|Finished product – strawberry jam, only gets 8/10 from me though!|
|The toad that pops out to see me when I am locking up on a night.|
|My 2 Lakendvelder’s and Jake, looking innocent!|
|Geese playing follow the leader when I let them out this morning.|
|Last night’s small loaf from the breadmaker. I don’t make by hand as can’t find the time so this is the next best thing.|
Summer is such a happy season it seems. In our previous house I didn’t really acknowledge it but now we live here, I am really noticing the seasons changing. The strawberries are turning red and the most delicious tasting, the horses are happily staying out overnight and the hens are almost refusing to go to bed!
My daughter had a lovely ride on her pony tonight and we walked him down the lane to cool off afterwards. It’s just so relaxing and enjoyable living here in the summer. Next week we are back to the usual routine until the kids break up.
Has anyone else had horrendous hay fever this year?
Good evening all, I am back!
I haven’t meant to take time off but last week I devoted to studying for the exam that I had coming up, which I promptly failed. Again! I was gutted to say the least. I have spent a lot of hours to studying but obviously it just wasn’t enough on the day. I am undecided as to what I will do, ie resit it or leave it. It’s an exam thay would further my work (potentially) but I don’t need it right now so I am doing no harm taking my time.
So that is behind me. Moving swiftly on, we’ve had pretty much a week of dry days followed by some really hard frosts. I think Jack Frost has killed off some tomato plants but I will wait and see what happens. Their leaves have turned purple which I am told is a telltale sign. Yesterday and today we have been back to the rain that we had a couple of weeks ago. Seriously, I don’t know what’s going on with this weather.
No goslings yet though I did get a sneaky peek at the eggs when she went for a brief wander around. It shoukd be in the next 5 days that we have goslings. The ducks are starting to sit on their eggs too.
My son is well and truly getting into the egg collecting and using his initiative to do it. The horses have had a nice few days out and the hens are laying well. We did lose one of our rescue girls sadly. She went downhill rapidly and went of her own accord. Very sad but part of it I guess.
The rest of the rescue hens are learning to get out of the rain and starting to act and look like normal hens.
We also have harvested our first rhubarb and I used it in a cake which went down well.
Today has been a lovely and sunny day up until tea time when the wind and rain started.
It gave us more than enough time to ride the ponies out and get a couple of outside jobs done. Grace and I gave both ponies a good groom before going in for tea and a little baking session. I made some flapjacks which more often than not I forget I have put them in the oven (yes I used a timer and still manage to forget) and tonight was no different. They are mostly still edible but I could kick myself. I always do that with rice pudding too!
Looking out from the front of the farmhouse, we have some new additions in the field. They are not ours I hasten to add, but it’s lovely to watch these cows frolicking around although the horses weren’t keen on them!
Finally before bed time, Ste made jelly with the kids which I am sure they will enjoy tomorrow when it is set.