It has been lovely and warm this last weekend, so we’ve been getting on with all those jobs we wanted to do last year but couldn’t find time for because we were too busy building chicken runs / houses etc.
Over the past couple of weeks, Tom’s been using the impact hammer my dad gave him (us? Nah, I’m happy to leave those kind of toys to Tom) as a moving-in prezzie to dig up parts [...]
Well, it’s definitely summer now here in the mountains of Mid-Wales. The roses are coming out, we’ve picked our first maincrop strawberries from the greenhouse and alpine ones from the garden, and there’s so many radishes and lettuces spilling over between our rows of parsnips and potatoes that half of what we harvest is going to the chickens!
After my last post about April showers, we had another dry-ish spell, but May has been making [...]
…are most welcome indeed, given we’ve had quite a dry March this year. Lucky for us though, the weather disagreed with our expectations so instead of a day getting on with indoor jobs after a morning’s heavy rain we were able to get out & continue with our springtime preparations.
Tom’s now planted out all our broad bean seedlings and filled in the spaces with the remaining seeds. Sadly, there’s nothing to show from [...]
Our first daffodils of the year are just about open so I think spring must’ve finally reached us up here in the mountains. The currants, gooseberries and raspberries are coming into leaf too so the garden’s changing on a daily basis. I’m even quietly hopeful that we might get some blossom on our apricot tree this year.
Thankfully the weather’s been good so we’re also making good progress with all the jobs that need doing at [...]
I just finished planting the bulbs we’ve had waiting since we bought them on a cheap end-of-season deal. Yeah, I know, you’re supposed to plant them in autumn not spring! Past experience says we may not get much of a show this year, but they’ll sort themselves for next year :-)
We did have rather a lot of them though, as well as two hibiscuses (hibisci? or is the plural just ‘hibiscus’ like [...]
We collected our chickens today – 3 point-of-lay Light Sussex pullets. They seem pretty chilled out (considering) but haven’t yet ventured down from their house into their run.
We got them from the people at The Wernlas Collection who were good enough to let us have a look round while we were there. Saw a couple of breeds that I’ve not really fancied from seeing pictures/photos but I may be quite tempted now… [...]
We told my family the day after we bought the hen house. Reactions varied.
“I was going to get chickens!” My older sister was indignant, as though I’d broken some rule of sisterly deference.
“Can I have some of your eggs to make my wedding cake?” asked little sis.
“Will they have names?” Mum wanted to know, while Dad regaled us with a tale of his parents making him take back to the pet shop the [...]
We finally managed to finish off our tree-removal last weekend. We had to have a couple off weeks off as the day after the last one, I got up off the sofa & my knee did this painful twisty-thing. Turned out I’d strained a ligament, so it could have been worse, but I couldn’t do much heavy work until it was better.
In the meantime, Tom had planted the first of the morello cherries [...]
Just to warn you – this post is going to be rather image-heavy. They’re not huge images, but there’s a fair few of them…
So, last post here was in January? Oopsie! In our (feeble) defence, we’ve been rather busy, but I’ll try & catch up with things by doing some summaries over the next few weeks…
Starting with the most recent happenings, though, we’ve been getting a little heavy-handed in the ‘remodelling’ of [...]
It’s not my birthday until March, but with the weather turning all wintery on us again this weekend and therefore preventing my planned work in the garden, we ended up at one of our favourite local garden centres. After the disappointment of them not stocking peach habanero seeds this year (it’s ok, we’ve found them online now) we wandered out to the plant sale area. A week or two back, we picked up a couple [...]