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As September Ends…

In Gardening, Off the beaten track. on September 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

At last the Hollyhock decides to bloom. Worth waiting for though. I got three of these as a gift last year but alas two were killed in last Winter’s hard frosts. I think it’s fab!

It is growing beneath this Twisted Willow which I grew from a cutting. During the recent winds I tied it to the tree which saved it from being destroyed.

In the polytunnel Salvia Hotlips has decided to flower again. Pretty!

Whilst weeding a flower bed the other day I cam across this Frog. Look at the size of the tum! I wonder if they fill up with food before hibernation or have they eggs already formed in there for next Spring? Beautiful colours! I put her by the pond in the polytunnel. She promptly jumped in and went to the bottom so I presume she will hibernate there  for the Winter.

Cabbage plants have been planted out in the veg garden. These are Savoy, a crinkled leaf variety which is Winter hardy. These will mature next Spring. A barrowload of farmyard manure went into this bed as it is continously planted year round. Onions grew here in the Summer. These are now drying for use throughout the Winter.

 Andy has been building a new shed onto the chalet, it will be used as a fuel and animal feed store. Here he is putting on the tin roof. Shortly after he finished the heaven’s opened and torrential rain fell. Good timing on that one!

And finally a pic of this lovely little church which is opposite the gates to Killegar where we attended the Mushroom Festival on Sunday. Does’nt it look lovely amongst the trees! It is still in regular use.

Keeping Goats at Prospect Cottage.

In Animals, sustainable living on March 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

Enid and daughter Bella in playful mood.

We have kept goats sice returning to live in Ireland in 1996. They are such characters, each with their own personality. All animals have their own personality really but if you are involved in intensive farming you won’t want to see that. You can’t eat your friends!

Enid, who provides our daily milk.

We are so happy not to be buying milk from the supermarket. Not part of the chain that kills the calves after birth to get the Mother’s milk. Not part of the chain that kills cows when they are past their peak production. Not part of the chain that routinely feeds antibiotics to the animals.

Andy and Smokie.

Keeping goats is of course part of our self-sufficiency plan. In return they are well looked after. They have a nice shed with a straw bed, this in turn provides manure for the garden when it rots down. They are part of the ongoing cycle of Nature here.

We will never kill them for food, they will be looked after in their old age.

Goats of course do need to be well-fenced. They will eat your shrubs, flowers, trees and vegetables. That is the nature of the goat so it’s up to the goatkeeper to keep good fencing, then all will be well.

Andy and the girls.

All in all keeping goats has been a good experience for us. Of course there is sadness when animals die, but their life span is shorter than ours so we must cope with that. C’est la vie!