Doesn't time fly when your having fun.
The third week of July we attended the Southminster Flower Show with the smallholders group. What a lovely day out! Mum had managed to enter us in 17 classes between the handicraft and horticultural. We did really well.
Mum won a trophy for joint preserve champion. I won the novice handicraft class for my basket of wool. Dahlias won a first and second. Potatoes and raspberries got a second. Beetroot, strawberries and culinary herbs all won first place. A real achievement for both of us.
We collected the cows the following Monday, its great having them home, fingers crossed Tilly is in Calf this time. Dennis hasn't grown much taller, but his horns have a few more inches on them!
The garden is doing well, we have lots of potatoes, beans, cabbages and peas. Its so nice to be living off the land. Combined with a home grown chicken we had a lovely Sunday roast.
The bee's have arrived and are doing well, Dad is even interested in them. We managed to squeeze him in a bee suit last night although getting him out of it was a bit difficult! They have nearly drawn out and filler all the comb in the brood box.
We have walnuts pickling ready to store for the winter.
The pear trees have an abundance of fruit. I can see a lot of Perry making happening this autumn!
The time has come to start advertising our surplus meat. We have Oxford Down cross lamb, Oxford Sandy and Black Pork which will be ready in September/October and Bronze Turkey's for Christmas. So if anyone would like book some Furzedown Reared Meat please email me. Danielle.Perkins@Yahoo.co.uk.