Chicken Pie with our own Tarragon, Leeks
On a whim, earlier in the year, we bought a tray of “mini” Sweet Corn plants.
We thought mini meant the size of the plant but when they hit the roof of the polytunnel
we realised that was not the case.
Mini corn meant that the ears needed to be harvested while small. So today we did
Dinner tonight will not include this
which we found secreting itself at the edge of a polytunnel
It might not quite be a candidate for the heaviest marrow at the show on Saturday
but it will make a meal.
We marked our card
and went down to The Institute
to register our intent to lay our beans on the table (and tomatoes, and courgettes)
Feeling this occasion lacked the opportunity for us to exhibit all our wonders, we were able to suggest to The Committee some classes for inclusion next year:
Ducks most able to plot an escape
Duck with most exciting face
Most Translucent Pea
Duck with Ducklings At Foot
Most Exciting Aubergine
Most Handsome Squash
Most Unusual Wines
Elder Flower Champagne
Chicks with the Featherest Feet
Moth and Nasturtium
Drop Of Water in An Interesting Place
A Pair Of Pears
Best Fed Caterpillar
Welsh French Beans
It is a good job we have neighbours who can share our daily crop of runners
They will probably help us with these too
These are for the birds
But these are for us
We don’t need to read this to know things are different now.
We can remember buddleias covered in Red Admirals, Tortoiseshells and Peacocks.
Now, as we look through the bedroom window, we see lots of Whites – Large and Small
and are happy to share the nasturtiums with their caterpillars
So today we are happy just to see
and one Painted Lady
The number of animal runs requiring daily attention seems to be increasing by the day.
Cagney and her two (! – and one is not even hers) chicks have a protected run within the lower poultry zone
They are not lonely as James, the other ducks, and the hens too all come by for a chat.
Nearby the Three Little Maids are making themselves at home behind the Buzzard Proof Fence
The five incubator hatchlings now have a day house outside
using the Guinea Pig run vacated when those occupants moved in here
Both cared for hedgehogs are thriving and now have runs outside
We set up the night camera last night to see if the badger was still visiting…
Plus early morning brought this visitor
looking around for her breakfast
This run might be very temporary
One of the Cayugas had been disappearing into the bushes and last night stayed in there. Investigation showed a clutch of fifteen eggs which she was attempting to sit on. Today we retrieved the eggs and set up this home – although unsure which duck was responsible for a while we tested two of them (it was a bit like the Judgement of Solomon) However, come bed time, neither was very interested so we are thinking of calling the whole thing off.
We travel over the hills to the delightful world of Trees and Bees to collect some young Muscovies
who make themselves at home behind the Buzzard Proof Fence.
Checking the defences
and inspecting the accommodation
Jessie enjoyed her first day out but needs recovery time with her new rawhide chew
Meanwhile in polytunnel Zenith
A few hundred yards across the valley is the Buzzards’ home. We love to hear their mewing and see them in the sky. Not so pleased when they visit the poultry – last week one was on the ground in their run.
The hens can spot them coming
and Cagney’s (non-identical) twins are safe behind bars
But with the imminent arrival of more young ducks, protection is needed
During construction Jessie keeps the ducks in order
Meanwhile the blackberries are here