Sunday, 31 August 2014
Saturday, 30 August 2014
When I walked with a plastic bag in my hand through the field where the rams are they were keen to follow me. A bag of feed is used to move the sheep which they invariably will follow.
We have three rams that are all pedigree Charolais. They are not the most attractive but we find that a good lamb is produced with the Suffolk cross ewes as this family snap portrays of dad , mum and lamb!
The rams are having a bit of a rest at the moment with a few ewes who had very late lambs and the pet lambs.
Friday, 29 August 2014
My walking group went for a walk around the Stourhead Estate today. This consisted of a walk around the parkland.
Two of the monuments that we passed were of particular interest to those with us from Bristol. The walk information told us a little bit about the Bristol High Cross.
We learnt that the cross constructed in 1373 was given to Henry Hoare of Stourhead by the Dean of Bristol in 1780. It has adorned the entrance to the garden since then.
The general feeling in our group was why had it been removed from Bristol and it's original position at the junction of High St, Broad St, Wine St and Corn St. However it seems that the people of Bristol found this monument nothing but a nuisances and after several moves in Bristol it was removed to its pesent position.
Further on we passed the St Peter's Pump which marks the source of the river Stour. This monument also originates from Bristol.
In the picturesque Stourton Village.
We had a wander around the churchyard and wondered about the origins of the grave depicting a Scull and Crossbones.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
I am joining in Helena's ZIZO 35 today. I always like to grow some sunflower plants. I love their big yellow heads. They always grow quite tall due to the position they grow in. They tend to draw up towards the sun. This year I had one that tried to peep over the stables!
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Monday, 25 August 2014
The whole of Facebook is going mad at the moment with Ice Bucket Nominations in aid of the Charity ALS which as far as I understand is also known as Motor Neurone Disease. The girls here are always game for a challenge so there was a lot of water splashed around today. Not really necessary as it rained all day.
Kate went first
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Some of the Victoria plums have now been picked. There is however a limit to how many you can eat raw!
A recipe that I found last year lightly poaches the plums in rosewater flavoured syrup.
This delicious dish is out of a cook book that I originally bought for Kate when she was doing GCSE catering. Real Food Real Fast is written by the teenage chef Sam Stern. It has some great recipes and I now use it regularly.
On the subject of GCSEs Emma had her results last Thursday. We are delighted with how well she did. The congratulatory cards have come rolling in.
Saturday, 23 August 2014
The Bramley apples in our garden are looking good this year. Following on from yesterday they certainly fit:-
Friday, 22 August 2014
It may still be August but there is a chill in the air at times. The swallows are collecting on the wires and the tree branches are heavy with fruit. Not many people can walk past our Victoria Plum tree without reaching for a plum. I blogged the blossom earlier in the year and now the fruit is ready.
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Joining in with Helenas ZIZO week 34. My mother discovered a large wasp nest in the garden in a bush. The wasps were being quite a pest so were destroyed. The nest was quite big and it was fascinating to see how it was made. The nest had broken apart when it was touched.
The cells make an intricate pattern.