A wildly busy week is behind us and it seems that was only a preview of what lies ahead. I wish more of that busy had been in the outside garden, but the weather has been most uncooperative. Even when the sun shines, which has been happening sporadically, the wind is blowing strong, making it impossible to sow seeds. And it’s cold. Very cold. Wisely, we have not planted out yet as everything would be stunted, shocked, and ragged around the edges by it all.
As I write, this is the weather outside–
Potted pumpkins, broccoli, courgettes, and spinach are waiting out the weather in the empty outside mini tunnels–these tunnels being the future home of carrots. More pots with corn, peas, beans, flowers, etcetera, occupy the ground in our large tunnel that is to be planted with tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.
Our much needed new tunnel plastic and two additional hoops have arrived, but that job will also have to wait until the weather calms. Fifty additional pots should arrive today in order to pot up more of what’s in the tunnel, waiting patiently to go outside but too pot-bound to spend the next two weeks in their current containers.
On one fine day I got a couple hundred onion sets sown while Johnny made these two beds running along the fence. It’s made up of the sod removed from extending the end of the stone path–if you look to the end by the mini tunnels you’ll see the exposed stone foundation now needing to be filled in with loose stone. Eventually the entire path will need to be topped up with purchased chippings to even it out. It seems no amount of stone cracking by the boys makes it smooth enough to not be a hazard to some weaker ankles.
We’re thinking to plant kale in the new fence beds this year, but eventually we may plant something that will be there permanently.
If you zoom in, you’ll see three of our ducks playing in their just cleaned pond.
With the foul weather, I’ve been getting some needed time in the kitchen, experimenting with kefir recipes and making fermented vegetables. Would you believe the fermented eggs I made before Easter are only just now to my liking? I had a friends husband who was familiar with pickled eggs give them a try a couple weeks back. Not sour enough for him! I agreed, but they’ve just now become fermented through the yolk so we’re eating them daily on salads and I’m about to start another batch with ideas to tweek, tweek the recipe– I’ll keep you posted on it. Salad is part of every dinner now with lettuce, rocket, chives, coriander, and pea shoots all aplenty.
We’re selling much lettuces and herbs to a couple local restaurants and the island hotel. We got a surprise a few days back when the owner of one told us to go and have a look at their new outside sign. They said we’d get a mention on their menu, but this was unexpected. After the surprise wore off, we’re feeling proud and delighted to be in the company of other great local food producers. We appreciate all who are supporting us and helping our dream to come true. There’s so much more to do, but for today, we choose to focus on how much we’ve accomplished so far instead of feeling overwhelmed by how much there is lying ahead of us yet to be done.
I mentioned the local hotel–that is the reason for my absence here…I got a part time job working as a waitress/bartender there, starting three weeks ago. Two regular evening shifts (I told them I couldn’t do days) are all mine with weddings and other functions being extra. Neither job have I ever done before, but have taken to it quickly, having some wonderful co-workers teaching me.
This week I covered for someone who was ill and also worked at a wedding, so four shifts in all. The hours pass seemingly in minutes because of the busyness. One morning I didn’t get home until four a.m., after the wedding crowd finished and cleaning up was done. Every muscle in my body aches and I’m sleeping better than ever before. I’m loving it. It’s seasonal work, so I’ll make hay while the sun shines– which is doing so quite brightly right now, no more hail, though it’s still very cold. Johnny says that the day after tomorrow there’s a warm front supposed to arrive. While that sounds all well and good, I still think we’ll wait until June to plant out.
It’s likely I’ll only be writing once or twice a week through the end of summer. Between working in the kitchen and gardens, preparing for sewing summer camp, and working out of the home now, I only see things getting busier. Though I have kept up with most, my apologies to those in my reader and whose mail and comments I have not replied to yet. Mostly I hope you are all well and I will definitely catch up a little each day. Much love, Melissa Xx