This is our weather forecast. It's been similar since last Wednesday, but in reality, the only decent day we have had was Thursday, which was the subject of yesterday's post.
The rest of the time we have generally been stuck in the fog or low clouds, in a climatic inversion. Go up a mountain, and you get the sunshine and warmer temperatures. If there is a none sunny bright side to this, at least it's not raining.
It's been decent for working outside, so we've been putting in some hours out there. Today I decided to tackle some garden clean-up. I started just before lunch, and then lunch hour turned into lunch three hour, but I did get back out there and accomplish something. This was last year's broccoli patch There were a lot of plants that are now mostly dead, and kind of smelly. I've already cleared the area in the foreground.
I started pulling them out and loading them into the wheelbarrow. The odd one that had lots of green on it went over the fence to the chickens.
My plan was to fill up the wheelbarrow, push it up the driveway and into the field where we dump the garden waste in a pile, and then make a small detour to the manure pile, fill up the wheelbarrow with partially rotted horse manure and shavings, and bring it back to the garden.
It seemed though that I needed two wheelbarrows worth of manure to cover the area emptied by one wheelbarrow. That was all I got done today, because then it was time to take ourselves and Jake and Luna for a brisk walk.
It's one of those jobs that I can keep picking away at.
I planned on pulling some leeks out to make a soup in the crock pot, and then I came across a few onions that I had totally forgotten about. There was also a tiny little red cabbage that had survived the big freeze in December. I thought I'd see what else I could find, so managed to scrounge up some broccoli shoots, a few carrots, and some collard and kale leaves.
It all went in the crockpot with some pork sausages and some turkey broth and some seasoning, and made this wonderfully healthy soup. Emphasis on the healthy, (okay, healthy if it didn't have the sausages in it), but despite the sausages, the soup didn't have a whole lot of flavour. More salt and pepper and a warm buttered bagel and it wasn't half bad.
Five days now with blog posts that have a title that is an alliteration. I'm aiming for two more:)