Thursday, 9 June 2016

A No News Day


It's felt like a bit of a 'no news day' today.  The builders who were supposed to arrive on Monday then I found out on Tuesday that they weren't coming until this morning, then texted Lovely Hubby to tell him they weren't coming until tomorrow .... obviously haven't been here.

The dogs are snoozing the day away in the cool of the house, only waking up to follow me to the bathroom every time I go, heaven knows what they think I do in there, they must have noticed by now that there is most definitely not another way to the great outdoors in there.

I've pottered between the net tunnel and the polytunnel and sadly discovered that my Leeks are going to seed and have pretty much all gone woody ...to quote Dick Dastardly drat and double drat.  So I concocted a pot of soup using just the outer layers, and leaving the central woodlike stem in the compost bin, pulled up an onion that was also about to flower and a handful or so of lettuce and kale leaves .... and then remembered I switched the Aga off such was the heat in the house the other day.  

 I hoiked out the soup maker and set it all in action.  It tastes good by the way, although I've probably added a bit too much garlic paste to the mix, I have a tendency to do that when there's only a bit left in the tube, or so I think until I start squeezing and it turns out there's inches and inches of the stuff.  I'll have a bowl for tea tonight and some more for our lunches tomorrow and then I'll probably harvest all the rest of the leeks before they get any worse.


The chickens have all been pottering on the hillside enjoying the slightly cooler day.  The new girls have started laying, although two of them are just laying the teeny tiny eggs that start off a hens egg laying life.  Nature is kind that way they get gradually larger and larger as their bodies get used to the process.  It bodes well for one of them, although her eggs are still pretty small she laying mostly double yolkers .... tiny little pairs of yolks in one egg.  The yolks of them all are also gradually turning to the lovely shade of orange that our girls lay, thanks to the fresh greens that they get to forage and the daily treat of a small bowl of corn.

I've spent far too long on the computer, drank a few too many cups of coffee and now it's time to feed the hounds and wander round the paddock with them.  My son phoned earlier while I was in the orchard collecting eggs and the background to our conversation was the baa-ing of the sheep .... every time they see me they think I should feed them as well as the chickens.

There you have it .... a no news blog post.

Sue xx

14 comments:

  1. Your kitchen looks so homey...Sorry about the workers not appearing but at least you have little noise with which to contend. I hope all goes smoothly once they begin. Cheers!

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  2. Well at least I got to see your lovely green jug and green ?bread bin in the window!
    Hope thos dratted workers turn up! xx

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    1. The bread bin is the white ceramic container with the wooden lid that the jug is standing on. The green thing on the windowsill is the compost bucket.

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  3. Does your compost bucket have a lid or just get emptied every time after use? We're looking for one for kitchen but am worried about attracting flies :(

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    1. It has a lid .... no fly problem here 😊

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    2. Mind if i ask where we can buy them? Looking for a decent lasting one but a homely one with a lid now you've reassured me :)

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    3. Ours was from Homebase, half price when our branch closed down, but I've see similar in lots of places.

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  4. That was a lovely 'no news' blog! I'm amused that dogs can do the same as small children - not let you get any peace on the loo! Our Goldie doesn't want to come into the bathroom - she looks distinctly embarrassed if she poles her nose around the door when I'm on the throne! Funny girl!
    We had bolting lettuce this summer, and some herbs that did the same - must be the excessive heat. Annoying though. Hope your builders don't muck you around too much.

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  5. We lifted all our leeks before they went to seed and dehydrated them, but the onions did seed so we left them where they were.
    Love your kitchen, it looks very tidy compared to ours!
    Hope those builders get their act together....

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  6. Hi Sue, I enjoyed your "no news" blog. I got 2 pullets 3 weeks ago (20 weeks). Rose has been laying for just over a week and Violet just started yesterday. Rose has been laying little tiny perfect brown eggs ... until this morning. There was a really large one in the coop and it definitely belonged to Rose. Bless and they are still only babies. By the way, your soup sounded delicious. Have a good weekend. Kind regards, Louise S, Cheshire.

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  7. A tube of garlic paste is rather expensive here in the states so I make my own for pennies! I grind up about 30 cloves of peeled garlic with about a tablespoon or more of olive oil and store it in the fridge in an airtight container for weeks.You can also freeze small batches if you don't use it fast enough or freeze little cubes for soups and sauces.

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    1. It's really cheap here, but your idea is a brilliant one. I have lots of garlic in the net tunnel I think I'll process a big batch of it and freeze for use later in the year. Thanks 😊

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  8. Sue, that is exactly what happened to our leeks last year. Yet my brother in law's in the next door garden did perfectly well. Very annoying.

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