2021

It has been a slightly odd year. For example, here we are at midday on the last day and outside the temperature is around 12 degrees,

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and, more to the point, it has been there for the last thirty-six hours.

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So, time for a quick look back.

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At times, family have appreciated a place to escape to,

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and we have been able to provide peace and quiet when work needs to be done.

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Our vegetable growing has been more organised

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and our Charles Dowding inspired new compost bays attained our Construction of the Year Award.
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The greenhouse

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and tunnels

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have been put to good use. The cherry crop in the larger tunnel was the best yet
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As well as the inevitable glut of Runner Beans we enjoyed expanding our growing of Broad Beans and Sugarsnap Peas

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We grew our Aubergines in the greenhouse, instead of a tunnel, and had better results.

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Having, towards the end of there year, removed some of the sycamores which were shading the greenhouse we hope for more light and more Aubergines next year

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As always, we thought the tomatoes would never ripen but in the end we had a reasonable crop

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Both our bee colonies survived last winter and seemed to prosper
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We even took some honey.

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We raised new hen stock from several batches of hatching eggs, using both incubators and Broody Claire.
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We managed to sell a lot of eggs during the course of the year.

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to which the Ducks occasionally volunteered a contribution

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The Rabbits

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had a happy year in their summer camp before returning inside for winter. However, they were very resistant to the idea of breeding.

After living with us for six years,

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we said goodbye to Bert at the advance age of eleven

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We enjoyed the Tulips in the Orchard

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and the Dragonflies round the Lake

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although butterflies were less plentiful

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Jessie was active

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and Maisie wasn’t

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Normal activities continued

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We made our annual batch of Elderflower champagne

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and returned to making country wines

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All

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in all

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2 thoughts on “2021

  1. Hi to you and your family. Thank you for all the wonderful photographs and messages that you have posted throughout the year. I looked forward to reading about, and looking at all your wonderful achievements. A Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours. Love Abigail. X

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