I had some paid days off to use up so sandwiched a weekend and got five days off in a row. The weather has been great and I’ve been slowly plugging away at the garden. The strawberry patch has been dug over, manured, re-dug and finally planted. I hope they are productive. I cleaned all the dead canes out of the raspberry patch, working late into a beautiful evening. The sky was amazing and I didn’t want to go inside. Part of the plan in taking these days off was to be available for mid-wife services for my two pregnant goats. The first doe had twins, the second of which came backwards so I helped her by pulling it. There’s always the danger of the umbilical cord breaking before the babies’ nose is outside. They instinctively inhale at that point so getting these breech babies out quickly means a live baby. Do you see the green thing hanging on the wall behind momma goat? That’s a hay net. The best feeder for goats confined to the barn I’ve ever had. In the coldest part of winter the girls stayed in the barn, sometimes for days. Because there were two bullies, three of the four had to be tethered to their own corner. The smallest doe got to be free to eat and sleep where she pleased.
The second little doe had her babies outside. I thought she should have had twins but she only had a single. The twins are Trudy and Gert and the little white single is Lily. All girls. The two does I sold also had twins, three of the four were girls. Last year all but one of the kids were boys. Go figure.
My sister came out last week and supplied some free labour-my early birthday present-and we did some yard tidying, tree pulling and built this fancy trellis for my scarlet runner beans. I spotted these nice metal panels on a local buy and sell site, had another friend pick them up for me and bobs’-your-uncle. Instant trellis. I think it will look great covered in bean vines. The water barrels are filled. The potatoes and corn planted.
I started tomatoes and some bedding plants earlier this spring. Long keeper tomatoes, Four o’clock’s, and lupins. It will be nice to get my kitchen table back. But now it’s three million degrees outside so I’m hiding in the house. I’ll finish what I can tonight and then my part is done. I just have to water and hope everything grows.
My plum trees are blooming like crazy. Last year they actually produced fruit for the first time in 13 years. Hopefully again this year. The bumblebees are loving them!!