Wednesday, July 2, 2008

June 2008 A mixed month indeed

The New Arrivals


The sunflowers in Bloom


The Stork




A Gift from our Bulgarian Friend




June 2008 is very different than June last year. We have had some hot weather, however this year it has been humid with many thunder storms. The crops have loved the water and most things are showing early this year. We have picked many of our crops and prepared them ready for winter. This entailed much activity in the kitchen, jam making, pickling, bottling , freezing, drying and baking. Unfortunately we lost our entire crop of peas to the pea moth. This is something you have to expect as it is our first year of growing, and we have chosen not to use any pesticides on our crops. We grew English peas and next year we shall grow Bulgarian peas as none of our neighbours had a problem. Another lesson learnt. We have some new arrivals here at Rock House. We are the proud owners of eleven chickens they are settling in very well, we watch them with great interest, each of them forming its own character. We are looking forward to having our own eggs later in the year Jasper and mitzy also watch them with interest, but we are sure for very diffrent reasons. Hopefully in time both chicken and cats will lead a full an happy life here in harmony.

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Frances said...

I read your whole blog and loved it. We raised chickens when I was young. I know a lot about raising chickens. More than I ever wanted to know. LOL Also I garden. Lots of composting. Best of luck.

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Half-an-Acre said...

Fascinating. Sometimes I just want to up and leave England too - and lead a much simpler, slower life - but I have three young kids so that dream will have to wait. Good luck!

Margaret said...

Such gorgeous pictures! I'll be interested to come back and hear morer about Bulgaria. Very nice blog.