|One day old.|
We followed to the letter the instructions given on a poultry web site, 'Backyard Poultry'. Out of the ones that failed to hatch, two had died just at the point of pipping , the others had failed about a week from the end. So Arnold has proved he is up for the job, 100% fertility, even late in the season.
Once again this has been a busy week, Tuesday we got the second pig back from the butcher, so four hours were spent doing the butchery and bagging up,
|Two sides of pork curing for bacon.|
We are also wet curing the pigs cheek to make Bath Chap, a west country delicacy.
Doing our own butchery and curing makes us appreciate the way of life we witnessed when we lived in Galicia. We lived in a very small aldea with just five family's still living there. All these families not only grew their own pork but did the slaughtering, butchery and curing as a matter of course. All the houses had their own smoker. They also grew the crops on which to feed their pigs. All of them made wine although wine is cheap enough to buy it was a matter of pride with these lovely hard working people. They also made several different types of liquors, our favourite one was coffee, made from the spent coffee grounds. Unfortunately this way of life is dying, so few of the young people remain in the countyside or value the traditions, soon it will all be a distant memory, relegated to the realms of history books.
These true county people must find the new ways very strange, we certainly do. Watching a program last week we were dismayed to find that in the UK, only one in six people cook a meal from scratch on a daily basis, children all around eleven years old who were given a crash course in preparing a meal did not know the different vegetables, they could not even pick out which were onion and which were carrots. Something has gone very wrong both in family life and school education. What is the point of having an academic education if there is no education in life skills?
Anyone who knows us knows that we love cats, they all have their different personalities and habits.
|Felix trying the door.|
|Caught in the act, at least he looks guilty.|
Freddy and Misty are no longer the youngest members of the family, yesterday we received
|Bergamot and Heather.|