Shearing

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We sheared all of our sheep last week. Bennet, a friend from Harlech, was kind enough to come over to help do the shearing. A tough job on a hot sunny day. I know I wouldn’t have the skill or the stamina to do it.

We don’t get paid much for the wool these days. The money we do get from the local depot just about covers the cost of hiring two helpers on the day. But it’s an essential process as it prevents the seep from overheating during the hot summer months and getting infected by flies and other bugs. Sheep aren’t Louise’s favorite topic at the moment. She was “run over” whilst protecting her roses by a couple of stray sheep who had jumped the cattle grid at the end of our lane. She’s still limping now, but I suspect she’s after a bit of sympathy.

Pumpkin Project

Lowri and Seren with their two week old pumpin seedlings
I thought it might be fun to keep a record of the development of two pumpkin plants grown by Lowri and Seren. We chose ‘Jack of all Trades’. No idea why, except the packet said they were ‘perfect for Halloween carvings’ which is something else we can look forward to. I’ll try and write a post every now and again detailing their progress. Soon the 7th of June two seeds were placed in 11cm pots filled with standard compost. Then covered with half a lemonade bottle which is an idea I saw on the telly and placed on the kitchen windowsill.

There now outside being ‘hardened off’, still with their lemonade bottle covers. I’ll plant them out properly next week some time.

North Easterly Winds

A strong wing blowing in from the North East

We had some unusual weather conditions last week. There was a a realy strong wind blowing in from the North-East. It played havock with my vetgetable beds unfortunetly. My newly constructed hazel climbing frame was completely blown away together with most of the french beans that were just begining to cling to it. I’ve also got greenfly on my parsnips. Nowhere else, just the parsnips. So if anybody out there has some tips on how to get rid of them I’d love to hear from you. Organic methods only naturally.

The rest of the vegetables are doing quite well. We’ve been eating a lot of the lettuce and rocket. And the tomatoes have just started producing tine little green fruit which is very exiting for a first timer like me. I’ll try and take some photo’s and post them on here in the next couple of days.