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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sunday Catch Up

I feel that recently I haven't been able to keep up with everything that's been going on, so hopefully this can catch everyone up.

We've all had the biggest relief in the world, the house in the UK FINALLY completed last week so our six months in limbo is finally over and we can get on with creating our dream homestead!

Massive thank you to all of our friends in blogland that have given us their support and encouragement when we were drowning in despair. Now that it's all over there is such a feeling of victory that I cannot help but share this picture of our little Prince Charming:

VICTORY!!!  Our Knight in Shining Armour
We've been up to our usual tricks behind the scenes as always, there's been plenty of making, baking, growing and sewing going on. Here's a money shot of the latest batch of home brewed cider, you can find the method we use HERE:

Home Brewed Hard Cider
And here's a photo I LOVE! Homemade Red Cabbage, Homemade Sauerkraut, Homebrewed Hard cider and last but certainly not least Carly's 18hr Slow Roast Pulled Pork! We don't very often eat meat as we try to stick to a mostly plant-based natural diet, but when we do have it we make sure it is something special!

Homemade Pulled Pork, Homemade Sauerkraut, Homemade Red Cabbage and Homebrew Hard Cider

Logan has been helping me to decorate my Gardener's Journal with some adorable bumblebee stamps that he got for xmas

Bumblebee Stamp

I'm so impatient I couldn't help myself, we've been sowing some seeds ahead of the growing season so pretty much all of the available space on the windowsills is occupied now, here's a few of the things we have sown so far in January:

Carnations, Tomatoes, Sweet Pea, Aubergine, Cauliflower and Cabbage
Our Spanish neighbours gave us a large potted plant and said that I needed to keep it out of the frost at night, it took a little while for me to figure out what it was but after a bit of investigation we finally got over the language barrier, this is a Margarita Blanca, Giant White Daisy

Margarita Blanca - Giant White Daisy
And lastly, something a little out of the ordinary, whilst clearing out and tidying up the Community Garden Corral I found a tiny little kitten skull, seems the poor little thing had fallen between the stacks of pallets and couldn't get out. All that was left was a perfectly preserved skeleton and a tuft of bright orange fur :(

Kitten Skull

I'll keep you all updated with the progress on the land, 2017 is going to be an amazing adventure!


  1. That's an outstanding suit of armor, he's all ready to smite the Normans at Hastings!

    Glad your house closed, I know that's a load off of you.

    1. Us Brits have a bit of a bloodthirsty history really!

  2. So glad things are so well on the up for you!

  3. We are starting seeds over here in Michigan, USA too. I might be rushing things a bit, since they can't go in the ground until early May! And even then, some frost protection may be necessary.

    Good news on your UK house! Love your little knight in armor. He has quite a winning smile peeking through!

    1. Thanks Marcie! I think it's always worth risking an early sowing, if they don't survive you can still plant when you're supposed to but if they make it through you get an early crop and you can still sow later too, win-win in my eyes!


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