Silence is golden

IMAG5717I’m suddenly in bed with the most horrible cold. Last night my chest itched and this morning it rapidly took the worse turn. I went to work for an hour and had to go home. “Funnily” enough we were actually discussing this yesterday afternoon after our obligatory daily swim. What’s worse being deaf, blind or mute? Yes of course I know it’s not a funny thought but right now I’m very close to sarcasm and I must admit it’s really hard not to talk to anyone for several hours. Although for me it would be loosing my sight absolutely but my daughter said without a pause -hearing! For me it would be devastating not to do anymore photography but fot her it would be not to listen to music anymore. Every time I open my mouth or swallow it feels like I’ve eaten ten razor blades followed by a very painful cough attack. The one thing I’m grateful for though is that it could always be worse and I’m chained to the bed. I still haven’t reached that stage where my eyes keep running and I can’t keep them open, impossible to go to sleep so I’ve brought the laptop, a book and all the squares that I knitted ages ago for a granny-blanket. If I’m lucky I’ll get plenty done before tomorrow or I’ll just pass out…

 

Harvest frenzy!

IMAG5566 We started the day with going to a friends place around the corner who just got chickens. Well they actually got a hen and some eggs for their sons preschool so all the children had the fantastic opportunity to watch the whole “from egg to chicken” and then all the young chickens were brought home to their garden. They reckon 3 cockerels but I guess 4, I’m not claiming to be an expert so time will tell. I wish all children would have the chance to experience this in their life but I think sadly enough that there are too many rules and “allergies” for it to happen.
IMAG5571 IMAG5575 IMAG5590Today the whole family helped(not counting the teen then busy being a rockstar) harvesting the berries in our garden. In one hour we picked red and black currants and cherries, 7 kilos all together! A record of cherries this year though, after picking a bucket full it looked like I hadn’t touched it and there are still more on the tree to ripen. The other day I ordered more pretty jam jars and they will arrive any day now so I’ve frozen most of the harvest apart from the cherries that I’m now turning into cordial and a first to me, cherry jelly. Tomorrow or when I have more time I will make blackcurrant jelly and then cordial of whatever is left. I feel like I haven’t written about the chickens for quite some time now but they they started eating my geraniums and that’s when I had enough, they seriously crossed the line. I started to have them closed in most of the day, well it’s a very big hen yard but I still felt bad about it. Now I pay the price. There are some strawberries but we still haven’t tasted them, the slugs are too fast. That’s the downside of my recent decision to close the chicks in more often. There are more slugs and snails than last year, so it’s a win-win(for the slugs!) or maybe lose-lose situation? I guess I’d rather have happy chickens eating my garden than slimy slugs so ok I give in…