|A butterfly on an onion seedhead|
|Not quite sure why these Jerusalem|
artichokes are so high. The original
ones are as high as the tips of my fingers,
these are another 40-50cm taller
|The grapes are suddenly ripening in the heat and we have|
even had a few of the sweet ones. These are a picture of the
more sour ones that we are hoping to make some wine out
of this year.
|Of course the heat means that some of our squashes have|
exploded in size. Much to our relief
|Forty down, sixty-two more to go!|
The hay is not so great, as it is passed its best but it will make good bedding for the alpaca houses. Ian nearly sold a baler the other day, well he could have done if he had the contacts necessary. A gentleman saw Ian baling and stopped the car and asked about the baler. He couldn't speak English, but Ian was able to tell him how much it cost. He was very interested. Our baler may take longer than the huge balers, but the the rewards of manageable bales is invaluable to us and I guess it was for the gentleman who stopped. Well when I say manageable, the bales are manageable if they are not too densely packed as some of the ones were this week. Some I can throw up onto the trailer without too great a difficulty and some I struggle even using a bit of application of mechanics and rolling it up over another bale.
|Amaranth, for their seed. It can be used a bit like quinoa|
|Damage at the top of our land. You can tell how large an|
area by the size of the bale - that they also messed about with
|Damage to the barley crop. It is a bit weedy too, but that was|
the least of our worries
|The fence from the outlet in the barn. It registers 10,000V|
inside the barn, but by the time it gets to the orchard plot it
is down to 4000V
|Chenopodium giganteum makes a far better replacement|
for spinach. It is productive, grows well and high. It also
is related to quinoa and so the seeds will be edible too.
|I didn't think you would want to see pictures of skin|
problems and so there is a cute picture of her son Brencis
|The peas have also come on a lot this last week. They are|
likely to go over just as fast in this heat though. Still
looks like a good enough harvest from them now.
|As if there isn't enough pictures of cute kittens on the|
internet. Eyre is starting to get quite explorative these days.
She also killed a vole today that was around the hay stack