The rain is good for apple trees…


Here’s what Ryan18, Evan17 and I dd on Sunday. The orchard is now sheet mulched and ready for action. Maris is inspecting our handiwork, in particular the fence we put up to stop a certain Poppy from digging up all the mulch. There’s 10 fruit trees here, including7 apples, a nectarine, a pomegranate and a goji berry climbing up the fence. Two of the aples were transplanted on that day, with one of them being particularly nhappy about being moved. It was 3 years old and had just settled down nicely in the original spot. At first the leaves were very droopy, but the constant rain we’ve had over the last few days has been perfect for it. It’s looking a lot chirpier this morning.
This space is surrounded on all sides by either concrete or the chook run, so I thought it was a good place to start eliminating the lawn from.
Speaking of eliminating, a couple of days ago I asked Evan17 to put Bunty the paralysed chook down. We gave it quite a while, but she wasn’t getting better and the weather forcast was for rain and storms over this week. I didn’t fancy standing out in the rain holding a chook up to the water and food, knowing that she probably wasn’t going to get better. So Bunty met the axe. It’s a shame, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes.


Poppy has teething issues. She’s brought an old shoe of mine in from the back yard and is using it as a teething ring. I don’t mind her chewing on this one, but when she steals other shoes she gets told off. Here she is cautiously making sure the coast is clear…


Getting stuck into it….


Trying to look innocent when David20 walked into the room.


Ryan19 has one more exam to get through before his secondary school days are finished forever. Popplesfield, after finishing her attack on the shoe, decided to help him ‘study’. Maybe he was studying… maybe not. I’m always a bit suspicious when a gamer sits down at a computer screen and says he’s working.


This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn and made pumpkin bread for breakfast. Warm bread and melted butter – not a bad way to start the day.

Thermomix recipe: Washing Powder and Gel. Just for something a little different.

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4 Responses to The rain is good for apple trees…

  1. Urspo says:

    Poor Bunty. I realize that is the way with chickens. I am curious: what becomes of Bunty et. al.? Are they plucked and prepared for dinner or composted?

  2. Ellen says:

    Sorry to hear about Bunty. The axe is so much kinder than letting her linger.

  3. Isabelle says:

    Too much trouble! I didn’t think anything was too much trouble to you.

    But I’m so pleased. I’m veggie myself but I really didn’t like the thought of you eating your family hen(yes, yes, I know, silly).

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