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Monday, 22 May 2017

Memo, Mail, Me and Monday : Pea Sticks

Good morning on what is proving to be quite a sunny morning at the moment. A customer has just been in for 7 trays of eggs ( a lot of people buy them for their neighbours and friends!) and he assured me that the weather is set fair for the week. That's better than the forecast was predicting last week.
So it's a sunny wave to Sian and all the other Monday bloggers. It's rime to review what's been happening here over the weekend.
 The post has been more interesting than some weeks. I couldn't wait to post all about Monty's special delivery which you can read about here. There has also been a parcel arrived for a little boy who is going to be two next week. It's waiting to be dispatched and I couldn't possibly tell you what it is because you never know .....he might just read my blog!
So let's move onto what is new around here. It's been a lot of new planting this weekend. The sweet peas are in and in need of something to climb up so it was off in search of pea sticks. 

You can see that we soon had a good load up. 

I decided to walk back as it wasn't very far. This gave me a chance to photograph a patch of bluebells I had spotted on the way.

Then the view with the evening light across the fields.

I was not far behind to do gate duty.

The sticks are now in place and will look better when the sweet peas begin to grow.

Needless to say we didn't use all the sticks. A lot are destined for use for sweet peas and peas in the vegetable garden.
So wishing you all a sunny, productive and cheerful week ahead.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Looking Down the Garden

The garden is at that in between scruffy stage at the moment. The spring bulbs are over and there is a lot of tidying and planting to do. I have made a start and yesterday I nipped out between showers of rain to do a bit more. The ceanothus bush is looking grand at the moment but is threatening to take over the whole garden. We were discussing how we bought it as a tiny plant from a stall on the harbour in Penzance. A lovely reminder of a great holiday 4 years ago.

A few sheep are in the field at the bottom of the garden which I always enjoy seeing.They are not often there but are a few ewes who were late to lamb. The last lambs have been born so that's it for this year. 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Getting Comfy

Socks the cat kept me company while I was sotmg some of my bedding plant seedlings.

There are still a lot in the conservatory.

Then as predicted Socks found himself a really comfy spot in Monty's new bed.

He is certainly well camouflaged!

Friday, 19 May 2017

A New Bed

All the family have been talking about getting Monty a new bed. They have all had in mind a big cushion for him to use in the kitchen and conservatory. I must admit I wasn't sure he needed one however Farmer Daughter decided to order him one. It arrived today while I was out.
Monty certainly seems pleased with the purchase.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Take Three Thursday: Blue

I am joining Mary Lou with her Thursday meme where you choose three photos with a theme. Today I have chosen 3 blue flower pictures that I have taken over the last few weeks. They are in 3 different locations.
1. In the bluebell woods.

2. In my mum's garden.

3. In my garden.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sheep Checking

On Sunday Farmer Daughter took her Grandma off to check the sheep.

The advantage of this vehicle is that no walking is involved!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fun in the Field

The last couple of days I have been showing a little of the Somerset Young Farmers Rally. There were also some activities going on in the field.
 The 'lawnmower ' races were highly amusing to watch. 

The lads took this very seriously and were all on hand for any emergency repairs or help needed. 

The ditch of water certainly added to the fun causing lots of splashes and several  minor breakdowns.

There was a tug of war which had been carefully prepared for with lots of training. The winning team will go on to compete at the national rally.

One of the most enjoyable events for spectators and participants was the obstacle course which included a pool of foamy water.

There was plenty of over and under. 

Two of the lads had come in appropriate dress and entertained the audience with their antics.

Let's hope they all brought a change of clothing for the evening event!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Memos, Mail, Me and Monday: Fun Challenges

 Good Morning to all and particularly Sian and the Monday morning bloggers. Hoping you all had a lovely weekend. Well the weather has changed overnight and this morning we are having some much needed rain. The fields and garden  have become very dry. The potatoes and arable crops are in need of a good soaking. Lets just hope that it knows when to stop!
 It was however lucky that the rain held off for most of the weekend. I mentioned yesterday that the Somerset Young Farmers had their rally close by over the weekend. Farmer daughter was involved in the setting up and was helping on the day.

 I decided to wander along to see what they were all up to. This was a first for me so I wasn't certain what to expect. You can see a few of their antics in my post yesterday too. The theme incidentally as I mentioned then is "Down Under "
 A lot of preparation had gone into the youngsters work. There were a lot of skills being exhibited many of which have been passed down the generations and it was good to previous young farmers of all ages on hand to help, advise and judge this new generation of farmers. The more traditional skills included showing stock such as these dairy calves.

A lot of work and ingenuity was being shown on this challenge of building a Sidney Opera House out of pallets. This shows an early and later shot.

Some challenges were of a more frivolous nature such as the Bush Tucker challenge based on a "I'm a celebrity..." style. The delicacies to eat in the shortest time included prunes, olives, anchovies, cockles and edible worms. That is without mentioning chocolate covered sprouts and raw eggs.... Farmer daughter and her friend were up to the challenge.

Not everyone found it so easy.

Everyone was busy. There was a wetsuit challenge.

Preparing a chicken, changing a wheel, archery and cooking.

Tomorrow I will show some of the other fun activities that took part in the field.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

A Surf Board Challenge

This weekend is the Somerset Young Farmers' Rally when all the local Young Farmers gather together for a bit of a challenge and a bit of a social. This year the theme was 'Down Under' so there were many Ausralian antics going on.

Quite a lot of thought had gone into the activities even down to the signage for the road crossing.

The handicrafts were all on an Australian theme and the Aboriginal bunting was particularly good.

I have however chosen a couple of the challenges to show you. One was how many people could you get on one surf board. This was something that seemed to progress in intuition with each group.

Luckily nobody wobbled!
A more creative activity was the sand sculpture competition. Farmer daughter was always keen on her sand pit as a child so she was in her element!

A pretty good job they made of it too!

This group were however some stiff competition.

I'll be telling you a bit more of what went on tomorrow. Well some of it anyway!