Complacency Kills…

Complacency Kills…

They’ll Be Fine Just For A Min…

No, they won’t be. I can make excuses till the cows come home but the fact is a grown in electric fence won’t stop a fox and sheep netting is never a deterrentย  or substitute for chicken wire – and so I have had one of my geese taken to feed the cubs.

Generally I am ‘around’ even when I am writing and mostly the geese are shut inside when I am not here but, as the grass grows for hay or silage right up to the yard and around the barn, now the sheep flock is gone, the fox can get really close in and not be seen… I know that life’s a bit stressed here at the moment with Mum still in hospital – and it has resulted in sleepless worry filled nights for me – but falling asleep in the day time – at 10 am – after letting the geese out- who knew I’d ever do that? ๐Ÿ™

Problem is now that my geese are shut in – they always take it very hard when one of the group dies of natural causes – old age usually – and the only other time they had a fox attack they beat the fox half to death and one gander still has the featherless neck scars – 10 years later – to prove his worth. We still have them down the barn in the field and not in the yard or their pen due to the dilapidation of the yard pen we have yet to finish fixing up – and frankly – this would have happened there anyway as the grass in the yard-adjoining field is also standing hay-in-flower right to the orchard edge –ย  and the Flexinet would have been over powered there too – and with me writing in the house – out of sight – I doubt the fox would have left empty handed.

At the weekend we can use some of the building barriers to back fence the yard they are in and I can lawn mow enough of an area in front of the shed that I can see them from the house – they don’t respect the Flexinet but at least they will wander up and sit under my window through the safer short grass of the horse paddock. It was seeing Gander Wilkeswood sat alone with the horses that alerted me yesterday – when I awoke groggy and stunned to find it was 3pm – to the quality of the silence under the road noise and sparrow chat and the ‘way’ you just know Trouble has found you out was like a bucket of water being slung over me.ย  I can ‘should-of’ on my self all day and night but the fact is – you have livestock you cannot leave things to chance – you cannot be ‘part time’ – they are your responsibility birth to death and if you want that to be to table and plate or into bank account or to service the National Debt – then you don’t screw up like this…


June starts the Return of The Veg :)

I put up the Rabbit fence around the reduced sized patch .

Too many nettles to hack my hazel rods from hedge now so I bought bamboo – but beanz are back and the rest will follow ๐Ÿ™‚ !st veg growing for three years since the Open House Surgery started… ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Day. Muddy knees ๐Ÿ™‚




Why make cheese?

Well, I used to when Iย  kept goats and we fed the whey to the pigs –ย  but now I am fed up with throwing out milk after the weekends – no pigs –ย  and I like the little french herby cheese –ย  but not the price and I definitely don’t like buying plain soft cheese these days – too small an amount and way too much ยฃ!ย  But first, I had to find my kit and clean it up after 3 years in the container! Hum. The cheese molds were missing – well, I wouldn’t have thrown them out but goodness knows where they are… Good job I have my Russian cheese cloth – husband was given this in exchange for his hospitality one weekend from a Russian truck driver – and I was well chuffed with it ๐Ÿ™‚

These are the photos for two lots of cheeseย  – the first is made of 4 Litres of Morrison’s homogenised Gold Top and the second from 2 x 2.27L ordinary Blue top. I tinkered with the Gold Top one after making with adding sour cream – and that one also had more starter but I think the best flavour – and by far the cheapest – was the Blue Top.

After the weekend I will collect up husband’s left over skim milk bottles and what ever I have left in my blue top and make what there is – we have enough soft cheese now to last for a fair while that I can cook with or we can add fresh herbs to – and it freezes well. If there isn’t enough milk this week I will freeze it and make it up when there is – it isn’t being soldย  and it is only for home use and cooking. Hate waste ๐Ÿ™‚

Mad Millie 5 x Cheese Starter and rennet available at Amazon. ( veg rennet also)

Time passed and I examined Pear blossom ๐Ÿ™‚

Looks like this next day

I broke mine up and sprinkled with sea salt then re hung for another day

I tinkered with adding sour cream for a smooth cheese – actually I think it was grainy – but it tasted fine:)

Produce of first batch.

Blue Top for second batch

Same system – hang over night – scrape down, crumble salt and re bag and hang.


I use a cut down yog pot with cling film over as a shaper and I fold the cling film over then push it down with my fist and then push it out and finish wrapping. Label, bag and refrigerate – then freeze if you want. ๐Ÿ™‚


Wet day – so testing pancake recipes…

So what’s this all about then?

Egg mountain looming ๐Ÿ™‚ 8 pullets and 1 hen = 9 eggs a day ๐Ÿ™‚

I like pancakes but I don’t want the white four so I played with three kindย  – egg only pancakes with just a spoonful of yogurt, Hairy Biker’s Quick Dosas – from their Curry book – recipe followed and some made with eggs and chick pea flour and a little water and yogurt. I made a huge stack between the lot of them and the next day used them to make pancake ‘cannelloni’ stuffed with roast Aubergine, Tomato,Onion, Herbs,Peppers and oven baked minced beef topped with a white sauce made with yogurt and Parmesan – who needs pasta?!

chick pea and egg with water and yog mix

Hairy Biker Quick Dosas back left.

The egg only ones


Jam and rusty pots and pans

Been trying to get these two jobs done all year…

Picked some BC’s last summer and froze them – Mother has been saving jars – and when I went in to the container to get the jars I saw the state of my cast iron pots and pans I used to use on the Rayburn – the Swallow poo did nothing for them – or me…

These are the better ones – I couldn’t shown you the Swallow poo ones ๐Ÿ™‚ Could I?! An afternoon in the dumpy bag of sand scrubbing – or I could have used white vinegar ( I just didn’t have any)

Note to self – don’t freeze too many BC’s in a bag – as when you put the sugar in it gets dangerously near the top of the biggest pots ๐Ÿ™

They look better after a coating of nut oil and a long hot bake- now I have to find somewhere to put them indoors or use them for door stops ๐Ÿ™‚