing the tartness of the gooseberries. The latter provide the pectin necessary for the jam to set. I made these jars a few days ago. I still have strawberries and gooseberries left to use up however, so I'm not free of the jam-making duties of the kitchen yet.
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
These two flans were the result of a decision to use up some of the ricotta goat cheese we have frozen in large quantities. We are also trying to be a bit more organised with our meals so we can make steady progress with using up the huge stocks of food we have in the four freezers we have. We will have to eat our way to victory in this battle!
Monday, 29 July 2019
Friday, 26 July 2019
Recently, one of the neighbouring allotment holders asked us to put a couple of our goats onto a corner of his plot so they could clear the weeds. So in between making rhubarb chutney I moved them over. A free meal for them and a cleared space ready for planting for the allotment holder!
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Monday, 8 July 2019
We have now moved the 4 ducklings from the chick run in the back garden to the much bigger chick run on our livestock allotment. They are sharing the run with 22 chicks but they have their own duck house which we built from rescued wooden planking which was due to be burnt by the builders due to move onto a building site down the road from us. We had permission of course!
The ducklings have settled in well though they are a bit nervous of the chicks, some of which are bullies!
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Yesterday we lent out Danny and Sandy, our two goat kids, to one of the neighbouring allotments where a patch of ground was overgrown with weeds. They chomped their way through them for a couple of hours before we took them back home (a journey of about 10 seconds!) Today they will return to finish the job.