Saturday, March 16, 2013

Smallholding Update

Yet another busy week at Furzedown!

We have four new arrivals, large black weaners. From The Rodings Plantery. This is a new pure breed for us, we have only ever had cross large blacks before.

They are little stinkers! It was rather amusing when we collected them, Grandad Ron (age 74) came along with us and was given the run around by 10 naughty piggies! We spent most of the time watching piglets run between his legs, it was rather funny!

Thursday night arrived and as usual a mad rush to get everyone fed and watered before setting off to Great Baddow for our Bee training course. This week we learnt all about what goes into the hive and what comes out, hopefully HONEY! As well as wax to make candles.

We have frozen two Deer skins this week, which we hope to have a go at tanning later in year. They would make such lovely rugs in front of the fire.

Today was Guild Day. a chance to catch up with the lovely ladies at The Mid Essex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. A productive day for Michaela and I, she was working on croteching a granny square blanket, while I have been spinning some of our wool into yarn.

For dinner we had home made pizza with our Tamworth Pancetta that has been drying outside for the last month. Delicous!

Well off to bed soon, busy day tomorrow. Trees to plant in the wood, Land to veiw for grazing this year and bee keeping equipment to collect.

Never a quiet moment for the Smallholder!

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