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  1. Minnie&Moose

    Updates from Devon

    I agree Valkyrie - it's the people who use the weedkiller and then sell on the hay who are the problem. I love your hay-making pictures. It's mainly arable crops round us so not much in the way of hay-making going on.
  2. Minnie&Moose

    Updates from Devon

    Very sorry about your broad beans Valkyrie - I've had exactly the same problem with ours and I'm extremely cross. Like you I'm waiting to see what will happen with the other beans I have in. On a more positive note - we went to see some lambs today - they should be moving into our field in a couple of weeks.
  3. Minnie&Moose

    The Weather Thread #9

    Apparently we had thunder here last night (I slept through it!) but the torrential rain work me up this morning and it's now that very fine but very wet rain that gets you completely soaked. All the water butts are over flowing again!
  4. Minnie&Moose

    Updates from Devon

    Congratulations on the totally home grown meals - very satisfying! I've set myself the challenge of having something out of the garden/chickens in at least one meal a day - if often ends up being just herbs out of the garden but I did get enough beans last year that we've only just finished eating the last of the borlotti andl my favourite, Cherokee Trail of Tears - it's the name as much as anything, but you can eat it like a green bean or leave it and then pod it and dry/freeze the mature beans (which are black and shiny and really beautiful). Don't think we'll have good beans this year - broad beans are looking very stunted and strange and the others went in very late and haven't poked their heads up yet! Meanwhile the mange tout plants are as tall as I am but not a single flower on them yet! Hey ho - at least the hens are laying so looks like it might have to be cake every day!
  5. Minnie&Moose

    Updates from Devon

    Update on tomato tickling - I have some tiny tomatoes forming thanks Valkyrie.
  6. Minnie&Moose

    Updates from Devon

    Thanks for the tip Valkyrie - am off to tickle the tomatoes! Will let you know what happens!
  7. Minnie&Moose

    Updates from Devon

    Lovely pictures! I have tomato envy! I've got lots of flowers on my plants but none of them are setting - grrr! Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? They're in a greenhouse and I've been tending them lovingly.
  8. Minnie&Moose

    Dress code

    Smart casual I think - that's what mine did in a similar situation last year - and they gave him the job! Basically, as long as they're cleanish and reasonably presentable I don't think it matters. Good luck to YS - in my limited experience as the mother of a teenage son, but also as a lecturer dealing with other people's young adult offspring, a gap year is a truly wonderful thing re social and emotional development and capacity to cope with the challenges of living and studying independently!
  9. Minnie&Moose

    The Weather Thread #9

    Sounds familiar Valkyrie - our dandelions were also very abundant this year. We now have yellow and orange/brown hawkbits flowering, and a scattering of bee orchids. I feel your pain re the thistles - I've been waging war on them and the ragwort!
  10. Minnie&Moose

    The Weather Thread #9

    Yes, windows are fixable - just annoying because we had them done last summer and this particular one wasn't identified as a problem at the time! Chickies are doing well - the maran chicks are now motherless - Midge decided she'd had enough at the weekend and marched back to life with Marvin (who is very very happy to see her!); the cochin chicks are growing fast but still fluffy and cute - unfortunately their mother doesn't like being handled and hustles them away at the first sight of anything.
  11. Minnie&Moose

    The Weather Thread #9

    Very dramatic skies Valkyrie. I love your buttercup crop - we've got a similar one here!
  12. Minnie&Moose

    The Weather Thread #9

    Same over this way. The chick runs are all now wearing extra tarps to try and give the some dry, draft-free space. Wish I could say the same for the house - we've discovered some leaks in the window seals - oh joy!
  13. Minnie&Moose

    Chicken Memorials

    Thanks Valkyrie. Marvin seems to be on his best behaviour at the moment - one of his broody hens has just left her chicks and returned to his gang - he's ever so happy to see Midge again!
  14. Minnie&Moose

    Chicken Memorials

    Sorry to hear that Trigger turned mean Valkyrie - you definitely did the right thing dispatching him. I've only had to do spare lads that we've hatched so far but Marvin, our bantam, is on his final warning now!
  15. Minnie&Moose

    Updates from Devon

    Valkyrie - it's all sounding wonderful. Sounds like you've got a monster veg garden! Had a lovely walk with Clare today and then got the last of our fruit trees (for this year) in - they've been heeled in what will be the new strawberry patch for too long because I was waiting for the man with the pick axe to dig some holes! Chickies were scooting up and down the full length of their 3m run this afternoon - 4 little bumblebees going full tilt while their mother stood guard. At this rate they're going to be sturdy little birds!