Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Raisins And Grapes

I was up at 5-30am and got started with a few jobs in the kitchen, 
First up was a Raisin Loaf
I made it with some of the raisins I made the other week,
Once everyone was fed and watered I picked some courgettes
 They are starting to slow down but there is still some coming on, I am really happy with the courgettes this year, I only grew on two plants one yellow one green and they have produced a steady amount for us.
 I made up a pan of a thick courgette soup with three of them, the soup has a nice spicy kick with added cumin coriander and Cayenne pepper.
I had to pop out a pick up a few bags of animal feed, while I was out I popped into Thomas's fruit and veg to see if they had any more crates of grapes
bingo
 I got six boxes 3 of each colour for £1, I had already made a start with them when I took the photo hence why there is one missing.
I started with the green grapes, into the steam juicer
 Then it was the turn of the black grapes, two nice bottles of grape juice,
 after juicing the grapes were popped into the dehydrator, I am hoping the green grapes will be like sultanas when they are done.
They did have some wooden crates of a smaller green grape for £2, I might try some next time if they still have them.
But what I did pick up was
2 boxes of tomatoes and a box of peppers all at £1 a box, looks like I will be canning tomorrow.

 Diary
Monday 8th November 1982
Up at 8.30am, Blue Boy was put out with rest of the flock, seems a lot better. Lucky showing first signs of calving.
Coates came took again more gear, counted hay approx 2,700 bales.
Douglas paid him for some cats, put in barn for first time.
Took fence down round bit of garden.
Molly and Douglas went at about 4pm. Had to change tyre, found scratch mark all along one side of car.
tired in evening went to sleep had bath about 1am.

 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Just Compost

Compost its what breathes life into the garden soil, when we moved here I quickly put up a compost corner
it served purpose although it difficult to turn and it spills out. I have had lovely compost from it, at last my temporary compost corner has a new home
Martin made me three nice big compost bins,
the front boards pull out, as the bin fills I can close up the front with the boards stopping it all spilling out.
Bin number 1 is on the left, once it is full it will be turned into bin 2, I can start again filling bin 1, again once full 2 will be turned into 3, 2 into 3 and 1 into 2, I am hoping once 1 is full for the third time number 3 will be ready to use, if not Martin will add another on the end. We need to add an open mesh bin for leaves and wood chippings, we have one of those plastic compost bins in the back garden, it drives me nuts as its very difficult to turn the heap, it is used for any kitchen waste, I haven't been adding it to the main heap because Sol would just scavenge through it, now I can get it emptied add to bin 3 with the stuff from the original heap.
I do add some waste to the wormery, they break it down to lovely compost, and of course I can take of liquid fertiliser, I have the lid fastened down to keep Sol out, I am now going to move the wormery over beside the big bins and sit it on a slab.
Something I have to sort out is dog poo as it is not suppose to be added to compost bins because of the pathogens and harmful bacteria , we have a separate bin for it, but what to do with it how to compost it down to be used on none edible growing areas, its something I am reading up on.
 
Diary 
Sunday November 7th 1982
Up at 9-30am, Rained nearly all day, Ram arrived (Blue Faced Lester) from young chap at Abergorloch, went and checked sheep then drove on to Gwernogle to have a look around, arrived back at 1.30pm, went up for a nap very bad head.
Molly got the tea ready she made a lovely chicken pie, had a very nice tea, washed Molly's hair.
Put the ram that arrived in with the 31 + 36 speckle face ewes.
 

