We have a new addition to the family, Lily who is a Perendale sheep, with quite possibly the loudest baa I have ever heard! She has attitude to boot and a penchant for food – any food. Thankfully she has settled in well with Mookie our other pet sheep, who still holds the status of ‘paddock boss’. Ironically enough, they are both rather plump.
As it happens we also have 6 new pullets. The new kids on the block get regularly ambushed by my other chickens, losing the odd feather or two as they squawk in fright and race off. I always feel sorry for the newbies, but things eventually settle down.
My veg garden has grown like mad, something to do with its early planting I suspect and the volume of fertiliser and TLC the garden has been given. We have been munching on dwarf beans, zucchini, lettuce, rocket, spinach and herbs.
The corn which is jostling about in its bed is growing skywards. There are runner beans clambering up the odd corn stalk and a rather eager cucumber which is doing a fine job of covering the soil below (fingers crossed no powdery mildew). The bed is also shared by kumara, which is similar to sweet potato and a delightful addition to any roast.
I’m even growing carrots again, which given I have night-time visitors of the four-legged kind is interesting. Netting is carefully rolled over the plants at night to cover the carrot greenery and removed first up in the am. I’ve also been netting lettuces and beetroot. Hmm, it’s either that or feed the night-time furry thieves. What are they? I have my suspicions ..
Then there is Nola, a rescue shaver chicken who is aptly named after an Aunty of mine. She is without doubt the most amazing escapee chook we have ever had, which can become rather tiresome, given the amount of times this happens per day. She relishes her trips to our backyard garden, loves digging about the spud bed, scattering mulch from around the base of trees and doesn’t mind venturing indoors into the kitchen. Just such a shame about the chicken poo on the deck.
Of course summer for me means bindweed and lots of it! How I loathe this plant which literally binds itself around anything in its path. Each summer I spend hours trying to master this stuff, all to no avail. I love being organic but we will never beat this nasty. Truth is each year it is spreading.
All is not bad though .. hubby has not only been busy growing flowers from seed this year, but he is planting them as well! And the guy can cook too, just like Bill.
I adore flowers as I know most girls do. A good friend of ours just recently lost her hubby – so these are for you Sue and sent with love.
Merry Christmas to our family and all you dear bloggers and buddies out there – I do so hope it is a special one for you. See you in the New Year may it be bright and healthy. Happy holidays!
Pohutukawa the New Zealand Christmas tree
As always, happy gardening