Green fingers

After having two weeks of snow suddenly sun appears, everything has melted and every time you turn around a new spring flower has popped up! Yesterday I did loads of necessary chores but took some time in the sun just hanging with the chicks. Today started foggy but eventually sun broke through. I said last week we have to buy a proper pancake or crêpe pan instead of our big frying pans, this morning I went down the second hand shop in the harbour and Voila! The perfect cast iron pan. Love it when that happens! I had a coffee because they have the best coffee and it’s also nice to just sit there and look at people. At home I immediately tried out the great find and me and my daughter had pancakes in the sun on the stairs. Then she helped me clear the veg patch, chickens came to help to. They are so social and curious. I’ve spoilt them rotten so every time I go in the basement they come to beg for food. When I planted peppers Lottie actually came inside but left as soon as she didn’t find any food. I promised myself to not go through another summer without a greenhouse, problem is I want a really big one to sit in. Planning the year I realise that it’s not gonna happen without a budget and a holiday so now I’ve decided to build something in the vegetable patch  or possibly attached to the henhouse. The veg patch is my worst enemy. There’s ivy and nettles taking over everything. I’m tempted to leave it but it’s such a valuable patch of land, perfect location, enough sun, shade and shielded by the worst wind. Maybe if I put five minutes every day on weeding I’ll be able to keep it in check. Think of all the vegetables we can grow and use for events in the barn/gallery!

Fermenting

fermented vegetables and kimchi

fermented vegetables and kimchi

I spent the weekend in London and while I was away my husband found a new hobby, fermentation. He’s bought a book The art of Fermentation and so far there’s three jars of veg and a jar of kimchi on the kitchen table. Apparently you can ferment all sorts of things. It’s also very healthy and a good way to use up the fruit and veg in summer. Next thing he will try is making mead, of course.

IMAG0551 IMAG0541 IMAG0532Spring is here and I washed off the London fumes in the sea this morning, now 5°C in the water. Spring flowers everywhere and sunshine! I love living on the Island but going away to a big city makes me appreciate it even more.

Harvest

Human food

Human food

Chicken food

Chicken food

Veg and spuds for us and nettles and rowanberries for the hens. The last few weeks we’ve treated ourselves to a lot of fresh fish from the fishshop (and the mackerel we caught of course) together with potatoes from the garden, cooked, fried and ovenbaked. I could eat fish and potatoes everyday for the rest of my life without getting bored.

I read in a forum about herbs for the henhouse, that some plants scare flies and parasites away. Very interesting! Need to research more but I started with  picking some Renfara (Tansy in English), apparently it’s good for the compost as well. Also nettles and rowanberries to dry so the chicks can have some extra vitamins for winter. Don’t like to even think about winter but it seems that autumn is coming on with big steps…