After more hard work from Steven we moved the sheep to their next grazing spot which has lots of grass and trees for them to chomp down on. Of course only time will tell if it’s secure enough for them as they are quite the escape artists. They do come back for the buckets if food we offer them though so at least we have a plan b if we see them running up the lane!
I also bagged a load of cooking and eating apples today which I am really pleased with. I made a tester stewed apple which was lovely so I think I will do a big pot and then freeze individually but also save some whole apples to see how long they will last.
We were lucky enough to be invited to Sunday lunch today so I haven’t had to make our own which was nice. However that was the softener to the hard task of dispatching a duck. It was in pain and had something wrong with her that we couldn’t put right.
Remember I mentioned were moving in to the time of the year where we need to be on top of the muck heap and keep it as low as possible? Well thanks to freecycle we now have a few regulars who come and make a big dent in it literally! I’m also nearly ready to fill the rest of my beds with it too. I didn’t get in the veg plot today but there’s not too much left to do so I will try and plan it in this week.
Also I’ve moved the dogs’ beds back in to the kitchen in front of the Aga. They’ve been living in the utility on a night through the summer but Buddy is looking so thin (his condition) so I feel they are better where the Aga is for him to sit in front of if he prefers. The puppies will no doubt lay on the kitchen seats instead. Cheeky.
9 sleeps until my 2 weeks and a day off – it’s getting closer!
Here’s a little picture of Ryan, our “pet” goose whose Mam rejected him. He follows me around chatting away to me. Here he is outside the greenhouse whilst I was filling a bucket with water. I’m sure his stories are fascinating, so I do tend to chat back with him.
|I was supervising 🙂
followed by the slats to make the outside walls
Duck update: We popped her into the small dog crate which we kitted out with straw, duck feed and water after checking her leg thoroughly. It’s not obvious where the injury is so we’ve put her in the crate which will restrict her movement and hopefully give her some much needed respite. I can close the barn door and let her wander about in the barn in a day or 2, again in safety. It won’t be tonight though, maybe tomorrow after 48 hours. I’ve covered the crate partially with a horse rug so she feels safe. Bless her.
Finally, I am pleased to say I learnt how to use the manual lawnmower at the weekend. So now I can crack on and get that done instead of adding it to Steven’s shoulders.