Do you remember our rooster Tony? Sadly he took a dislike to one of our hens (Gladys) and was caught trying to scalp her. Now that’s gratitude for you given he could free range 24/7, had 13 chickens to himself and a housekeeper (me) who cleaned his abode daily and served up the best tucker! Try and think like a chicken Julie. Well the good news is, he has been fortunate that he wasn’t served up with roast spuds, but instead was returned to our neighbour.
The following day, I was surprised to see a chook moping about and then I realised, she was his favourite and is no doubt feeling jilted. Shame!
Mentioning chooks, I bought a bag of organic chook pooh the other day and have been liberally throwing this about my garden. I’m behind with my fertilising regime, which is unlike me with the orchard still waiting for a spray with seaweed brew.
Do you grow your own fruit? It is a given that you will lose some to the wildlife, but it never ceases to amaze me when the thieving starts. The possums are already sneaking in at night and munching on unripe apples (they must taste awful). This in itself is annoying, but they are also breaking branches. The turkey numbers have increased and they are slowly moving closer to our place, no doubt eyeing up the orchard with glee! Time to get those nets up.
How good do these preserves look? And I can’t take any of the credit. You see Bill is back, Andrew’s Dad .. and he has already started stocking up our larder!
It’s his 80th this week, so we are having a party to celebrate … I took this pic for his invite, looking very cool indeed!
Garlic drying by our back door – no vampires at our place!
Hubby is a serious cook too (learnt from his Dad no doubt). I couldn’t resist this pic of a Greek chicken pie which he did just recently. Perfect with a Greek salad.
And for all those cat lovers out there .. this is Grace, doing what cats do so well.
A neighbour has a Highland steer ‘Mac’ who is a handsome chap. I couldn’t resist venturing over with my camera … and snapping a couple.
We are eating runner and dwarf beans from the garden and herbs in all sorts of things. The zucchini machines are just starting and the tomatoes are looking green and gorgeous! Plus spuds went into the soil the other day into trenches and were tucked in with comfrey leaves before the dirt was piled back. They have sprouted already.
We are off to Central Otago tomorrow the home of NZ Pinot Noir, my camera is charged and ready to go. But then so am I!