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Growing => Vegetables => Topic started by: RCTman on August 13, 2019, 10:03:00 pm

Title: The lull after the storm
Post by: RCTman on August 13, 2019, 10:03:00 pm
What a weekend, lost 4 hens , found one behind the shed head and neck gone and the breast stripped of feathers. No sign of the others. Then the storm hit us transporting my runner beans from the ground, lifting plants and canes over the garden fence. My plum tree was ripped out of the ground and was mangled into my apple tree , which had only ever produced 2 apples but this year had over 70 on it of which about 40 hit the ground. But my neighbour rescued them and I had the best apple and blackberry tart ( with custard) you could wish for. Then yesterday I decided to sort out what sheep had to go this year , parted the cull ewes ready for market today.
Very tired this morning , no sleep, or our neighbours, never had such noisy weaning. Lambs gone back with ewes today , will fetch them back in early Thursday morning , part them and take straight to market.

Title: Re: The lull after the storm
Post by: RCTman on August 13, 2019, 10:07:31 pm
Then found cabbages, sprouts, broccoli plants, peas all ruined and this is still summer.
Title: Re: The lull after the storm
Post by: arobwk on August 13, 2019, 11:30:30 pm
 :( :( :( That is so not-good RCT.  Commiserations are all that I can offer.
Title: Re: The lull after the storm
Post by: Fleecewife on August 14, 2019, 02:05:22 am
That was quite some storm, sounds like a mini tornado to lift plants from the ground! You have had a lot of losses, but you'll be back next year looking forward to planting new stuff.  Your poor hens - I am only too familiar with the aftermath of foxes' visits, I have been left feeling so helpless to do anything  :hughen:  I hope you have better luck next year.
Title: Re: The lull after the storm
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on August 14, 2019, 11:26:54 pm

RCT, I feel for you. My OH refuses to have any more hens since the fox got all of ours some years ago.