Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
*Big sigh of relief!*
Many apologies if I haven't replied to you in the last few days, I have been completely locked out of everything.
Hope everyone has a fun Halloween,
A very relieved,
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Straws like tame lightnings lie about the grass
And hang zigzag on hedges. Green as glass
The water in the horse-trough shines.
Nine ducks go wobbling by in two straight lines.
A hen stares at nothing with one eye,
Then picks it up. Out of an empty sky
A swallow falls and, flickering through
The barn, dives up again into the dizzy blue.
I lie, not thinking, in the cool, soft grass,
Afraid of where a thought might take me -
This grasshopper with plated face
Unfolds his legs and finds himself in space.
Self under self, a pile of selves I stand
Threaded on time, and with metaphysic hand
Lift the farm like a lid and see
Farm within farm, and in the centre, me.
Monday, 26 October 2009
We've had a bit of wildlife related drama at Tumbledown Farm today. Everyday once milking has finished in the morning we put the girls out into the main day area of the goat house where they go during the day, they like to lay around and snooze there and then wander outside into the yard and down the field if the weather is nice enough. In the evenings they all come in and have their own pens that they either have to themsleves or share with a close goaty friend. It seems that last night, after the girls had gone to bed and the day area had been tidied we had a visitor. This morning when we looked into the day area there was a tiny little brown ball near the main door. On closer inspection we discovered that it was a very tiny baby hedgehog. After a little conversation with baby Hugo we discovered that he really wasn't feeling too well, he was very cold and sleepy and didn't even want to try to hide when we said hello.
On realising the little fellow wasn't too happy I quickly went to get a cat carry case, lined it with fresh hay and gently scooped up baby Hugo and popped him in. The poor little fellow was so weak he didn't even bat an eye at me. I popped in some cat food and water for him in the hope that he was just hungry and would perk up but sadly he didn't. He seemed too cold to want to engage in any activity. I quickly made a makeshift hedgehog hot water bottle and popped it in with him. Then I set about calling the the local vets to find out where our nearest hedgehog rescue centre was. Luckily there was one just a few miles down the road. So off I went to with baby Hugo to the hedgehog rescue. He is now in their intensive care unit and we will have to wait and see if this poor little chap will make it. He is far too small to spend winter outside. So everyone please keep their fingers crossed that Hugo the hedgehog will make it.
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day again this month, I just never seem to be home. The garden is still full of colour though. The salvias and roses are blooming away brightly. There's a second flush of flowers from the pholx and the chocolate cosmos as ever is full of flowers.
Rosa "Sweet Dreams."
Nasturtiums growing up old hay rack.
Veg Plot Rob.
Pelargonium "Royal Surprise" and Pelargonium sidoides.
Pelargonium "Lord Bute."
The girls (April front right).
Dracus whispering sweet nothings to Diana.
Stilton practising newly discovered courtship routine.
Stilton waiting for me to come out of the goat house.
Once we had milked we started to get ready to make the cheese. We sterilized the cheese cloth and got ready to filter the milk.
We took 2 litres of milk straight from milking and filtered it and then added some rennet to start the cheese off.
Once the rennet had been added the mixture was left to stand at room temperature for eight hours.
Then once the mixture had turned to curd we poured it into the cheese cloth.
The curd was hung up and left over night to drain any liquid from it.
The following morning we took the curd down.
Then I picked some fresh herbs from the herb bed and added a bit of seasoning and finally my first batch of soft goats cheese was ready. It was surprisingly mild and creamy.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
I'm afraid I've spent the last week running about from one end of the country to the other and so my time for blogging has been brief. I have a few lovely pictures to fill the gaps for a day or two more and promise to blog about my brief encounters with little owls, goats cheese and beautiful english country gardens in the very near future ;o)
Monday, 12 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
I have chosen to enter "Orange Sunshine" in this months contest as for me it says October and bountiful harvest. It was taken on a very crisp, gloriously sunny autumn morning and I just loved the contrast of the blue sky against the warm orange of the pumpkins. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you will see that the moon was still out and sits just above the pumpkins in the middle of the picture.