We are in close consultation with a highly skilled dog trainer in order to ensure Jessie has the best possible upbringing.
We are advised that a key piece of equipment is The Chair.
Meanwhile, the sun continues to shine
As the month draws to an end and we bask in an Indian Summer…
…here is a motley collection of recent pictures:
We continue to make daily harvests
and process the plenty
Wild Autumn fruits
Hens and ducks enjoy the sun
Two days from the Equinox and the temperature dips.
For the first time in many, many weeks the early morning dog-led hill climb chills the fingers.
Time to fire up the boilers
Jessie tries to slink back indoors
until we remind her she is an all-weather sheepdog.
The Three Little Maids have been exploiting a following wind
so time to trim their ambitions
All flying must now be in circles
and colour past
Time for fungi
Part of today’s harvest
Bert has heard the Wind is coming. He is building his defences
Yum-Yum (one of the Three Little Maids) has heard the wind is coming. Having graduated to the Big Ducks run and not having yet been clipped, she is looking for good take off points
We are racing the wind in a contest for the fruit. In the process, during this glut harvest, we are trying to work out what varieties we actually have. Here is the start of the catalogue
The Last of The Aubergines
Some dinner ingredients including NOT the last of the Runner Beans
A bit or foraging…
the tastiest of the day’s tomato crop
the best are perfect and just right for eating
And, of course, Apples
Some for the freezer
some for now
We use a (keep it quiet) bread machine. But it is sulking so we have to rescue the contents and finish off the loaf in the oven where it adopts a pleasingly non-machine like shape
When chatting to strangers about living in The Countryside with a little bit of land there are two phrases that cause slight steam to issue from ones ears. The first, by a mile, is “The Good Life” but a runner up is “Self-Sufficient”. If there is one thing to learn from John Seymour and his ilk it is that growing all the food you need is very very hard work – you are not talking vegetable beds but vegetable fields.
More bits of harvest from today: