After finishing work on the 20th we have had an absolutely mad time, smoking meat and cheese, making chipolatas and pigs in blankets. Dressing the turkeys. Despite being so so busy it was very rewarding all the comments have been excellent and already we have orders for next year.
I did make a slight error, I sold all the hams leaving us just a small pice when we usually have a whole leg!
While smoking I included 60 wild duck breasts which I had prepared, absolutely delicious I'm very pleased and i have another 30 birds in the fridge waiting to be done a wonderful addition to the freezer.
Both Gareth and I had the pleasure of our families enjoying what we provided for Christmas.
Father Christmas was very good to me, I am the proud owner of a Vigo strainer which discharges a specific amount of juice into bottles. Roll on apple season!
I have a lovely new boning knife and a shot detector to make sure no more of those bits of pellets in our game.
I also have a food dehydrator, I have dried banana, lemon, orange, lime and plums. I look forward to doing biltong and dried herbs.
I also have a sock peg loom, so fingers crossed I will be making socks soon.
I have been so lucky and I hope everyone liked their presents.
I am a terrible food hoarder, I have so many freezers and must confess we have had to purchase another this Christmas to have space for the turkeys. I have been keeping some jersey cow milk that I was given in hope of making cheese, but I just don't have time. So I have given it to our friends Belinda and Warren who are going to turn all 25 litres into hard cheese and then give us a lump back. A great swap I think. Thank you Belinda and Warren.
Everyone has been on at Gareth and I about its time for kids, so we are pleased to announce we have twins. Yesterday we collected two beautiful Alpine cross Boer ladies from Kirsty at Hens For homes. They have settled in really well although they are cheeky little monkeys standing in their hay rack. We have called them Edith and Murtle.
Maurice and Craig have been busy digging out muddy gateways and filling with crushed concrete. It will make things so much easier.
We are off to look at some pigs on Tuesday.