It was my bookkeeping Tuesday and I don’t know if it was because it was cold or I really don’t like it all that much – but it took forever to do. I should have been outside and into the garden by lunchtime, but for some reason it was just a slow day.
So with the winter sun sinking quickly over the hills there wasn’t much time for any gardening at all. I was so disappointed. I have a list. The things on the list need to be done. Grr.
So I looked about for things that needed doing without much time invested and decided it was time to move the goats. I spoil them a bit. When their field looks even remotely low I give them a change of scenery. This time I looked at how nicely they had taken care of the front field and decided that they should earn their keep taking care of the back lawn.
Hubby the Un-Gardener took some convincing, but I reminded him he was just too busy to do any mowing for the foreseeable future and the goats would love it as it is the loveliest grass. So he moved their wee house and we set up some posts and made sure they couldn’t reach anything we wouldn’t want eaten – like the swimming pool. Goats can eat anything!
The girls seem to love their new home and are chomping their way through the grass. The only thing that makes me nervous is if they escape and head over to my veggie garden as they are awfully close!
Peaches the chicken is on the road to recovery from her pecking order issue and is free ranging on the deck. She has decided though that the life of a house chicken is what she really wants and spends most of the day trying to get in and succeeding every time someone leaves the door open. She is like a wee vacuum cleaner, picking up bits and pieces off the floor – I just worry about what happens when her wee vacuum cleaner bag needs emptying – on my carpet! So I shoo her back out again. But since she has discovered the cat food she is all the more determined to get in!
Hubby the Un-Gardener had been busy tidying the shed and brought me a couple of pumpkins that if we don’t use soon will go off. So I decided to use the largest one to make soup. Although I didn’t end up using it all, as it was just too big. It weighed in a 7.2kg and was a Pink Jumbo Banana Squash. I decided to try a new soup making technique mum suggested where I roast the pumpkin first. I got carried away and roasted peppers, onion, garlic, rosemary, and tomatoes as well and when they were all nice and sweet I threw them all in my blender and had this amazing roast pumpkin soup. I even thinned it down so it didn’t look like orange porridge. I don’t know how far I can get away with serving soup every night, so maybe tonight we might have something else.
Come again soon – it is cold and raining and I’m not sure how I can garden in these conditions!
Sarah the Gardener : o )