|Tonight I’ve made ‘windfall apple chutney’ using the first lot of apples we collected from the ground. The kids did all of the collecting and I’m very pleased with them. It was a cheap chutney to make which is right up there on my priority list! It says it doesn’t need to mature like the other chutney’s but I’ll leave some to. Apparently it tastes best with a good cheddar and some homemade bread. There’s that word again! So that’s my plan, it’d be rude not to! Here is the link if anyone is interested in making their own. It’ll be the first of many recipes for me using the food for free which we have in the garden and surrounding areas.
|Chutney bubbling away on the Aga|
Steven was finishing the roof on his new gym room and instead of buying the pieces he needed we took a trip to a local farmer friend. He had a mountain of wood in one of his side fields and said we could take what we wanted.
So the roof of the new room in the barn is now on and complete. I spotted a couple of panels that will do just nicely for either a duck/chicken run or to create a new muck heap (we try to keep it as neat and tidy as possible so we don’t have mounds out in the open given that we don’t have lots and lots of space) so we took them too. He didn’t want any cash for it all (would have cost us a fortune to buy at a timber yard) but he did have an interest in hens. So we’re going back in a few weeks with 3 laying hens in exchange for another couple of boards which he said we could take. I love that we can buy thing without money changing hands.
There’s also a factory right near him that we can get some fence panels (they are extra-long pallet panels which look like fences to us) off him which we’re going to set aside for the pigs – a 2017 task but we’ll have them whilst they are there.