I had my first sungold tomato fresh off the vine and it was delicious. We're harvesting strawberries every few days and the raspberries are showing their glowing red faces. The currants are still trying to develop before the birds take them and I have a feeling this one will be a losing battle this year. Fruit cages next year I think.
The local supermarket had iceberg lettuces on offer so I bought a load in for the hens and we tied them up to keep the hens entertained. The rescue girls weren't interested at all but the old ones went through 2 in no time. I have been told hens love natural yoghurt and it's good for them so I will be getting them a tub of that to try soon.
As planned, this weekend we harvested some Elderflowers and I set about making cordial. It was my first attempt and I must say I was very impressed. It tastes very refreshing. It will take some time to get used to it over supermarket drinks (squash) for the kids as they are so used to the sugar, sadly. Although Elderflower cordial has sugar in it, I'm sure it's 100% better for you than every day squash.
When we went to the farmers auction on Saturday, we had a great time and learnt a lot. We came away with 12 Jersey Giant fertile eggs which will be going in the incubator tonight or tomorrow (we have 1 eggs left in there which I don't think is going to hatch), a Buff Orpington cockerel (now called Henry VIII) which we've been looking for one for a while and 3 brown hens for laying. They are young healthy birds and have fit right in with Big Red's flock.
At the farmers auction we enjoyed some home made pies, sausage rolls and some rather poor sausage buns. The home made stuff was fab, the sausage bun was cheap and tasteless. You live and learn.
Finally I managed to give the pantry a good sort out so we know where everything is and the shelves are nice and clean, ready for the strawberry jam I'm making tonight with out 1kg of strawberries harvested yesterday. YUM.
|Chicks a couple of days old.|
|Apologies for the blurry pic, this is the auction about to start (eggs in this room).|
|Another cheeky face enjoying a steak pie. My everything <3|
|Our selection from the farmers auction. Girls are in the washing basket and cockerel in the Port a Pet|
|Cheeky, how did she get in here. Also my everything <3|
|Seconds old :)|
|One of the new brown hens. Clipping wings before putting out with the other girls and Big Red.|
|Elderflower cordial being made|
|My first sungold tomato! In fact, my first EVER tomato!|
|Rescue girls wondering what on earth the green ball is :D|
|Bored by the green ball|
|Strawberries are coming thick and fast. There runners are too!|
|Spot the raspberry?|
|Our old faithful hens who we brought with us that laid the eggs which are now the chicks. Big Red in the top next to the tree.|
|The new chicks at 1-2 days old|
|Meet Henry VIII the Buff Orpington cockerel (and my husband Steven :D)|