Posted by: kathandroger | December 17, 2017

Taters in the Mould (COLD!)

Yes it has been cold and miserable recently. The early morning walks with the dog have been upped in pace to warm the ageing body, and outdoor exercise has to involve physicality to keep comfortable. We spent most of yesterday raking and loading the trailer with leaves to dump over the road, and then filling the hay barn for the three remaining sheep-and Moins Dix, the goat of course. How that fat little bugger manages to jump over our fences amazes me, but we caught him in the neighbours’ field again yesterday.
There seem to be lots of wrens about in the colder weather. I read they are the most common bird in the UK, and guess it must be the same here, but usually they stay well hidden. With the loss of foliage and need to be constantly on the hunt to warm their little bodies I guess we just see them more. But not all the local animals have done so well.IMG_3887
Poor Mrs Tiggywinkle succumbed to the cold I guess, and Polly found her at the side of the road. I didn’t realize they had such powerful little teeth, and are lovely little animals who make grunting noises like piglets. No more grunting for her I’m afraid.
The root crops are OK, but not brilliant this year. I reckon they must be getting a bit bored with life, especially the carrots. We have planted mixed race varieties this year, and romance seems to have blossomed between the red and the yellow. I caught this couple yesterday.IMG_3885
But one success has been the swedes. Until this year we have had no success because of the little fly that eats all the seedling leaves. I covered the crop with tissue at the second sowing and at last we have grown a fine example. We must try and make it more than one next year!IMG_3881
Maybe I am becoming a bit strange, but it is a pleasure to see beauty in unusual places. I was captured by the range of colours in the sink after preparing the veg for one of Kaths’ lovely soups.IMG_3884
Poor old bugger, but I really do love the shades of nature.
And the local harvest still goes on in the woods above us. It has been fascinating to see just two chaps, each in large, complicated and different machine, cut and stack the pine trees.IMG_1096
They have effectively pruned the forest, taking the trees of the correct size and leaving the rest. I guess the wood will be for paper making, although we seem to use less and less paper nowadays. The downside for us is that the great big lumbering (good word!) giants have left the paths we use in deep mud. I hope they clean up before they leave us.

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