Posted by: kathandroger | September 16, 2018

The reluctant migrant.

Mid September and our swallows have all gone. The last pair proved to be a bit difficult, with one of them flying off into the distance as soon as it could, but the other seemed to want to stay with me in my workshop. Each morning I expected the last bird to have flown, but it was more than a bit reluctant.IMG_4059
I can only guess that he enjoyed watching me at play, cutting, welding and generally making lots of mess and noise. Or maybe he just liked the radio. Anyway even when mum arrived to give him his latest high energy food for his impending trip he preferred to stay in his comfy nest. Mum watched from her perch and tried to talk some sense into the reluctant migrant, but to no avail.IMG_4054 (2)
Eventually she seemed to have had enough of this prevarication and came to give him a real talking to.IMG_4060 I cant’t understand swallowese yet, but I reckoned the gist of the conversation was something like this..”now listen to me, young man, we have got to make a long journey to reach another land. You will have the pleasure of soaring over mountains and plains with loads of your new mates, and will see sights you have never even dreamed of. You will see Spain, with the thousands of Brits flocking to the coast, you will see the sea, you will see a great big beach called the Sahara, and we will then fly over a big place called Africa to arrive in a land full of lovely stuff to eat. And I promise you can come back next year and watch Roger playing in his workshop.” It seemed to do the trick. Reluctant swallow left yesterday. I was sad!
So what has been going on in the workshop? The spuds we had stored in bags had started to sweat and go rotten. My mistake for choosing old feed bags with a plastic liner. We needed to dry them again, and I realised we had an old bed in the barn which would be ideal for drying both spuds and onions. Never throw anything away! I have welded a couple of wheels to one end and we now have a mobile vegetable dryer!IMG_4053 Kath has bought some hessian sacks and the tates should be good for the winter now.
The garden itself is looking good.IMG_4061 The tomatoes are coming to an end, but the squash, which I grow in between to rows of toms are excellent. It is a bit of a pain to keep the squash leaves off the plants, but it does provide shade to the roots and we don’t need to water the plants much. The root row, beet, black radish, parsnips, carrots, spinach etc, will stay the winter, and the brassicas this year have so far been spared the dreaded caterpillars. The other rows will be ploughed in a few weeks. The leeks have been planted in deep furrows, which were then earthed up and we now have some ready to eat, with long white, hopefully delicious stems. We both love the root crops. bit it does mean that autumn has come. Never mind, it is full sun and 25 degrees today. Life is not too bad!


  1. You’re absolutely right, you should never throw anything away! I love your mobile veg drier! Who would have thought that you would one day need an old bed base?

    • You sound like a very understanding lady Jean!

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