Before he left for a week in the UK my worker cut in half a large barrel which I'd acquired. We soaked it in the fish pond for a few days to allow the staves to swell up and become waterproof. I acquired three free fish and two water snails from an ad on the expat website and these are now happily esconced in the barrel with some oxygenating plant and transplanted iris located on the terrace.
The eight Light Sussex chicks I bought in at ten weeks old are twenty-two weeks old today and so might start laying now unless they have decided not to start laying until late February which sometimes happens with late in the year point of lays. I've given the hens the run of the goat field today and the barn too and I'm hoping that they might lay in there once they start. Here are some of them munching grass at the open gate to the next field, not realising that with a couple of steps they have a whole field - that's the problem with hens - only one brain cell between them.
They are all looking a good size and really healthy so fingers crossed.
The goats were interested in the open gate and it didn't take long before I had to put a string round the gate and post to make entry more difficult.
However, one string was obviously not enough.
So I added another string to make it more difficult.
Betsy obviously thought Basil might have a better idea of how to get through.
And after some discussion he attempted it himself, but the second string seemed to have done the trick.
The honeysuckle on the drive wall is still flowering profusely. I can't believe how long it has been in bloom.
Some of the honeysuckle and fennel seedheads have almost covered the postbox, making it difficult to get the letters out with all the bees that settle on the flowers.
The grapes are doing so well again this year. I shall have to cut some of the leaves off soon to allow them to finish ripening in the last of this summer's sunshine, but some of them are already ripe, sweet and juicy.
This morning it was grey out there and only 21°C so quite a change. I've pruned some of the shrubs in the big flower bed in the garden and there are huge piles of trimmings waiting to be taken away. This afternoon the sun finally arrived and I sat up on the field with the hens, ducks and goats for a while when I collected the eggs and then out in the garden with a coffee and my book club book, it's by George Pelecanos is is called "The Way Home".
Three things I like:
1. Surprise visits from friends.
2. Seeing the sunshine when it seemed as if it was going to be a dull day.
3. Hearing that my grandson is really enjoying his new class at school.