|Mushroom in our forest. Not sure what sort,|
so if you know I would be happy if you send
me a message or post a comment.
|Will post a picture in situ next week. Hope|
it looks less of a mess where it is though by
then. Things are starting to pile up out there
on our land and look untidy.
|This is Bella, but don't be fooled by that innocent look.|
|Sofia, the quieter kitten|
|One on your lap, both on your lap|
|The village lake has been returned to full|
capacity now as the work continues on
the new hydro-electric plant
We were surprised to find our heating came on today. It hasn't been that cold recently, although it was today and it isn't October 15th yet either. The regulations are less than 8C during the day for three days or below freezing at night for three days. This usually means a cold September early October, but the unseasonably high temperatures we have had meant it was just not cold enough for heating and we have only had our wood burning stove on a couple of times. We had planned on lighting it tonight as it was around 4C most of the day and only got up to 6C at its warmest, but there is no need now.
|Our barn is now finished, they added the locks today. The|
concreting has to wait until next year now though
Our neighbours on the allotment are a bit bewildered as to why we are not out digging the garden over, in fact we put clover seed down as a winter cover crop. Most Latvians have pristine dug plots over winter and then dig it all over again in the spring which destroys the soil structure, it also leaves the soil open to leaching of all the nutrients from it over the winter. By leaving plants intact we risk the pests not being disturbed but then we rotate our crops and so is not as much of a problem and I remain to be convinced that digging brings all the harmful bugs to the surface to be eaten. Another factor for leaving the site covered with vegetation is that we have a sloped site which is sandy and that means that it is more prone to leaching. We are trying a bit of the technique used in the link (Garden of Eden film) I shared the other week of using wood chippings, unfortunately we can't get the chippings with the leaves on our plot (we can do that on our land though), but we can mix it in with compost and manure for a more nutritious topping. We have sourced the wood waste from a local wood mill, which means there is a lot of bigger pieces of wood in, but they will rot down eventually and they had a pile of well rotted stuff as well which we can mix together with the drier stuff. We can also rake up leaves from nearby trees to add to the mixture too. Now we just need to find time to do this and the right weather, although spring time will also work if necessary.
|The new hydro-electric station, still |
|It has left the river with a lot of sediment. One friend of ours|
has lost a swimming area to the silt but has been assured
that it will wash away in the spring floods - we shall see.
|A neat little water works station (well at least that is what I|
think it is). Beats the dilapidated old building that it replaced
|The newly tarmacked road up to the technical|
school, it was just a dirt road before which we
have many of.
|The new skate park|