This week has been about tidying the farm and making the best of what we have.
The polytunnel is slowly being emptied of the compost in the raised beds ready for our move, so the outside beds have benefited from all the freshly dug compost which has neatened them up nicely. We want this place to look good for prospective renters when it gets advertised as soon as we definitely have our new home, (we are looking at a very likely candidate tomorrow, we're very excited!!). It's been lots of hard work but I've had some very good help to do it. The cats of course think all these nice clear beds are just huge cat litter trays solely for there use.
The bed and a half at the back still have lots of lovely 'chicken food' growing in them (weeds), I harvest a good bowlful every couple of days, the chickens needs freshly growing things to keep their eggs nice and tasty and their little bodies healthy, so until the frosts come and kill off the weeds they are ideal.
I've also been busy in my little workroom, making up Christmas gift bags and other items to sell at my final few Farmers Markets. We have decided that we will stop doing them from the end of December, so I have four more Farmers Markets and two more Craft Fairs to sell off all my remaining stock. I want all my regular customers to get lots of bargains in time for Christmas so they can give them as gifts, or just treat themselves.
It's been lovely to spend a bit of time playing with pretty things and seeing what I can make out of what I have left. This time last year I was already wallowing through fields of mud trying to look after lots of big pigs ..... what a difference.