Monday, November 24, 2014
Also notice the last of the green tomatoes in the photo above; there are also now picked and made into green tomato relish, according to a recipe in the Joy of Cooking (though it's more salsa-y to my palate). Seriously tasty. I made a larger batch previously, and have made a final, smaller batch with the last of them.
frog pond. The barrel behind it contains a filter--not pretty, I know, but we have plans to beautify it. The pond is on the site of our old vegetable plot, which I am transforming into a more perennial and ornamental patch. It has some fruit bushes and a couple of dwarf trees, but I'd like it to be a little more shrubby and flowery, too.
The veg patch, meanwhile, is now designated closest to the house, and this space will also have extra special flowers and plants. I fenced it off from the chickens, and built a ramshackle gate. The temporary raised bed is still producing, as are some of the pots on the patio, but the majority of these beds have been covered in a thick layer of chicken manure/straw to break down over winter, ready for spring planting.
We managed to pick some local-ish wild apples for two batches of cider this year, and I've been making sauerkraut, both with my own cabbage and storebought. I also made a small batch of spiced plums from a wild tree (excellent as a plum sauce substitute), and a little bit of wild apple chutney.
I'm also putting off quilting a big patchwork quilt I've made. I've pieced the top together, mainly from some old clothing, but also just some scraps of other projects in my fabric stash; it's not perfect--in fact it's pretty wonky--but I still like it. I've also put together the quilt sandwich: the middle layer is an old blanket, and the bottom layer is an old sheet, both bought from charity shops. I've even hand-basted all the layers together, in readiness for quilting. This quilt is pretty big--big enough to cover a double bed. Now I just have to bite the bullet and quilt it!