Saturday, 12 September 2009

Every year we say we’re going to grow veg and every year we just don’t get round to it. This is partly because we’re too lazy to do the work and partly because this is what will happen….

Sadly, the culprit had run off before I could get a photo of her in the pot digging through it but here is one of the destructive foursome…..

They refuse to stay in their pen, they just fly over the fence and wander round the garden so they would just decimate a veg patch. Maybe when they’ve gone off to the big hen house in the sky we’ll do the veg patch thing.

One thing we have been doing this week is this:

Elderberry wine. Most of the berries were collected from the local country park but we didn’t have quite enough so the rest came from our own tree. It’s our first attempt at wine so we have no idea how it will turn out.

We’re hoping to bring in some of the pears this week, they seem to be virtually ready now. There’s still a lot of apples on the tree but all too high to reach. I think we’re going to have to get a ladder for them. The plums are pretty much finished now.

It’s been lovely getting our own fruit in. It’s the first year we have but won’t be the last. Sadly the cooking apples at the front of the house are a bit horrible looking, they seem to have been pecked by the birds and are full of holes and just generally dodgy looking so we won’t be picking those.

We’re thinking of getting some blackberry brambles to create a hedge at the back of the garden but are wondering if it’s such a good idea - would they grow too rapidly? Can you even buy them??

The children have now been back at school for over a week. In some ways it’s nice to be back into toddler groups etc and seeing friends again, but I was a bit sad that the holidays are over.

I’m pretty sure I said the same thing last year but I love September. Not just for the obvious reason (my birthday) but also because the days are becoming autumnal. I have noticed this year that the September smell hasn’t started yet - am I the only person who has noticed that smell in the air in September?? I can’t describe it, but I always notice it (and no, it’s not a man-made thing, it’s a natural aroma!!) a bit like that smell you get after it’s rained.

I love those slightly chilly mornings, that crispness, the leaves starting to turn, and the promise of days cold enough to light the fire (mind you, we’ve had a few of those over the summer). Autumn is definitely my favourite month of the year.


peachylaaa said...

oh my goodness, you are SO lucky having chickens and fruit trees!
my other half is such a city boy but this is my dream :)

Pippa said...

When you were talking about the culprit that had run off after digging in your plant pots, I was expecting a photo of a child!! hahahaha! One the plus side though, the chickens will eat your slugs and snails. My 'crops' have been ruined by munching snails this year!

Those cooking apples out the front should be fine you know. Just cut off the manky bits and use the rest. They're going to be cooked anyway, so it wont' matter.

I know exactly what you mean about Autumnal smells, it is really lovely, especially in the evening when everything is quiet, to go out into the garden and sniff!