|The floor is laid, it looks good.|
We have also decided to have a small window per wall, these windows will be for ornamental and light only, they wont be opening, the ornamental part will be my project, glass painting, I did this when we lived in Spain in the kitchen that we created, originally cattle housing, as is normal in Spain with old farm houses, the people lived above the animals. Ventilation was from arrow slots, these lent themselves beautifully to small windows just begging for crafted glass work.
We just hope the fine weather continues, I have memories of our Straw bale house building, starting work in November in Ireland is not a very good idea, especially that particular year as we had very heavy snow on St. Stephens day.
|Last bottling this year.|
|First of the leeks, plenty more to come.|
Our spring bulb order is now placed, quite a big order as I wish to get everything planted once, and not keep adding to the garden. Our garden plan is now completed, there will be no more room for more. Just to keep the flower garden maintained will be good, with permanent plantings.
If the vegetable garden does as well next year as this year we will be happy, although we had ordered three types of potatoes, somehow we only ended up with two, I'm not sure which earlies we had, they were nice but nothing exceptional, the main crop was excellent, Sarpo Mira, they have very good blight resistance, although they have been around for over ten years now they really have not caught on in Ireland, probably because they are not a 'flowery' potato which the Irish prefer, Golden Wonder and Records are the two which are grown in Ireland, we find them dull, and yes, very 'flowery' described in green grocers as 'Balls of Flour' , if I want that I will make some dumplings.
Yesterday we were going to mate our rabbit Flopsie, unfortunately on picking her up Simon discovered large lumps on her belly, we were certain that it was cancer, but to be certain we called the vet, she confirmed it. It appears that a doe should be matted every ninety days, we had not wanted to over breed her, it was the worst thing we could have done, so Flopsie has now been put out of pain.
It appears from further research and talking to our vet that this type of cancer is common in does which are not breed frequently, and rabbits kept as pets should be neutered, so we have learnt something from this unhappy event.
Her replacement is a twelve week old New Zealand X Californian , she will be ready for breeding the end of December. Lets hope it all goes well for her.