Today we have snow and gale force winds. Temperatures feel colder than they are, with the wind chill factor.
After doing all my usual chores with the animals this morning and carrying hay to the pony paddock in the next village, I set about trying to insulate my tiny lean-to greenhouse. Luckily I had been given a large roll of bubble-wrap by my parents last year, so I had the necessary resources available. So staple gun in hand I set about lining the interior of my little growing space. It feels much warmer already and doesn’t make too much difference to the amount of light getting through. I didn’t cover the two largest windows as they are made from old double glazed patio doors, so they had no wooden frame to staple the bubble-wrap to (old aluminium frames) and they are insulated anyway.
I have also laid a layer of bubble-wrap over the trays on the hot bed instead of the single layer of clear plastic and used a few rectangles of it on top of a few trays of seeds too.
I have also baked two spelt loaves today and made two batches of Kombucha tea.
I also managed to sow a few more seeds. I shall germinate these indoors by a window.
The ponies stayed inside and ate yet MORE hay.
…and to end today, a cute photo of my daughter with the goat kids. They are growing fast!
Hope you have all had a good start to the weekend.
Tomorrow is day 1 of milking Tansy. I have sterilised the milking pail, got the udder wipes and milk filters ready and a lidded jug to store it in the fridge.
I don’t take away her babies completely and bottle feed them. Instead her goats kids are only separated overnight, within sight of her but in a separate area. I do an early morning milking and then they are put back with her all day, until late the following evening….and so on.
I have yet more hay to collect tomorrow and of course there are always logs to saw and split.
This self sufficiency malarky is not for the faint hearted 😉 But I wouldn’t have it any other way x