Monday, 27 June 2011

Growing

With all these posts about candlesticks this blog is starting to look like Mr Stephenson's scribbles.

The sun came out yesterday in the typical way we have here in the UK at the moment. One minute it is pissing down with rain and shivery cold, the next it's far too hot and sunny to stay out too long unless you want to be burnt to a crisp.

Anyway it did give me an excuse to stroll around the plot, pottering about (too hot for 'hard landscaping') and take some snaps.

I'm really gonna need those zucchini recipes Lisa...
...ripening nicely...
...lovely pear (Oooo Matron!)...
...the blackbirds have kindly left me 'one' cherry...
The chicks are doing fine and growing into their teenager phase - scrawny, gangly and scruffy. I really need to sort them a new coop but I'm determined to design and build my own again for them. The last one I bought is, frankly, shit, and too small for three birds let alone the eight birds advertised in my opinion.

Penny the hen and the 'Cockerel With No Name'...
John over at Going Gently wanted some pics of my clover patches...

Jacques literally 'in clover'...
...and the bees love it!
I ended up spending most of the morning making furniture in my little workshop but had to stop when I started to melt in the heat. So I went off to the plot to see G and get started with the bees. Have a gander at bees make honey to see how I got on (or not).

Bzzzzzzz.

9 comments:

Crow said...

Wow Chris, gorgeous fruits of your labor.

I love that awkward teenager stage of chickens. They look like tiny ostriches.

Mmm clover honey.
Heading over to your bee house now!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm so impressed you have cherries. Even if the blackbirds did steal most of them.

Chris said...

In the case of the cherries, crow, the gorgeous 'fruit' of my labor...

Let's have those recipes Lisa!

John Gray said...

I am impressed with your clover!

hope your lurpack and your flora is just as good

Jim said...

I love clover Chris! We planted a 'patch' to attract the bees and just wanted something other than grass. It is very prolific.
You are very enterprising if your garden/plot is any indication.
Great photos.

Chris said...

John - I can't believe it's not butter!

Too kind Jim but more like - I've bitten off more than I can chew!

What I need now is a time machine so I can get more done in a day.

Calling Ravens said...

Love your clover too! I grew up with a backyard full of it and actually used to eat it. I hadn't realized I missed it until I saw your photo.
Did you see my comment on a past post with a link to that Gingered Zucchini Marmalade? It just sounded so different....and it's said you Brits really love your jam-lol!

Melodie said...

So lovely and green where you are! I love the fruit and clover,what a wonderful bounty!

Chris said...

Do you know, Meggs, I've never tried it. Bet it's quite tasty. There's another crop I can grow without trying like the nettles.

Sure is green Melodie, due to all the bloomin' rain we have in the 'summer'!