One of the oldest members of the Fellowship- Katherine and Greg at Rufus’s often put up the most glorious drinks on their blog. Plus they are wee bit partial to a glass of champers- darlink. So this one is for them. My new favourite drink is Champagne and Honey Mead. Lots of champagne -a little bit of Honey Mead. Quite Divine. And it is the perfect drink when alone in the house listening to music and marinating home made cheese (I will let you know how it turns out before I share!) And if I can remember what I did.
Berit has been working hard on fixing up the old chook house. I told him to think like a mink. Later, he said, now that I am thinking like a mink I am thinking we have a lot of work to do to make this mink proof.
Timatanga Moana is the most photogenic pig. I must call the man and find out when we are to collect the little boar kunekune. Hopefully after I have been to New Zealand the first time. Daisy my ungrateful cow. She has such an attitude this cow, but I do love her. You should see her with strangers. She bobs her head here and there .Up and down, side to side as they try to touch her face. They think she is trying to knock them out but really she is just trying to get their hand onto the top of her head above the ridge. That is her favourite scratching place.
I opened up the bee hive again. Almost a month ago I put on a super filled with round forms meant to create round comb honey that I then cut out in their plastic containers and put lids on, creating perfect gift sized pots of honey. But once I had the lid off I could see that the Russians have completely scorned the plastic, preferring to be cramped into the super below. So to avoid swarming I have taken the failed plastic super off and replaced it with a conventional wooden honey super. I think I need to do more research. I guess the Russians are just not round peg bees. We have had a curious summer so far. Very cool ( I am still wearing long sleeves in the mornings and evenings) with more cloud cover than the last few summers. So the tomatoes are just not ripening. And the few ripe ones we have harvested do not have a full summer flavour yet. Hopefully it will warm up a bit soon.
It is humid too and the dews are heavy, so the most recent cut of hay will take a few more days to dry. I am hoping to bale on Monday.
The cucurbits though are doing exceptionally well. Not in volume but in quality. We definitely have food to eat.
The buttercup is my favourite. What is yours?
I hope you all have a lovely day.
Your friend on the farm.