|We went out and had lunch sitting by a lake in the sun|
|I bet this jetty is busy in summer|
|Spud keeping out of the way of big black dog|
|Spag bol with garlic bread in the garden today|
|And the shorts are back|
We have ad a bit of a worrying time with poor old Bonnie, bless her. She seems to have aged so much recently, with more and more lumpy bits and creaky joints, the sore spot on her back bothering her and coughing too. So we took her to VT and the English speaking vet with modern facilities for a check over. He says it's just age, nothing sinister and we are relieved that some pills might just make her a bit more mobile, while a wash will hopefully clear an allergic reaction to something (maybe washing soap) which was making her super sensitive to being touched. Bella is properly put out that she had to have a shower too!!
|Mmmmm the lovely whiff of wet dog!|
Out in the paddock, despite the warm weather, the goats are getting winter coats. The cockerel chick, Vernon, seems to think it's spring and is getting busy with the girls, much to their annoyance. He has just started to crow, a nice short one, which I love to hear but only if the boy is good natured. If not I can do without it. I have to say though, he is an odd looking bird, one of the three chicks from the market. The other two are confirmed as girls...either that or the boy is confused. But his tail feathers, which grew quite long, have fallen out so he still looks as if he could have been either.
|Odd looking boy|
The chooks are still laying enough eggs for our needs with a few still going next door. But they are hiding in the duck house, goat house or dust house by day, feeling the heat in their fresh plumage. The drake has now nearly got his new colours ready for next spring so we can easily tell him from the girl he resembled a few weeks ago.
In the garden...we have lovely sprouts this year, the best I have ever grown. The plants are lying down a bit but I decided that they were better off there than tied up as the disturbance might just make them blow. Looking forward to the first this weekend. The cabbages are lovely too, very sweet after the light frosts we had last week. I have not dug the celery up as planned as we have no frost forecast for a while, but am using the outer stalks for soups and stews.
We had a planned outing with friends last week. To a bird fair. Dave is wanting some more ducks and is toying with the idea of other fowl. We have only been to the sales in VT which are large and well attended, but this was in a different area. Friends arrived and off we went in high spirits, eventually found the venue....and half a dozen stalls selling mostly pigeons. What a let down! Ah well. Home to stew and apple and mincemeat crumble pie. But they did fetch me a bucket load of fennel from their garden. So have got that chopped and frozen for soups, the very tasty fronds are dried, a bit for salad and the rest braised and sqirrelled away for winter. Yum.
|The goats and chickens enjoying the trimmings|
|All the neighbours ad a plate of goodies to mark the anniversary of the death of a relative|
And a few pics of flowers
|A curiously fragrant chrysanthemum wich was a striped plant bough last spring. The insects are loving it|
|Lots of drone flies about, large flies which look like bees|
|And still the roses bloom|
|There are a few hips about|
|The pelargoniums are still going strong|
|Not a pretty rose, but a nice resident|
|We are able to take some leaves from the lettuce now|
|Barley sprouting for the goats and birds|