 
 

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Just One of Those Days

It has been overcast and windy today, I spent the day indoors,
I was excited to see the first couple of piquant peppers had ripened, Dani over on Eco Footprint sent me seeds last year, 
 They have come on a storm and are laden with fruits
Cucumbers are still being harvested
 I made up another couple of jars of refrigerator pickle I used some red onions in these and one of the jars has a chopped piquant pepper in and the other has chillies. The other pepper I have saved for Martin to try.
 I also did a bit of baking, this time an easy lemon curd cake, using some of the lemon curd that I made the other week using some of our own lemons.
Once I had finished in the kitchen it was down to the cabin for me, I have been working on a few new lines for my stall
this is one of them
 Children's book cushions, they have a pocket on the front to hold a bedtime story book, the cushions will be in a boy or girl style.
This one is the little boy, I got all the bits stitched out just need to put them together now.
Next week end I have a stall at the Autumn fair in the village and hope to take some of the cushions along with me.
Feeling a bit drained tonight so I am kicking off my shoes putting my feet up and finding something to watch on TV :-) 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Strawberry Haircut

It was a gorgeous first day of autumn yesterday, blue skies and sunshine, I was working in the fruit cage getting another seasonal job ticked off the list.
The main strawberry bed, all the runners had to come off, and the old leaves cut back, they are growing through membrane to keep weeds at bay.
All the old straw was removed it will only harbours pests over winter, I cleared a good foot of ground around the bed and made sure all the membrane was tucked in all around so there is no chance of the wind ripping it off.
Next year will be the year we start harvesting strawberries, there was a few this year, many of the plants were new ones and I wanted them to get established rather than produce fruit.
Raspberry area is next 
I am picking a bowl of raspberries every other day, mine are autumn fruiting rasps, I keep looking at the golden rasps and might get some to pop in the bed.
The spent mushroom compost delivery was due to arrive, I had a phone call from the delivery company which is not the company I buy from, they said they were unable to deliver as there is an access problem, what access problem, it seems the driver has said he knows the area and he wouldn't be able to get is lorry here, utter utter rubbish and I told them that, there is no access problem here, there is room to turn, unload the drive is fairly wide and the road is in good condition, upon asking how big is the lorry expecting an arctic, 7.5ton was the reply, I nearly choked, and told them to get the delivery here as there is no issues, lets see if it arrives today.
 
Diary 
Saturday November 6th 1982
Went to Carmarthen mart, bought food shopping. John and Douglas went into St Cleare to take back Kew pressure washer to have it looked at. Had fish and chips in the mart, walked around the shops, bought a spade, two forks and a squeezy mop. Came home had tea, made 6 loaves and two currant loaves. Finished back of cardigan for John, Bed at 11.30pm.
 
( I was asked about her husband, she left her husband and moved here with her new partner John after her divorce, I don't know if she is married to John, I don't know what relation Molly and Douglas are to them but they visit most week ends and seem to be adults) 

 

 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Out and About

Yesterday I went over to visit Louise Welsh Dreams Now Reality
I have met with Louise before and even though I am only 45mins away from her there just never seems the time to visit more often.
I was a bit late arriving, I got distracted 
I had to stop and speak to these two young men along the way
Sorry I cant remember your names gents, they are following an old pilgrim route from St Davids to Snowdon, 4 weeks walking with the cross and hope to arrive on the 8th of October, they are doing this challenge to spread the love of Jesus, two lovely men to talk to with an interesting story to tell, if you see them stop for a chat it will make you smile. 
I had a lovely visit with Louise, she has only been growing veg for 6 months and is doing so well.
For lunch Louise cooked a lovely cheese free quiche for me and before we knew, it was time for me to head back.
Sol was out walking the other day 
 He went with Martin up Pen Y Fan, perhaps he will get up Snowdon one day.
The old boy was a bit tired and slept all the way home.
Today is the official first day of Autumn, it looks very autumnal outside, with mist hanging over the valley, leaves are starting to turn and fall. I do like Autumn its the time to get cosy in front of the fire and lots of warming meals, salad days are for summer.

Diary
Friday November 5th 1982
Rained all day, did lots of washing, washed hair, cleaned up, made sponge. John pressure washed the veterinarian room!!! then started on the roof, then found to be not working properly.
I took pick up to check sheep at the top, all well and all there.
Molly and Douglas arrived at 1/4 to 10.