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Milk / Cheese / Sweetpeas

Wednesday 3 June, 2020

by Rosemary at 11:29am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 25th May

No rats in the trap this morning. Not sure if I’m disappointed or relieved – bit of both. Took the ponies across the golf course. Dan made a soft cheese and added garlic and herbs to half. The other half is for a cheesecake.

Ace and Blizzard shared the hay today.

BlizzBlizzard and Ace, sharing.

Buttons / Beans / Apples

Monday 8 June, 2020

by Rosemary at 8:37am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 1st June

Nice and cool at 5.30 am then hot and sunny – rain forecast for tomorrow though. Spent most of the day in the vegetable garden, planting out replacement peas and weeding. I’ve ordered more seeds – not a single carrot germinated from the ones I sowed. That’s poor, even for me.

Moved the cattle to Near Top and Home – plenty long stuff for them to graze off. I didn’t intend to let them into Home, which is where the sheep are supposed to be, but a rail was down on the dividing fence and somehow a lamb always ends up on the wrong side form its mammy. So it was easier (and quieter) to open the gate. Dan’s fixed the rail now.

Cheeps / Electric fence / Calves

Monday 15 June, 2020

by Rosemary at 6:56am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 8th June

Dry, intermittent sun but cold and windy. I’m not a fan of housework but neither do I like to see the house too dirty – or untidy. I tend to be pretty tidy generally – a place for everything etc. etc. Normally, after lambing, I do my spring cleaning. With the coronavirus outbreak, that’s been somewhat curtailed – because a good bit of the task is taking stuff to the laundry. Including the settee covers. To protect the settee – or Tom and Diesel’s bed, as it’s also known – I put some vet bed down – and on the IKEA chair that is Bertie’s preferred sleeping place. So this morning, I thought I’d wash the covers on the dogs’ beds and the vet bed. I might have put it on to protect the settee, but I should have vacuumed first – SO MUCH cat hair! Oh well, at least I could see where I’d been with the vacuum cleaner. All lovely now – I’m sure the cats don’t recognise it. Windows next.

Lavender / Plums / Swiss Roll

Monday 22 June, 2020

by Rosemary at 9:25am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 15th June

Mild, still and misty. Good start to the morning; early round done by 6.30am then off for hay at 8am. Took the ponies round Barry – buses, lorries and bus stops (it’s scary when you can see yourself apparently)

My new bake ware arrived; fair braw. And a rack to store the trays in, so a happy half hour was spent reorganising the cupboard. Not quite finished yet.

tinsNew baking tins. And a storage rack.

Toscana / Camembarry / Strawberries

Monday 29 June, 2020

by Rosemary at 8:28am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 22nd June

The forecast said, “light cloud”, which I guess, on average, was what we had although it panned out as heavy showers and full sun.

Dan’s wine soaked Toscana is now wine soaked.

toscanaToscana cheese, soaking in wine,

The cattle came in fine at milking, so he’ll be able to make more on Wednesday. Afton has terrible scoots; she seems fine in herself so I’m hoping it’s just the effect of the new grass both directly and indirectly through her mother’s milk. Jings, hope it doesn’t have the same effect on us!

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