It might take a while to get you all up to date! Let’s hope I can stay the course a bit longer this time. Though we will be drifting into bread baking a bit more often – this being a huge focus in my life. In the meantime we will mop up a few details.
The new calves are settling in beautifully with Tia doing a fine job of being Auntie. I like having a well trained aunty with new ones. She comes when she is called and the bobbies follow.
Look at the legs on this fellow. Sturdy ankles.
Pania is training her chick too.
At a week old she has got the baby to fly to the fence to shelter under her wing for the night. Height is a little safer. We lost one pea chick to a well fed cat. I was spitting mad. I am always in two minds about cats- they are useful at keeping vermin out of the feed and rats out of the barns but they are hell on my birds. I was deeply upset when I saw a cat with a dead pea chick in it’s mouth. So I put all the cats into the cool basement during daylight hours. ( they are thrilled to bits of course). Once I see that Pania has her baby safely tucked away for the night, I let them out. But on Monday I am back to work so they are on their own.
Here is the shot I promised you so you can see the tomato string in action. If you keep in mind that tomatoes are actually vines not bushes it is an easier concept to manage. As the bottom leaves die off and the fruit is harvested, lengthen the string – this lowers the stem to gradually curl to the ground – allowing you to train and harvest from the higher ups as they drop to eye level. These plants are not quite there yet. We had a very cold start to the summer.
The duck pond. Today I am working on a dry creek to an overflow draining pond. The fun part is planting around the overflow pond. The trees have grown so dense in my gardens that there are piles of plants happy to be brought out into the light. And there will be ample water! My run off water will be the irrigation for all the new marsh plantings.
Sustainable means less waste. And I hate to waste water.
Have a lovely day.
miss c –
Your celi, but changed. ( I feel older after this past year – not so much older in my body but older in my mind). I think you know what I mean.