Thursday, 21 June 2007

Mae'n flin 'da fi...

Sorry -- I have had the camera back since last Friday -- nearly a whole week -- and I haven't posted any pictures yet! What can I say -- my only excuse is that I have been too busy taking photos to post them...

The first big event was that we sheared the sheep:

Afterwards Greg realised that he should have made a film of me doing it, but you will have to wait until next year for that now!

Before and after: What a difference a fleece makes!

Now I just need to find the time to learn how to spin and then I can make all this lovely stuff into yarn and knit myself a jumper!

The sheep are very happy now that they have been shorn and aren't so hot any more.

Here are all the lambs (plus last year's ram lamb and one of the ewes):

This lamb, lamb number one, I have high hopes for. Check out his adorable little horns!

And the photo you've all been waiting for: Lamb number 5! Look at how much white he has!

We killed two chickens the other day, one of ours and one belonging to our neighbour, and they were both hens in lay, so I got the unborn eggs:

My mother tells me that when she was a little girl her mother would cook the unborn eggs for her and she considered them to be a great delicacy -- but all she can remember about how Grandma cooked them was that she thinks she just put them in the pot with the chicken. So I did that, and I got this:

I put them in a salad and they were quite nice -- like hard boiled eggs cooked in chicken stock instead of water -- but I am surprised that my mother has such fond memories of them so many years later. Perhaps I am doing something wrong? Has anybody else cooked unborn eggs?

The strawberries in the greenhouse are coming along nicely and we are getting frequent if small harvests. The outdoor strawberry plants are covered in strawberries, but they are all still green!

We recently bought a rotary dryer -- for ages I'd been saying I wanted to line dry clothes but had nowhere to string a line -- and then I spotted this in the store -- so now you have no excuse! All you need is something like 3 square yards of space and you can dry your clothes outdoors and save electricity and money...

Somebody's found the warmest spot in the place to lie in!

And last but not least I leave you with this slightly gory image -- I didn't plan this, I was just taking the bits of chicken out of the pot and my tongs grabbed the feet and they startled me!


willow said...

That fleece looks lovely, such a rich chocolate colour. If you do find time to learn to spin, I'm sure you'll get hooked, its a very addictive hobby and you would get some very cozy jumpers.

Stacy said...

your mom might talk about the unborn eggs, but my mom talks about the chicken feet!

Jessica at Bwlchyrhyd said...

What, about how tasty they are? I did try eating them once, but I wasn't impressed, so I give them to Shiva instead now. Does Ferne remember anything about how Grandma cooked the feet or the eggs???

Blodwen said...

That Hen's foot will come back and haunt you!