Hellooo! The apples,plums and blackberries I picked, along with crab apples,rosehips,rowanberries, hawthorn berries,elderberries,sloes,damsons have been cooked and put to drip in a jelly bag and bowl. 10 pints and the juice of one and a half lemons are sitting on the hob, waiting for the making of my hedgerow jelly.
This hopefully, will make enough to keep me going through to Sping in jelly and some for family and friends.
I have quite a bit of various mint plants in the garden and some apples left so, I might make some apple-mint jelly too.
I have not had a good year in the garden or otherwise. There have been some highlights, like my Nieces' wedding in July, the car passing it's M.O.T.
I now have 2 cats. I can't remember if I told you about the 2 abandoned cats but, 1 of them, a huge black neutered male has decided he wants to live here despite the 'evil eye' from Lucy, the gorgeous tabby cat in my background header of this blog. The 2nd cat is a small black neutered female and has gone to live with a neighbour over the back fence, a cat lover fortunately!
I've called my cat,'Binks' after the black cat in the film, 'Hocus Pocus'. He's very nervous of loud noises or quick movements (not maily from me lol!). I shall have to keep him in when it get to 'firework season' around here, which can be any day, not just bonfire night, very annoying as, some of them are incredibly noisy.
I will try and post a pic or 2 of the jellies and the cats.
Well, after such a long while since the last posting, you'd expect something interesting to read wouldn't you?
Sorry to disappoint you but, nothing really to tell.
Except that I'm getting fed up of juggling the finances and not being organised enough to craft, sell it and make money. but, I have been making savings on things like groceries/pet food etc. Thank goodness for the 'yellow stickers'! Ilona from 'Life after Money' would love that!
Right, off to pick some fruit at a friends' place for free and do some cupboard store grocery shopping.
Maybe the next post might be more encouraging and happier?
There's always something going off in my 'Hen World'! What with a broody young hen, squabbling in the pecking order, now 'Houdini Hen'!
Rosita the Columbian Blacktail hen has discovered how to wriggle her way through a very small gap in the fence. It has been wired up so many times, I've lost count. So now i have to consider a different way to keep them in and keep the cat happy.
I'm going to prune the Privet hedge because behind it on both ends of the fencing is a diagonally placed support for the end posts. These will enable the cat(s) to run up and jump back into the garden. Just have to work out how they get over the fence out of the garden, without the hens doing the same!
Wish me luck!
I can't remember if I told you about my new hens? They all started laying after a couple of weeks. One of them, Laura, laid a few, really pretty almost pearlescent beauties and then stopped laying! I checked her over, eating/drinking well,flesh in all the right places, no prolapsed area (egg producing end!), her comb and wattle nice and rosy-pink coloured, no lice/mites or injuries that I could see.
Then today, the 'penny might have dropped' moment occurred. Even though she is so young, could she have gone broody? The signs are there, plucking feathers from her breast and stealing the other hens' eggs. Today would be the 18th day of not laying, so if I'm right, only 3-4 days to go before she starts laying again.
I had to put her in the old coop/run this morning, as the others were creating, making such a din, even the cat, Lucy was complaining. (Cat owners will know what I mean, that 'heavy breathing' thing they do, it's hard to ignore and Lucy is very good at it!).
I caught her in the act of stealing Marys' egg (lovely pale fudge- caramel coloured egg). Mary has always laid just outside of the nest box and there is a drop from the roosting box into the nest box, Laura had not broken it but, was settling down to 'incubate' it, plucking a feather or two from her breast.
Hopefully, that's all it is, broodiness.
The first picture shows the wonderful colour selection of eggs the hens are giving me at the moment, Daisy lays the chocolate brown eggs, Rosita the pale brown ones, Mary the caramel fudge ones, Specky (older hen) lays pinky brown ones, Twinny (older hen) pale blue ones and Loopy (older,blind hen) the olive ones.
The second picture shows all the hens apart from Loopy who was down by the pond, laying her egg (she lays them anywhere and I have to check over the garden to find them!) Daisy is the dark one on the left, next to her is Laura,then Specky, then Mary, at the back of them is Twinny (Loopys' Sister), Then Rosita (she's a Columbian blacktail).
So, will let you know when Laura lays and show a pic of her egg.