A BLOG ON SELF RELIANCE. LIVING THE GOOD LIFE IN NORTH DEVON
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This year we have had the chance to net the strawberries properly. I built a fruit cage from some galvanised pipe and blue water pipe. Its proved to be quite affective. The peasants pace up and down outside and this year the crop loss has been low. We have been picking (or rather Barbara)...Continue reading
Just had a lovely delivery of cheese from The Fine Cheese Co @thefinecheeseco. www.FineCheese.co.uk. Saw a promotion on Jamie Oliver’s Instagram @jamieoliver about supporting British Cheese producers during COVID ….. and going forward! A beautifully packaged box of delicious cheese turned up today! Lovely hamper of cheese which included a cool pack, so the...Continue reading
The bees are doing so well, that I am struggling to keep up. Over the past month the weather has been fine, warm and dry. As a result, the bees have been out most days pollinating everything in flower. The apple trees are a buzz, the plumb and cherry trees are setting little fruitlets....Continue reading
The other weekend we all had fun with the tractor moving wood chip down to the vegetable patch. This week I mowed the field for the first time this spring. We had another chicken taken, so Mr Fox is being brazen in the day. Probably out to get food for cubs. The grass was...Continue reading
Barbara makes the family Sourdough bread and has been making bread for for over 20 years. I won’t say “I can’t remember the last time we bought shop bread”, because we can, and regret it every rare time we do! One of the challenges we have found with lockdown, is being able to buy...Continue reading
Spent much of the day moving wood-chip around on the tractor. Got the kids shovelling it into dumpy bags, then moving it to the veg patch. We all had a great day and tractor 🚜 rides too!...
The little softies raised in the greenhouse now need to get hard. So we issue each of them a flick knife before they’re planted out into the wild. Well, not exactly. Over the past few days the first lot of vegetables and bedding plants have been coming out of the greenhouse onto benches for...Continue reading
So, uses for the tractor? Well here is another. Load it up with all the fence posts, netting equipment and hedging, and it saves a few wheel barrow trips! Cool 😎 toy!...
The greenhouse is bulging with plants 🌱. We managed to get compost before travel was restricted, so have enough for seed rearing. We use grow bags and compost for cucumbers 🥒 , tomatoes 🍅 and chillies 🌶 in the greenhouse. Currently I am not sure if we can get these. Hopefully we can find...Continue reading
OK so the beer was put on about 2 weeks ago and should have been bottled a number of days ago. In lock down, you’d think this would have been a priority! Not having the time, recently, Barbara stepped in and sorted the batch! What would we do without Barbara! I don’t want to...Continue reading