A Dog and A Dinner

Dog

Collecting windfalls
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Resting
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Dinner

Collecting
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Preparing
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Savouring
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Plus plums
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Eating your own

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.

However…

…there is something very satisfying in preparing and eating a meal having gone out and collected ingredients from the plants
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and pork mince and sausage meat stashed in the freezer from our own animals
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to cut
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and stir
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top with an egg from today
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and relish the result
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More bits of harvest from today:

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Drops

For weeks and weeks earlier this year the idea of water appearing out of nowhere seemed a fantasy. Now that normality is restored
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We need to celebrate the drops
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Meanwhile a couple of processes continue:

(1) Vine to freezer
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(2) Meadow to pig
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Other moments from today…
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Poultry update

The chicks we hatched from eggs were six weeks old today so they moved from a run close to the house, where they could have a brooder, down to the field.
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There they were inspected by the two Speckledy hens we bought at the show last weekend
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They and the two Rhode Rocks
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have been making themselves at home with the established ducks
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As have the young Muscovies we got last month
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Jessie keeps an eye on them all
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The evening sun
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turns the sheep orange
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having earlier done its work to produce today’s tomato crop
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Show time

Down to the local show today to, for the first time, display some of our produce.

It was a learning experience…

…to display runner beans, black velvet is needed
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…diversity is not appreciated in cougettes
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…at least the egg judge made success criteria explicit (after the event)
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and then we bagged an award
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plus some new additions for the flock
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brought home for Lucky to inspect
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Other exhibits today:

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