It's this time of year when snow might arrive, (although to listen to the forecasters you would think it is unusual)
It's this time of year that predators are at their worse.
and it's this time of year you think spring will never come.
|Removing the pith takes time, this goes into a muslin bag with the pips to add natural pectin to the jam.|
|Then the skin has to be shredded, a Stanley knife makes a good job of it.|
|First lot done.|
After making the first batch I realised that what I had in the freezer would not be sufficient to make an entire years supply so on Monday we popped to our local green grocer to pick up another four kg. Two kg makes eight 1lb jars,
|Had to make sure it was OK, just checking!|
There is nothing on the market to compare with home made marmalade besides being much cheaper than the shop bought we know that the oranges are all organic and fairly traded. It seems that in this area at least, all the Seville oranges are from one Spanish organic cooperative.
|One jar = one euro.|
* Weather update, it's now midnight and two inches of snow has fallen and it's still snowing, maybe we will be snowed in by the morning.
Predators. Today we finally got a mink in one of the traps, she was large, 2 foot long from nose to tail, they might look beautiful but they are vermin, and have no place in our ecological system, they are not a native species.
|Such beautiful fur, but a lethal animal. This one can do no more damage.|
Mink like foxes don't just kill for food, they kill for the sheer hell of it, but give me a fox anytime, foxes can be controlled and your poultry kept safe by electric fencing, mink seem to be immune to even two layers of electric poultry fencing .
Even when we had the commercial laying flocks we can count on just one hand how many birds we lost to foxes and that would be over a decade or more, the hens were always protected by proper poultry fencing. I just don't want to think how many birds we have lost to mink and in Spain, Pine Martens.
Bulbs are poking their heads above ground but it will be a few weeks more before we see any flowers,
|A bit of spring cheer.|
Megan, Meg for short, now acts as though the owns the place, she has her own bed complete with a nice comfortable cushion and blanket,
|Only the best for Meg.|