Waking up from a dead sleep, washing my face then throwing myself straight into writing the farm journal has an interesting challenge. When I awake I am full of the plans of the day to come. I am not naturally retrospective in the morning. My natural inclination (and I am sure I m not alone in this) is to put into action the plans my sleeping mind has rendered during the night.
And while they napped we sowed the wild plant seeds down the back. I still have one more bag of flowers for the back, and oats and field peas for the pigs fields round the barn. Thank you to all who contributed to the wild flowers and fellowship trees fund (to help clear up the mess the uninvited digger made) through the Pay Pal donation account and especially Pat who is on holiday at the moment.
The meat chicks I am growing this spring are the most vigorous and industrious ever. They are not the regular jumbo Cornish hens – these ones take longer to grow and seem much more natural in their behaviour – still a hybrid – but strong and busy. The slower growth means their feet can keep up with their bodies. (though I always add kelp to their feed anyway) and still white so they are cheaper to dress than the red ones. I cannot remember their exact name – wait there: I will look it up for you. Cornish Roaster. From McMurrays – a company that never lets me down. Typically pragmatic in their labeling.
Alex has just finished the maintenance on the chicken tractor but for the next few weeks they will lounge about in the turkey house until they are big enough for the outside.
Yesterday Elle was in the barn – right up in the ‘gods’, when she heard Molly calling to her babies. She crept very slowly to the edge of the loft and took this picture for us.
And later this one of Geraldine.
Lovely to have a photographer on the farm for a while.
Our list is long for this week. The new North garden (now without pigs who are in the rat house paddock) is tilled and ready for the tomatoes and pumpkins and watermelons and etc. So today we will measure it up – download the garden plan from my head to paper and begin to plant.
Rain is forecast for Wednesday so I am hoping to get the lot into the ground before then.
Today is perfect for garden work.
I hope you have a lovely day
The weather forecast is perfection.