Wednesday, November 28, 2007

real food

Real Parsnips, not the plastic looking, clean, uniform stuff the supermarkets flog us. and sprouts so fresh you can crunch them raw. (the parsnips are about a foot long)
my stoney soil always seems to produce very 'leggy' parsnips and carrots. no prizes for being pretty but they always taste fabulous.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

greenhouse cleaning

there was a light frost this morning but it was a nice enough day to clean the inside of the greenhouse. I have washed down the inside of the glass with disinfectant and thrown whats left on the floor. sometimes this leaves the glass streaky but if I think it needs to be 'clean' then I'll do that in the spring.
how much stuff can you cram into one small greenhouse? this isn't even all of it!
future reference for benches: they need to be plastic and they need to be tall. the black one you can see is just about ideal. the tall wooden one was made for me when the greenhouse was 'new', its legs are starting to discolour at the bottom from the damp. there are two of the smaller wooden benches, they are too low to work at comfortably and the bottom of their legs suggest they may need to be binned after another years use.
everything is scrubbed with disinfectant before being put back in. why is that in the spring you never have enough seedling trays yet I now cannot move in my bathroom with the amount of stuff waiting to be washed?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Transport Museum

This is the Ardrishaig Belle, a 'charabanc' meaning wagon with seats. we were told this was built around 1890 and used up till the 1950's.
as we were having a guided tour we were allowed in the basement to see stored items. unfortunatley my camera did not cope well with the low lighting so most pictures blurry. in storage was this very stoutly built small wagon.
also in the basement some interesting harness

carriage builders left their trade marks on the brass in the centreof the spoked wheels. this is from the wheel centre of the charabanc, saying 'Mitchell, Builder, Dunoon'
this is from the wheel centre of a cab, saying 'Stoneham,Bedford Street, London, N.W.'
much clearer, 'Laurie, Paisley'
and 'James Barrie, Rodney Street, Glasgow'
also 'James Barrie, Rodney Street Glasgow', this one on the hefty wagon which said John Barrie.
there was very little information about the carriages, where they came from, what they were used for, who the builders were. this is information sadly lost in time, and the museum is looking for any information if anyone has it.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

meme, but cheating?

I have been tagged to do the random eight meme by Diane, but as I've done it recently and again before that I am just going to leave links.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

this afternoons view

the late afternoon sun creates a magical colour
this windswept tree still retaining a few leaves
as much zoom as I can get into the field behind, it was covered in Canada Geese. I had been hearing them all afternoon but hadn't seen where they were, I am taking these photgraphs from the high vantage of the stable muck-out trailer.

Monday, November 12, 2007


this is Katie, I always love the soft brown eyes that horses have
this is Smokey, he has the most fabulous eyelashes

Robbie, very pretty

...and I whispered to the horse; "Trust no man in whose eye you do not see yourself reflected as an equal" Don Vincenzo Giobbe circa 1700

Saturday, November 10, 2007

chilly November morning

a spider bravely defends the greenhouse doorway
a little chamomile, surviving in the greenhouse
this fennel never made it out to the garden, its scenting the greenhouse quite nicely
and the last of the marigolds
I haven't the heart to throw them out while they're still flowering
out in the garden there is a pink monarda
and a blue one, just a few cheery flowers
and on the doorstep a pink geranium
and a red one, they won't last much longer in the cold

Thursday, November 08, 2007

its windy

this how it feels here today

Monday, November 05, 2007


it seems a shame to take ou thte sugar-snap pea plant when it is still producing nice flowers. the few peas it has produed recently have been quite bitter, not enough sunshine
and the main part of the plant is milldewed and dying back, so out it came. I also took out the runner bean plants.
and tidying round produced some hidden veggies, potatoes, little turnips and a carrot. thats dinner sorted then!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Saturday, November 03, 2007

food for the birds

if you look carefully you can just see a wee Robin hiding behind the bird table
I've put some food out in case he comes back
freeze dried mealy worms, yuck
I have also recently put up three seed feeders, all the birds seem to profer them to the peanuts.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I saw this

and thought how true

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