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Snow – the start of another cold winter?

We have also had snow but gladly it has not felt like such hard work this time.

This mornings bright start - 5th December 2010

This mornings bright start - 5th December 2010

We now have one 4×4 vehicle and our feed and hay deliveries have still made it through to us.

Making the most of the corn whilsh the other hens waited by their pop hold to be re-opened after cleaning out their house - 5th December 2010

Making the most of the corn whilst the other hens waited by their pop hole to be re-opened after cleaning out their house - 5th December 2010

The animals have not been impressed and on the coldest days I have kept the chickens in.

Friday night we had our thickest fall of snow, about 2 inches in a few hours but it was wetter than the other snow we had have had and so was only really a problem when driving through it and when it froze the next evening.

Today has been the warmest and a lot of the snow has gone but any snow that is left has turned into glassy looking ice under foot and on less used roads.

Jack Frost

Frosted window leaves - 28th November 2010

Frosted window leaves - 28th November 2010

Look out! Look out!
Jack Frost is about!
He’s after our fingers and toes;
And all through the night,
The gay little sprite
Is working where nobody knows.

He’ll climb each tree,
So nimble is he.
His silvery powder he’ll shake;
To windows he’ll creep,
And while we’re asleep,
Such wonderful pictures he’ll make.

Across the grass
He’ll merrily pass,
And change all its greenness to white.
Then home he will go;
And laugh, “Ho! Ho! Ho!
What fun I have had in the night!

Febuary already

I had so much I wanted to blog about in January. My ‘being more organised’ has been working and I had it all planned out, the part where I think it has fallen down is my time management skills. 

Hopefully my being more organised skills will start to work some magic in this area… The hardest thing for me is taking account of how long things take. For example in my head I work 10am – 6pm Mon – Weds, but it just isn’t the case in reality, I often have meetings that start before 10am or I have to travel to and I don’t really finish work ever until 6.30 – 7pm by the time I have packed up and sorted any last little bits out. Then there is the journey home. 

Then on my days off, sometimes feeding the animals will take half an hour other times it could be spread out over a few hours. And my days off aren’t always days off, Thursday is a day off in my head but this Thursday I am working some extra hours so it isn’t really, but come Thursday morning it will feel like a day off because I don’t have to leave for work until 2.30 (but in my head that is 3pm because thats when I will arrive at work) 

There are all these half an hour here, and hours there that I have just not learnt to factor into everything. 

I want this blog to be up-to-date and current but I think with my being organised head on I am going to have to say that, yes, there are lots of things in my life that I would like to blog about, but I don’t always have time to write about them on the day, or sometimes even week that they happen. But to solve this, it is alright for me to write about things after they have happened, maybe even a while after they have happened. And maybe having time to reflect on something will mean what I am writing about is more enjoyable to read instead of just waffle… 

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Icy snow - 30th January 2010

The was more snow on Friday, only a dusting but it turned to ice as soon as the sun went down. 

The roads all weekend were icy with patches of black ice everywhere. There doesn’t seem to be much road sense among a lot of drivers, young and old, I’m possibly an over careful driver. If it is dark I slow down, if it is foggy I slow down more, if there is ice on the roads, it is foggy and it is dark I only drive if I have to and SLOWLY. I’m not talking a walking pace here but maybe 30 – 40mph on open country roads (where there are deer or wild boar to jump out on you even on clear nights) and maybe as slow as 20mph on single track country roads. I drive like this because I feel it keeps me and other people safer and I get so annoyed with silly idiots who over take me to speed off at 60mph in front of me. Where is it they have to be that’s so important any way? Wherever it is I have been left off the invite list. 

Sheep herding: walking the mischief makers home - 30th January 2010

Of course on Saturday morning, when the worst black ice was around, four off the ewes decided to head off towards out of common. I walked them most of the way back to where they should have been, with only one scary moment when a van came over the top off the hill, onto a patch where there is normally water across the road which thankfully wasn’t there as it would have been an ice patch, far too fast for the conditions towards us. 

(here ends the unplanned rant about other drivers, I only meant to post the nice photos I took, honest!) 

Normally I completely agree that sheep are stupid, I am a goat person so I would, but they did seem to be listening to me. I would say things like “car move over please” and they would form an orderly line, all on one side of the road so as the car could pass safely. Our sheep are free-roaming out on the common so I guess they are use to roads but I was very impressed with them.

Allotment 18/01/2010 – The first visit of the year and a seed plan

On Thursday me and mother went to look allotment, which had started to defrost like everywhere else. The brook, or possibly drainage ditch, on the other side of the hedge was full to bursting with the amount of water that was following down the field, there was still a lot of ice that was laying unmelted on the ground so we left the van at the gate and walked onto the site and up to our plots, it wasn’t good news when we got there.  

The rabbits have had EVERYTHING, and I mean everything. They had ripped through the nets that were keeping them off and eaten it all to the ground, they really must have been starving. On the way back from the allotment we saw a lone rabbit out on the first part of green grass busily eating, it was so busy it didn’t even run away from us.

I am annoyed, but not as mad as I have been other times that they have eaten crops. I feel sorry for them really, the snow has been covering the ground for so long now and wildlife has probably been hit the hardest. We had a look around and they have even managed to get onto others plots who have rabbit fencing up so we are not the only ones and knowing how much some people have spent on rabbit fencing there are going to be some really mad people.

During the last of the cold weather I spent an evening going through my list of things to grow, my seed boxes and seed company websites. This is what it looks like;

To grow, along with current seeds I already have:

Potatoes – chosen

Peas – Half Pint, Bulmoral, Oasis, Juguar

Runner Beans –

Courgettes –

Squash – Bon Bon (open packet), Scallop (op)

Kale – Red Russian, Nero di Toscanna

Swede – Virtue (op)

Leeks – Musselburgh, Elefant

Carrots – Afghan Purple, Early Natues 5, Chantenay Red Cored 2, unmarked packet, Cosmic Purple, unmarked packet, Dragon, Flakkee, Janne du Doubs, Atomic Red

Beetroot – Burpees Golden, Chioggia, Detroit 2, Perfect 3, Pronto, Cylindra

French Beans –

Cauliflower – All the Year Round (op)

Parsnips –

Cabbage – Roodkap, Golden Acre Primo 2, Offenham 2, Durham Early, Greyhound, Wintergreen, January King

Broccoli/Purple Sprouting – Autumn Spear, Raab ’60 Days’, unmarked packet purple sprouting

Sprouts – Falstaff (red), Evesham Special Green

Garlic –

Onions – Spring

Sweetcorn – Incredible F1, Supersweet

Mustrooms – Agaricus, White Button, Chestnut Button

Real Seed Company shopping list:

Cosse Violette Purple pole bean, Boston squash, , Waltham Butternut, Striato d’Napoli courgette, Tender and True parsnip, Golden Sweet Yellow podded mange-tout pea, Temuco Quinoa

Thompson & Morgan shopping list:

Potatoes, Sun Bright runner bean.

There are somethings like sweetcorn and cauliflower that I had planned on getting special seeds of but I already have two boxes of seed so am going with what I have for this year. For runner beans and french beans I already have seed but I want to change to climbing beans as the dwarfs haven’t done well for the last few years. Parsnip seeds are also some that I have a packet of but it is already an open packet and everything I have read about parsnips say use fresh seeds, so they are on the shopping list. I will still of course try the open packet just in case as I can’t throw seeds away, it is just something that is completely against my nature.

The next plans to make are a) where am I going to put all this stuff, and b) how am I going to keep the rabbits of it!