Tuesday, 3 July 2012
This and that.
First of all, the honeysuckle is out by the pasture gate. The flower is exquisite, the word is one of my favourite words and the scent (if you come up the pasture early in the morning when the dew is still on the plant) meets you long before you get to the gate. The farmer says it has been there as long as he can remember. It does beg the question why does honeysuckle do so badly in my front garden, about fifty yards further down the lane? Still, at least I can enjoy this one.
Next to tell you that yesterday they came to shear the sheep. Not a moment too soon as most of the Swaledale ewes had already lost at least two thirds of their fleece, which lies about field in woolly clumps. Judging by the sultriness of the weather today I should say they are jolly pleased they were shorn yesterday. Wool prices have got a little better but are still too low for the job of shearing them to pay. While they were in for shearing they were all drenched and also had a pedicure. Pedicures are essential for sheep. They so easily get foot problems. If you see a sheep kneeling down to eat then you will know that its feet are sore and it can't bend its head to eat without being in pain from the weight on its front feet.
Lastly, at long last the vegetable garden has started to spring into life. The broad beans and the peas are in flower, the beetroot is looking as though it will live after all, the strawberries are swelling, runner beans are still under glass to protect them from the strong winds we have been having but they are growing apace, and the gooseberries are almost ready so must get the jam sugar ready for making gooseberry jam. I wonder if I could make gooseberry chutney - anyone got any ideas? I shall now go and search the internet for just such a recipe.
Enjoy your day.