The beans are going gangbusters and we have 8 rabbits fattening for the pot. The rest of the homestead has not been as successful so far this year. We lost one of our chickens last week, we think to a stroke, she didn’t improve over night and we had to cull her. She was one of the 2 we had planned to cull this fall due to age so it did reinforce my decision that 4 is a good age to do this as she is the 2nd hen from that brood to have age related problems in the past year or so.
We have 3 new chicks on the way in a couple of weeks so we will soon be back up to 5. The soon to be 2 year olds are laying very well but their eggs have still not gotten to the size of the older girls. Due to them being different breeds maybe?
I hope our other hen makes it to slaughter, we haven’t had chicken in ages. Other than bacon and the amazing sausage from our local butcher a couple of times a month we are not purchasing any meat, haven’t for almost a year I think. Lamb, mutton and pork from Emancipation Acres which I get on work exchange, and our own rabbits are all we are eating anymore. Now if my garden would just improve!
I have been hearing from a lot of people that it is a hard garden year, again, odd weather and lots of rain have been making it a challenge. I am afraid that I will have to hit the farmers market for my tomatoes this year or there will be no sauce. The potatoes are full and have a lot of foliage but no blossoms yet to tell me they are producing tubers.
I made good use of one of the rabbits last night and did a Rabbit and Leek pie. It turned out wonderful with the exception of the puff pastry. It was my first attempt to make rough puff and it turned out ok but I shouldn’t have followed the recipe when I knew better. It said to put the pastry on the hot pie filling. Now I am obsessed with “The Great British Bake Off” and from watching know that you do not put puff pastry on a hot filling. It has to be cold when it goes in the oven. It was still pretty good, but I would have gotten the steel blue look from Paul no doubt about it. I also did a cheats Victoria sponge by making a tray bake sponge and cutting it in half.
The theme for the night was rustic but tasty and according to Steve it was a rousing success.
Today is supposed to be beastly with heat index hitting 90F (32c) so I think now that all the outside work is squared away I will hide inside and knit or spin. Hopefully it will be good for the tomatoes at least.