|First pound of raspberries.|
|Lots of work topping and tailing.|
The Rhubarb continues to produce an abundance,
|Rhubarb and Elder flower, a lovely combination.|
We have also made some pink Elder Flower cordial, from flowers given to us by friends, a lovely drink on a hot summers day.
Last weekend we had a visit from a lovely young couple from Dublin, I had hatched some La Bresse chicks for them and they had come to collect them. It was so nice to find youngsters, well to us they were youngsters, they were in their twenties, who have chosen the path of Self Sufficiency. The girl bakes all their own bread and cakes, bottles her fruit and makes jam. She knits, sews, and grows all their veg, they are also keeping chickens for the table and hope to get pigs later in the year. It was nice to meet a young couple who are not part of the consumer society, they are an example to their peer group.
We have now been living here for almost three years, we have learnt what grows well and what struggles, also what needs protection, mainly from the wind. Most of the fruit trees are fine, but the Quince is suffering from wind burn, we had thought of moving it, but think it's best to leave it, it is close to a hedge that we have planted and this should afford it some good protection next year.
|A perfect rose, and wonderful perfume.|
|Vibrant red self-seeded nasturtium.|
One of my favourite cottage garden flowers
|Brilliant colour offset by the lovely silver grey foliage.|
Weeds certainly thrive here, it seems like a full time job to control them,
|Freshly weeded, it looks good until the next lot of weeds.|
After we lost Sparky the cottage seemed very quiet, the other cats were certainly moping, so we decided we would get a kitten, not to replace our lovely boy, he could never be replaced, but to liven things up.
Well instead of one kitten we ended up with two,
they certainly have livened things up, both fluffy, and full of mischief. The other cats are interested, more from a pushing around aspect, but they have accepted them. Zara our silver Persian loves them and tries to mother them which is so nice to see.
We have a helpxer coming this weekend, his priority job is to chicken wire all around our perimeter hedges, hopefully this will keep the cats safe from idiots that use a single track lane as a race track.