Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Oh what a lovely morning, just a little bit of rain during the night. The garden is looking so colourful various yellows, blues pink and lots of greenery.

I have just been a walk down the garden. Ive seen the stoat with a rabbit much bigger than itself, and it didn't drop it when it saw me, I think it must have babies, I'm just a bit worried about the hens.

The pond is full of tadpoles. I moved a lot of toads yeterday when I was weeding. I think the birds are using the nest boxes again, the Holly hedge does appear to have a lot of activity in it as well.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

more about the cheese and wine event

The Garden Cottage Website As you can see we had a full house for the quiz and looking at two of the revellers ts the end a good time was had by all. The winners were from Hurst Green. Thanks to everyone that helped make the evening a success.

We have just finalized the purchase of some land adjoining the our garden. The hens and bantams think they have died and gone to heaven. A friend has lent us some sheep to eat the grass down, when this is done we aim to plant some broad leaf trees.
I helped to organize a cheese and wine evening for St James church at the weekend, we raised £781.00 pounds but I'm still tired. Next thing up is the Inglewhite litter pick on the 22nd of this month, it usually rains, but heh ho we won't melt as my dad used to say!
The stoats are getting more cunning we don't see as much of them now, there seems to be lots of baby rabbits around. so long as they leave the hens alone they are welcome.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Spring News

The hens and the Bantams are laying well again following the snow. We have a big Bartle hen that has to live with the Bantams, she was attacked by a dog that tore all the feathers and skin from her neck.I thought it had taken her head off. But she survived and has E.45 on her neck each day and suncream if its windy or sunny. She is very spoilt and both her and the bantams are helping keep the weeds down.
We have just taken an old cabin down, with the good wood left from that and one from my brothers we have built a garage/workshop, we're really pleased with it.
We have put the muck on the raised beds, planted Shallots, Onions, Garlic and early carrots. I have also planted some different sorts of Tomato seeds and some peppers as reccomended by the Saturday Telegraph. I have raked up leaves and bits of trees until my arms feel like they are dropping of. More news soon.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Winter and Spring

The winter has been a long one. We really enjoyed the snow and the clear sky's. Now the garden spring clean has started. We have been cutting back a lot of shrubs and getting rid of dead leaves. We have also been putting plenty of muck on the veg gardens, I'm just about to start my tomato and pepper seeds off inside. The onions and garlic have been in a while, although I'm not sure if they have suffered.
The poultry have done really well and have continued to lay lots of eggs being kept warm by the straw in their houses. The worst thing that happened this winter is, the water supply to the cottage froze under the flags, what a job we had to put an above ground supply and stop it freezing by surrouding it with straw. I will try to put some pictures on to show what the place looked like
It's an awful long time since I have had time to bring my news up to date. The cottage has had a really good year and the bookings are coming in for 2011. We had open gardens for the church last year, that was big success and the guests in the cottage enjoyed it as well. We served afternoon tea we were able to divide the taking's between the Air Ambulance and the Lifeboats.
We also managed to sell all our surplus fruit.
We've bought a bit of land adjacent to the garden so anything can happen now more hens! some new animals! who knows.
We also hosted a wine tasting evening for the Whitechapel Players a vey good night John and Dee Laker from the Isle O Wight really enjoyed themselves it's a good job they had been before.