No excuses, it's just that I'm tired at days end and just want to sit and veg out for a while. Oh, wait. That's an excuse, isn't it?
So what's been happening?
The garden got overgrown, but with the help of some HelpXers we have managed to get on top of it again.
The Berry rows have gone nuts (berries=nuts... nah) Growth is unbelieveable.
The berries transplanted into the old vineyard have been very successfully scratched up by the chickens and thus destroyed. I'll be transplanting some more advanced plants soon to replace them, as well as fencing the chickens out.
I managed to find 4 cabernet sauvignon vines that have survived and they will be nurtured and later transplanted. The Shiraz are hanging in there too and a few dozen Chardonnay have survived. Making wine in a couple of years, and of course the berries make wine as well.
We had two litters of Wessex Saddleback piglets. So damn cute and mischieveous.
Sista, the mare, is about ready to foal again. Should be only a few weeks off now.
My BlueDog, thought to be getting fat and lazy, turns out to have been busy in another way, and is very pregnant. So, puppies on the way.
It's been a while since any decent rain and the grasses are drying and crisping now. There won't be feed around for long and I'll have to buy hay in.
We've got too many goats now, and we're waiting 'till we get the coolroom up and running to knock 'em all off. That'll save some grass too.
I still havent progressed on the chicken plucker and when done will process all the excess cockerels.
We're getting somewhere near 40 eggs per day now, and saving specific breeds for incubating and hatching soon.
Tomatoes are in and up, as are the zucchinis, carrots, lettuce, radish, potatoes, broad beans, snow & sugar snap peas, spinach and silverbeet.
PZ just made a batch of rhubarb champagne for these hot days.
She's out in the gardening now, watering, and I feel as useful as tits on a bull, sitting here typing instead of out there doin' shit too.
The wind is rising and with todays temperature it will dry out even more.
I really need to set up and test the fire pump ready for this fire season. And hope we never need it.
I've got a million and one jobs lined up for the workshop, and just never seem to get around to doing them.
Got a yard vacuum cleaner that I want to repair to running condition to suck up the horse shit to use as fertiliser and mulch. Just another job.
Had a good WIN at a sale last week. Scored a Jacuzzi/Spa for $10, including the pump. Will install it asap for use during the hot weather, and, heated it could be used during the cooler months as well. Just the accompaniment for rhubarb champagne.
enough for now,
there's shit to be done.